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Futurama Returns

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the good-news-everyone dept.

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riflemann writes "Another 26 episodes of Futurama will shortly go into production! This news comes from none other than Billy West (voice of Fry) himself, in a short post to his own message board. No further details are available, except that it's likely to be on TV, not straight to DVD." The best news is that means fresh quotes for slashteam to hide in the source code.

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Futurama returns (5, Funny)

thrillseeker (518224) | more than 8 years ago | (#14951884)

Well, bite my shiny metal ass.

Re:Futurama returns (5, Funny)

perp (114928) | more than 8 years ago | (#14951922)

Good news, everyone!

Re:Futurama returns (-1, Troll)

luna69 (529007) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952177)

Good news?

This is the equivalent of [insert something at once infuriating and irrelevant here].

This is about as cool as "Socially retarded software engineer developes method for using slivers of wood to pick food from space between teeth."

Will my karma suffer because fanboys will mod this down as a troll?
Yes.
Am I posting as AC?
No.

Re:Futurama returns (0, Offtopic)

koweja (922288) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952233)

Well, aren't you just a badass internet rebel. It takes a lot of balls to risk a numeric value in order to piss of a bunch of people you don't know and will never meet.

Face it, you're still anonymous, and if you think that you're somehow brave for insulting people on a forum, you're also a coward.

Re:Futurama returns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952020)

The elders tell of a young ball much like you. He bounced three meters in the air, then he bounced 1.8 meters in the air, then, he bounced 4 meters in the air. Do I make myself clear?

Re:Futurama returns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952316)

This news is worthy of being chronicled in an anthem by Rush.

Futuramas overrated (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14951889)

CSI is funnier than this POS.

Only fat nerdly "comic book guy" types like this show. Ill bet its canceled within 3 weeks this time.

Good news, everyone! (5, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 8 years ago | (#14951891)

I was going to have to make my own cartoon...with blackjack...and hookers.

I don't own a television (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14951893)

I'm sorry, but due to the offensive crap pandering to the masses [foxnews.com] today, I have started boycotting television distributed by Fox. Could you please make these episodes available on BitTorrent? Thanks alot.

Re:I don't own a television (1)

A beautiful mind (821714) | more than 8 years ago | (#14951918)

The Prison Break screener was great!

(and before someone asks, I enjoy downloading series legally and I consider it ethically positive!)

Re:I don't own a television (2, Informative)

RonnyJ (651856) | more than 8 years ago | (#14951934)

I'm sorry, but due to the offensive crap pandering to the masses today, I have started boycotting television distributed by Fox.

The main way people can help to do something about the quality of TV is by actually watching/buying DVDs of the decent shows, but not watching the crap. The ratings are what is important to Fox, not the 'quality'.

Re:I don't own a television (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14951968)

"offensive crap pandering to the masses"? More like the most centrist reporting of all the major networks. If you want your news tainted with left with ideals, tune into CBS, NBC, CNN and, to a lesser extent, ABC. If you want some balanced views, try the BBC, NPR/PBS and FOX.

You left wing hippies make me sick. Just because a network offers news/views you don't agree with, you dismiss it as crap. Get with the program and listen to both sides of the story.

Re:I don't own a television (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952007)

If you want some balanced views, try the BBC, NPR/PBS

BBC I can see, but NPR/PBS?! Have you missed some of the recent scandals? They get caught hiring/firing people based on their political party, and got caught wasting taxpayer money by paying people more than they were legally allowed to. NPR/PBS are probably more left-wing than the networks you listed as "tainted with leftist ideals!"

And, unlike the other networks which are private and you can therefore simply ignore, PBS/NPR both get funded by American tax dollars. So even if you want to refuse to support their radically liberal voices, you can't! Your money helps fund them anyway.

Re:I don't own a television (0)

chrismcdirty (677039) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952028)

Sort of how you dismiss CBS, NBC, CNN and, to a lesser extent, ABC as crap because they don't cater to your agenda?

