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Futurama to be Resurrected?

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the take-that-you-stupid-corn dept.

Television 508

KingDaveRa writes "Futurama could follow in the footsteps of Family Guy and re-enter production more than two years after it was axed. The animated series, brainchild of Simpsons creator Matt Groening, ended after four produced seasons amid lackluster ratings and broken scheduling on broadcast network Fox." From the Reuters article: "Reps for 20th Century Fox have declined to comment on the news, but Variety says initial negotiations have begun. If revived, it's unclear exactly which network would air the new episodes. While Fox housed the original series, the show found new life once reruns began showing on the Cartoon Network. Comedy Central subsequently snapped up the off-air rights and will exclusively air the repeats beginning in 2008. " A follow-up to Groening and Cohen's recent comments.

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SNOO SNOO IS ON TEH SPOKE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401380)


futurama (5, Funny)

ducatier (669395) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401382)

Good news everybody!

Re:futurama (5, Funny)

Rei (128717) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401553)

(Execubot rolls dice)

Executive Beta: "Groening Cartoons Are Back!"

Ahhh, so many memories, so many strange fluids gushing out of patients' bodies....

Wewt! (1, Offtopic)

tradiuz (926664) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401386)

Woot!

I cant wait to start watching Futurama again...

get some priorities, people! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401397)

Ariel Sharon is dying [bbc.co.uk] and you lot are here talking about Futurama?! You disgust me!

Re:get some priorities, people! (5, Funny)

Spad (470073) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401412)

Futurama is being resurrected [slashdot.org] and you're talking about Ariel Sharon?! You disgust me!

You can bite my shiny metal ass! (3, Insightful)

mmell (832646) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401447)

Ariel Sharon, while an important element of Middle-East politics (even World politics), is not intriguing to a technology-oriented crowd such as exists here on /.

We have our priorities here . . . if we cared about politics, trapped miners or egregious violations of law by our elected officials, we'd all be surfing CNN.

You must be related to Zapf Brannigan!

Re:get some priorities, people! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401480)

You're right of course, my apologies. I guess God isn't prepared to save his mass-murdering posterior, so it's up to science! I vote for mechaSharon

Re:get some priorities, people! (1)

User 956 (568564) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401605)

You're right of course, my apologies. I guess God isn't prepared to save his mass-murdering posterior, so it's up to science! I vote for mechaSharon

In the future, everyone votes for mechaSharon. That is, until he's defeated by Richard Nixon in the year 3000.

Re:get some priorities, people! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401531)

This guy has been doing this Ariel Sharon troll all day long. Not even a politics zealot could be doing this, so I say it's the GNAA or something. Fuck off moron.

Re:get some priorities, people! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401614)

for that line of thinking, Ariel Sharon is dying and yet here you are posting on Slashdot forums about how much people posting on Slashdot forums are disgusting you. I think causality just collapsed again.

Re:get some priorities, people! (0, Offtopic)

systemic chaos (892935) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401648)

Ariel Sharon is dying and you lot are here talking about Futurama?! You disgust me!
"Dennis, our lives are in your hands and you have butterfingers?"

Re:get some priorities, people! (-1, Redundant)

bhirsch (785803) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401705)

No thanks. I will wait until Netcraft confirms it.

I'm axing a question (5, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401398)

Futurama could follow in the footsteps of Family Guy and re-enter production more than two years after it was axed.

Well, i'm waiting... what did they ax it?

Re:I'm axing a question (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401454)

Very clever, it took me a few reads :)

Re:I'm axing a question (5, Funny)

systemic chaos (892935) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401532)

You're obviously used to ancient pronunciations, like when you say Christmas instead of Xmas.

Re:I'm axing a question (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401602)

Hey, if it means naked hot tubs on Freedom Day, I'm all for acclimating!

Re:I'm axing a question (1)

FrontalLobe (897758) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401475)

Has any body axed them? They might respond... *waits to see if anyone catches the joke*

Re:I'm axing a question (2, Insightful)

TheWanderingHermit (513872) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401591)

I think it was because of people like me.

