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Sunday, Aug 01, 2004


"That's because "Arrested Development" is trying to reinvent the rules of the half-hour comedy. The show trades the laugh track, multiple cameras and over-lighted stage sets that have characterized sitcoms from "I Love Lucy" to "King of Queens" for the hand-held single camera, natural light, heavily scored soundtrack and voice-over narration of a pseudo-documentary like "The Real World." It's very much a post-reality-show sitcom, capitalizing on the influence of the fledgling genre and translating its conventions into a new kind of comedy broadly drawn but presented utterly deadpan."