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02/15/2011 12:39 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Arrested Development' Creator Mitch Hurwitz Gives Advice On How To Get A Show Canceled

While we're waiting for him to release the long-gestating "Arrested Development" movie, Mitch Hurwitz explains to The Guardian why the show was canceled after only three seasons.

Hurwitz created of one of the most beloved TV comedies of all time, a show almost as well-known for its unfairly short run on Fox as it is for its genius-level comedy. Since then, he's overseen the animated show "Sit Down, Shut Up" and last year's Will Arnett vehicle "Running Wilde," both canceled after one season.

But in spite of his luck with series longevity, Hurwitz appears to have a sense of humor about the bed he's made for himself. (A bunk bed shared by incestuous teenage cousins, as it were.)

This self-deprecating, step-by-step guide ensures that your television show will alienate as many people as possible and quickly be canceled by executives who are foolishly concerned with details like "ratings" and "profitability."

An excerpt:

Don't be afraid to give characters the same names

Audiences tend to run from confusion. So a show, for instance, where one character is named George Michael, one character is named Michael, one character is named George and one character is named George Oscar (and perhaps another character is named Oscar), will be the kind of show you can almost guarantee people won't develop a fondness for.

Check out the rest of Hurwitz's advice on The Guardian.