In three short days, we will finally hear the familiar pings of the ukulele heralding the return of one of television’s greatest comedies, “Arrested Development.”
After seven years, the beloved cult classic will be back on the air…sort of. Netflix has kindly purchased the rights to the show, which means it’s time to dig out one of those old postcards with the code for the free trial if you’re not already a Netflix subscriber (and really, who isn’t these days?). If you’ve never seen “Arrested Development,” you’re really missing out. It’s the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. But it’s so much more than that. It’s GOB’s failed magic tricks, the chicken dance, it’s Steve Holt!, it’s never nudes, it’s the banana stand, it’s “no touching!”, it’s the sad Charlie Brown song, it’s…it’s just so good. “Modern Family” is just about the only dysfunctional family comedy I’ve seen that compares, and even then, I don’t laugh as much.
Why did this awesome television show go off the air? Like so many great shows before it (“Sports Night” comes to mind), it got all the critical acclaim (six Emmys and one Golden Globe), but none of the ratings. After three seasons, it was canceled. As each of the characters has said, Fox “made a huge mistake.”
Over the past seven years, fans have been teased by rumors of its return and a possible movie (a script reportedly exists), and on Sunday, the show will return for fifteen glorious episodes. Trust me, that’s plenty of time to catch up. It’s the final countdown!
Uber “AD” freaks will appreciate this giant infogram of the show’s running gags.
Like most of this week, news on Wednesday was slower than a Sunday afternoon on Papa Brooks’ porch. But when has that stopped us?
— In lieu of news, we speculated about what the Cleveland Cavaliers would do with the number one pick in the draft. Chad Ford still has Nerlens going first to the Cavs, but says that the team is investigating trading their pick to little interest. While many feel Otto Porter would be the ideal fit in Cleveland, John Calipari told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Cavs GM Chris Grant scouted Noel more than any other GM last winter, which bodes well for him heading to the city by the lake. Taking Nerlens wouldn’t do much for the Cavs in the short-term since Nerlens will be out at least until Christmas, but it would increase their chances at getting a high pick in next year’s loaded lottery. For now, it still remains very likely that the Cavs will chose Nerlens, so get used to seeing him in red and yellow.
— In case you were curious as to why none of Kentucky’s six McDonald’s All-Americans were on the FIBA U19 World Championships rosters, it’s because they declined the invitation in order to come to Lexington to prepare for next season. Cal told The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy that the decision was all their own: “Most of it is, they didn’t want to play. I’m not forcing kids to do anything. I think the reason they all turned it down is, they want to get started.” Willie Cauley-Stein also turned down an invitation to play for Team USA during the World University Games, citing the need to prepare for the spotlight in the fall. Kyle Wiltjer will try out for the Canadian National Team, but Calipari says he fully supports that decision. All of the players will be back on campus in June to start the summer session.
They’re not even in Lexington yet, but I’m endlessly impressed with the freshman class’ attitudes towards the upcoming season. Last year, we learned the dangers of high expectations, but this group seems to possess a “come at me” attitude that their predecessors lacked. Even more important may be the returning players’ vigor to come back and finish business. The loss to Robert Morris planted a seed of revenge within each of them, and combined with the freshmen’s confidence and “alpha male” attitude, that could be a very, very potent brew. Willie said it best when he said “this is not the summer for me to do this stuff. I just can’t wait to get back. I want to get prepared.”
— It looks like we’ll have to wait a little while longer for John Calipari to get a shot at coaching Team USA. Coach K announced that he will return to coach the Olympic Team in 2016. Here’s a fun question: how many former Cats will be on that team?
Meanwhile, Cal, I thought we agreed that you would throw out this shirt after the Wildcat Lodge video??
— In other non-UK news, 2014 star Theo Pinson committed to UNC on Wednesday, picking the Heels over Indiana, Louisville, Duke and Georgetown. Pinson is the 13th best player in the 2014 class and while Kentucky was never really a contender for his services, it still feels good to see Indiana get slighted. Tom Crean and the Hoosiers wanted Pinson badly, but the talented small forward chose Roy Williams instead. Maybe he was afraid of being kissed on the mouth by a man?
— On Thursday, Julius Mays will be working out at the Brooklyn Nets’ league-wide combine. He’s scheduled to go on at 11:15 a.m., so be sure to tune into KSR to see how Uncle Julius does. He may not be a John Wall or a Nerlens Noel, but he gave it his all for Kentucky for one season, and I will always root for that.
— Finally, two epic days of KSR Radio begin on Thursday, first with MATTHEW MITCHELL in-studio with Matt to co-host (cue up the Kelly Clarkson, Shannon!), and on Friday, the gang will travel to Floyd County to meet Charles Ramsey, who will spend a half hour talking about ribs, salsa music, and dead giveaways. Don’t miss out.