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Comedy Central Confirms 26 New Futurama Episodes

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the good-news-everyone dept.

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e9th was one of several readers to write with an update to the Futurama rumors we discussed earlier this week: "TVWeek reports that 20th Century Fox Television and Comedy Central have officially confirmed a deal for 26 new episodes of Futurama, due to the strong ratings of its reruns and feature-length specials. Matt Groening is quoted as saying, 'We're thrilled Futurama is coming back. We now have only 25,766 episodes to make before we catch up with Bender and Fry in the year 3000.' According to the press release, the episodes will begin to come out in mid-2010."

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Awesome... (4, Interesting)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279359)

Why does it take Comedy Central to re-animate the corpses of great shows?

Re:Awesome... (1)

iamjoltman (883526) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279455)

Why does it take Comedy Central to re-animate the corpses of great shows?

Um, I could be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure this is the first corpse that Comedy Central has re-animated.

Re:Awesome... (2, Informative)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279575)

The success of Family Guy on Adult Swim played no small part in its resurrection by Fox. But yes, this might be the first series Comedy Central itself has commissioned new episodes of.

Re:Awesome... (2, Informative)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279871)

You say 'Comedy Central itself' as if Comedy Central is somehow associated with Adult Swim and Cartoon Network. It isn't, well, not beyond being basic cable (Viacom owns Comedy Central, Time Warner owns Cartoon Network, by way of Turner).

Re:Awesome... (4, Funny)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280135)

I think it was said best in the words of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force:

Meatwad: Why don't you ask that TV if he'd mind showing me some Futurama? I like me some Futurama.
Master Shake: Well, now we're too damn cheap to receive it, so go the hell over to Carl Central and watch it to your heart's content.
Meatwad: Carl gets Futurama?
Master Shake: He didn't even want it until we started watching it

Re:Awesome... (1, Redundant)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280199)

Basically since Cartoon Network and DVD sales demonstrated that there was great profit in reanimating corpses. One of the nice things about the trend to releasing TV shows via DVD is that if enough people buy them, the networks start to see dollar signs and are more apt to uncancel them. Admittedly it has to be fairly quick and it doesn't ensure that the show is any good after coming back, but it does give fans at least some hope of getting the show back. Plus, they're zombie shows, and kids like zombies, right?

Re:Awesome... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280701)

Why does it take Comedy Central to re-animate the corpses of great shows?

Does it smell funny? Maybe they could re-animate politics.

Huh wha...? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279373)

yes, yes. We all know Comedy Central executive of extremely intelligent and deserve a huge raise.

Futurama sucks more than Linux (0, Flamebait)

linustorvaldsisaturd (1573171) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279377)

Linux just isn't ready for the desktop yet. It may be ready for the web servers that you nerds use to distribute your TRON fanzines and personal Dungeons and Dragons web-sights across the world wide web, but the average computer user isn't going to spend months learning how to use a CLI and then hours compiling packages so that they can get a workable graphic interface to check their mail with, especially not when they already have a Windows machine that does its job perfectly well and is backed by a major corporation, as opposed to Linux which is only supported by a few unemployed nerds living in their mother's basement somewhere. The last thing I want is a level 5 dwarf (haha) providing me my OS.

Sounds like Fox has finally got its act together. (4, Insightful)

Chardish (529780) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279379)

Lessons learned:

  1. 1. Ratings are not the end-all be-all.
  2. 2. DVD sales matter.

Thinking like this is what saved Dollhouse.

Not true, this is a result of ratings (4, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279587)

For some odd reason, they had only been looking at DVR rating in three day blocks. Some smart person decided, hey, why not 5 day blocks so we can look at the weekend.

Lo and behold, a lot of people in this demographic watch the shows at odd times during the weekends.
This is why despite low Nielson rating Dollhouse was renewed.

I suspect a couple of things are being learned right now.
1) People like to watch on their own terms.
2) Ad skipping isn't as bad as they had thought.

Re:Not true, this is a result of ratings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28279857)

actually you really have to call into question how tv ratings are put together. Sarah Connor being cancelled is an example.

