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Doc Grift

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« on: 02-12-2002 02:30 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2002 02:30 »

Please see the post "Fox Shocks, Futurama Rocks" by me first. Feel free to post comments/suggestions about this petition so we can perfect it before sending.

Dear Ms. Gail Berman and Mr. Sandy Grushow,

As fans of Futurama, we are appalled at the current treatment of our favorite show. Quite frankly, FOX has not given Futurama the due chance that it deserves to build momentum.

In order to rectify the situation, we demand that Futurama be given a stable and consistent time slot, in which it will NOT be pre-empted. We also demand that FOX puts more effort into advertising for the show.

Finally, it would be a great mistake to cancel Futurama. The cancellation of Futurama would force us to stop watching the programming of FOX or any of its affiliates.
meisterPOOP

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« Reply #1 on: 02-12-2002 02:38 »

You should have never votes Zoidberg off the island!
DrThunder88

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« Reply #2 on: 02-12-2002 05:04 »

First, we are in no position to demand anything.  Second, we can't really watch Fox without watching its affiliates.  Third, you might want to think about the wording of the first paragraph.  "Over the past four seasons, we have been disappointed in the network's apparant neglect of 'Futurama'.  We feel that the show's growth has been entrammeled by constant preemption due to football coverage rather than the nature of the show itself."

The second paragraph needs work too.  Once again, we are in no position to demand anything.  If I wrote it, I'd probably go with: "We, the dedicated fans of 'Futurama,' wish to express our grave concern regarding recent reports of cancellation.  We obviously enjoy the show, and desire to see it grow into a successful, long-running series.  We believe that given a more suitable time-slot with fewer interruptions and more complete advertising, 'Futurama' could develop into a boundless success."
VelourFog

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« Reply #3 on: 02-12-2002 10:45 »

if you want to send comments to fox, you should do it via regular mail.  Emails and petitions count for crap.  Regular mail sometimes doesn't count much, but it still beats email every time.

and i know mArc suggested that people in the US send letters, everyone from other countries should too.

 
Teral

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« Reply #4 on: 02-12-2002 11:03 »

I'll write a letter, once I've calmed down. Anything I write now would be VERY counterproductive.

Dr T. is right. Anything that sounds like a demand, or an ultimatum will probably just anger FOX. Right now, being polite, dedicated fans is our best weapon. Show FOX that Futurama has countless of loyal fans throughout the States, and the World.

As I posted somewhere before, it worked for ST:TOS in the 60's. Floods of letters from fans, describing their feelings for the show, what they loved about it, the potential they saw, the widespread popularity it enjoyed, etc. in polite, yet passionate words, saved the show. Alas only for a short while, but it worked.

Okay, time to give the spot for the next ranter.

BTW, welcome to PEEL, Doc Grift. Hope you'll enjoy it here, despite the circumstances.  big grin
Kryten

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« Reply #5 on: 02-12-2002 11:28 »

"Hey, Rocky, watch me pull an online petition outta my hat!"
"Online petition? That trick NEVER works, Bullwinkle!"

Listen to Velour. Send your letters via snail-mail.

Not that there's anyone at FOX who can read.
slimmyCGEF

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« Reply #6 on: 02-12-2002 11:35 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2002 11:35 »

haha, well wait till mArc has talked to the futurama people first... maybe they have some ideas too.. before we all go mailing irrational stuff :P hehe mArc is our moses on this one  smile
Teral

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« Reply #7 on: 02-12-2002 11:43 »

So he'll come back with commandments later on.  smile
BenderRules

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« Reply #8 on: 02-12-2002 12:00 »

I think everyone should sugn Bender 1729's petition smile Its a good en thanks!
Sarge

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« Reply #9 on: 02-12-2002 12:16 »

Homer-"mArc is their leader. Heh heh."
Bender-1729
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« Reply #10 on: 02-12-2002 12:40 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2002 12:40 »

It's not my petition. It's some petition, but that doesn't matter. Sign everybody, sign!!!

