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YES! (1, Offtopic)

Monkeman (827301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606144)

This is some of the greatest news I've heard in a long time. A very long time. Really really long time.

Re:YES! (1)

Yallis (759425) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606467)

Actually the greatest news in a thousand years!

Re:YES! (-1, Troll)

Golias (176380) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606499)

Fantastic news, yes.

Now, will this new DVD series be funny? I think the original run of Futurama would have been a lot better if they made it funny.

Re:YES! (1)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606501)


Yep. And after it's gone straight to DVD, and they've had the initial massive sales... It goes to TV.

Yes - it began with Futurama. DVD is the release medium and crap films go straight to TV instead of DVD. Think about it - it makes so much more sense (for them). Hell, it can even shut down the Betamax argument.

If they bring this back.. (5, Funny)

Nifrith (860526) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606146)

.. the Simpsons can kiss my shiny metal ass.

Benderillos (1)

essreenim (647659) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606175)

..mandatory Bender joke

hehehhhh hhehehhh [geocities.com]

You've Slashdotted It (1)

TexVex (669445) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606219)

Here's the Google cache link [64.233.187.104] .

Sound Great (5, Insightful)

knoebelsPT (883833) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606148)

No commercials, new episodes, no network censors. I'll be the first in line

Re:Sound Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606173)

first in line... clicking on the .torrent file? *arr!*

Re:Sound Great (0)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606252)

No commercials, new episodes, no network censors. I'll be the first in line

"I'll buy that for a dollar!"

Or else I'll download it from Bittorrent like a good Slashdotter if they charge any more than that...

Re:Sound Great (4, Funny)

Fyz (581804) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606401)

Unless of course the commercials are for Molten Boron.

Nobody doesn't like Molten Boron

Niche marketing vs. Broadcasting (5, Insightful)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606153)

Well, it makes sense that if they didn't see enough financial benefit to broadcasting it, but there's a strong enough fan base, to sell it to them directly. Capitalism working well. Bravo!

Re:Niche marketing vs. Broadcasting (4, Interesting)

jericho4.0 (565125) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606273)

I don't understand the economics of this. Most TV watchers have access to dozens of channels, and that number goes up all the time. Futurama is a widely liked show, compared to much of the content available at any one time, yet it's still not cost effective to broadcast?

This seems to me to indicate that something is fundamentally wrong with the model, and it will continue to push quality off the airwaves in favour of crap.

Re:Niche marketing vs. Broadcasting (2, Insightful)

balthan (130165) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606379)

yet it's still not cost effective to broadcast?

It's probably not so much that's it's not cost-effective to broadcast, but that it's not cost-effective enough. Networks make most of their money from the "hit" shows, so it's easier for them just to churn out new shows and cancel them after 3 episodes until they land the next hit. Futurama may have been profitable (I have no idea), but they were probably looking for Simpsons type numbers and regarded it as a failure.

One day someone's going to start pandering to the niche markets and make a comfortable living doing so. Sci-Fi had that oppurtunity early on, but blew it trying to follow the major networks.

Re:Niche marketing vs. Broadcasting (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606290)

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Re:Niche marketing vs. Broadcasting (-1, Troll)

poopdeville (841677) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606298)

Anyone got a torrent?

Sci-fi series? (2, Interesting)

sound+vision (884283) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606158)

That's an odd way to put it.

Re:Sci-fi series? (5, Funny)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606190)

I'd assume the "sci fi" misconception stems from the fact that it takes place in the future, and there are space ships and aliens, and they travel to different planets, and a robot is a main character. It amazes me the number of people who don't realise that it is a historical medical drama. Really just a Dr. Quinn rip off.

Re:Sci-fi series? (4, Funny)

TylerL82 (617087) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606391)

Cartoon Network said ti best when they called it an "Action Cartoon Sci-Fi Comedy Drama that redefines Action Cartoon Sci-Fi Comedy Dramas".

Good tidings (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606160)

I would buy it, sure.

This IS the best news I've heard in a while.