Re:Not true, this is a result of ratings (1)

Sobrique (543255) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279901)

Sadly it's because Sarah Connor Chronicles weren't actually very good until about the last few episodes or so. The whole preceding two seasons were really rather weak as a whole.

Re:Not true, this is a result of ratings (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280451)

Sadly?
Until?

That show is shit.
The only reason it exists is because of that girl from Firefly.

It completely shits on the Terminator story.

Re:Not true, this is a result of ratings (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280605)

It's becasue it brings to light the big glaring holes in the terminator series every week.

If you cans end a machine back in time wrapped in flesh, then you sure as hell can bring a gun back, or a trans port, or a replica of the AI.

Not to mention sending a bot back 10 minutes before John smashes the core.

There where a few nice touchs in the episodes I did watch. When there is a fire fight and she hides behind a chair. Then when the investigator show up they mention that they chair had been armored. Brilliant.
But not enough to overcome the holes and the 'But mom I WANT to do my bot.' angst of the show.

That said, it no bigger a shit then terminator 3.

Re:Sounds like Fox has finally got its act togethe (2, Insightful)

MrMista_B (891430) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279669)

Unfortunately, Dollhouse is crap. Firefly, on the other hand...

Re:Sounds like Fox has finally got its act togethe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28280275)

Tomorrow, you're going to be kidnapped, have your memory erased, and be used as an Active.

Re:Sounds like Fox has finally got its act togethe (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280477)

Correct.
Dollhouse is shit.

Firefly is also shit. It was good the first time through, but the ending and the movie completely fucked it over so much that I can't go and rewatch it. It's just so bad.

Re:Sounds like Fox has finally got its act togethe (5, Funny)

Palshife (60519) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279671)

3. 3. HTML ordered lists already number themselves.

Re:Sounds like Fox has finally got its act togethe (4, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279983)

  1. Not on Slashdot.
  2. The CSS is messed up.
  3. Whichever idiot keeps breaking it should have been fired a long time ago.
  • Unordered lists (like this one) look the same.
  • Although, for some reason, with a different indent level.
  • Very silly, I know.

Re:Sounds like Fox has finally got its act togethe (1)

whiledo (1515553) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280085)

When you say "not on slashdot", do you mean some other time than now? This would seem true given your "keeps breaking it" comment. But it's still a bit unclear. I note that the following code produces the proper auto-numbered result:

<ol>
<li>item 1
<li>item 2
<li>item 3
</ol>

  1. item 1
  2. item 2
  3. item 3

As far as the indent level goes, the left edges of the text in both lists' items line up with each other. Since the numbers with periods and the single dot take up different amounts of space, the overall left edge for the unordered one does look indented. I'm not sure which way I'd actually prefer it. The HTML spec may actually say it should be that way. In any case, it isn't slashdot, it's your browser. Just try editing a plain-jane html file with both types of lists and you'll get the same result even without slashdot's css. I find both FF3 and IE7 format it the same way.

Perhaps this is all a browser problem? Are you still not seeing auto-numbered lists?

Re:Sounds like Fox has finally got its act togethe (2, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280593)

Huh. Now my post shows numbers for the ol and round bullets for the ul. When I posted it, it showed just L shapes for both. Maybe someone saw my post and fixed the CSS. Either that, or it's a massive coincidence since it's been broken for several weeks (months?) and was fixed within two hours of my post...

Re:Sounds like Fox has finally got its act togethe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28280745)

I suspect that you've got some extension overriding the CSS, because in my version of FF3 your post makes you look pretty foolish. What is with those carriage return looking bullet points, anyway?

Re:Sounds like Fox has finally got its act togethe (2)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280789)

By the way, am I the only person who thinks that Alan Tudyk deserves to be the real star of "Dollhouse"? In two episodes he out-acted Eliza Dushku's entire season.

Hope they warm up before starting (3, Interesting)

Phoenix666 (184391) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279395)

the two movies that followed the series felt like the writers and voice actors were out of practice. That said, this is Good News! indeed.