I like to view all news as propaganda. Usually get it from a few different sources, so I can get as close to the whole story as possible. Even though I dislike every news source I've come across, when you add them all together, you get an (almost) un-biased story.

Re:I don't own a television (1, Offtopic)

Traiklin (901982) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952046)

then explain to me how Fox news is "Fair and balanced" when their own "Reporters" will interupt their "guests" when they are trying to explain their side?

I somehow managed to make it through one episode with these to jackasses who think they are the greatest thing to happen to news, they had an Atheiest on to explain why there are athiests. Every single time the man tried to explain it one of the wacko's would interupt him and belittle him, then when they finnaly shut up and he would start to explain it again the other would butt in.

at the end of the interview it was sad and pathetic, both of them thought they really one upped the guy and looked so smug and proud about what they had just done.

then there was another time I cought them, they were even WORSE that time then they were during the athiest "interview", at the end when they had clearly lost the debate they just came back and said "Well that's your opinion" but in a tone that was "Yeah, well fuck you asshole".

Fair and balanced my ass, it's either their way or no way and if you don't fallow their way they will get their "Friend" to kill you.

Re:I don't own a television (1)

LittleLebowskiUrbanA (619114) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952219)

You can't spell, you're off-topic, and ruining the otherwise funny and positive commentary about the best news I've seen in a long time. Go bitch about FoxNews somewhere else and tremble before a real newscaster-Morbo the News Monster and his mighty jaws!

Re:I don't own a television (3, Insightful)

kalidasa (577403) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952092)

Balanced views: BBC, NPR, PBS, and FOX.

The BBC: Mishal Husain. NPR: Carl Kassell. PSB: Jim Lehrer. FOX: Bill O'Reilly.

In the words of one of the great PBS productions, "one of these things is not like the others."

Re:I don't own a television (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952208)

BBC and NPR are balanced wrong, they seem to have fallen on their left side

Re:I don't own a television (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14951993)

Could you please make these episodes available on BitTorrent?

Don't fret. BitMeTV [bitmetv.org] will probably have them soon after release.

Re:I don't own a television (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952223)

Thanks. Do they have RSS feeds? I like it when my TV shows download themselves automatically.

Re:I don't own a television (2, Insightful)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952049)

Now now, let us not forget that Fox themselves more or less boycotted Futurama.

Now it's time to kill The Simpsons (5, Insightful)

Nicky G (859089) | more than 8 years ago | (#14951900)

OK -- Family Guy is back, American Dad is getting pretty decent IMO. Futurama is returning.

PLEASE kill The Simpsons already. The longer it goes on, the darker the future is for all of us.

Re:Now it's time to kill The Simpsons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952023)

Getting close...

They want to do 365 episodes before they finish the series. They are VERY close. The movie is already in the early stages of planning. You will get your wish fairly soon.

Even if the simpsons isnt as good as its earlier episodes, its still better then 95% of non-cartoon-network TV, it will be a shame to see it go.

HTTP headers (5, Informative)

RonnyJ (651856) | more than 8 years ago | (#14951907)

The best news is that means fresh quotes for slashteam to hide in the source code.

Here's an example of one (hidden in the HTTP headers that /. returns):

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

Re:HTTP headers (3, Informative)

jZnat (793348) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952010)

I was waiting for this article to go live so I could post that! :(

Slash has X-Fry and X-Bender headers it sends on every page (randomised). Press Ctrl+I to see that in Firefox, Konqueror, or pretty much any web browser.

Slashcode.com also uses those quotes in its random quote of the moment thinger at the bottom of the page.

Re:HTTP headers (1)

chrismcdirty (677039) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952051)

How many of those are there? No wonder /. takes forever to load, with all that wasting of bandwidth...

Re:HTTP headers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952064)

How many of those are there? No wonder /. takes forever to load, with all that wasting of bandwidth...

Slashdot gzips its pages so bandwidth usage is negligible at worst.

Re:HTTP headers (5, Informative)

cyranoVR (518628) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952085)

Some more:
X-Fry: Please, Mr. Nixon! We're appealing to your sense of decency!

