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Gyl

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« on: 01-04-2006 07:16 »
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Hey everybody. First post, don't kill me.
Today's Variety has an article on Futurama. Sorry if it's been posted, couldn't find it anywhere:
 http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117935453?categoryid=14&cs=1&s=h&p=0

Inside Move: 'Futurama' may get new lease on life
Toon with a past may get new life on Fox TV
 
By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER

"Futurama" may live to see the year 3000 after all.

Talks have begun at 20th Century Fox TV to revive the animated skeinskein, which takes place in the next millennium, much in the same way "Family Guy""Family Guy" found new life after cancellation.

The studio is in early discussions to put "Futurama" back in production and create a limited number of episodes of the Emmy Award-winning skein -- although it's too soon to tell where those segs might end up. A reprep for 20th Century Fox TV declined comment.

The final original episode of "Futurama" aired on Fox in August 2003. But since then, the skein has found new life -- and fans -- via DVD releases and repeatedly high-rated airings on the Cartoon Network.

"Futurama" remains popular enough that Comedy CentralComedy Central even stole away off-netoff-net rights to the show's repeats late last year; it will switch to the laffer cablercabler in 2008.

A similar resurgence in interest for "Family Guy" persuaded 20th Century Fox TV to revive that show, which has produced two seasons of new episodes and a DVD since coming back from the dead. "Family Guy" now resides as Fox's Sunday 9 p.m. tentpole.

"Futurama" scored three Emmys in its five-season run, including the 2002 award for animated series. But it lived an unusual existence on Fox, with short seasons, late launches and long gaps between airings. That allowed Fox to air five seasons of "Futurama," even though technically only four were produced.

"The Simpsons""The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and "Simpsons" vet David X. Cohen were behind "Futurama," which bowed on Fox in March 1999. The animated skein revolved around Fry, a pizza delivery boy who's accidentally frozen for 1,000 years. He wakes up in the year 3000 and befriends cyclops Leela and cranky robot Bender -- all of whom work for the intergalactic delivery service run by Fry's distantly descended nephew, Prof. Farnsworth.

Before "Futurama" comes back into being, however, 20th first must secure deals with the show's production team, as well as voice stars including Billy West (Fry), Katey Sagal (Leela) and John DiMaggio (Bender).

Meanwhile, even after the cancellation new "Futurama" stories have continued to be churned out via the "Futurama" comicbook, published by Groening's Bongo Comics imprint.


- HOW COOL IS THIS?
It may have some credit to it with all these recent rumors, and Billy West ramblings, even tough the author must smoke some great pot.
What on earth is "skein". Did he made that word up?   smile
Corvus

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« Reply #1 on: 01-04-2006 07:38 »

Interesting article, however it does not really say anything that we already know.. or don't know.

 
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Originally posted by Gyl:
A reprep for 20th Century Fox TV declined comment.

Until FOX answers "Hell yeah!" to the question "Will Futurama be back?" I'm going to remain very skeptical to the return of Futurama.

That said, sure, it would be cool if they (FOX) are considering reviving the series.

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« Reply #2 on: 01-04-2006 07:43 »

It is promising that more mainstream publications are reporting this.

If it comes back as a series, hopefully FOX won't screw it over by placing it in shitty timeslots.

Okay you cunts, let's see what you can do now.
Mas Rarraf

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« Reply #3 on: 01-04-2006 07:54 »

You'd think they'd owe Matt Groening after all the money the Simpsons made them.
Dr_Dave

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« Reply #4 on: 01-04-2006 08:02 »
« Last Edit on: 01-04-2006 08:02 »

Still, the fact that it's in Variety (aka "the trades" ) validates what we've been hearing through the grapevine.

Of course, "early discussions" doesn't mean it's going to happen, but it is a good sign.

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« Reply #5 on: 01-04-2006 11:27 »
« Last Edit on: 01-04-2006 11:27 »

"A limited number of episodes"...hey, I'll take what I can get...

I'm surprised that it's now changed to episodes though, as opposed to the dvd movies that were clearly being discussed.  Perhaps they're in talks for both?  Or they want to produce a few episodes to string together as movies (similar to the Family Guy "movie" ), but also air seperately in reruns?  Anyway, it's just good to see this is still being talked about.

