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« on: 02-14-2002 01:43 »
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Well, we got on slashdot, bluesnews, aint it cool news, fark just to name a few, but this thread is for coverage that actually has to add something:

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2/13/02 Rough Draft : Alive & Kicking Futurama? Maybe...

Rumors were scrambling around the Internet yesterday concerning the untimely demise of Matt Groening's quirky sci-fi series Futurama. So, we contacted production house Rough Draft this morning to set the record straight. Here's what producer Claudia Katz had to say, "Fox isn't ready to order more episodes at this time. They've got a lot of holdovers, more than 15, so that doesn't really make them motivated to make a decision [concerning the future of the series]. That's not good news for us, but it's not bad news. We were around before Futurama and we'll be around after." Rough Draft is currently working on a short for Cartoon Network and another undisclosed project. We are trying to reach Fox for comments, but in the meantime, you might want to check out this fansite and sign the petition to save the series at http://www.gotfuturama.com

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Originally posted by Broadcasting & Cable Magazine :

Unclear future for Futurama

By Joe Schlosser
Broadcasting & Cable
2/13/2002 9:00:00 AM
 
Fox animated series Futurama isn’t going away anytime soon, but the network has no plans to order any more original episodes of the series, insiders said.

Due to a long lead time on animated production, Fox executives had to tell producer Matt Groening (The Simpsons) and his production company this month whether or not they wanted to keep the show going for the 2003-2004 season.

The answer was no, at least for now.

"We have tremendous respect for Matt, but the show’s production schedule requires an advance renewal decision that we don’t have the luxury to make at this time. We may want to order more in the future, but we could not meet this early deadline," a Fox spokesman said.

The network already has approximately 20 episodes produced or in the final stages of production, and that will keep Futurama going through the remainder of this season and 2002-2003.

So far this season, the 7 p.m. EST/PST series is averaging 6.4 million viewers and a 2.9 rating/8 share in adults 18 through 49, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Futurama originally debuted on Fox in March 1999.
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« Reply #1 on: 02-14-2002 01:50 »
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And comments:

For 1.:
Well, they won't close RD all together, that was clear, but this doesn't help the animators who got the boot, nor the writers. A renewed Futurama in a year would be a different Futurama.

For 2.:
The author mailed it to me in advance (posted it here in parts already) and answered my "they'd just need to try showing it" mail with "Networks, they suck."  tongue This from a guy whose target market are Broadcasting Network Execs and the like  big grin
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« Reply #2 on: 02-14-2002 02:04 »
« Last Edit on: 02-16-2002 00:00 by edeltraut »

Claudia's a feisty woman.   laff
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« Reply #3 on: 02-14-2002 06:03 »
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Oh, this is not really internet media, but we got our first TV exposure in germany on NBC Europe GIGA Games   big grin

I'll see if they can provide a link on their site, too. They linked the offensive petition.
 http://www1.giga.de/stories/0,1617,23422,00.html
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« Reply #4 on: 02-14-2002 10:42 »

Unfortunately I think FOX's plan is to not cancel but not order so that in a years time it won't seem so harsh when they do cancel. By then it will be to late for another network to and FOX will have messed it up. Thats what I think their plan is.
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« Reply #5 on: 02-14-2002 10:52 »

 
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Originally posted by Otis P Jivefunk:
Unfortunately I think FOX's plan is to not cancel but not order so that in a years time it won't seem so harsh when they do cancel. By then it will be to late for another network to and FOX will have messed it up. Thats what I think their plan is.

I agree 100%.  That's exactly what they're doing.  If they simply said:  "Futurama's cancelled.  No more eps."  Matt could shop it around to another station that would treat it better.  And I think, deep down, they realize that it could be a smash hit if treated properly.  They just don't want to treat it that way.  So they wanted to prevent any other network from making it into a smash hit.  First they created a backlog by not showing all of the episodes they bought.  Next they claimed that, due to the backlog, they didn't need to buy more eps.  (Not officially cancelling it though to make it near-impossible for it to jump networks.)  Finally, when they run out of eps it'll be "too expensive" to start production back up again and it'll be cancelled.  Then any other station picking it up would have an uphill battle to re-launch Futurama.  (And most likely the stations would shy away from it.)
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« Reply #6 on: 02-14-2002 10:58 »

Yep, I wish Matt Groening was reading this.
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« Reply #7 on: 02-14-2002 11:06 »

this link was also posted by Filtycrab in another thread:  http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/13/television.futurama.reut/index.html
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« Reply #8 on: 02-14-2002 13:15 »