Re:Hope they warm up before starting (4, Insightful)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280047)

Two movies? Try four:

Bender's Big Score
The Beast With A Billion Backs
Bender's Big Game
Into The Wild Green Yonder

And I wouldn't say the writers were out of practice, so much as they weren't used to writing a 90-minute feature-length piece (the same problem is evident in the Simpsons movie). Futurama excelled in 22-minute installments. It'll be nice to see them return to that format.

Re:Hope they warm up before starting (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280209)

Maybe it's selective perception to protect the mind.

After all, there has been only one Star Wars trilogy!

Re:Hope they warm up before starting (2, Insightful)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280569)

Bender's Game was awesome and hilarious. Most Futurama "fans" who say they don't like this aren't actual Futurama fans. They're the "fans" that came along after the show was canceled, and who have only watched the show selectively. These people do not get/appreciate the many, many nerdy references. This movies was pure Futurama.

The weakest of the four is The Beast with a Billion Backs.

Re:Hope they warm up before starting (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280671)

I wasn't fond of Bender's Game...but for a particular reason: I enjoyed the A story, and I enjoyed the B story, I just didn't like how they were joined together. Very awkward.

Re:Hope they warm up before starting (1)

LMacG (118321) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280079)

Which "two"? The first two? The last two? Numbers 1 and 4?

More Than Deserves a Second Chance (5, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279407)

I'm convinced Futurama was not canceled for any reason within its power. The powers that be at Fox seemed to think that moving its time slot around so no one knew when it was on was a great idea. I don't know how the politics work there within the scheduling and piloting areas of Fox but someone must have had a problem with Futurama.

The show had a great format. You had a mechanism for sending the crew anywhere where Professor Farnsworth would walk in saying "Good news everyone ... you're going to planet X to deliver package Y" with optional information about said planet. From there, they could go anywhere. Using a mechanism like this was a lot like Star Trek (although better than just Trek's "for the sake of discovery" in my opinion but I know that's a monkey shit fight I can't win). And Star Trek (or some form of it) is still going strong on that same idea. Hell, I'll bet there's some pulp sci-fi series in nickel paperback form long ago that used the idea that the universe has an uncountable number of planets so there's an uncountable number of plot lines to keep my readers entertained and me employed.

And Futurama is animated so you're not limited by budgets and CGI.

I think the writers did a good job of keeping multiple plot arcs up and concentrating on them every now and then to keep the fans happy. I think the first movie (Bender's Big Score) was a clear indication of how much they value development in plot arcs and connections between episodes.

To compare it to a show far past it's prime and in a similar format: The Simpsons. The Simpsons has explored every possible crevice and building in Springfield to center on ... from the town sundial to the quarry to the statue of Jedediah Springfield to Springfield Gorge to the old folks home to the ... they have stretched that town out so badly that recent episodes seem to seep more into neighboring towns for a desperate change of pace. You wouldn't have this problem with Futurama.

Sure, Futurama could jump the shark. But I bet it will last a lot longer than other series if given the chance. Sure, Futurama could end up worse than before the break--much like Family Guy. But I think Family Guy depended too much on edgy questionable humor and when it came back and still had that humor it just wasn't as shocking. And the gimmicks and long digresses got old and tedious. I don't think Futurama relies on these as much as Family Guy.

Anyways, that's my largely opinionated two cents about a show I knew nothing about when it was airing and found it immensely enjoyable years after it was canceled. That's the only show I can say that about. The movies were ok but nothing like the TV formatted shows. Here's to hoping it's just as good as when it left off Season Four!

For the record normally I would complain about lack of originality in a situation like this but after watching some new shows on TV I don't care. Who ever is pitching/accepting these shows like The War at Home and 'til Death should be shot.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (4, Informative)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279489)

And Futurama is animated so you're not limited by budgets and CGI.

Futurama is animated using digital ink and paint techniques. So, yes, by its definition it would be CGI.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (2, Informative)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279565)

Oops left that there is extensive 3D CGI rendering used throughout the show by Rough Draft using the PowerAnimator modeling software.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (1)

momerath2003 (606823) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280283)

The key is that they don't have to spend gobs of money in an attempt to make it photorealistic.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (1)

kenp2002 (545495) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279545)

...And Futurama is animated so you're not limited by budgets and CGI...