Also, welcome Gyl!  Don't worry, that's as good a first post as anything.  Thanks for sharing this.
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« Reply #6 on: 01-04-2006 12:23 »

What's with every other word eing "skein"?
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« Reply #7 on: 01-04-2006 12:46 »

 
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Originally posted by Kryten:
What's with every other word being "skein"?

skein -- a TV series; "It is not known whether ABC will renew the skein for next season."

My opinion is that the writer found the word in a copy of Readers Digest "It Pays To Enrich Your Wordpower" and that was the word of the month that he learned.

To impress us lesser mortals with his new word of the month, he decided to use it, ad infinitum.


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« Reply #8 on: 01-04-2006 12:54 »

I assume "skein" to be an industry term; every industry has to invent a jargon they use to describe themselves, so us mortals don't get the idea that we understand their jobs as well as they do.

And if the only obstacles to new episodes is really signing the production team and cast, then that would sound to me like a pretty done deal, since I've heard most of the cast and production team describe working on the series as one of the high points of their careers. And since it's animated, there is little chance of unmanagable scheduling conflicts with cast, whatever other projects they might be involved in.
Gocad

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« Reply #9 on: 01-04-2006 13:09 »

While this is great news, I do see one thing I don't understand.

The real problem getting Futurama back isn't really securing the voiceactors (after all, they don't have to spend much time recording them) or the creators, but getting a production team together and animate everything. After all, an 22 minute epsiode of animated show takes much more time to make than a show with life actors.

And given that, bring the show back for a limited number of episodes wouldn't make much sense.

Then again it's FOX, so who knows.  hmpf
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« Reply #10 on: 01-04-2006 13:44 »

This is the most concrete news we've seen about the show coming back.  I'd much rather see it come back as a series than as a set of DVD movies, but I'm hoping that we'll get both.
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« Reply #11 on: 01-04-2006 14:00 »

Variety likes their industry terms. They also had "laffer" and "cabler" in reference to Comedy Central. I guess they want the readers to feel like they're insiders. They do this in a bunch of stories on their site.
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« Reply #12 on: 01-04-2006 14:00 »

One of the Futurama comic's people told me to: "Keep your tenacles crossed."  For what that's worth...
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« Reply #13 on: 01-04-2006 14:13 »
« Last Edit on: 01-04-2006 14:13 »

Two articles in two mainstream publications (Variety.com and TVGuide.com) in one day about the possible return of Futurama.  That's the most encouraging news that we've heard yet.  Granted, it's not like hearing that FOX has given the revival the greenlight, but it is promising.

It seems that FOX may be leaning to making more episodes than the direct-to-DVD movie, which is nice, but I would like to be greedy and have both.  There is only so much that you can do on network TV and in 22 minutes.  Imagine what the Futurama crew could do without network limitations and with 75-90 minutes to dedicate to a storyline.

Consider me cautiously optimistic...    cool

Okay you cunts, let's see what you can do now.
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« Reply #14 on: 01-04-2006 14:19 »

 
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Originally posted by Ralph Snart:
Imagine what the Futurama crew could do without network limitations and with 75-90 minutes to dedicate to a storyline.

I'm drooling at the mere thought.  smile

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Dr_Dave

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« Reply #15 on: 01-04-2006 14:28 »

 
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Originally posted by Mystery_Meat:
Variety likes their industry terms. They also had "laffer" and "cabler" in reference to Comedy Central. I guess they want the readers to feel like they're insiders. They do this in a bunch of stories on their site.


Indeed.  Variety is famous for its "slanguage" (see their website for the dictionary so you too can speak just like a slimy Hollywood producer ).

Yes, "skein" means a TV series.

As Variety would say, this news is BOFFO!
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« Reply #16 on: 01-04-2006 15:44 »

I'm both optimistic yet sceptical that this will all end up in our favor.
Kif White

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« Reply #17 on: 01-04-2006 16:05 »

Well, then there's also this from Billy West's own message board from the man himself...

Good news everyone!
I just got an e-mail from David X.Cohen saying that things look very good
for the Futurama DVD's! He said we'll probably be starting up after new
years.I'm very psyched to get back together with all my friends again.I guess
this is a belated xmas present!

All happy now,
B.