REMINDER: Bender doesn't care (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606162)

First post on behalf of bender

let the quotes begin! (1)

Moustache N Tits (828608) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606163)

"sweet zombie Jesus!"

Just watched Mother's Day (1)

October_30th (531777) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606227)

Mom: "Jerkwad robots make me sick to my ass!"

Farnsworth: "The thought of caressing that leathery hide makes the tapioca rise in my gullet."
Fry: "Professor, please. The fate of the world depends on you getting to second base with Mom."
Farnsworth: "Very well. If cop a feel I must, then cop a feel I shall!"

Mom: "Your eyes always were the most beautiful shade of milky white."
Farnsworth: "And your skin still dangles so gracefully from your neck."

thats what it would have been like .. (2)

torpor (458) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606234)

.. if i'd invented the finglonger ..

Re:let the quotes begin! (1)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606240)

"Very well...let this abomination unto the Lord begin!"

Re:let the quotes begin! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606265)

what do we want?

FUUTUURAAAMMMAAA!

and when do we want it?

FUUTUURAAAMMMAAA!

Re:let the quotes begin! (1)

Ristol (745640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606312)

OH... YOUR... GOD!

Re:let the quotes begin! (5, Funny)

aslate (675607) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606339)

Fry: You got that off the internet? In my day we only used the internet for pornography.

Professor: Oh, that's still true.

Hermes: Behold the internet!

Fry: My God! It's full of ads!

Re:let the quotes begin! (1)

aslate (675607) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606350)

This is why i should use preview. The first two are one quote, the second two are another.

Re:let the quotes begin! (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606370)

Mom: Cram a bastard in it, you crap!

YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (5, Insightful)

cocoacow (838794) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606164)

I think this is proof that adult entertainment is really evolving. And who do we have to thank for all this wonderfullness? Adult Swim [adultswim.com] .
They have really shown the world that we want more animation, just like they get in japan. And what better then more episodes of my most favorite show of all time, (besides the simpsons). Seems the quick dissemination of television shows to DVD also really helps show those network borgs just how much we really love a show. Take that Nielsen!

Re:YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606232)

Sorry... but Futurama isn't in any means adult animation. Come on, while you read slashdot, you can't be counted as adult.

Re:YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606261)

Too bad we can't get FOX to make more episodes of Trigun or Bebop...

Re:YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (2, Interesting)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606372)

Don't ask Fox. Ask Adult Swim and Cartoon Network. That's how we got a second season of Big O..

Re:YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (3, Insightful)

Tim Browse (9263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606268)

Hmm...except, I love the Simpsons and Futurama, but the fact that they are animated has nothing to do with it - it's mainly because they are well written and acted comedies.

Obviously both shows get some mileage from being animated, in that you can do things that would normally be expensive (esp. in Futurama), but that is for me, very much a side issue.

I don't ever think "Yay! Futurama's on! I love animation!", I think "Yay! Futurama's on! Bender is great! Deal with it!"

Re:YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (1)

suitepotato (863945) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606296)

Between SeaLab 2021 and Harvey Birdman I get all the sick adult animated humor I need. Getting them on DVD would be even better. Hey, I actually have the first one's first season on DVD. Cool, now I just gotta wait until every other ep of both are out and by that time, we might see Futurama ready to roll. Now where did I put my Best Buy gift cards from Xmas?

Re:YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606342)

adult entertainment

Adult entertainment always seems to be at the forefront of various forms of media. Early films included adult films, television was a little different.


Yes, we have come a long way from the humble, but still beloved, lapdance.

Re:YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (1)

jwiegley (520444) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606404)

About 80% of what my TiVo records is animated. Of course others view this as a sign of immaturity but there is one simple fact about Futurama, Simpsons, Venture Bros., Family Guy, etc.:
None of them have (or need) a laugh track.
They are so well written and acted that they stand on their own.

All of the other weekly, live comedy shows require a laughtrack because, honestly and simply, they aren't funny. Because of this, I find them insulting and completely non-entertaining. I stopped watching them all years and years ago.