X-Fry: There's a lot about my face you don't know.

X-Fry: People said I was dumb but I proved them!

X-Fry: You mean Bender is the evil Bender? I'm shocked! Shocked! Well not that shocked.

X-Bender: Fry, of all the friends I've had ... you're the first.

X-Bender: Comedy's a dead art form. Now tragedy -- THAT'S funny.

X-Fry: Make up some feelings and tell her you have them.
Discovered these while playing with Firefox plugin LiveHttpHeaders [mozdev.org] . I, for one, am shocked and appalled that they are wasting our bandwidth in this manner!

Re:HTTP headers (2, Funny)

schon (31600) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952207)

My fav:

"I'm not a machine, I don't like having disks crammed into me. Unless they're Oreos, and then only in the mouth."

Re:HTTP headers (-1, Redundant)

cyranoVR (518628) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952127)

Some more I discovered a few weeks ago while playing with Firefox's LiveHttpHeaders [mozdev.org] plugin:
X-Fry: Please, Mr. Nixon! We're appealing to your sense of decency!

X-Fry: There's a lot about my face you don't know.

X-Fry: People said I was dumb but I proved them!

X-Fry: You mean Bender is the evil Bender? I'm shocked! Shocked! Well not that shocked.

X-Bender: Fry, of all the friends I've had ... you're the first.

X-Bender: Comedy's a dead art form. Now tragedy -- THAT'S funny.

X-Fry: Make up some feelings and tell her you have them.
I, for one, am appalled that they are wasting our bandwidth in this fashion!

Re:HTTP headers (1)

BigCheese (47608) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952286)

I've always liked those. They would make a fine RFC. That way you could get rid of the X-. Now, they just have to get them written up and submitted to the IETF before the 1st of next month.

Futurama in Slashcode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14951910)

One of the Futurama references in Slashcode is that when the Slashdot server sends out a HTML header, it includes a Futurama quote in the form of an X-Bender, X-Leela, X-Fry etc. header.

Awesome news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14951911)

After it's thickheaded cancellation so long ago.

Sure, it ain't perfect, and we can only hope that it doesn't go downhill like the Simpsons, and that depends on the writers they use for this new season - here's hoping they're the same or as good as the originals.

Optimism? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14951920)

It's hard to imagine that this will go well. The show was already running out of steam when it was killed the first time (IMHO), and it has now been dead for quite some time. Unfortunately, I think we'll see episodes of quality similar to the resurrected Family Guy shows.

Some things should stay buried.

and more gay hippies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14951921)

Gay Hippie: They called me crazy for building this ark. Old Hippie: You ARE crazy. You filled it with same sex animal couples. Gay Hippie: Hey, there are parts of the bible I like and parts I don't like.

More like line noise for dummies, amirite? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14951924)

The best news is that means fresh quotes for slashteam to hide in the source code.

So perl scripts are now called "source code"? Wouldn't that suggest that Perl is a real programming language? Let's not fool ourselves here.

Perl one, html two (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952159)



Perl is just as much a programming language is as html. Dweeb!

Sweet! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14951935)

Oh, Futurama, I love you more than the moon, the stars, the... POETIC IMAGE #36 NOT FOUND.

Another great service... (4, Insightful)

AlphaLop (930759) | more than 8 years ago | (#14951937)

Done by Cartoon Network. Im sure the high ratings Futurama reruns get there and on Fox had a lot to do with it.

Two Down, One to Go... (3, Interesting)

Xeth (614132) | more than 8 years ago | (#14951943)

Futurama
Family Guy (Careful what you wish for...)
Firefly

Re:Two Down, One to Go... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952188)

You misspelled Arrested Development

You people.... (5, Funny)

morganix (885178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952026)

You people disgust me! There is currently a war in Iraq, american rights being taken away daily, a buggy operating system on almost every computer, and starving children in africa. With all this going you call another 16 episodes of a cartoon news? Blah!

