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Bender_Waffles

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« on: 01-16-2005 18:00 »

I don't think that this question has every been asked before, but how long do you guys think Futurama will air on Adult Swim?

I mean, with all the influx of new shows on the network, how long can Futurama last showing the same episodes over and over. The show is seeming more and more out of place every day. Even Family Guy will be showing new episodes on the channel once they're made.

I know Adult Swim has said that they love the series dearly, but how much longer will the carry our beloved show?
Futurama Nerd

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« Reply #1 on: 01-16-2005 18:25 »

I've also asked myself this. They have already showed Futurama multiple times. I hope they don't stop anytime soon!
Btb

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« Reply #2 on: 01-16-2005 20:01 »

I think it will end up like Cowboy Bebop, also considered their favorite show, only being showed on Saturday. 
Cap´n Skusting

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« Reply #3 on: 01-16-2005 20:24 »

If you fear the worst, it's time to start picking up the Futurama DVD sets. I finally got Vol.1 for Christmas, and picked up Vol.2 the other day.
Onward and upward.
If you don't fear the worst, just keep watching until you can't.
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #4 on: 01-16-2005 20:51 »

It frightens me too sis. I guess we can just hope for the best...
Whoopwhoopwhoop

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« Reply #5 on: 01-17-2005 15:54 »

Futurama is like there first if not second top rated show...
Bender2.0

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« Reply #6 on: 01-17-2005 17:07 »

I hope it doesn't get the boot anytime soon, or I'll   cry
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #7 on: 01-17-2005 19:06 »

I don't think it will.  Maybe Adult Swim will stop showing it for maybe 3 months and then it would come back.  That's happened once before that I can remember.  Besides, how could AS stop showing Futurama all together for some reason?  Unless it's put on hiatus for three months.

Also, I heard that Seth McFarlene's new show 'American Dad' might join the Adult Swim lineup.
Eyedol7513

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« Reply #8 on: 01-17-2005 20:12 »
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^It will. If you look closely at their schedule when they show it on the TV sometimes, it says 'American Dad' in June.
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #9 on: 01-17-2005 21:23 »

It also mentions new episodes of Family Guy, thus confirming that AS landed a rerun contract with FOX.

But unfortunetly, I saw no Futurama on that list...
Futurama Nerd

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« Reply #10 on: 01-17-2005 21:26 »

Yeah, I was dissapointed by that too, but that list was only for new shows, so maybe, just maybe, Futurama might still be there.

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Spacedal11

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« Reply #11 on: 01-17-2005 21:38 »

How is Family Guy more popluar than Futurama. Because they're more peverted? I love Family Guy honestly but I wish that they'd rise Futurama from it's grave.
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #12 on: 01-17-2005 21:43 »

It's all about the $$$ Spacedal11. And Family Guy is a much cheaper show to make than Futurama. Not to mention that sadly, Family Guy is MUCH more popular than our beloved Futurama. It aint dead yet though...
Bender-is-Great

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« Reply #13 on: 01-17-2005 21:44 »

I hate to say it but as much as I'd love Futurama to stay on TV even just for the ratings and such, all the eps are on DVD so I personally don't really feel the need to watch the reruns.  Don't get me wrong, if it's on, I'll change the channel but I so seldom watch TV anymore, half the time I forget when it's on.  If I have a hankering to watch it, I just pop in a DVD.  That and I never get bored of the audio commentaries!  laff  I've seen each ep so many times I've practically got it memorized so for me listening to the commentaries, keeps it fresh.  (Don't ask me why I can't remember the commentaries as much as the eps themselves because I haven't a clue!)  smile
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #14 on: 01-17-2005 21:52 »

I don't think it's a point of seeing the episodes themselves, it's just comforting to know that Futurama still has a foothold on Television.

If it is still on TV, there is still a chance for a rebirth in one form or another. But once it's gone, it fades into nothing.
Bender-is-Great

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« Reply #15 on: 01-17-2005 23:40 »

 
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Originally posted by Nasty Pasty:
I don't think it's a point of seeing the episodes themselves, it's just comforting to know that Futurama still has a foothold on Television.

If it is still on TV, there is still a chance for a rebirth in one form or another. But once it's gone, it fades into nothing.

That's basically the point I was trying to make but kinda got muffled because I was suffering from verbal diarreha.

If ignorance if bliss, you'd think more people would be happy when you tell them they're an idiot!
DotheBartman

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« Reply #16 on: 01-18-2005 01:20 »

Futurama is still, what, they're top or second rated show, consistantly?  And one of the top rated shows on cable even, often beating things like the great Daily Show?

