IFC Arrests 'Development' From Twentieth Television


IFC, making its second acquisition of a cult favorite in recent weeks, has gained the cable rights to Twentieth Television's Arrrested Development.

IFC has acquired the cable rights to all three seasons,  53 installments in all of the Fox sitcom, which ran from 2003-06. IFC will televise Arrested Development Sundays at 10 and 10:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. as part of its "Automat' programming block.

Deal terms were not dislosed. Comcast's G4 was the first network to acquire the cable rights to the series in July 2006.

The acquisition of Arrested Development comes on the heels of IFC grabbing the rights Monty Python's Flying Circus earlier this month. IFC is using the legendary series a companion to the premiere of the six-part documentary, Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut), which premiered Oct. 18.

"Arrested Development is one of the smartest and funniest shows of the last decade with a hilarious presentation of absurd family dysfunction," said IFC vice president and general manager Jennifer Caserta in a statement.  "It's a perfect fit for IFC, which viewers recognize as an authority on what's new, next and relevant in television, film, music, gaming and online, and, more recently, comedy."