They kept moving it around and putting it in times like after football games. I never knew if it was on or not, and just couldn't keep up with it. I'd set the VCR and it might or might not get it, even if it were on -- or might get the first x minutes of it because the game delayed it. I'd set the VCR for longer time, but that didn't always work because there were other shows I'd tape.

So, after a while, I couldn't tell if it was on or not and, after one time where it wasn't on for several weeks, I thought it was cancelled. I don't watch a lot of tv, so I wouldn't see ads for it, even if they were shown.

If Fox had just given that (and Family Guy) a real timeslot where you could see it every week, maybe they'd have made more money off it.

But, then again, this is the network that told Joss Whedon they were going to start showing Firefly without the pilot movie, then couldn't figure out why it got low ratings and also cancelled John Doe after one season.

I avoid shows on Fox (and anything on sci-fi other than Stargate and Galactica for the same reasons) because I know if it is at all interesting, it'll take 2nd billing to all the crap they *think* will get high ratings, they'll never give it a real chance or promote it much then wonder why nobody watches and cancel it.

If networks want to play games like that, I've got other things to do in life. I'll wait and catch the series in re-runs or buy it on DVD so the producers and not a crappy network (like Fox or SciFi) gets money from it.

Re:I'm axing a question (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401657)

that was fucking stupid.

What's to stop Fox from doing it again though? (5, Insightful)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401401)

Fuck them. It's a pity Fox ends up with such draconian ownership of shows, or Groening could have brought new Futurama episodes to a better network. Now he's once again at the mercy of their idiotic policy on show cancellations.

Re:What's to stop Fox from doing it again though? (2, Funny)

DarthTator (937292) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401450)

I agree. Its enough to drive this robot not to drink!

Re:What's to stop Fox from doing it again though? (4, Insightful)

generic-man (33649) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401544)

What other network would have picked up Futurama to begin with? The show's not exactly cheap to make, and Groening already had an in with Fox.

Re:What's to stop Fox from doing it again though? (5, Insightful)

tompaulco (629533) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401564)

Don't get me started on Fox's cancellatino policies. I can't count how many times the Simpsons Halloween episode has not aired until after the TV season was already over, and of course by that time, they've already cut scenes and are running it as a rerun (even though it was never run before). It's always annoying when they show you a teaser clip to advertise the show, and that clip didn't make it through the rerun editing.
Or how about how they always pre-empt shows on Sunday evenings because of some dumb sports game that runs long. Hint, hint FOX. Sports games ALWAYS run long. Why don't you schedule some crap that nobody wants to watch so you can preempt that instead of the Simpsons.

Re:What's to stop Fox from doing it again though? (1)

Keith Mickunas (460655) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401713)

The Halloween special is always shown during the regular season. Often times twice in the same week in case you miss it on Sunday. Now quite often it doesn't show until sometime in November, but it does air well before the season ends.

Re:What's to stop Fox from doing it again though? (1)

eatmadust (740035) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401567)

fox has a sad history of cancelling really cool shows, IMHO!
let's hope they realize that not only cancelling futurama was a mistake, but also firefly :(

Re:What's to stop Fox from doing it again though? (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401576)

I don't understand, can you elaborate?

Why would Groening sign a contract that says he can't continue his show with another network if Fox cancelled it? Who would agree to that?

Re:What's to stop Fox from doing it again though? (0)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401659)

Not to sound cliche, but basically because everyone else is doing it. See the reply below yours.

Re:What's to stop Fox from doing it again though? (3, Insightful)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401587)

It's not just Fox. I hate that about TV...A lot of times a good show targeted toward a niche viewership won't make it on a regular primetime network, but WILL make it on a network geared toward that niche. But networks camp on their rights to the show until its too late to make more. I always find that to be infuriating, especially since they kneejerk kill shows after two and three episodes these days.

Re:What's to stop Fox from doing it again though? (2, Funny)

Rei (128717) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401600)

Things are going to be different this time. Before, Fox was demanding and possessive. But now, it wants them to do stuff and stay with them all the time.

My Little Girl Rejoices (4, Funny)

Chagatai (524580) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401404)

My three year-old daughter loves Futurama. Her favorite character? Bender, naturally. She would see a commercial or the DVD set in the store and shout, "Look, daddy! It's Bender!" Gratefully, she does omit the, "Bite my shiny metal ass."