Actually most animation is now computer driven so it is actually CGI but considerably cheaper then the old animation methods. 2-D CGI is still CGI.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280335)

Yes, and a significant number of models are reused episode to episode. I'd be surprised if they haven't got the DOoP headquarters squirreled away somewhere, in case it ever gets rebuilt. They do still have to repaint things as needed, but the work of designing the space and rendering it to model is complete. Just move the camera and rerender.

I have to admit that watching older cartoons, even those that are only 15 years old makes me kind of nostalgic. For the times when long hallways had the same table every 10 feet and every line was composed of the same 6 people queing and requeing as required to fill space.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (4, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279591)

"The morons who cancelled us not only got fired, but also got beaten! Badly!"

The biggest problem plaguing Fox was the constant shuffling of executives in charge of the schedule. Because the new guy in place feared that a succesful show implemented by its predecessor would not give HIM credit, he'd just move it around, keeping prime slots for his own pet projects. Fast forward six months, change execs again, repeat until your schedule is a stinker parade surrounding a few scant barely palatable options. Good shows get lost in the cracks.

"This is executive Alpha, programmed to like things he's seen before."
"Hey hey hey!"
"This is executive Beta, programmed to underestimate the audience."
"It's funny, but how will it go with farmers?"
"And this is executive Gamma, programmed to roll dice to determine the schedule."
*rolls dice* "MORE REALITY SHOWS!"

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (5, Funny)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279881)

"It's funny, but how will it go with farmers?"

Correct quote: ""This is executive Beta, programmed to underestimate middle America." "It's funny, but will it get them off their tractors?"

Loss of 20 geek points. Please complete three Windows ME to Vista upgrades as penance.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (3, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279905)

Please complete three Windows ME to Vista upgrades as penance.

Can't I just take over boulder duty from Sysyphus instead? Then I'd be done sometime this millenia at least!

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280011)

"It's funny, but how will it go with farmers?"

Correct quote: ""This is executive Beta, programmed to underestimate middle America." "It's funny, but will it get them off their tractors?"

Loss of 20 geek points. Please complete three Windows ME to Vista upgrades as penance.

Loss of 50 geek points for using an off-topic penance. The correct penance is to demote to Bureaucrat Grade 37. Now you're going to have to deliver pillows on Stumbos IV, without the anti-gravity dolly.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280675)

Nice try, but had they actually had those to install, they would ahve lost more mod point. Resulting in more installs. Kind Sisyphus-ian in nature. Yet, two Sisyphus jokes in one /. thread.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (1)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280817)

I post all comments at a score of 0 so I have nothing to lose if I'm wrong, but shouldn't your sig read "If I dial 0.0.0.0, can I make all the phones in the world ring at once?"

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280721)

"The morons who cancelled us not only got fired, but also got beaten! Badly!"

The biggest problem plaguing Fox was the constant shuffling of executives in charge of the schedule. Because the new guy in place feared that a succesful show implemented by its predecessor would not give HIM credit, he'd just move it around, keeping prime slots for his own pet projects. Fast forward six months, change execs again, repeat until your schedule is a stinker parade surrounding a few scant barely palatable options. Good shows get lost in the cracks.

The other issue is that sports often pre-empted Futurama (and many other shows), or in some timezones, extended over it. So even if you knew when Futurama was supposed to be on (that week), there's a good chance it would get pre-empted anyhow. This often led to seasons being cut short because not only did the timeslot move constantly, but the show would be aired erratically.

It's not like Fox doesn't have uh, Fox Sports to show that stuff on... those not interested catch it close to live, those who want to watch sports (always live) can use their DVRs or VCRs to record the programming as normal.

The Fox network is probably why people need DVRs to keep track of the constant schedule shifts, and have those DVRs check almost hourly to ensure shows are still going to be aired and not pre-empted by something else. And Fox will then still screw it up.