/me Makes fun of the war in Iraq, votes for bush, starts up Windows XP, and eats half a sadwich discarding of the rest while watching futurama.

Re:You people.... (1, Insightful)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952124)

Could be worse: we could waste our time trying to diss other people wasting their time with a holier-than-thou attitude that accomplishes nothing.

As for what you're ranking as more important than Futurama, about the only way any of that is going to change is through armed revolution. If you wish to try to start one, be my guest, but your time would probably be better spent buying ammunition and rallying compatriots rather than posting on Slashdot.

Re:You people.... (1)

morganix (885178) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952146)

Oh well, I guess it's better than waisting your time trying to inform somone that they are wasting thier time trying to diss other people wasting their time with a holier-than-thou attitude that accomplishes nothing.

Re:You people.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952193)

Did you miss the last line of what he wrote?

Where no fan has gone before (1)

Ice Wewe (936718) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952068)

Zap: The court is intregued... Perhaps we could hear more about these forbidden words from someone with a sexily seductive voice.

Camera on Nichelle Nichols

George Takei: With pleasure. You see, the show was banned after the Star Trek Wars.

Zap: You mean the vast migration of Star Wars Fans?

Nichelle Nichols: No, that was the Star Wars Trek.

YAY (1)

adewolf (524919) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952080)

Alright, all nay sayers can bit my shiny ass.. ;)
So what network will be showing this Fox or Adult Swim 9Cartoon Network)?

Alex

Loved the show, not happy about this. (5, Interesting)

Don_dumb (927108) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952081)

Please dont do this, let it be for gods sake.
Going back to shows (or films series) has never worked, yes I love Futurama, but once something has stopped, dont try necromancy.
TV shows should *never* give the viewer what they want, Star Wars EPI-III anyone? The last two Red Dwarf series (bringing back Rimmer) were horrible. Niles and Daphne getting together was at the point when Frasier turned bad
When will people learn from the example of Seinfeld, Fawlty Towers, the Office (the real one of course)? They all stopped before the viewers had started going.
The moral of the story is -
"Always leave them wanting more."

Re:Loved the show, not happy about this. (5, Insightful)

portwojc (201398) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952140)

Futurama is different though. The viewers didn't leave. The network did.

Re:Loved the show, not happy about this. (1)

thedletterman (926787) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952206)

this will be as great as when they brought Family Guy back! Finally, the network is listening ;)

Re:Loved the show, not happy about this. (1)

Don_dumb (927108) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952327)

The viewers didn't shut down the shows I mentioned in the parent post, I believe that in all cases the writers/stars did.
I do really hope that this will be different, because the last thing I want is for it to come back in a blaze of "not-being-as-good-as-it-was".
Regardless of who pulled the plug, someone did and they should just leave it with everyone remembering it well.

Re:Loved the show, not happy about this. (1)

thopkins (70408) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952217)

TV shows should give the viewer whatever maximizes profits for the companies involved. This might be sad, but it's true.

Re:Loved the show, not happy about this. (1)

Don_dumb (927108) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952335)

TV shows should give the viewer whatever maximizes profits for the companies involved
Thankyou for your view on art, Mr Murdoch.

Re:Loved the show, not happy about this. (1)

beoswulf (940729) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952347)

"Going back to shows (or films series) has never worked, yes I love Futurama, but once something has stopped, dont try necromancy.
TV shows should *never* give the viewer what they want"

Because the newer Family Guy episodes are a total bomb? DS9 wasn't nearly as good (or better IMO) than TNG? Okay, so Enterprise is a car rental agency and nothing more in my book, there is no general Law of Resurrecting Series.

Obsoletely Fabulous (1)

Ice Wewe (936718) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952089)

Fry walks through a 'Soul Detector'. 'Soul Detector' goes off.

Guard: $10 dollars please.

Fry: Aww man.