Re:My Little Girl Rejoices (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401430)

I'm sure she means "Daddy Bender" :-)

Re:My Little Girl Rejoices (5, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401442)

Gratefully, she does omit the, "Bite my shiny metal ass."

What's your daughter doing with a shiny metal ass [fzntsa.org] ?

TV-YA, bud (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401556)

Bender is hardly an appropriate role model for a young girl.

Are you some kind of robosexual?!!!

how not to attract an audience (4, Insightful)

ChipMonk (711367) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401407)

lackluster ratings and broken scheduling on broadcast network Fox.

How much did the latter cause the former?

Re:how not to attract an audience (1)

g051051 (71145) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401484)

Well, it was impossible to watch the show. As soon as football season started, Futurama would vanish. I can't tell you how many times I went to my TiVo to watch the show, only to see the end of a football game.

Further adding insult to injury, the show at 7:30 that never was pre-empted was King of the Hill reruns. It would make me crazy to see the repeats being run on time when the first-runs were constantly pre-empted. I just don't understand why Fox even bothered to schedule a show there, when it NEVER got a chance to run during football season.

Finally, the show was never meant to run that early on a Sunday. It was a much more adult show, and needed a later time slot.

Re:how not to attract an audience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401732)

I absolutely despise FOX for this... they're doing it right now with Arrested Development and it drives me insane. I think my TiVo is about ready to commit seppuku.

Cue comments... (5, Funny)

maynard (3337) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401410)

...about the resurrection of Farscape and Firefly for an "F" trifecta!!!

You're wrong. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401571)

Trifecta means three.

They already did Family Guy, so that would make four.

Re:Cue comments... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401573)

Sorry... can only pick one... Family Guy already came back.

Re:Cue comments... (1)

Androclese (627848) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401582)

You must have missed the news, Farscape is back: Claudia Black Joins Stargate SG-1 [gateworld.net]

Sometime in Season 11, Ka D'Argo will replace Teal'c as the muscle / Apostrophied name character.

--
I thought my post was funny. Your results may vary.

Re:Cue comments... (1)

maynard (3337) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401712)

Oh God I hate that show. And while Claudia Black is hot there's no amount of her naked hugging a dance pole that could get me to watch it.

Eh, it's not worth it. (-1, Flamebait)

Asakusa (941025) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401417)

The reason it has recently got higher attention is that it is in a prime spot on [adultswim] (adultswim.com) and there is a growing fanbase for this late night Cartoon Network program.

But honestly, it's not that good of a show. Compared to the Simpsons, it doesn't come close. Against Family Guy, it pales in comparison. And the other shows for that age range are Aquateen Hunger Force and Robot Chicken, which are much more interesting than Futurama.

I don't think the time should be wasted on this show, when it could be better spent elsewhere.

Re:Eh, it's not worth it. (3, Insightful)

Spad (470073) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401446)

Compared to the Simpsons at Season 4 or the Simpsons now? I've watched all of season 17 of the Simpsons so far and it's just not funny any more - it's become a vaguely amusing sitcom.

Maybe if Futurama is brought back and becomes a sucess, Fox can finally kill off the dying cash cow that is the Simpsons and put it out of its misery.

Re:Eh, it's not worth it. (2, Interesting)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401500)

Robot Chicken's pretty good (and Venture Bros. is awesome) but I tend to think Adult Swim's Flash shows are overrated. You can only take that kind of absurdist comedy so far, and some of them (12 Oz. Mouse) are actually painful to watch. I wonder if anyone will remember them in ten years, as there's a good chance that once the novelty's worn off, they'll go downhill fast.

But I'm pretty stoked about the prospect of Futurama returning.

Evidently, you're in the minority. (1)

mmell (832646) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401518)

I don't think the exec's at Fox will bring back Futurama just on a whim.

Regardless of where the viewer support comes from (Adult Swim on Cartoon Network in this case), the people at Fox obviously percieve that there is a sizeable percentage of the viewing population ready to see more of the antics of Frye, Leela, Bender and a cuddly alien that excretes spaceship fuel.

