Sunday TV Ratings: THE SIMPSONS/FUTURAMA Crossover Boosts Performance; MULANEY Rises

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TV ratings for Sunday, November 9th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • The Futurama crossover episode of Fox’s The Simpsons was way up from last week’s 2.0 rating, notching a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 6.59 million viewers.  Elsewhere on the network, Brooklyn Nine-Nine ticked up a tenth to a 1.8 rating and scored 3.96 million viewers, Family Guy tumbled 7 tenths to a 1.8 rating and 3.6 million viewers, and struggling new comedy Mulaney rose two tenths from last week’s low to a 0.9 rating and garnered 2.01 million viewers.
  • Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time was down a tenth from last week’s 2.6 to a 2.5 rating and scored 7.41 million viewers, Resurrection dipped two tenths to a 1.2 rating and 4.54 million viewers, and Revenge ticked up one tenth to a 1.3 rating and notched 5.24 million viewers.

Showrunner Al Jean Talks THE SIMPSONS Marathon on FXX, Running Original Versions of the Episodes, the Show’s Evolution, the FUTURAMA Crossover, and More

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Starting on August 21st, every episode of The Simpsons will air in a 12-day marathon on FXX.  Whether you’re a fan who wants to relive the experience from the beginning, or you’ve never had the chance to check out the show before, you can experience every laugh, every guest appearance, and every classic moment.

During this recent interview to promote the upcoming marathon, executive producer/showrunner Al Jean talked about what it’s like to be involved with a show for so many years that they can have a 12-day marathon, that it’s not medically advisable to stay up to watch the entire marathon while it’s airing, that they’ll be running the original version of the episodes, as opposed to the shorter syndicated version, whether they’d ever do a movie sequel, how the show has evolved over the past 25 years, that there’s still a real life to the series, where The Simpsons fits into the television landscape as a whole, and pulling off The Simpsons/Futurama cross-over episode that will air in November on Fox.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Preview of Hero Complex Gallery’s “Bleeding Metallics” Show; Pieces Inspired by Wolverine, The Iron Giant, SUBURBAN COMMANDO, and More

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Hero Complex Gallery in LA opens its new show, BLEEDING METALLICS, this Friday night.  There will be art printed with metallic inks, printed on metal, crafted out of metal, using metallic paints and papers…and while this is quickly turning into a Bubba Gump routine, you get it…lots of metal.  Check out more info on the show, 14 preview images, and a surprise for the first 50 customers after the jump.

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.

3-Minute Trailer for New Episodes of FUTURAMA

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Good news, everyone!  New episodes of Futurama will be coming our way this summer, and Comedy Central has now released a 3-minute trailer to tease what’s in store for the second half of season seven.  The first half of the trailer is a quick montage of some unsurprisingly great sight gags and jokes, while the second half shows us a couple of scenes from the new episodes.  The Zoidberg-centric clip is a highlight, naturally.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Season 7 Part 2 will likely begin sometime in June.

New to Blu-ray: THE BOURNE LEGACY, DICK TRACY, HEAVYWEIGHTS, TED, and More

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This week on Blu-ray Bourne comes home, a Judd Apatow-produced 90s favorite gets an update, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s big-screen debut hits home video.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details.

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

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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.

FOX to Develop New Late-Night Block of Animated Programming

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Move over, Adult Swim; there’s a new player in the pool. For more than ten years now, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block has been the place to find some of the most progressive, insane and “mature” animated programming on TV (stateside, at least). Due to its role in reviving such series as Family Guy and Futurama, FOX has paid attention to Adult Swim’s success over the years and saw that there was money to be made. Already promoting their “animation domination” with regular series Family Guy, The Simpsons and more, FOX has now developed a new unit of animation to focus on a late-night block of animated programming. Not only will this new unit focus on televised programming, they will also have counterparts running online. The shows will air on Saturdays from 11PM to 12:30 AM ET/PT and will feature four new animated series each season, starting in January 2013.  The digital channel starts in 2012 and will feature 50 original creations. Hit the jump to check out the press release.