Re:YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (1)

0xdeaddead (797696) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606431)

You know I never noticed that!

But its' true, sitcoms are *NOT* funny in the least bit!, They (sitcoms) are so weak that they have to tell you when its a 'joke'... What a joke.

Now I remember why I canceled TV.

Re:YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (1)

staed (663422) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606475)

But I bet some of the other 20% includes the show "Scrubs". Also without a laugh track. And well written.

Shows that doesn't tell me when to laugh are usually the best.

Re:YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (1)

3waygeek (58990) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606500)

Scrubs is a good show -- one of my favorites. However, it's not on NBC's fall schedule; it may show up as a mid/late season replacement.

Re:YEY! Adult swim helps us all out~ (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606481)

I always explain it like this
"If i want to see real people acting like buffoons i shall look out of my window "
Animation alows for things just not possible in non animated shows.Plus Animation is a true art form .

Let it die (-1, Troll)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606166)

Why can't it just die. Simpsons, family guy and futurama are all pretty much the same show with different coloured characters and situations. all the jokes are pretty much identical so does it matter if one dies?

Re:Let it die (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606180)

Sure, let the simpsons die... it has had more than a decade.

More family guy and futurama :)

Re:Let it die (3, Informative)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606183)

WRONG! family guy is completely different, the whole comedy style is NOTHING like the simpsons. (family guy is freaking hilarious and senseless, while simpsons has an interesting plot/story every week).

as for futurama, it has a more sci-fi/geek based comedy style that you wont find in the others.

Re:Let it die (1)

Mancat (831487) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606211)

simpsons has an interesting plot/story every week).

Not since 1996.

Re:Let it die (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606415)

Thats not fair , Season 8 had some of the best eppisodes of the simpsons ande Season 9 had a fair few greats aswell. It did start to faulter a bit after season 9 though , but there are a few gems in seasons 10-14 . It really started to sink at season 15 , The actors and animation have improved alot . The writting however (whilst good) just dosn't seem to have the spark it did , I do think they are running out of ground to tread with the current set-up .
It may work if they start to age the charicters a bit , well for a few seasons .
But the simpsons has had a great run .

Re:Let it die (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606368)

family guy is [...] NOTHING like the simpsons.
Moderation
30% Informative
30% Insightful


I am speechless.

Re:Let it die (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606382)

Totaly agree , Family guy is more sillyness and absurd situation (nothing wrong with that ) and is a riot for it ,The simpsons is far more situational and grounded ,it can do more serious stuff well whilst still giving you a laugh(they occasionaly do silly stuff too though which is also great).
Futurama i loved as well the charichters are all great , its has quantom indeterminacy jokes"No fair , you changed the result by mesuring it" and a plethera of geek/nerd reference .
I started whatching American Dad aswell which looks to be promosing , I will pick up the first season DVD when its out (for now i have to use Bittorent , im in germany)

Re:Let it die (4, Insightful)

akeru (15942) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606205)

Clearly you have never watched Futurama. The Simpsons, Family Guy and (now) American Dad: all pretty much the same "let's make fun of the 'Leave It To Beaver' family" with appropriately similar jokes involving the idiocy of the father. Futurama does away with almost all of that. The only similarity is in the "stupidity jokes". Think before you speak.

Re:Let it die (2, Insightful)

kv9 (697238) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606210)

short answer: yes.
long answer: yes -- family guy died once and it did matter for the fans so fox revived it.

and to be on topic, i for one cant wait for our futurama overlords to be back. even on dvd.

Re:Let it die (1)

Nemo_The_Mad (819106) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606288)

Thats specially on dvd, for the rest of the planet that does not have the advantage of being able to receive fox. I hope that this does come true, and not be just another rumor.

Re:Let it die (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606272)

Actually, pretty much the only reason Futurama and Family Guy died in the first place is that Fox doesn't know how to properly manage award winning shows. Futurama was constantly preempted by NFL games and played at the oddest times. Also, the DVD commentaries of Futarama are amazing. One can't help but be amazed at the talent of the writers, actors and everyone behind the show.