Re:Evidently, you're in the minority. (2, Interesting)

Andy Gardner (850877) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401631)

see more of the antics of Frye, Leela, Bender and a cuddly alien that excretes spaceship fuel.

what about the rest?

Fry: What's so wonderful about Leela being normal? The rest of us aren't normal. And that's what makes us great. Like Dr. Zoidberg. He's a weird monster who smells like he eats garbage and does.
Dr. Zoidberg: Damn right.
Fry: And the professor's a senile amoral crackpot.
Professor: Oyeeaii.
Fry: Hermes is a Rastafarian accountant.
Hermes: Tally me banana.
Fry: Amy is a klutz from Mars.
Amy: Whoops.
Professor: And Fry, you've got that brain thing.
Fry: I already did!

Re:Eh, it's not worth it. (1)

kmhebert (586931) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401521)

I don't think the time should be wasted on this show, when it could be better spent elsewhere.

And you're referring to time better spent... watching television?!?!

Re:Eh, it's not worth it. (4, Insightful)

Gulthek (12570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401552)

I respectfully disagree. I place Futurama above Family Guy, Simpsons, ATHF, Sealab, Robot Chicken, and Home Movies. Superior to all in animation, writing, acting, and plot. And it had an amazing mix of emotional moments and hilarious comedy. And an absolutely stunning number of tie-ins, in-jokes, frame-jokes, etc.

Re:Eh, it's not worth it. (2, Informative)

raoul666 (870362) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401595)

If you think simpsons is better than futurama, I don't think you're getting most of the jokes. The simpsons, especially in recent years, is the cartoon for the masses. It reuses the same material time and time again. Futurama is the cartoon for nerds. The references, the science jokes, the time paradoxes, all make it an interesting intellectual viewing, while still being light enough to be enjoyable if you don't get them all.

As for comparing it to family guy, I'd argue that the genre is so vastly different, it'd be similar to comparing classical and punk rock. I love both, family guy for the mindless craziness and belly laughs and futurama for the "oh...I get it...hehehehe" type.

Re:Eh, it's not worth it. (3, Insightful)

dancingmad (128588) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401693)

I think you're very much mistaken.

Simpsons has been on a very steady decline since about the time Futurama cmae out (even before than, perhaps). The SImpsons was very much running out of steam and while Futurama channeled some of its style and wit, it also brought a lot of fresh ideas to the table. I feel like the first few episodes are a bit slow, but after that I feel pretty much the entire run compares very favorable with even the Pax Simpsona (say seasons two through six).

As far as Family Guy is concerned, during both program's initial runs I might ahve agreed with you. But especially when they are put back to back, it is obvious how much intellectual humor is in Futurama. It ages well becaues in someways it is a standard sitcom, but with a sharp sense of humor and intellectual writing. Family Guy mostly relies on shock value and easy jokes. While they were funny, its not a show I personally can watch over and over again (and this is discounting the post cancellation Family Guy, which lacks even the heart of the original). Family Guy simply does not stack up well - Futurama's humor is smarter, better written, and ages much better. Care was taken with Futurama and it shows.

Furthermore, Futurama had some of the best animation on TV. Unlike the poor art of Family Guy (the creator of Ren and Stimpy lambasted FG for it's art style, saying any 10 year old can do it, according to FG's wikipedia page), Aqua Teen (which I love, but still, is no prize pig as far as animation is concerned), Futurama was extemely well done and even the first season looks good these days.

The Simpsons is a bit of a send up of the family sitcoms of its periods, while Futurama riffs on Friends and Seinfeld style shows of the 1990s. The sense of humor is far more bizarre, but its grounding in some sort of reality means it pairs up really well on adult swim with shows like Aqua Teen.

Sunday? (2, Insightful)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401418)

They needn't bother airing it on Sunday again, unless it's late. Football will just roll over and kill it like it did before, and like it's doing to "King of the Hill" now.

I wish they could just resurrect shows on Cartoon Network. Unfortunately, that's probably not possible.

Re:Sunday? (2, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401509)

I wish they could just resurrect shows on Cartoon Network. Unfortunately, that's unpossible.

fixed that for you.

Re:Sunday? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401645)

King of the Hill needs killin'.