Ps.: That's what I'm thinking today:

  cry   cry   cry 

and for our friends from Fox:

  up yours   up yours   up yours 
Torquemada

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« Reply #11 on: 02-12-2002 13:04 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2002 13:04 »

I agree with DrThunder88, think about the wording of any comunique with evil, errr, I mean Fox. Using confrontational words like demand makes you sound like an unreasonable loon holding hostages. Instead of you have done X, say we feel that you have done X, remember this is only your oppinion and evil knows this (damn damn, I meant Fox).

You must sound reasonable at every turn. Use phrases like we request/implore/beg of you, instead of demand. Instead of saying that you will boycott the network, say that Futurama is one of the few/only show you do watch on Fox and that you will have no reason to tune in if Futurama is cancelled.

Remember we need them to do something for us, dont upset them (upset, another good word, don't use pissed or angry/annoyed), use Bambi eyes, be humble.

:brief lucid face:
:vacant look of the unhinged:
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #12 on: 02-12-2002 13:26 »

When I calm down I will write a letter, right now I'm fueled by hate so it wouldn't work.
Sarge

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« Reply #13 on: 02-12-2002 13:36 »

Homer-"It's okay Lisa. Just remember me how I am .................... filled with murderous RAGE!!..."
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #14 on: 02-12-2002 13:52 »

How long should these letters be? I could write pages, but their would be no point if a FOX exec looked at it and threw it in the bin because he couldn't be arsed to read it.
[-mArc-]

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« Reply #15 on: 02-12-2002 14:04 »

I don't think that petition there is any good, like DrThunder88 said. A petition won't win us Futurama back, but it is one thing we can do *in addition*. I need a good petition text for that though. Please write serious ones here.
Sarge

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« Reply #16 on: 02-12-2002 14:17 »

Whatever the petition is, leave my name out of it (except as a signature). I got enough Fox publicity as it is.
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #17 on: 02-12-2002 14:17 »

Heres my practice letter:

Dear Fox

I am writing this letter in response to the fact that Futurama has sadly been cancelled. I am a huge fan of the show and never miss an episode, the show has givin me much happyness and joy and I have enjoyed watching it improve and grow stronger through the years.

 When I found out that the show has been cancelled I was surprised because there is a huge fan base for the show and it has a large online following too. All of my friends are huge fans of the show too and I believe it has vast quantitiys of potential and has an almost never ending amount of fresh possiblitiys.

Futurama is, in my opinion the most inivative, clever, funnny and entertaing show on TV and I feel very upset at the thought of it be cancelled. The show needs to continue because there are many plots within the show which would be left unfinnished if it ended now.

I hope that my letter will help let you invisage Futurama through my eyes and help you understand the termoil I'm now in at the thought of losing it. Please could you re-concider and continue to air Futurama?

[-mArc-]

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« Reply #18 on: 02-12-2002 14:30 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2002 14:30 »

I will take that and change some things to "we" and "most of"
aslate

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« Reply #19 on: 02-12-2002 14:31 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2002 14:31 »

Well, this is my complaint letter (It's not sent yet) if anyone thinks it is any good for the petition?

To whoever this matter concerns,
I have recently heard of a rumour that Futurama has not been picked for the Season 5 renewal. I know that these are only rumours but i know that they are from very stong and reliable sources.

First of all it would help to know why it is being cancelled if indeed these rumours are true. If it is cancelled due to poor viewer ratings why don't you take into account that many souces i have heard from clearly state that Futurama is shown at unreasonable times, cancelled, moved and mucked about with by you in the US (I can't get first hand knowledge, i'm in the UK).

Apparently Futurama hasn't recieved very good treatment in America anyway so far and from the looks of things it will never get any treatment again.

I (Andrew Slater) am one of many thousands of Futurama fans that knows of these rumours and i am shocked that such a thing could happen.