And look at what they've done with Arrested Development, definetily one of the top sitcoms (if you can call it that) on television right now. I just think it's not fair that Fox has the ability to somehow get all these great shows but totally screw it up every time.

Re:Let it die (1)

Frizzle Fry (149026) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606311)

all pretty much the same show with different coloured characters and situations. all the jokes are pretty much identical so does it matter if one dies

That's a pretty accurate description of tv in general.

Sweet (2, Insightful)

Lullabye_Muse (808255) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606167)

I just started my futurama collection yesterday volume one is better than the Simpsons, season one content wise.

Theres just one thing to say... (-1, Redundant)

Mindwarp (15738) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606172)

They can bite my shiny metal disc!

Re:Theres just one thing to say... (2, Funny)

saigon_from_europe (741782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606250)

It doesn't look so shiny to me.

Good news everyone! (2, Funny)

koinu (472851) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606184)

This is my favorite series.

Redundant (0, Redundant)

October_30th (531777) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606186)

I'll probably get modded down as redudant, but this is most excellent news! I've already got all four seasons on DVD and I'd certainly buy new episodes as well.

Better than the Simpsons (5, Interesting)

vitalyb (752663) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606187)

I'd hate to offend anyone this is really just what I believe Futurama is. Shows continue if they hit the largest common dominator of the mob watching the show, sadly (aka "2 Fast 2 Furious") the common dominator is quite low.

Result:
Simpsons are on their what? 10th season? Futurama was canceled after 5 seasons (and correct me if the numbers are wrong, that's not the point).

I like Simpsons as well (even if not too much) but as far as humor goes, Futurama is more witty, complicated and deep.

Re:Better than the Simpsons (2, Informative)

ejdmoo (193585) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606229)

Simpsons are finishing up season 16 now, FYI. :)

They are contracted through another 1 or 2 seasons, and they are contracted through 2010 for syndication.

Please correct me if I'm wrong...

Fox is also experimenting with Web downloads (3, Informative)

prostoalex (308614) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606188)

Last year Fox started airing "My big fat obnoxious boss" - a reality show, a blatant rip-off of NBC's The Apprentice, but with a bunch of humorous twists, and parts of it were pretty funny.

Well, they unexpectedly pulled the show after Episode 5, apparently could not compete with Desperate Housewives during the same time slot, so they figured some show about UFOs was worth it, while Obnoxious boss was not.

They posted the remaining episodes on www.fox.com/bigfat (the link doesn't work anymore) later, with a new episode published every Friday. I am not sure what their traffic numbers were, but a lot of fans of the Boss downloaded the complete episodes.

I'd assume Fox would be pretty open to the scheme where they charge $1 or so per download (the obnoxious boss ones were not-DRMed, just regular WMV files, as far as I can remember). Makes sense with the amount of shows they keep cancelling and each show having a "long tail" following of maybe tens of thousands fans, but not millions, to make it justifiable to air on primetime TV.

How long... (5, Interesting)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606193)

Before TV is nothing but a preview for DVDs or some sort of streaming on demand system. How many cancled shows have been released on DVD with a bunch of episodes that never even aired?

Where's the game? (1, Offtopic)

rice_burners_suck (243660) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606194)

DVD is nice and all, but I'm still waiting for the video game to come out. :-)

Re:Where's the game? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606366)

screw video games. Im gonna wait until the real 3000 happens

Re:Where's the game? (1)

Beebos (564067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606402)

The Futurama video game came out like a year or more ago.

I'll believe it when I see it (2, Interesting)

SpryGuy (206254) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606199)

I'm not sure how they really expect to do this if they're going to go direct to DVD. It seems to me that if they were interested in funding new episodes, they'd want to show them on their station, collect the ratings numbers and ad revenue, and THEN release them on DVD some time later. Wouldn't that end up making them more money, or at least give them a better shot of making a profit?

I do hope they create more episodes though. I loved Futurama. I worry, though, if they can get all the same cast and talent back.