Lampoon topics (1, Interesting)

foniksonik (573572) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952123)

Let's hope they have episodes about geeky issues such as:

Bender gets a firmware upgrade that includes DRM which can't be uninstalled without breaking the law... ie: circumventing DRM laws

Fry searches for pRon on Google and gets targeted by the Feds in their anti-granny porn investigation because he searched for porn stars from the year 2000. ... I have more but I'll leave that up to /. to madlib....

Juli Saitz on Futurama: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952148)

While I was watching an episode of Futurama on TV, Juli yelled, "I hate it! It's so fuckin' stupid! When I hear that music--ecchhh! I want to punch you. [in a sarcastic voice] 'I'm Fry...' None of the characters are funny. I would expect more from Matt Groening [the creator of Futurama and The Simpsons]. I can't believe he puts his name on that piece of shit. I'd rather watch a Bugs Bunny marathon [Juli hates Bugs Bunny].The fact that you find it [Futurama] entertaining is mind-boggling to me. I think you should know better."

http://www.negcap.com/NC4/maxi-rant.html [negcap.com]

You're watching Futurama... (5, Informative)

Osirius (962177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952164)

The show that does not advocate the cool crime of robbery.

This is great news for all us nerdlingers. For those of you who don't know already, here's a look at the backgrounds of some of the writers on the show:

J. Stewart Burns: Graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University in 1992. His senior thesis was on "The Structure of Group Algebras." He received his master's degree in mathematics from UC Berkeley in 1993.

David X. Cohen: Graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University in 1988. He received his master's degree in computer science from UC Berkeley in 1992. He published the following article with Manuel Blum: On the Problem of Sorting Burnt Pancakes. Discrete Appl. Math. 61 (1995), no. 2, 105--120.

Ken Keeler: Graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1983. In 1990, he received his Ph.D. in applied math from Harvard University. The title of his doctoral thesis was Map Representations and Optimal Encoding for Image Segmentation. He also published the following article with Jeff Westbrook: Short Encodings of Planar Graphs and Maps. Discrete Appl. Math. 58 (1995), no. 3, 239--252.

Bill Odenkirk: Has a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1995.

Jeff Westbrook: Majored in physics and the history of science at Harvard University and he received his Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton University in 1989. The title of his doctoral thesis was Algorithms and Data Structures for Dynamic Graph Algorithms. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Yale University and also worked at AT&T Labs before writing for Futurama. He published the following article with Ken Keeler: Short Encodings of Planar Graphs and Maps. Discrete Appl. Math. 58 (1995), no. 3, 239--252.

And with that the show also has some great voice actors (Billy West, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Dave Herman...), a great 3D department (praised for its ability to blend 3D scenes almost seamlessly into 2D backgrounds), and the show even uses a full orchestra to record its music (composed by Christopher Tyng). And with the huge scope of ideas possible in the SF universe the show is set in, I imagine it'll take a long time yet for this show to burn out.

You gotta say this.. .. (0, Redundant)

Arwing (951573) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952234)

Good News, everybody!

Re:You gotta say this.. .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14952326)

Yes, but you have to say it an hour earlier to be vaguely relevant.

My fave quote ... (1)

Ryokos_boytoy (259245) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952254)

"Have you ever tried turning off the tv, sitting down with your children and hitting them?"

Fuck yeah, only downside is that animation takes longer to produce but the good stuff is always worth waiting for.

Capitalism at its finest.... (3, Insightful)

Berserker76 (555385) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952294)

Regardless of the quality of the product, if they think they can make money, they will try.

I for one believe the quality of this product is top notch and am glad to see it coming back. I welcome back our sardine craving, can get no loving, lobster overlord.

Family Guy, American Dad, Futurama (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952328)

Anyone else get the feeling that FOX suits finally realized the Simpsons are starting to show their age. I say the best possible outcome from this would if that show is finally allowed to rest in peace and we can all enjoy the great episodes in reruns/DVD instead of having to see it dragged on for yet another season against the wishes of the creators.

Television? (0)

supabeast! (84658) | more than 8 years ago | (#14952355)

Does anyone else spot a little bit of irony in a show titled "Futurama" being shown on network television before moving on to non-obsolete formats?
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