Futurama is a very promising series and has many good points to be kept. Recently the Futurama Season 1 DVD was realesed in the UK and Europe and has recieved very good sales figures and there is a loyal fan base and has been for many years, since the start of Futurama in 2000. It has a promising storyline and many new and great stories can be built off of this.

One last point before you decide that Futurama should be canned, remember that its not just me sending you this... (Then a list of the petition signatures)

FilthyCrab

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« Reply #20 on: 02-12-2002 14:34 »

 
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Originally posted by [-mArc-]:
I don't think that petition there is any good, like DrThunder88 said. A petition won't win us Futurama back, but it is one thing we can do *in addition*. I need a good petition text for that though. Please write serious ones here.

Here's a rough draft of a petition you might want to use.  Feel free to edit as you see fit.

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Be it Resolved that the undersigned are in accord with the following:

1] 'Futurama" is a favorite television show;

2] 'Futurama' is watched regularly;

3] Advertisers paying for airtime during the braodcast of 'Futurama' are regularly supported by fans;

4] 'Futurama' fans are greatly disturbed by the proposed cancelation of 'Futurama' by the Fox Broadcasting Company.  This cancelation will result in great sadness and frustration on the part of the undersigned, as well as loss of revenue to FOX as a result of the undersigned not watching FOX during the 'Futurama' timeslot.

Be it further resolved that the undersigned request that FOX seriously reconsider the cancelation of 'Futurama.'  This show already carries a large fan base, with a more stable timeslot, less likelyhood of pre-emption and a bit more advertising 'Futurama' has a very good likelihood of becoming as great a success as "The Simpsons' has been for the FOX network.

Sincerely,
TheReal-Fry

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« Reply #21 on: 02-12-2002 14:34 »

 
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Originally posted by Otis P Jivefunk:
Heres my practice letter:

Dear Fox

I am writing this letter in response to the fact that Futurama has sadly been cancelled. I am a huge fan of the show and never miss an episode, the show has givin me much happyness and joy and I have enjoyed watching it improve and grow stronger through the years.

 When I found out that the show has been cancelled I was surprised because there is a huge fan base for the show and it has a large online following too. All of my friends are huge fans of the show too and I believe it has vast quantitiys of potential and has an almost never ending amount of fresh possiblitiys.

Futurama is, in my opinion the most inivative, clever, funnny and entertaing show on TV and I feel very upset at the thought of it be cancelled. The show needs to continue because there are many plots within the show which would be left unfinnished if it ended now.

I hope that my letter will help let you invisage Futurama through my eyes and help you understand the termoil I'm now in at the thought of losing it. Please could you re-concider and continue to air Futurama?


I like that one... Some spelling that needs to be corrected though   frown   wink
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #22 on: 02-12-2002 14:38 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2002 14:38 »

Anything I should edit/improve in my letter?

here are some more paragraphs:

Recently Season One was released on DVD, every single magazine I looked at gave Futurama full points for it's content and entertainment value. This was later backed up by the public who managed to put it at number 3 in the DVD sales charts which is very high considering that it costs more than the top two put together. If you continued to make the show then you would be able to make huge profits from DVD sales.

In all honesty Futurama was never really given a fair chance, it's had little publicity and it is often pre-empted due to sports or Simpsons re-runs. Futurama has managed to gain a huge number of fans despite it's anti social scheduling, If it was aired more regularly I'm sure it would gain many more too. All too often there are gaps of more than a month interupting it's airing which makes it very hard to gain fans.
[-mArc-]

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« Reply #23 on: 02-12-2002 14:38 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2002 14:38 »

Ok, rephrased it, please someone spell check:

Dear Fox

We are signing this petition in response to the fact that Futurama has sadly been cancelled. We are huge fans of the show and rarely miss an episode, the show has given us much happyness and joy and we have enjoyed watching it improve and grow stronger through the years.

When we found out that the show has been cancelled we were surprised because there is a huge fan base for the show and it has a large online following too. Many of us watch the show with friends and believe it has vast quantitiys of potential and has an almost never ending amount of fresh possiblitiys.