Re:I'll believe it when I see it (1)

edbulldog (851508) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606270)

What I don't like about this is that some people are going to want to get a preview of the new episodes. To get that preview, they are probably going to download them. And when they download them, Fox is going to get all ballistic about lost revenue, even if the downloading fans are actually planing to buy the DVDs...

Re:I'll believe it when I see it (1)

allanc (25681) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606300)

Not if they could make significantly more ad revenue with a different show in the same time slot.

Maybe instead of not showing them at all, though, they could show them around 6am. I for one would really enjoy being able to watch an episode of a good TV show before going to work.

Re:I'll believe it when I see it (1)

SirTalon42 (751509) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606399)

You should watch the first minute or so of the first new episode of Family Guy, they make fun of Fox and all their failed shows they have started and then cancelled since they were cancelled.

Re:I'll believe it when I see it (5, Insightful)

ucblockhead (63650) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606320)

Not necessarily, as airtime is a limited resource. They probably assume that they can put another show in its place that'll bring in more ad revenue. This is quite rational if a show has a strong fan base but gets low overall numbers.


The shows that do best are stuff that appeals enough to lots and lots of people so that they watch it instead of the other channel. (Roughly speaking.) Lots of people watch stuff on TV just because it's there. A show that most people don't care for but that a few people love will do horribly.


DVD sales are the opposite. A show makes lots of money on DVD if it can convince someone to pay $59.95 or more for a season. The only people who are going to do this are rabid fans. So on DVD, a show with a bunch of rabid fans will do better than a show that everyone sort of likes but no one loves.


That's why a "Firefly" can sell more DVDs than "Everybody Loves Raymond". Fewer people like "Firefly", so it got poorer ratings. But the number of people who loved "Firefly" is greater than those who loved "Everybody Loves Raymond", so it sold more DVDs.


If shows start going "straight to DVD", it could be very good for those of us who likes niche shows. Producers will have to worry less about appealing to the entire TV viewing population and will pay more attention to the rabid fanbase.

Re:I'll believe it when I see it (2, Funny)

Dhalka226 (559740) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606374)

But the number of people who loved "Firefly" is greater than those who loved "Everybody Loves Raymond", so it sold more DVDs.

But I thought everybody loved Raymond?

(I can't believe nobody took that one before me!)

Re:I'll believe it when I see it (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606321)

a lot of movies get produced by large production houses only to be released on dvd and never shown on the big screen. take "Equilibrium" for example, or half of disney's movies.

Re:I'll believe it when I see it (2, Insightful)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606344)

It seems to me that if they were interested in funding new episodes, they'd want to show them on their station, collect the ratings numbers and ad revenue, and THEN release them on DVD some time later.

You got your "they" confused.

They are the Fox DVD execs, they want to sell more Futurama box sets, because Futurama box sets have brought them great profit.
The other batch of execs, the Broadcasting subdivision, don't want to air Futuramas, but the DVD people don't care if the Broadcasters want to air them or not, they want to sell DVDs.

A company as large as Fox isn't one big "they", it's a hydra with many heads. Just because the TV head doesn't like the taste of Futurama, that won't stop the DVD head from feeding on it.

Firefly (0, Offtopic)

jd142 (129673) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606208)

C'mon, Firefly/Serenity needs to be next!

Re:Firefly (2, Informative)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606280)

Firefly/Serenity needs to be next!

Hold your horses, the comics are coming this summer, then the movie this fall, and then we'll see.


Personally, I'd prefer if they kept their new alliance with Universal instead of going back to the deepest pits of hell to meet with the Fox execs.

Futurama was my favorite tv show ever (-1, Offtopic)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606217)

I once said if I was frozen til the year 3000, I'd like to spend a year of my life watching non-stop Futurama episodes.

Off Topic... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606226)

THe Simpsons is going to quit makeing new ones...

bah, the older ones were better quality (funnier) anyway, this last season kind of sucked anyway...

Someone state the obvious (4, Insightful)

tfcdesign (667499) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606243)

Bring new episodes to TV on Adult Swim! Geeze, you'd think these guys who are running the show would have a clue about market and demographic.