Comic-Con 2011: Schedule for Saturday, July 23rd; Includes Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT, Universal’s SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and COMMUNITY

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The Saturday schedule for Comic-Con has been released, and it looks to be a very big day for TV fans. However, Hall H will be having a fairly light day, with the highest profile panels being Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman and Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Other films taking up shop in Hall H on Saturday include Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, the comedy-fantasy Knights of Badassdom, the animated film Dorothy of Oz, and wrapping things up will be “An Early Evening with Kevin Smith.”

TV highlights include Chuck, Terra Nova, Being Human, Futurama, The Simpsons, Community, Family Guy, American Dad, Adventure Time, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, Grimm (includes pilot screening), Fringe, Charlie’s Angels, The Secret Circle, Alcatraz (includes pilot screening), Teen Wolf, Nikita, Good Vibes, Person of Interest (includes pilot screening), and Mythbusters. The day also includes comic panels with Joss Whedon and Robert Kirkman. Hit the jump for a list of schedule highlights for movies and TV.

Good News, Everyone! FUTURAMA Gets Another 26 Episode Order!

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The return of Futurama last year was something to behold and Comedy Central delivered new original episodes for fans of the previously canceled series in what seemed like a dream come true. Now that dream will last even longer as EW has learned that the cable network has just ordered two cycles of 13 episodes each. For some reason Comedy Central likes splitting an entire season into two chunks over two years. So this new deal will keep Futurama around until 2013. As a huge fan of the series, I can’t tell you how happy I am to have the crew of Planet Express making deliveries for two more years.

INCEPTION and THE SOCIAL NETWORK Win at the Writers Guild Awards

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It’s no surprise that Aaron Sorkin’s script for The Social Network won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards last night — that script is the favorite for pretty much any award it’s up for.  The same is roughly true for David Seidler’s script for The King’s Speech in the original category.  But the very British The King’s Speech does not meet WGA eligibility, leaving a vacuum at the top.  Christopher Nolan stepped up and won Best Original Screenplay for Inception, news that ought to please the masses.

In television, Mad Men was named the Best Drama Series for the third year in a row, while Modern Family managed to end 30 Rock‘s three-year reign as Best Comedy Series.  Hit the jump to see the full list of winners.

Install STAR TREK Sliding Doors in Your Home

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It’s definitely not our usual story, but this is just too cool to pass up. Want to prep your home for the next generation with style? A step-by-step guide to installing air powered sliding doors, as seen on Star Trek, has surfaced over at Instructables. The doors are normal in appearance (presumably to appease the designers wife), and maintenance free. They function using a hidden air compressor, a nifty concealed control panel, and a switch to activate the air. Hit the jump for a video of the futuristic doors in operation.

THE FUTURAMA HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR Premieres on Comedy Central November 21st

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Though the series’ 100th episode a little while back served as a sort of season finale, the final episode in the most recent run of Futurama will actually air in the form of The Futurama Holiday Spectacular. Comedy Central announced today via press release that the three-part holiday episode will premire on the cable channel on Sunday, November 21st at 10/9c.

Featuring special guest voices like Al Gore and Coolio, the episode will follow the Planet Express crew as they race to preserve the traditional practices of the classic holidays of Xmas, Robanukah and Kwanzaa. Along the way, they encounter the murderous Kringlebot, Al Gore’s Head-In-A-Jar, mutated pine trees, droidls, fembot wrestling, albino humping worms, Kwanzaabot and giant space bees, all while learning the true meaning behind the holidays with an occasional song thrown in for good measure. Sounds like a great early Christmas present to me. Agreed?

Check Out Some Cool Sci-Fi Jack-O-Lanterns Including THUNDERCATS, TWILIGHT, LOTR, SPIDER-MAN

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With Halloween approaching, I thought you’d like to check out some awesome sci-fi Jack-O-Lanterns.  I don’t know how many of you have tried carving a pumpkin, but it’s hard to do a straight line…let alone making an Autobot logo.  And getting Yoda, Jacob (from Twilight) and Bender from Futurama to look good is kind of amazing.  You can also see Jack-O-Lanterns from Harry Potter, Hellboy, a Cylon, Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, Thundercats and more.  Hit the jump to check them all out.

All of Our Comic-Con Coverage Thursday-Saturday

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In case you find it useful, here are links to the Collider take on anything and everything that went down at Comic-Con on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Here’s Thursday’s coverage…hit the jump for Friday and Saturday:

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