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Matt Groening on Futurama, Simpsons and Fox

FastT Re:Speculation (438 comments)

I think what really happened is that Fox felt it needed to follow through on its commitment to Family Guy, which had been promised the slot after the Simpsons as part of the signing deal. Remember, Futurama was brought in after Family Guy flopped the first time. I don't know whether they did this because of contractual reasons, or because they really believed in the show, but it necessitated moving Futurama out of the post-Simpsons timeslot. This was the genesis of the unprecedented 7-8 Pacific/6-7 Central Sunday timeslot, and they moved in King of the Hill to shore up the lead-in.

Unfortunately, after Family Guy died on the vine the second time, they replaced it with awful Malcolm in the Middle instead of going back to Futurama, by then having built something of an audience at the earlier timeslot (or wanting to use the "incubator" slot for another show).

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FastT FastT writes  |  more than 12 years ago c|net is running an informative article about the troubles businesses based on open-source software face in these slow economic times. What does this mean for the bellwether open-source companies, and their support of the open source community? Are they able to survive in a more realisitic economic environment, or were they only feasible in the heady dotcom era?

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FastT FastT writes  |  more than 12 years ago Almost anyone who's worked with clueless users will double over laughing at this: a live-action, Internet-only video series called "Salmon Days", starring the Bastard Operator from Hell. Featured are a thrashing of the Microsoft Paperclip, an inter-office porn show, and lots of idiot users getting their comeuppance. You have to call a phone number and pay a small fee to gain access to the full episodes, but just the trailer is hilarious, and the profits go to charity.

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