Re:Someone state the obvious (1)

SirTalon42 (751509) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606419)

Hopefully the guys at [AdultSwim] will buy the rights to play the new episodes and air them after they run through all the older ones. It may be a while without any Futurama, but hopefully they will show them! I love watching Futurama at 11!

Why Does SlashDot Port Scan AC Posts? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606263)

Every time I post as AC I get ~15 port scans from SlashDot. Here's a typical set of scans:

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Could someone explain, in straightforward terms, why SlashDot does this? Do they also do it for non-AC posts?

Re:Why Does SlashDot Port Scan AC Posts? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606397)

If they do actually port scan you, its probably to fingerprint your IP. /. occasionally blocks people from posting from an IP where too many "modded down" anon posts orignated. Sometimes this is because of NAT and your neighbor is doing the crappy posting. Otherwise, its you. Either way, you should always be able to post while logged in.

Then of course, if you care about your "karma" and mod status frequency, you'll have to tow the line and agree to hate microsoft, the US, american republicans, any tv that isn't SciFi, the Christian God, any popular music, or in fact any finacially successful venture. You will also be required to love socialism, linux, underdogs in general, peta, macintoshes, gun "control", video games, failed tv shows, conspiracy theories, etc.

Hope this helps, and happy posting!

obligatory quote (4, Informative)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606282)

"That's not why people watch TV. Clever things make people feel stupid and unexpected things make them feel scared."

I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but if you read slashdot's headers there'll be random futurama quotes on each server reply. eg:

X-Bender: Well I don't have anything else planned for today, let's get drunk!

Re:obligatory quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606487)

That's nifty, never noticed it before

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Server: Apache/1.3.33 (Unix) mod_gzip/1.3.26.1a mod_perl/1.29
SLASH_LOG_DATA: shtml
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X-Fry: Make up some feelings and tell her you have them.
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Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1

"Will you sign my Bender doll?" (1)

Paralizer (792155) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606289)

This is something that it seems like Matt Groening has been pushing for for a while now. Every once in a while you'll see a Futurama reference in Matt's Simpsons. I'm sure he's happy Fox is considering reviving his hilarious futuristic show, but he'll probably end up pushing for it to go back on the air too. With the recent success of the return of Family Guy, I'm willing to bet it will go back on Fox rather than straight to DVD, given it's picked back up at all.

Puny Earthicans! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606293)

Morbo is pleased.

Yes! (4, Funny)

radarsat1 (786772) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606327)

I cannot freaking WAIT to downl.. I mean... BUY this!

("I kid, I kid!")

iTunes video downloads (5, Interesting)

Jesse_132 (830242) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606334)

It would be great if apple could leverage their iTunes music store by adding the ability to buy episodes directly.

Re:iTunes video downloads (1)

nordicfrost (118437) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606406)

It is coming. And it will be cheaper than the half-assed Windows Media Centre as well. Airport Video will stream 720p HDTV from your Mac where you bought the series, Decomp will happen on dedicated hardware in the Airport Video, you computer will be the storage and purchase hub. A remote will hook up to the Airport Video, so you can control it via the screen or without (for music).

The digital hub becomes a reality.

NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN (4, Informative)

mrshowtime (562809) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606335)

Every few months or so a "story" pops up that Fox is thinking about renewing Futurama or doing the straight to dvd thing. This is usually drummed up by some Futurama Fan site that is Jealous of Family Guy's success and thinks that because "crappy Family Guy" was renewed that Futurama should be renewed also. Discounting the fact that Family Guy is one of highest rated shows on Adult Swim and the second highest selling dvd-t.v. show of all time.

Problem is, Fox does NOT OWN FUTURAMA, Matt Groining does. The main reason Fox let Futurama die in the firtt place is because of that very reason. Dvd sales of Futurama have not been a barn burner and given the very high cost of producing a Futurama episode I doubt even if Cartoon Network picked up some of the bill it would even be profitable.