Futurama is, in our opinion one of the most inivative, clever, funnny and entertaing shows on TV and we feel very upset at the thought of it be cancelled. The show needs to continue because there are many plots within the show which would be left unfinnished if it ended now.

Recently Season One was released on DVD, every single DVD magazine gave Futurama high scores for its content and entertainment value. This was later backed up by the public who managed to put it at number 3 in the DVD sales charts. If you continued to make the show then you would be able to make huge profits from DVD sales.

In all honesty Futurama was never really given a fair chance, it's had little publicity and it got pre-empted too often  due to sports or simpsons re-runs. Futurama has managed to gain a huge number of fans despite its anti social scheduling. If it was aired more routinely we are sure it would gain many more visitors, too. All too often there are gaps of more than a month interupting its airing which makes it very hard to gain fans.

We hope that our petition will help let you envisage Futurama through our eyes and help you understand the turmoil we are now in at the thought of losing it. Please could you re-concider and continue to air Futurama?
aslate

Space Pope
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« Reply #24 on: 02-12-2002 14:42 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2002 14:42 »

Spell checked (With the new bits u put in)

Dear Fox
We are signing this petition in response to the fact that Futurama has sadly been cancelled. We are huge fans of the show and rarely miss an episode, the show has given us much happiness and joy and we have enjoyed watching it improve and grow stronger through the years.

When we found out that the show has been cancelled we were surprised because there is a huge fan base for the show and it has a large online following too. Many of us watch the show with friends and believe it has vast quantities of potential and has an almost never-ending amount of fresh possibilities.

Futurama is, in our opinion one of the most innovative, clever, funny and entertaining shows on TV and we feel very upset at the thought of it be cancelled. The show needs to continue because there are many plots within the show, which would be left unfinished if it ended now.

Recently Season One was released on DVD, every single DVD magazine gave Futurama high scores for its content and entertainment value. The public who managed to put it at number 3 in the DVD sales charts later backed this up. If you continued to make the show then you would be able to make huge profits from DVD sales.

In all honesty Futurama was never really given a fair chance, it's had little publicity and it got pre-empted too often due to sports or Simpsonís re-runs.
Futurama has managed to gain a huge number of fans despite its anti social scheduling. If it was aired more routinely we are sure it would gain many more visitors, too. All too often there are gaps of more than a month interrupting its airing which makes it very hard to gain fans.

We hope that our petition will help let you envisage Futurama through our eyes and help you understand the turmoil we are now in at the thought of losing it. Please could you re-consider and continue to air Futurama?
VelourFog

Space Pope
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« Reply #25 on: 02-12-2002 14:49 »

 
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Originally posted by [-mArc-]:

We hope that our petition will help let you envisage Futurama through our eyes and help you understand the turmoil we are now in at the thought of losing it. Please could you re-concider and continue to air Futurama?

this, to me, comes off as sounding like:

We are huge losers.

i think "turmoil" is a bit much and shows that the fans are (at best) unstable mentally

[-mArc-]

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« Reply #26 on: 02-12-2002 14:52 »

replace the last paragraph with just "Please rethink." ?
aslate

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« Reply #27 on: 02-12-2002 14:53 »

So then VF, any ideas on the last paragraph then? I've put up my letter, so has Otis, so what about you?
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #28 on: 02-12-2002 14:58 »

Maybe that last paragraph was a bit much but that was only my first letter anyway, I will write a better one later today which I will add here for you to scroutinize.
[-mArc-]

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« Reply #29 on: 02-12-2002 14:59 »

I will put it up with "please rethink" as last, got no more time for today
FilthyCrab

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« Reply #30 on: 02-12-2002 15:06 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2002 15:06 »

 
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Originally posted by [-mArc-]:
Ok, rephrased it, please someone spell check:
{snip}
mArc, I spell-checked it, and did a bit of word-smithing  (hope you don't mind).  See what you think of this...