So there's even more hope for us all  smile
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« Reply #18 on: 01-04-2006 16:27 »

 
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Originally posted by Ralph Snart:
Two articles in two mainstream publications (Variety.com and TVGuide.com) in one day about the possible return of Futurama.  That's the most encouraging news that we've heard yet.  Granted, it's not like hearing that FOX has given the revival the greenlight, but it is promising.

And now E ! Online. That was posted just an hour ago.
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« Reply #19 on: 01-04-2006 17:06 »

 
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Originally posted by Ralph Snart:
It is promising that more mainstream publications are reporting this.

If it comes back as a series, hopefully FOX won't screw it over by placing it in shitty timeslots.

Actually, they will... Also they WILL put it in a shitty timeslot... If however it does come back, my anger will be marginably subsided.. Of course not that much. Probably .001%

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« Reply #20 on: 01-04-2006 17:58 »

Wow, front page of tvguide.com says "Futurama returning?" the Billy West post, and some other stuff too.  I haven't been this optimistic since... May, and that sure paid off!
:hearty laugh that slowly turns into pathetic crying:

they need an emoticon for that
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #21 on: 01-04-2006 18:10 »

This _IS_ a good sign!  It's like Futurama is following the footsteps of Family Guy.  Both shows are on Adult Swim and are getting more new viewers, both shows are the top rated shows on AS, and DVD sales of both shows are getting higher and higher! 

If Family Guy came back, then Futurama will, too!  If Futurama comes back as movies on DVD or episodes, I'll be happy either way!  Plus, it's a good sign that TV Guide and magazines like Vareity are talking about a comeback!
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« Reply #22 on: 01-04-2006 18:39 »

 
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Originally posted by Ralph Snart:
It seems that FOX may be leaning to making more episodes than the direct-to-DVD movie, which is nice, but I would like to be greedy and have both.  There is only so much that you can do on network TV and in 22 minutes.  Imagine what the Futurama crew could do without network limitations and with 75-90 minutes to dedicate to a storyline.

I don't see why they wouldn't do both.  That's what they did with Family Guy. 

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« Reply #23 on: 01-04-2006 19:14 »

Well.... maybe Fox will put it in a decent timeslot for a few weeks then screw it over and see if people still watch it....
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« Reply #24 on: 01-04-2006 19:32 »

I like what I'm hearing from various major publications, but "believe it when you see it" is my mindset here.  If fox smells money in resurrecting Futurama they might go for it based on Family Guy's success.  Of course, this may all fizzle out and never happen.  It could go either way I think.  I would be gratefull for any new material and I'd be absolutely crazy if multiple episodes were made.  I hope those idiots at fox get it right and bring the show back.
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« Reply #25 on: 01-04-2006 19:38 »

 
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Originally posted by i_c_weiner:
 And now E ! Online. That was posted just an hour ago.

Don't get too excited about that one, it's just a 'Variety reports that..." regurgitation of the original story (it's been picked up in a few other places, too, but they all call back to Variety).

Like most people in the thread, I'll be excited when it shows up on my TV screen, but until then, I'll remain jaded and skeptical. 

Still, it's good to be still hearing new news  on a possible return this long after the show ended, if there wasn't some truth to them, you would think that they would have died out some time ago.
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« Reply #26 on: 01-04-2006 20:40 »

 
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Originally posted by KurtPikachu2001:
This _IS_ a good sign!  It's like Futurama is following the footsteps of Family Guy.  Both shows are on Adult Swim and are getting more new viewers, both shows are the top rated shows on AS, and DVD sales of both shows are getting higher and higher! 

If Family Guy came back, then Futurama will, too!  If Futurama comes back as movies on DVD or episodes, I'll be happy either way!  Plus, it's a good sign that TV Guide and magazines like Vareity are talking about a comeback!

I wouldn't get that hopeful yet, Kurt.
Not until actual articles come out, not just ripped off ones.
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« Reply #27 on: 01-04-2006 21:01 »
« Last Edit on: 01-04-2006 21:01 »

   
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BACK TO THE FUTURAMA: Variety is reporting that 20th Century Fox TV is in early discussions to go back into production with Futurama, the Emmy-winning animated series that ran on Fox from March 1999 to August 2003, giving it a Family Guy-style resuscitation. Based on the misadventures of Fry, Leela and Bender, Futurama is set in the year 3000, at which time Lindsay Lohan will have stopped making "news." But until then...
Still just calling back to variety, but this is what JBERGES was referring to, on tvguide.com.

