FUTURAMA Canceled…Again

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Sad news, everyone.  Comedy Central has opted not to renew Futurama for an eighth season, effectively cancelling the animated series that found new life on the cable network.  The series initially ran for four seasons on Fox before being cancelled due to low ratings, but its popularity soared with reruns on Adult Swim, and Comedy Central subsequently revived the show for four feature-length films (which, divided into half-hour episodes, make up the fifth season) and eventually a sixth and seventh season.

The final batch of 13 episodes, which represent the second half of season seven, will begin airing on June 19th (watch the trailer here), with the series finale set for September 4th.  Executive producer David X. Cohen and creator Matt Groening weren’t exactly surprised by the news of Comedy Central’s decision not to renew, but they feel like these are their best episodes yet and may indeed look for yet another home for Futurama.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

Updates on THE SIMPSONS and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Movies

by     Posted 1 year, 285 days ago

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Two of TV’s funniest families have their sights set on possible feature treatments, but they may not show up on screens any time soon.  Matt Groening’s hit animated series The Simpsons, now in its 24th season, already has one successful feature film under its belt, but don’t expect another one any time soon.  Arrested Development-creator Mitchell Hurwitz is currently experiencing a rejuvenation of the family comedy series thanks to a fourth season production at Netflix.  So how long will it be until a movie deal gets made for the Bluth and Simpsons families?  Hit the jump to find out.

Comic-Con: FUTURAMA Panel Recap Featuring a Teaser for an Upcoming Episode, a Drawing Contest with Matt Groening and a Fan Costume Contest

by     Posted 2 years, 157 days ago

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The cast of Futurama definitely wins the non-existent Comic-Con award for fan appreciation and involvement.  The panelists not only revealed a look at an upcoming episode, but treated the audience to a drawing contest between creator Matt Groening and director Steven Sandoval.  They even rewarded the fans in the audience who were dressed as Futurama characters by handing out swag and signed drawings by Groening himself.  Panelists also included Lauren Tom, Maurice LaMarche, Billy West, John DiMaggio and writers Patrick Verrone and David X. Cohen. Hit the jump for my full panel recap and be sure to keep up with all of our continuing Comic-Con coverage here.

Comic-Con: THE SIMPSONS Panel Recap, Featuring a Look at the 25th Season, a Halloween Episode and the Short Film, THE LONGEST DAYCARE

by     Posted 2 years, 158 days ago

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Now entering their 25th year, The Simpsons entertained fans at Comic-Con in a panel that included Matt Groening, Yeardley Smith and Al Jean, moderated by David Mirkin. As a long time Simpsons fan who has lost interest in recent years, it was nice to see that the jokes still land as the cast and creative team premiered an upcoming Halloween episode and the full release of the short, The Longest Daycare.  Hit the jump for more on The Simpsons panel and be sure to follow along with all of our continuing Comic-Con coverage.

THE SIMPSONS Season 14 Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 2 years, 344 days ago

In twenty-plus seasons The Simpsons has produced nearly 500 episodes, a motion picture and innumerable amounts of merchandise.  The creative minds behind the series include names like Conan O’Brien, Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), and James L. Brooks among others.  Through the years, the show has retained the original cast who have expanded beyond the primary characters to really flsesh out the Springfield community.  Where would the show be without Ned Flanders or Milhouse or to a lesser extent, Duffman?  Countless celebrities have made their way through Springfield while the titular family has become nearly as recognizable as Mickey Mouse.  For a show that began as a handful of minute-long interstitials, The Simpsons has evolved into a pop culture institution.  And for good reason.  In its prime, The Simpsons was the best-written, best-performed, most subversive on television.  Since the height of its popularity in the late 80s to mid-90s, other shows have caught on and caught up to the Simpson formula.

The show itself had covered so much ground by the 14th season that it began retreading on familiar territory.  While there were still moments of brilliance in the show, the consistent quality of the first decade had started to wane.  Hit the jump for my full review of season 14 of The Simpsons on Blu-ray.

Salary Negotiations May Halt Production on THE SIMPSONS Next Spring

by     Posted 3 years, 78 days ago

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I guess AMC isn’t the only network having problems negotiating with their highest profile series. Word is coming from The Daily Beast that Fox has come to a bit of an impasse in negotiations with the five lead actors of The Simpsons that may result in a halt of production on the long-running animated series after the 23rd season concludes next spring. Dan Castellaneta (Homer, Grampa Simpson, Krusty the Clown, and others), Julie Kavner (Marge, her sisters and others), Nancy Cartwright (Bart and more), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria (Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum,  Apu Nahasapeemapetilo, and more), and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, and others) have all been told that they need to take a 45% pay cut, or risk being replaced with sound-alike actors after this season. More details on this worrisome issue after the jump.

Jury Members Announced for 2011 Sundance Film Festival; Includes Matt Groening, Bong Joon-Ho, and Jason Reitman

by     Posted 3 years, 337 days ago

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The Sundance Institute has announced its juries for this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  There are plenty of notable names that will judging this year’s in-competition films including The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, as well as directors Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), Susanne Bier (In a Better World), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Bong Joon-Ho (The Host), and Clark Gregg (Choke).  Actor-writer-director Tim Blake Nelson (Leaves of Grass) will host the awards ceremony on January 29th.

Hit the jump for the full press release and a list of all of the jury members.  The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20th – 30th.

SDCC 2010: FUTURAMA Cast/Crew Press Conference

by     Posted 4 years, 150 days ago

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If you’re a fan of science fiction, comedy, and/or womanizing robots, then you’re probably aware that the animated sci-fi comedy Futurama is back by popular demand and currently airing new episodes on Comedy Central. Today at Comic-Con, Comedy Central held a press conference for the show which is currently in its sixth season. Futurama creator Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) and executive producer David X. Cohen (former writer/producer for The Simpsons) as well as members of the cast including: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, and Lauren Tom took questions from the press for about half an hour before being presented with plaques from Guinness World Records for being “The most critically acclaimed animated series currently on television.”

As to be expected, the press conference was casual, light-hearted, and filled with questions and answers about the show’s return. For your reading pleasure, I’ve generated a bulleted list of highlights from the press conference after the jump.

FUTURAMA: The Complete Collection for $85 Dollars

by     Posted 4 years, 285 days ago

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Amazon has an awesome deal if you are a fan of Futurama as they are selling the Futurama: The Complete Collection for $85 dollars.  The normal price is $200. The collection includes all four volumes of Futurama, as well as 4 feature-length adventures: Bender´s Big Score, The Beast With A Billion Backs, Bender´s Game, Into the Wild Green Yonder. What’s also great about the box set is it contains a limited edition Bender Head with a numbered letter from Matt Groening and David X. Cohen.  If you’re thinking about getting it…don’t wait, as it’s only a one day deal.

FUTURAMA Getting Re-cast?

by     Posted 5 years, 157 days ago

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In news that has sent the interwebs into a frenzy, Forces of Geek and The Hollywood Reporter are saying that Fox has retreated to their usual douchy-selves and will be recasting the voice actors of “Futurama” because Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche.  It’s kind of surprising since they were all scheduled to appear at the “Futurama” panel at Comic-Con with show producers Matt Groening and David X. Cohen.  Hit the jump for more on this story.

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