Nobody likes "Arrested Development" (search) anymore — it's too good.
That's an awkward paraphrasing of the famous quote attributed to Yogi Berra, who supposedly said about a restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore — it's too crowded!"
It's a clumsy way of illustrating the situation facing "Arrested Development" as its season finale approaches on Sunday.
It came out of its first season with a surprise Emmy award last September for best comedy. And yet, the show has never been able to parlay the award, along with near-unanimous rave reviews, into ratings.
Last season, it averaged about 6.2 million viewers an episode, according to Nielsen. And this season, it's averaging about 5.9 million — lowly by network TV standards.
Fox hasn't made any decisions yet, according to a spokeswoman, but based on those numbers, the odds don't favor "Arrested Development" returning next fall. And that means Sunday's episode could be its last.
And true to form, as it tanks in the ratings week after week and now stands on the brink of oblivion, "Arrested Development" comes out with one of its richest episodes yet.
How does the season end? Without revealing too much, let's just say that the house of Bluth is in danger of collapsing — literally.
The episode — titled "Righteous Brothers" — deals principally with the relationships between brothers Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and Gob (pronounced "Jobe," Will Arnett), and George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) and his twin brother, Oscar (also Tambor).
But that's only the tip of the iceberg. Among other things, Tobias (David Cross) gets a chance to audition for Blue Man Group in Las Vegas, and cousins George-Michael (Michael Cera) and Maeby (Alia Shawkat) may take their relationship to a whole new level.
Along the way, look for a cameo appearance by Marc Cherry, executive producer of "Desperate Housewives," and a sampling of "Peanuts" Christmas music inserted into a scene for no apparent reason.
It all adds up to a TV show that's too weird for most people. Or, to put it another way: This show is so good that nobody will watch it.