They're not dropping it anytime soon....if I recall correctly, the original deal was for exclusive rights for five years (which evidentally includes Turner channels in general, given the airings on TBS), and I could easily see an extention.  Even with it just in reruns, its ratings are higher then almost anything else on Adult Swim, and some failures of new shows should also increase their reliance on it if anything.  Plus, if for whatever reason the ratings just start to drop, it will probably be shown on other channels for a long time, and never disappear from the tv landscape completely.  Its going to be rerun forever, in varies capacities, probably past all of our lifetimes.

If there's anything to worry about, its what some of those capacities will happen to be.....Futurama has been very lucky so far, in that Adult Swim has consistantly run them unedited (barring the "Sweet Zombie Jesus" flap).  But how long will it be before it ends up on a channel that decides to compress and butcher the episodes for time, as is the standard in syndication?  That's my only worry....and not for myself (I've got the uncut dvds, and they'll probably always been on sale) but more just for the general viewership out there that might have to largely see the episodes cut up at some point in the future.
Eyedol7513

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« Reply #17 on: 01-18-2005 01:48 »

I believe 'Futurama' is second to 'Family Guy'. I used to hate 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy', because they were being shown instead of 'Futurama'.
But I finally realized that it's not those shows faults. It's FOX's fault.
WhatAreYou

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« Reply #18 on: 01-18-2005 11:02 »

i know it may sound stooooopid, but cant groening sell fresh new episodes to some other company than FOX? or fox bought every single right on Futurama?

(i woke up sad this morning thinking that I would never see new episode again)
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #19 on: 01-18-2005 12:36 »

FOX owns Futurama. Groening doesnt. If he did own the rights to the show, he would bring it to another network in a heartbeat. But unfortunetly, Murdoch ain't lettin go of that show.
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #20 on: 01-18-2005 12:45 »

If FOX hates it so much, then why do they still own the rights to it?  I think Nasty Pasty and Spacedal are right when they said Family Guy is more popular because FG is cheaper to produce and  along with it's perverted humor as well.

The more perverted the better I guess.
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #21 on: 01-18-2005 12:53 »

They still own the rights to it because Rupert Murdoch is a capitalist, money-hungry whore. He wants to milk the show for EVERY PENNY IT'S WORTH (through DVD and merchandise sales).

If the show wasnt worth 10 cents, he still wouldnt cough up the show to someone else.
David A

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« Reply #22 on: 01-18-2005 14:29 »

 
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Originally posted by Btb:
I think it will end up like Cowboy Bebop, also considered their favorite show, only being showed on Saturday.

Bebop only has 28 episodes.  Futurama has 72.  It takes longer to show the entire run of Futurama, so people don't get tired of it as fast.

 
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Originally posted by Bender-is-Great:
I hate to say it but as much as I'd love Futurama to stay on TV even just for the ratings and such, all the eps are on DVD so I personally don't really feel the need to watch the reruns.

That's funny; I don't feel the need to buy any DVDs because it's on Cartoon Network five times a week.

 
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Originally posted by Nasty Pasty:
If the show wasnt worth 10 cents, he still wouldnt cough up the show to someone else.

Of course not.  Why would he sell it if he would get less than ten cents for it?  And why would anyone be interested in buying it if it wasn't worth any money?
Unknown

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« Reply #23 on: 01-18-2005 17:03 »

I can see it going down to maybe 2-3 nights/week, but likely no fewer.
LoveForFry

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« Reply #24 on: 01-18-2005 17:33 »

It sounds like murdoch causes all problems. Ill just save myself time and blame him for everything. But yes, I worry that they might drop it, but I think theyll kepp it.
Whoopwhoopwhoop

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« Reply #25 on: 01-18-2005 22:34 »

I dont htink Murdoch even deals with Futurama anymore...  I am sure they have a division dealing strictly with copy rights and the such...  And Adult Swim would take a huge hit if they gave Futurama the boot... 
Btb

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« Reply #26 on: 01-20-2005 18:29 »

I think that they'll make a new type of Futurama that sux, then bring back the old Futurama as Futurama Original.  They didn't just put that idea in an episode for kicks.
Fry´s Nightmare

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« Reply #27 on: 01-20-2005 19:57 »

If you ask me, Family Guy is just one show with a bunch of others combined. Don't get me wrong, I love watching it--but I just don't get that feeling that I get when I watch Futurama. But, back on topic, I think that as long as people don't get bored with it easily, Futurama will last a bit longer on Adult Swim.