If I want to laugh at some idiot conservative Texan these days, I put on CNN.

Thats nice and all..... (0, Offtopic)

ZiakII (829432) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401420)

But where is my damn Firefly series =(

Re:Thats nice and all..... (1)

Anonymous Monkey (795756) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401501)

I hate to say this, but I'm glad firefly is gone. Why? Two words "Star Trek". That's right, we all remember how great it was but it was draged on until it died a gasping panting and undignified death. I enjoyed Firefly, and I would rather remember how it was great, then see draged on forever, until it's just a shell of what it once was.

Cool, but... (3, Interesting)

Jethro (14165) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401422)

As cool as more Futurama episodes would be, I think the last episode was just perfect as a Last Episode. In fact, some of the almost-last episodes were so good that I just dont' think it could be anything but a step back.

Re:Cool, but... (5, Insightful)

RPoet (20693) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401485)

I think the episode was carefully crafted to be "good enough" for a final episode, but also appeal to both fans and Fox that cancelling the show would be immature. Witness the last line of the last episode: "Please don't stop playing, Fry. I wanna hear how it ends."

There are many, many more stories screaming to be told about the Futurama universe. Fox were fools to stop playing. We wanna hear how it ends!

Re:Cool, but... (2, Interesting)

Jethro (14165) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401559)

Oh, I'm sure there's a lot more places the show could've gone. Totally.

But the show's too linear, I think. I dunno. It's not like I /wouldn't/ watch new ones and love them, I'm just happy with how it is now. And frankly I dont' trust Fox not to ruin it again! There were SO many episodes on the DVDs that I'd never seen despite my best efforts (ok, TiVO's best efforts).

Family Guy is a show that can just pick up wherever it dropped off. Futurama, I'm not sure. And I say this because (in my opinion) Futurama is a MUCH higher-quality show.

Re:Cool, but... (1)

raoul666 (870362) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401624)

I have to agree. While there are many unanswered questions and directions they could go in, I don't think the series would work with Fry and Leela as a couple.

Futurama: the Movie, however...

Re:Cool, but... (1)

shmmeee (934743) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401680)

Yes, an episode that starts with the text "See you on another network" is perfect to end a series.

atleast they realize their mistakes (1)

tont0r (868535) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401424)

fox does a horrible job at getting the word out to the correct people. family guy was an amazing show. and i was getting annoyed with going to my friends, asking if they saw last weeks episode and they reply with 'whats family guy?'. futurama was the same thing. no one felt like watching it or didnt know about it until it hit dvd/adult swim. i fear arrested development will fall into the same pit.

Re:atleast they realize their mistakes (3, Funny)

Asakusa (941025) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401460)

What's "Arrested Development"?

How long? (1)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401426)

How long until we get something definite?

Life... (4, Funny)

pizza_milkshake (580452) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401432)

Life is hilariously cruel.

Re:Life... (0, Offtopic)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401683)

Don't talk to me about life.

Woooo-Whoooo! (1)

philipmather (864521) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401436)

Woooo-Whoooo!

Re:Woooo-Whoooo! (3, Funny)

QuantaStarFire (902219) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401581)

Woooo-Whoooo!

That's just air escaping from the folds of his fat!

Sure, but what about "Everybody Loves Hypnotoad?" (1, Funny)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401441)

It's always had high ratings!

Re:Sure, but what about "Everybody Loves Hypnotoad (1)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401504)

Darnit, I never read the subject line first, and had to backup to figure out WTF you were talking about. Bravo Hypotoad you have stolen my life from my once again!

I for one.. (1)

Fr05t (69968) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401459)

...Oh wait that was The Simpsons. In that case, each pound of dark matter weighs over 10,000 pounds!

Re:I for one.. (1)

MattyDK23 (819057) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401507)

In that case, each pound of dark matter weighs over 10,000 pounds!

You were the kid in my grade 4 science class who thought a pound of rocks weighed more than a pound of feathers, weren't you?

Re:I for one.. (1)

tolan-b (230077) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401588)

It's a quote from the show... About that kid...

Please include in any contract... (5, Insightful)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401462)

...a provision stating that Futurama will NEVER be scheduled anywhere near the timeslot of a God damned football game.