For those not blessed with DVRs (they were fairly new and unusual nearly a decade ago), it was trivially easy to miss a new episode of Futurama thinking spotrs would be on, or trying to catch Futurama and catching the end of football or something. At least there were several enterprising people back then putting up episodes for download...

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (5, Interesting)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279653)

"Family Guy" is the Denzel Washington of animated series. At one point, it was fresh and original.

But then it became huge. Now everyone loves it because it's "Family Guy." Stewie's gonna say something gay, there's gonna be thirty "like that time I was..." jokes that are sorta mildly amusing. Every once it a while it steps out and does something fresh (Blue Harvest), but then it's back into the routine. Or the 'new' just gets recycled into the routine (like the Shawshank parody.)

Denzel Washington does the same thing as an actor. He's played "Morally right guy that the establishment doesn't like / believe / trust" in like twenty movies now. Every once in a while he steps out and it's fantastic (Training Day), but then he turns around and makes "Man on Fire" three more times for the paychecks.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (2, Interesting)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279849)

Easier to make Family Guy drinking games though.

Recognize a pop culture reference? Take a shot.
Be the only one in the room who gets it? Take two shots.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (1)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280149)

"Family Guy" is the Denzel Washington of animated series. At one point, it was fresh and original.

But then it became huge. Now everyone loves it because it's "Family Guy." Stewie's gonna say something gay, there's gonna be thirty "like that time I was..." jokes that are sorta mildly amusing. Every once it a while it steps out and does something fresh (Blue Harvest), but then it's back into the routine. Or the 'new' just gets recycled into the routine (like the Shawshank parody.)

Denzel Washington does the same thing as an actor. He's played "Morally right guy that the establishment doesn't like / believe / trust" in like twenty movies now. Every once in a while he steps out and it's fantastic (Training Day), but then he turns around and makes "Man on Fire" three more times for the paychecks.

I think that FG's parodies, best exemplified in "Blue Harvest," suffer from the writing staff's lack of experience writing scenes other than "like that time I was..." jokes. Compare Blue Harvest with the Robot Chicken Star Wars special and you see FG following the original plot and dialog with occasional slight tweaks. When they digress heavily, and they only do it a handful of times, they end up doing rather unsuccessful versions of their normal non sequiturs. Robot Chicken, on the other hand, showed a great deal of creativity. It actually came up with new ideas in the setting of Star Wars, where FG mostly just drew the original Star Wars movie.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (1)

krakelohm (830589) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280645)

I think Robot Chicken as an 'animated skit show' did what was expected of them, just made a bunch of star wars skits, just as Family Guy made a (lack of a better term) story episode. Dont get me wrong I dig the Chicken but they did nothing more then usually except kept with a theme for the whole time.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28280269)

You say that like that doesn't apply to every single show that is on for more than a single season.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280715)

First, you dn't like it, don't watch. Lots of people don't like it, they jsut don't have sucj a huge egoas to think anyone cares.

In Hollywood, it's 1 to 5. You can make 5 'paycheck' movies and long as you then do at least one 'good' one.

Or it used to be, but with Adam Sandler and Will Farrell still making bank, that rule might have been suspended~

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (3, Informative)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279691)

And Futurama is animated so you're not limited by budgets and CGI.

I'm certain all the artists they have animating the show would be happy to hear that they're all working for free, since they're obviously not included in your budget plan.

And Futurama DOES use a lot of CGI effects (i.e. the New New York skyline shots). They're just not too obvious and they fit in with the hand-drawn stuff.

Re:More Than Deserves a Second Chance (1)

relguj9 (1313593) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280489)

Anyways, that's my largely opinionated two cents about a show I knew nothing about when it was airing and found it immensely enjoyable years after it was canceled. That's the only show I can say that about. The movies were ok but nothing like the TV formatted shows. Here's to hoping it's just as good as when it left off Season Four!

I agree completely! I watched this for the first time on Cartoon Network and got hooked and watched every episode that aired religiously until I had seen them all several times.

At the end of the day, Cartoon Network deserves a lot of credit for (yet again) resurrecting a once, but clearly undeservedly and prematurely, dead comedy cartoon. I'm more excited about Futurama than I was about Family Guy though!

