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Fox puts abrupt stop to ‘Arrested Development’

There was no official announcement — there rarely is when the networks wield the ax — but after two and half wonderfully funny seasons, Fox’s Emmy-winning “Arrested Development” is dead.

Network TV’s best comedy has been abruptly pulled from the Fox schedule for the rest of November sweeps and has had its `order” for this season cut from 22 episodes to 13.

The episodes that have already been filmed will be burned off in December and, as of January, “Arrested” will vanish, the victim of low (really low) viewership.

Also whacked: “Kitchen Confidential” — one of the season’s better new comedies — which followed “Arrested Development” on Monday nights. It has also been pulled from November schedule (the two sitcoms will be replaced by repeats of “Prison Break”) and its final installments will also show up in December. “Kitchen Confidential” only got to air three episodes but its audience was even smaller than the one for “Arrested Development.”