I don't know how many times I sat down to watch a TiVo'd episode of Futurama, only to discover that what was recorded was the last 20 minutes of some stupid NFL game.

THAT is why it got poor ratings, because the FOX idiots stuck it in the 7pm Sunday death slot.

~Philly

Re:Please include in any contract... (1)

JohnnyLocust (855742) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401546)

Yeah, I never understood that. I though the show had been canceled a year before it actually was. I only rediscovered the show was still running just in time to catch the very last episode. (sigh)

Family Guy, Futurama... (3, Interesting)

BlueThunderArmy (751258) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401464)

Here's hoping for new life for Arrested Development in 2008!

Fox could save themselves a lot of trouble by just not cancelling these shows in the first place. Low ratings for a critically-acclaimed show? How about better promotion and not jacking around with the schedule? The word-of-mouth behind these programs makes people want to watch them, but that doesn't do much good if new viewers can't find the proper time slot.

Re:Family Guy, Futurama... (1)

megarich (773968) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401638)

Low ratings for a critically-acclaimed show? How about better promotion and not jacking around with the schedule? The word-of-mouth behind these programs makes people want to watch them, but that doesn't do much good if new viewers can't find the proper time slot.

I agree with you on both accounts. You have to give a show some time to develop. I mean look at shows like full house and seinfeld. They didn't take off when they first air but over the years they became wildly popular and drew in high ratings. And yes it doesn't help either if you can't find when the show is on.

It's funny they mention the comic book... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401467)

...which I have found to be, frankly, terrible compared to the show. It's not that Bongo comics can't do better. Their Simpsons comic, when I read it, seemed very much like episodes of the show. Just, Futurama is pretty awful. Here's hoping they _don't_ use that as inspiration for the initial run of episode sor it _will_ get canned again.

What about Firefly? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401473)

Someone had to say it!

hmm (3, Funny)

engagebot (941678) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401499)

"If only there was some way to know which can of slurm has the winning bottlecap..."

"wait, what did you say? I was too busy using this ray gun to look inside of stuff."

I have a love hate-relationship with Futurama (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401503)

Hate:
The werecar, killer santa, and holophoner are some of the gayest concepts ever.

The alcohol-fueled party robot who finds electricity (drugs) are bad, is just plain stupid in its false drug-warrior duality.

The Fry-Leela love thing just seems forced for mainstream consumption. Fry is better at oblivious than smitten. The main character interaction seems the most flawed to me.

Love:
Branigan and Kiff. Give them their own show and make the other characters side-lines.

Amy Wong and Family. Love that interaction.

Zoidberg the Jew Crustacean. Loved the side-stories with the old Hollywood production and his attempts at breeding.

Hermes and Farnsworth are always good for a line or side story. Shredded, you say?

All in all, I think FR suffered from being Groening's least dark effort. FR needs more cynical and darkness.

you probably liked HHGG in the cinema, too (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401653)

You'll love the big-budget live-action Hollywood blockbuster. In theaters 3/17/2008 - 3/18/2008!

Wait, nobody ever likes that stuff.

Bite my shiney metal ass....! (1)

Kranfer (620510) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401519)

Nice to see Fox is finally coming around and bringing back the shows they cancelled that everyone loved.

Resurrected? (0, Redundant)

MaestroSartori (146297) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401522)

Good news, everyone! :)

TV execs don't have a clue (5, Insightful)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401535)

Firefly, Farscape, Family guy, Futurama

What do these shows have in common? These are great shows that were killed before their time due to poor decisions of TV execs. Everything from showing the series out of order to playing musical timeslots to abruptly killing the series without advanced warning, these shows were actively campainged against by the execs ( although I can't imagine why you'd want to mess up a money maker ).

This is why I don't watch TV anymore ( in fact, I don't own a TV ). I purchase DVDs, and I get to watch things ad free through liberal use of dvd decrypter and dvd shrink.

Re:TV execs don't have a clue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401666)

And they all start with the letter F!