Everyone seems to forget that Fox was contractually obligated to the four seasons that aired, and sneakily pre-empted Futurama so that there would be a backlog of episodes so they could tell M.G. "Sorry Matt, there is a backlog of episodes, so we don't need a fifth season," without upsetting the Goose that laid the Golden egg (Simpsons being that egg).

The ONLY way Futurama would see the light of day is if M.G. paid for it himself. End of Story.

Re:NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN (2, Insightful)

aslate (675607) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606426)

Every few months or so a "story" pops up that Fox is thinking about renewing Futurama or doing the straight to dvd thing. This is usually drummed up by some Futurama Fan site that is Jealous of Family Guy's success and thinks that because "crappy Family Guy" was renewed that Futurama should be renewed also. Discounting the fact that Family Guy is one of highest rated shows on Adult Swim and the second highest selling dvd-t.v. show of all time.
Wrong: The Futurama community knows that it's basically dead, we accepted that about a year after it was cancelled. CGEF still posts all the relevant information, and has been posting all the info they get from the production team, although they always say "Don't get your hopes up", as we know it's basically dead.

Problem is, Fox does NOT OWN FUTURAMA, Matt Groining does. The main reason Fox let Futurama die in the firtt place is because of that very reason. Dvd sales of Futurama have not been a barn burner and given the very high cost of producing a Futurama episode I doubt even if Cartoon Network picked up some of the bill it would even be profitable.
Half wrong: FOX own the rights for Futurama on television, whereas Groening retained the rights for other media, hence the comics are still going strong. Futurama does have a high production cost, however the DVD sales were massive and it reached #1 on Amazon repeatedly. However, FOX set out to kill it. Futurama was the most watched TV premier, and did well. But there's only so many years you can survive being pre-empted by sports and cancelled as they over-run.

Everyone seems to forget that Fox was contractually obligated to the four seasons that aired, and sneakily pre-empted Futurama so that there would be a backlog of episodes so they could tell M.G. "Sorry Matt, there is a backlog of episodes, so we don't need a fifth season," without upsetting the Goose that laid the Golden egg (Simpsons being that egg).
I don't know about the contract for 4 seasons, but Groening was annoyed at Futurama's treatment from the word go, they weren't keeping him happy by keeping it on the air but not producing any more.

WOOO (0, Redundant)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606341)

Im just running around my living room screaming Handel's messiah right now , This is great news .
Futurama is the best comedy- sci-fi since red-dwarf and was cut so cruely in its prime .
I Own all the DVD box sets and would gladly buy any new futurama eppisodes as it really was in a class of its own.
No other comedy /animation out there really caters to the Nerd sence of humor as much .
Brilliant news and its put me in a great mood

How about new episodes of alternate-Enterprise? (3, Insightful)

davidwr (791652) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606346)

I want to see more of the intrigue and backstabbing of The Empire between the undoubtedly short reigh of Empress Sato and the arrival of "our" Spock and Kirk in Mirror, Mirror.

Send those direct to video, or if it's too expensive to film, direct-to-the-bookstore.

Re:How about new episodes of alternate-Enterprise? (1)

Hangin10 (704729) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606414)

Exactly what I was thinking, the alternate universe was more interesting than a lot of what went on during Enterprise (although I did like it somewhat more than Voyager).

Hey! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12606359)

How about they release season 5 on DVD first before they go for the new material :/

"Fresh Futurama content" (2, Insightful)

Stephen Williams (23750) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606384)

How horribly buzzwordy. What's wrong with simply saying "new episodes of Futurama"?

-Stephen

What about the writers? (1)

tmbg37 (694325) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606387)

Even if Fox does do this, how are they going to get back the writers that made the show good in the first place? I'm sure most of them have moved on, probably advanced their careers, and probably won't be willing to go back to their old show.

Futurama Family Guy (4, Insightful)

miyako (632510) | more than 9 years ago | (#12606422)

I'm really glad to see that it's being considered, though I'm not going to hold my breath. It always stuck me as odd that Family Guy got so much more support than Futurama. While I think familiy guy is a perfectly good show as shows go, I think that Futurama is perhaps the best pure-comedy show I've ever watched.
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