I'm happy again! Up until yesterday, the movie possibility thread hadn't had a bump for over a month, and the lack of news made me forget about the subject. But now there's more good news! Hooray!
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« Reply #28 on: 01-04-2006 21:08 »

so many return threads........

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« Reply #29 on: 01-04-2006 21:09 »

I read this title as "Variety article - Possible rectum?" and wondered what the hell it could be about.

Needless to say, this warrants a "woo!" and possibly a summary "hoo!"  I will now go and make sure my chicken counting machine still works...you know, in case something hatches.
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« Reply #30 on: 01-04-2006 21:11 »

I looked it up on Google News, and I found a couple interesting articles from December, you can look at them here: http://news.google.ca/news?q=futurama+return&hl=en&lr=&sa=N&tab=nn&oi=newsr  .  Particularily "Off The Planet".
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« Reply #31 on: 01-04-2006 22:16 »

Just exactly how popular has Futurama become?  I don't think it's more popular now than it was before but I hope!  If it returns I hope the ratings are strong and not as so-so as before it was axed  frown
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« Reply #32 on: 01-04-2006 23:06 »
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So... I'm confused.  Are we potentially getting a movie, or a new series?  If it's a combo of the two....   hmpf

I haven't seen the Family Guy movie, but breaking the Futurama movie into 3 or 4 episodes isn't what I wanted to see (I keep thinking "plot flow issues" ).  That said, I'll gladly take what I can get.

*Is remaining cautiously optimistic*

Edit: Damn you, missing letters!
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« Reply #33 on: 01-04-2006 23:34 »

Scifichannel.com also has a similar report


 
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12:00 AM, 04-JANUARY-06
 
   
 
 
A Future For Futurama?

Talks have begun at 20th Century Fox TV to revive the animated TV show Futurama, much in the same way Family Guy found new life after cancellation, Variety reported.

The studio is in early discussions to put Futurama back in production and create a limited number of episodes of the Emmy Award-winning show, although it's too soon to tell where those episodes might end up. A representative for 20th Century Fox TV declined comment to Variety.

The final original episode of Futurama aired on Fox in August 2003. Since then, the show has found new life and fans via DVD releases and repeatedly high-rated airings on the Cartoon Network.

Before Futurama comes back into being, however, Fox first must secure deals with the show's production team, as well as voice stars Billy West (Fry), Katey Sagal (Leela) and John DiMaggio (Bender).

Meanwhile, new Futurama stories have appeared in comics published by co-creator Matt Groening's Bongo Comics imprint. 
Eyedol7513

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« Reply #34 on: 01-05-2006 00:01 »
« Last Edit on: 01-05-2006 00:01 »

It has been said many times before, but until FOX makes an official announcement that "Futurama WILL return", then I will remain pessimistic. However, I can't help but feel a little hopeful.

[EDIT]: Yay, first post for January 5, 2005 in PEEL! Which is also my birthday!

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« Reply #35 on: 01-05-2006 00:59 »

I'm going with everyone else here wait for Fox to say "indeed we will allow it"

Well if it does happen no doubt the long break to think about new eps and get new inspiration
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« Reply #36 on: 01-05-2006 02:34 »

I'm hopeful that this rumor pans out into something substantial. New Futurama episodes by 2007 will be spectacular, even if a few of the show's writers aren't able to make it back on (Ken Keeler, you know what you did!). As I've said before, the real way to get the show back on is through watching the repeats and buying the DVD sets. No more of these petitions.
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« Reply #37 on: 01-05-2006 02:41 »

I refuse to get my hopes up.

Just out of principle, you see.  I have an image of an embittered old-guard PEELer to maintain, after all.
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« Reply #38 on: 01-05-2006 05:08 »

 http://www.rottentomatoes.com/news/comments/?entryid=278643

Now 'Rotten Tomatoes' is on the FUTURAMA story.  If it's a trial balloon being let out by FOX or Groening, it's getting some buzz.

Okay you cunts, let's see what you can do now.
Gocad

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« Reply #39 on: 01-05-2006 11:18 »

There's an interesting bit in EOnline's take on the Variety article.

If revived, it's unclear exactly which network would air the new episodes.

However, even if FOX agrees to new Futurama episodes, I doubt that these would air before 2007.

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