But if worst comes to worst, as many people who I don't feel like mentioning have said, Buying the DVDs are always an option.  big grin
T-Veronica

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« Reply #28 on: 01-20-2005 20:39 »

I certainly hope that the ratings won't go down now that people are buying the DVDs. However, watching TV is cheaper than buying a box set. Of course, if they DO buy the DVDs, then the money is still going to the show, right? Which would have a bigger impact on its return? Ratings or DVD sales? The ratings are already fairly high, so I guess it'd be better to support by buying DVDs, but...I dunno. Anyone else have a theory?

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Eyedol7513

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« Reply #29 on: 01-20-2005 20:50 »

Only if 'Family Guy' and 'The Simpsons' have lower ratings than 'Futurama'. And we all know that will never happen.
Fry´s Nightmare

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« Reply #30 on: 01-22-2005 00:00 »
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Yeah... Although many people love Futurama at my school. Even my Science teacher... I drew him a picture of Bender and Nibbler out of complete boredom one day and he said that Futurama was good. It was hard to believe... I could always see Family Guy and The Simpsons being more popular around school, but Futurama? Now THAT'S a good thing.    wink

There is this one kid who I sit by in my American Sign Language class who likes King of the Hill though. That's a whole different story... but otherwise I think Futurama isn't quite dead yet... Is there hope in the Future? Only the Future of Futurama can tell...

EDIT: Typos suck bananas!
Javier Lopez

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« Reply #31 on: 02-04-2005 13:35 »

WEll at least its on adult swimm.

Here in Spain, both Futurama and Simpsons are treated like shows for kids/children. But at least is funny see a cartoon episode between "malcon in the middle" and "winnie the pooh" about amazon women trying to kill bith sex...
RS 2thou

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« Reply #32 on: 02-05-2005 06:01 »

In Australia Channel 7 has the rights to Futurama and they constantly changed the airing time and airing so it was alsmost impossible to keep track of, also another thing I found annoying with Channel 7 is they usually put repeats of 'Will & Grace'(I hate that show so much) instead of Futurama
David A

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« Reply #33 on: 02-05-2005 08:30 »

 
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Originally posted by Eyedol7513:
Only if 'Family Guy' and 'The Simpsons' have lower ratings than 'Futurama'. And we all know that will never happen.

Actually, on Cartoon Network, Futurama does have better ratings than Family Guy.
LoveForFry

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« Reply #34 on: 02-05-2005 21:51 »

Im glad someone gives ok times to futurama, unlike TBS who shows it a 2:15 in the morn on fridays(what kind of time is that?)
Nasty Pasty

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« Reply #35 on: 02-05-2005 21:55 »

 
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Originally posted by LoveForFry:
Im glad someone gives ok times to futurama, unlike TBS who shows it a 2:15 in the morn on fridays(what kind of time is that?)

And we all thought 7:00pm on Sundays was bad...
i_c_weiner

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« Reply #36 on: 03-01-2005 17:53 »

Well, at least we have [as] and not just TBS. And 7PM was bad. It's not like CN is gonna show cartoon football till 11:30.
mint

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« Reply #37 on: 03-01-2005 18:00 »

Futurama is shown here at 8:20ish usually on the Wednesdays, it used to be repeated around the same time on Saturdays and Sundays but recently they stopped the repeats.

The only thing I am not happy about is a few times they showed it at 8:40ish or 8:50ish because of a longer movie shown before. Then if I did not check on my pc for schedule of showing I recorded only 10minutes of the show! It happened once before!   mad
SpaceJockey

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« Reply #38 on: 03-01-2005 18:30 »

 
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Originally posted by Btb:
I think that they'll make a new type of Futurama that sucks, then bring back the old Futurama as Futurama Original.  They didn't just put that idea in an episode for kicks.

No, they put that idea in an episode because it's a parody of "New Coke", which was rumored to be a marketing ploy.

 
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Originally posted by Nasty Pasty:
I don't think it's a point of seeing the episodes themselves, it's just comforting to know that Futurama still has a foothold on Television.

That's it. Of course we can watch the episodes whenever we want now, thanks to the DVD collections - but the mere fact that it's still on TV and thus able to bring in fresh blood to the fandom (there are only so many of our friends we can tie to chairs and force to watch our DVDs) is indeed a comforting thought. It keeps more of the hope alive.

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GenocidalSmashr

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« Reply #39 on: 03-01-2005 19:39 »

Actually, Family Guy almost costs as much as Futurama per episode. I just read on some website, I think it was an online article from Entertainment Weekly. Mcfarlande said it was around 1.3 million or something.
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