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#1 of 114 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted June 09 2009 - 01:34 PM

Good news, everyone! Futurama is strongly rumored to be returning to TV!

IndyStar.com | Geeking Out | The Indianapolis Star
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Proving that you just can't keep a dysfunctional future down, Comedy Central has greenlit an additional 26 episodes of Matt Groening's cult sci-fi cartoon 'Futurama.' That may not sound like much, but keep in mind that the show had only 72 episodes when it was initially canceled in 2003. The new episodes, to again be produced via Fox, will begin running sometime in the middle of 2010.


#2 of 114 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted June 09 2009 - 01:58 PM

not sure if thats good news.

while it already returned with the 4 movies, they declined in goodness
as they apeared.

I really loved the show in it's intitial run, the movies not so much.

Also I wondrr if that includes the movies since they were intended
for editing into 3 tv shows each movie.
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Posted June 09 2009 - 02:26 PM

I thought the movies got a bum rap. They weren't as great as the best episodes but some fans really tore them apart.

I like the end of the last movie as a series finale but I'm still looking forward to two seasons of new episodes. At least, I assume it's two years of episodes since I can't imagine Comedy Central not stretching their "NEW EPISODES OF FUTURAMA ONLY COMEDY CENTRAL!" ads out as long as possible.

#4 of 114 OFFLINE   Stephen Orr

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Posted June 09 2009 - 11:20 PM

I think this is great news. Even not-quite-as-good Futurama is better than most animated television today.

#5 of 114 OFFLINE   Sam Favate

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Posted June 10 2009 - 12:41 AM

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Also I wondrr if that includes the movies since they were intended for editing into 3 tv shows each movie.

No, at 88 minutes each, the films would be 4 episodes (which would be a total of 16). This bit of news sounds like what has been rumored for a while, that new production would commence on Futurama once the movies were released and were successful. EW says a Fox spokesman confirms 26 new episodes have been ordered.

The news is summed up here:
Can't get enough Futurama: Futurama News

And yes, this is great news. Futurama was one of the funniest and smartest shows in many years.

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Posted June 10 2009 - 01:05 AM

This is great news for me. I loved the show. I just finished watching the last movie and the way they were talking in the commentary track, it sort of sounded like they had a hint even then (when they recorded it) that there might be more episodes.

I have to admit this is sort of unexpected. By me anyway. I didn't think that the DVD sales of the 4 movies was enough to warrant this. I guess Comedy Central was happy enough with the ratings to go for more new episodes.
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Posted June 10 2009 - 01:15 AM

Excellent news. The rumors that were goign around yesterday were for 13 episodes. The fact that it's doubled is even better.

And yes, the movies were written so as to easily divide into 4 episodes each, which accounts for most of their issues. When watched in 22 minutes chunks, they work better. That said, I enjoyed all 4 of the movies.

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Posted June 10 2009 - 01:56 AM

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Good news, everyone! Futurama is strongly rumored to be returning to TV!

Awwwriiight! Futurama is coming back! With blackjack! And hookers! In fact, forget the Futurama and the blackjack.

Anyway, great news. Drink up, everybody, the Slurms are on me. And if anybody doesn't like it, he can bite my shiny metal ass!

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#9 of 114 OFFLINE   nolesrule

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Posted June 10 2009 - 02:04 AM

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Posted June 10 2009 - 03:02 AM

I've seen two of the four movies (Tentacle monster and LOTR spoof). They are amusing, and better than nothing. But Futurama seems best told in 30-min episodes.

But lacking cable, I'm eager for the DVD release of the new episodes!

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Posted June 10 2009 - 08:03 AM

the first one was the best. classic futurama

#12 of 114 OFFLINE   Chris Roberts

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Posted June 10 2009 - 09:11 AM

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I've seen two of the four movies (Tentacle monster and LOTR spoof).

Those are the two weak ones, imo. I really liked the first one and the last one was pretty good.

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Posted June 10 2009 - 09:59 AM

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I've seen two of the four movies (Tentacle monster and LOTR spoof). They are amusing, and better than nothing. But Futurama seems best told in 30-min episodes.
This is the biggest problem with the movies. The first one was hysterical, but the other three would have been much better in as a 30-min story. Even the awful LOTR D&D parody would have been a lot easier to take in a half-hour timeslot.

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Posted June 10 2009 - 11:34 AM

The only thing I disliked about the movies is the incoherent, quickly-abandoned subplot of Bender dating the Donbot's wife in the last one.

But this revival is sure to be better than that of the not-even-trying-anymore Family Guy or the travesty that dares to impersonate The Simpsons. Let's hope it's not a victim of football overruns again.

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Posted June 11 2009 - 04:40 AM

Well, geez, how long could they milk the existing 72 episodes when they run them at a rate of 17 per day? Posted Image
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#16 of 114 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted June 11 2009 - 11:10 AM

The other two movies are still on my wishlist. They'll show up at some holiday or another Posted Image

I posted this news to Facebook and the wife of a good friend groaned at the news, anticpating ever more quotes from the show Posted Image

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Posted June 11 2009 - 02:47 PM

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My regret about the movies is that I got Bender's Game on DVD. I got a Blu-ray player about a month after it came out. Posted Image

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Posted June 12 2009 - 12:23 AM

I thoroughly enjoyed the movies. Sure, some were better than others, but they all had that core Futurama humor, not to mention outstanding animation. Looking forward to the revival of the series.

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Posted June 12 2009 - 12:49 AM

Being on Comedy Central, at least we don't have to worry about football overruns.

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Posted July 18 2009 - 03:18 PM

I don't like this news

From the NY Post

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'FUTURAMA" could sound different when it returns to Comedy Central next year.

Producer 20th TV is auditioning new actors after failing to reach an agreement with the original voice cast, including John DiMaggio, Billy West and Katey Sagal.

It's still possible the two sides could reach an agreement, insiders say.

They'll have to reach a deal. It would be suicide to bring Futurama back without West, DiMaggio and Sagal. I wouldn't be able to watch



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