The Trifecta of F (1, Funny)

OrthodonticJake (624565) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401545)

Have you ever noticed this? If the show is on Fox, is good, and if its title begins with F, it is f*cked. Family Guy, Futurama, Firefly. If this is true, though, 2/3 of the trifecta will have been resurrected. But we all know Firefly is never coming back.

Dissapointing (3, Interesting)

fermion (181285) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401547)

I find the 'new' family guy was a big let down. I think they would have done better to put all the effort into American Dad and just let Family Guy rest in peace.

There are certainly benifits to bringing old shows back, mostly a known audience and fewer development costs, but in terms of entertainment I find that these shows add very little.

I enjoyed Family Guy, but face the facts. It was cancelled because it pushed too hard (When you wish upon a Weintstein), and clearly they show was nuetered before it was let back on the air.

Yeah Futurama. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401560)

Futurama was a good tv show that basically got knocked off the air because of long football games if I remember correctly. It was never consistently scheduled so I never got into the habit of watching it.

Why wasn't Futurama First? (2, Insightful)

CMiYC (6473) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401575)

I don't understand how Family Guy was re-lauched when Futurama wasn't. While I enjoy Family Guy, I think Futurama is an overall better show. The humor is more developed, the artwork is cleaner, and the concept is fun. Family Guy just feels like a dumber Homer Simpson combined with acid flashbacks. Which I do find funny, but not mroe than Futurama. Granted, I'd like to see Bender and Stewie in a cameo scene. From each show, they are my favorite (if not the best) characters.

what? (2, Interesting)

engagebot (941678) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401577)

"But honestly, it's not that good of a show. Compared to the Simpsons, it doesn't come close. Against Family Guy, it pales in comparison. And the other shows for that age range are Aquateen Hunger Force and Robot Chicken, which are much more interesting than Futurama."

What are you talking about? So you like Family Guy and Simpsons better. So what? Have you flipped through your cable channels lately?

Even if you like said shows better, Futurama is more than worth bringing back considering it's infinitely better than 99.5% of what's on tv.

YAY! (1)

huber (723453) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401578)

I would be the happiest girl in the world!!! I love the Simpsons Futurama and Family guy. But give me choice and i'll pick futurama every time.

What would Bender say? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401606)

"Fox can bite my shiny metal ass!"

Bender yes, Ditka no! (1)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401608)

There really isn't much more info here than the last time /. covered the issue.

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/20/175421 1&tid=129&tid=133

I can't wait till the re-release, but how about pre-empting football for cartoons for a change? I'm sick of having to watch men tackle one another and grab each other's pigskins for an hour just to find at the last minute that Futurama's been dropped, postponed pretty much until the stupidbowl.

The main question (4, Interesting)

Some_Llama (763766) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401610)

Is will the original writing staff be re-hired, this is what really made the episodes in the first place, I remember reading somewhere about the high number of PH.ds and MBAs they had working on the writing staff, not that degress automatically mean anything, but I thought it was interesting given the type of jokes that I would often laugh at but my wife would have no clue what was funny about them...

I'm all for it ... (1, Insightful)

operagost (62405) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401626)

As long as it doesn't turn into a partisan political mouthpiece like "Family Guy" has. If I want to see one-sided political humor, I'll read "Doonesbury."

Adult Swim does it again (1)

The Infidel (708655) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401647)

First Family Guy, Now Futurama. Woot.

Now they need to show reruns of Voyagers, Automan, and Manimal, and see if the resurrection magic strikes thrice (and quatrice?, quince?)

Precedent for Firefly????????? (1)

Dr. Spork (142693) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401688)

Futurama was cancelled after it started sucking. Well, not sucking like the Simpsons now sucks, but it was certainly past its peak.

On the other hand, Firefly had an amazing half-season on Fox before it got cancelled. I personally think it was the best sci-fi show ever made, and I've seen many. So it's Firefly they should be talking about, not Futurama.

Why does Fox cancel the good shows? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14401706)

Futurama, Family Guy, Firefly, and Wodnerfalls all had great DVD sales, yet Fox axed all of them.

Who the hell is running Fox's programming dept these days?

time to burn incense and pray to the media gods (0)

faderanger (856725) | more than 8 years ago | (#14401723)

hermes is the appropriate diety, right?
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