Hot Diggity Daffodil! (4, Insightful)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279415)

It's been said before and is worth repeating: The movies were 45 minutes of material crammed into 90 minutes of airtime. The 22 minute format is the best way for the series to continue.

Now, if they can just treat the movies as non-canon, all will be right with the world. New Futurama is always welcome.

Re:Hot Diggity Daffodil! (2, Insightful)

RealErmine (621439) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279601)

Now, if they can just treat the movies as non-canon

Seriously? I love the show, but it's a cartoon. It's not exactly a coherent work of fiction.

Re:Hot Diggity Daffodil! (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280643)

I love the show, but it's a TV show. It's not exactly a coherent work of fiction.

Fixed that for you. There's no reason a cartoon can't be a coherent work of fiction. On the other hand, there's all sorts of obstacles to any TV show being coherent over the long term.

Re:Hot Diggity Daffodil! (3, Insightful)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279801)

Now, if they can just treat the movies as non-canon, all will be right with the world. New Futurama is always welcome.

The end of Green Yonder has them SPOILER move into another universe /SPOILER, with just the ship and crew.
They can therefore ignore pretty much everything done before.

Re:Hot Diggity Daffodil! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28280635)

Not true. At the end of the Green Yonder they enter a wormhole not knowing where it will take them.

It could deposit them anywhere, including exactly where they started.

Re:Hot Diggity Daffodil! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28280725)

Now, if they can just treat the movies as non-canon, all will be right with the world. New Futurama is always welcome.

The end of Green Yonder has them SPOILER move into another universe /SPOILER, with just the ship and crew.
They can therefore ignore pretty much everything done before.

Oh please, if you're not seeing the "Zomg, the planet express crew is trapped in 2009 Old New York!" twist they're planning... well...

Dear Mr. Groening (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28279427)

Please don't turn Futurama into the politically correct fiasco that The Simpsons has become. I honestly fear for this show after seeing the current The Simpsons season.

It's too late (5, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279491)

Too much time has passed.

The professor's probably dead by now, the kids will be all late teenagers, etc.

In Bender's case you can always put another guy in the costume but come on! Where do they expect to find another actress with the eye mutation?

Can Futurama unjump the shark? (0, Troll)

Ed Avis (5917) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279505)

The important question is, who have they got down to write these new episodes? The funny, sharp writers who made the show so good in seasons 1 and 2? Or will they resort again to the lazy dimwits who made series 3 and 4 a disappointment?

Re:Can Futurama unjump the shark? (5, Informative)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279737)

3 and 4 disappointments? Leela's Homeworld, Jurassic Bark, The Why of Fry, Roswell that Ends Well, Godfellas, The Sting, The Farnsworth Paradox... plenty of episodes in those seasons that make them worthwhile...and I could probably come up with more if I had an episode list handy.

Re:Can Futurama unjump the shark? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28279877)

Jurassic Bark is one of the best episodes to ever have been shown on TV.
I can barely think about it without getting teary-eyed.

Re:Can Futurama unjump the shark? (1)

krakelohm (830589) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280685)

I hear ya on that one, I just have to delete it right off the ol Tivo when it shows up because its such an emotional episode.

Re:Can Futurama unjump the shark? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28279929)

Agreed, Ed Avis is trolling unless he backs up the statement that 3 & 4 were bad. From Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] here are some more to add to your list: "Amazon Women in the Mood", "Parasites Lost", "A Tale of Two Santas", "The Luck of the Fryrish", "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid", "Insane in the Mainframe", "Time Keeps on Slippin'", "Anthology of Interest II", "Godfellas", "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles", "The Why of Fry", "Three Hundred Big Boys"

Re:Can Futurama unjump the shark? (1)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280291)

I just recently watched all the episodes straight through, I agree that there were some great episodes in the later half, but there were also a couple of episodes that I watched later on that were just really, really tedious. Usually the ones with the kids in it, e.g. "The Route of All Evil" was possibly the most irritating thing I have watched in recent memory. It's not outside the realm of probability that that particular episode was created through interference by Fox to create a show that appealed more to children though. I'm willing to forgive and forget though, especially since some of the later episodes were really good.

