No More 'Development' for Hurwitz

"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz says he's done with the series, signaling the likely end to the Emmy-winning but underwatched comedy.

Fans had been holding out hope that another network -- Showtime had expressed serious interest and reportedly offered to pick up two more seasons of the show -- would rescue "Arrested Development" from FOX, where it likely had its final episode in early February. But in an interview with Variety, Hurwitz says he's tapped out.

"I've given everything I can to the show in order to try to live up to [fan] expectations," Hurwitz tells the paper. "I finally reached a point where I felt I couldn't continue to deliver that on a weekly basis."

Robert Greenblatt, head of Showtime Entertainment, has said he wouldn't want to air the series unless Hurwitz remained on board. Hurwitz was deeply involved in the show, whose deeply detailed production included scores of visual jokes and references to past incidents in the life of the dysfunctional Bluth family.

Despite an adoring cult of fans and six Emmys, including one for outstanding comedy series in 2004, "Arrested" never drew a wide audience for FOX. This season it drew only about 4.2 million viewers per week, and the final episodes last month were shunted off to air opposite the Winter Olympics.

In the Variety interview, Hurwitz hints that he could revisit the Bluth family in a feature film. The paper also reports that he was offered the chance to stay on as a consultant should the show be revived. "I said I'd be happy to do that, but that as showrunner, I've gone as far as I can go," he says.

Reached by the San Francisco Chronicle, series star Jason Bateman was philosophical about the likely end of the show.

"I'm so proud of it and so like it as a TV fan," he says, "that I'm happy we're not going to get a chance to screw it up."