Dear Fox

We are signing this petition in response to the fact that Futurama has, sadly, been cancelled. We are huge fans of the show and rarely miss an episode.  The show has given us much happiness and joy and we have enjoyed watching it improve and grow stronger over the last 3 years.

When we found out that the show had been cancelled we were surprised because there is a huge fan base for the show and it has a large online following too. Many of us watch and discuss the show with friends; we believe it has vast untapped potential and great possibilities for the future.

Futurama is, in our opinion, one of the most innovative, clever, funny and entertaining shows on TV and we are very upset and saddened at the thought of it be cancelled. Aside from the fact the we fans would miss seeing the conclusion to many plot lines brought to their conclusion, the best reason to see Futurama continue is that it has a large and growing fan base, all clamoring for more of the product you offer.  These are fans that not only purchase show-related merchandise but also purchase the products offered by the advertisers that support the broadcast of Futurama.

Recently Season One was released on DVD, every single DVD magazine gave Futurama high scores for its content and entertainment value. The public who managed to put it at number 3 in the DVD sales charts later backed this up. Continuation of the show will only strengthen the sales of products like these as the fan base continues to grow.

In all honesty, we believe Futurama was never really given a fair chance; it's had little publicity since season one and it has often been pre-empted by other Fox programming. Futurama has managed to gain a huge number of fans despite its less-than-ideal scheduling. All too often there are gaps of more than a month interrupting its airing which makes it very hard to gain fans. If it was aired in a stronger time slot, with fewer interruptions we are sure Futurama would gain many more fans.

We hope that our petition will help let you envisage Futurama through our eyes and help you understand the turmoil we feel at the thought of losing our beloved show. Please re-consider and continue to air Futurama.


VelourFog

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« Reply #31 on: 02-12-2002 15:31 »

 
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Originally posted by aslate:
So then VF, any ideas on the last paragraph then? I've put up my letter, so has Otis, so what about you?

haha.  it's my job to complain, not to offer helpful suggestions.  But seriously I think petitions are bad, based on several experiences and talking to various types of people.  So that is my suggestion. 

Obviously we want them to "rethink" so i guess that'd i vote on that if i had to pick between the 2 options.
Venus

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« Reply #32 on: 02-12-2002 17:25 »

Since email petitions will get us nowhere i strongly suggest having the petition author print it out and send it via snail mail.

::crawls back into emotional shell and continues sobbing while rocking back and forth.::
aslate

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« Reply #33 on: 02-12-2002 17:29 »

The problem with that is that it will be alkward to include all the petition signatures without having to send it by a package delivery system
Nixorbo

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« Reply #34 on: 02-12-2002 17:46 »

Your point?
aslate

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« Reply #35 on: 02-12-2002 18:03 »

I know we are all upset right now but there is no need for that kind of post!
:: Crawls away while keeping eye contact::
DrThunder88

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« Reply #36 on: 02-12-2002 18:12 »

Internet petitions will be scoffed at, regular petitions would be hard to institute with a base of fans so few and far between, mass-emailings will probably be considered spam, and letter-writing campaigns are impractical for overseas fans.  It's like Sarge said, these executives aren't politicians, even though they seem like it.  The only way to sway their opinions is with a lot of money.  I think we're caught between a rock and a hard place, here.
slimmyCGEF

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« Reply #37 on: 02-12-2002 18:20 »

hehe, well if every fan would give like a buck  smile hehehe
Torquemada

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« Reply #38 on: 02-12-2002 18:51 »
« Last Edit on: 02-12-2002 18:51 »

Airmail costs peanuts, why would letter writing be impractical for overseas fans?

I just involves going to the post office and buying an air mail letter, writing it then posting it. Is that not worth the effort?
Nixorbo

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« Reply #39 on: 02-12-2002 19:13 »

 
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Originally posted by slimmyCGEF:
hehe, well if every fan would give like a buck   smile hehehe

That might not be actually all that bad of an idea

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