Re:Can Futurama unjump the shark? (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280547)

Yeah, but that one also had Bender becoming a microbrew. Six of one, half dozen of the other.

Plus, it's not like *every* episode can be a smash. I'm sure there's some in 1 & 2 that aren't exactly fondly remembered.

Re:Can Futurama unjump the shark? (2, Informative)

brainstyle (752879) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280431)

The Farnsworth Paradox

Actually, it's The Farnsworth Parabox [wikipedia.org]. It had boxes! And a PAIR of them! HA! And then there were more than two boxes, but let's forget about that for the moment.

Re:Can Futurama unjump the shark? (4, Informative)

all_the_names_are_ta (957291) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279859)

Series four gave us The Farnsworth Parabox, The Sting, 300 Big Boys and The Devils Hands are Idle Playthings, all of which were awesome.

Also, more importantly, which writers dropped off the show in seasons three and four that you think were funny and sharp? Given the writers credits in Wikipedia suggest that almost all contributors in the first two seasons wrote episodes in three and four I'm not really sure who you're referring to:

List of Futurama episodes with writers [wikipedia.org]

Re:Can Futurama unjump the shark? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28280081)

No, Ed Avis merely is employing the "that show used to be cool but it has gone downhill since season one" mentality that is not only fashionable these days but also gives you street cred. That's all he's doing and nothing more.

Front Page News? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28279673)

n/t

reboot (5, Funny)

cstacy (534252) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279761)

This will be a reboot of Futurama with a new cast, and more action (and sex) to excite a younger more modern audience. The Planet Express spaceship's bridge will look like the Apple Store, Leela will be having a secret affair with Bender. It will be shot in realistic shakey-cam. And there will be lots of lens flare...

Re:reboot (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28280343)

Wow, I thought references to Star Trek were supposed to be veiled. That was about as subtle as a sledgehammer. BE MORE FUNNY.

Now, if only they'd establish a track record... (2, Informative)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#28279781)

... for not giving up on everything else...?

Let it die. (3, Insightful)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280141)

I really like Futurama; I have all four DVD sets and the four movies. However, I think this series should rest in peace. It's over.

The series was great and got progressively better as time went on. However, if the movies are any indication the revived series will be crap. Each movie was worse than the last. They weren't particularly creative with the stories and overall the writing overwrought and not compelling. There was so much untapped potential in the series but instead the movies degraded into pathetic, poorly executed fan service. Some jokes were quite funny but otherwise I felt like they were trying too hard to recreate Family Guy and Adult Swim's brand of humor. And probably the most obnoxious part was the constant environmentalist proselytizing. Some episodes used Al Gore and that theme to great effect but Bender's Game, in particular, was about as subtle as a sledgehammer to the crotch.

However, I am a sucker for Futurama, so I'll definitely watch. But if it ends up being the same kind of crap I saw in the movies I wont be watching for long.

Re:Let it die. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28280535)

I have to agree.
Sometimes you don't want to bring something back and should just let it rest in peace. I understand that producers want to milk popular ideas until they are nothing but dried up shriveled tits but do it while it is still going strong, don't resurrect a corpse that has already been killed and left to rot.
If you must bring something back from the dead just be prepared for it to become a Frankenstein monster that will eventually end up ripping your arms of and results in getting you linched by the local towns people(i.e. fans).
But I guess if you can't find or create any more original ideas...

Re:Let it die. (1)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280731)

Bender's Game wasn't about environmentalism, it just used non-renewable fuels as a plot device. Into the Wild Green Yonder, on the other hand, was definitely anvilicious.

No more suicide for me. (2, Interesting)

orsty3001 (1377575) | more than 4 years ago | (#28280403)

Over the past 15 years I've watched as my life become harder to live due to a series of set backs that are out of my control. I sat down and reasoned out suicide as being the best solution to my permanent problems. Now that Futurama is coming back on TV I figured that I should just sit around until it goes off the air again. I hope it's as good as it used to be.
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