Thanx for the link, I hope it gets launched in syndication and that FOX aren't tight asses and do what I said earlyer.
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« Reply #9 on: 02-14-2002 15:30 »
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Featured on the front page as no1 TV story at zap2it.com: http://tv.zap2it.com/news/tvnewsdaily.html?23838

 
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FOX's decision not to pick up additional episodes, led the production company Rough Draft to fire its animators, according to the fansite www.GotFuturama.com.  In an attempt to save the show, the website has started on online petition to save the show, which pulled over 20,000 signatures after just 17 hours.

wish they made it a link tho   wink

update:
mailed the author and here is part of her answer:
 
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Thanks for your email -- I have to say, you have one of the best fans sites I've seen out there for a show. I'll go ahead and add a direct link to your site, but I did spell out site's address when we first posted the story.

The reason we do this is because all of our news stories are sent out on a wire service, allowing it to get picked up by over 400 newspapers across the country.

See us in the papers maybe  big grin
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« Reply #10 on: 02-14-2002 17:02 »

while we are at it, title story on cinescape: interview with david x cohen
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« Reply #11 on: 02-14-2002 17:12 »

The interview sounds pretty final, Cohen has hope but doesn't seem to think it will get picked back up and is instead looking at what there already is. I just hope us fans can change all that and bring it back although if a 5th Season is given the go ahead then I'm sure it will have a different feel because of a different team, hopefully some of the old team will be passionate enough about the program to want to go back.
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« Reply #12 on: 02-15-2002 16:58 »

I have copied and pasted an excert from TV Guide Live in which Matt Groening makes a couple of coments, he seems VERY angry. Here it is...

"Futurama" creator slams FOX
 Matt Groening is fuming over FOX's recent decision to bump Futurama from the network's schedule in January.

The cartoon creator, who is also the mastermind behind The Simpsons, told Entertainment Weekly that FOX executives have no clue how to support original programming such as his futuristic animated series. Groening is particularly upset that Futurama will be moved to its third timeslot in a year when it returns to FOX's asked in February. "It's not the move I would make if I were running the zoo," he said. "They run in one direction, then run in another direction the next moment. There's no sustained support of anything."

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« Reply #13 on: 02-15-2002 17:01 »

Fox Exec-"There's 'conjecture' & 'hearsay'....those are kinds of support..."
Groening-".......................get off my property."
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« Reply #14 on: 02-15-2002 17:06 »

Has Fox even responded in any way to our protest? Have they said anything to anyone on the matter?
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« Reply #15 on: 02-16-2002 00:02 »

Have any of you noticed that the Simpsons Archive has linked to the petition!?!
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« Reply #16 on: 02-18-2002 03:38 »

I finally got the message through to one of our local newspapers, which resulted in a few lines in yesterday's paper. It averages some 120-130.000 readers pr day, and my guess is that at least 0,1% of them are Futurama fans willing to sign that petition and/or write letters  smile
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« Reply #17 on: 02-18-2002 04:05 »

heise.de(biggest german tech-news site) linked it in it's sunday column
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« Reply #18 on: 02-18-2002 05:16 »

Computer/tech news site Quit.net also has a link to it (and a poll question).
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« Reply #19 on: 04-20-2002 22:52 »

Yes, I resurected an old thread, don't kill me.

But this seems like the most apropriate thread to post this in. A new article about Futurama, with comments from Matt, Billy and John. They have some nice things to say about us "fanatics/core audiences".

Find it here.


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« Reply #20 on: 04-21-2002 01:43 »

Your link keeps crashing my browser.
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« Reply #21 on: 04-21-2002 01:50 »

Works fine for me, but here let me breach the copyright for ya.  big grin


Uncertain 'Futurama'
By TERRY MORROW
Scripps Howard News Service
April 19, 2002

- LOS ANGELES - Animator Matt Groening - creator of "The Simpsons" - knows what's happening 1,000 years from now, but it's the uncertainty of today that frustrates him.

His creation "Futurama" (7 p.m. Sundays, Fox), airing its season finale on Sunday, lives in perilous times.

The 4-year-old show has never had stellar ratings nor been a cultural phenomenon like "The Simpsons."

Although "Futurama" will be back next season, the show's fate beyond the 2002-2003 season isn't clear.

Groening says comparisons between "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" are unfair. Stylistically, the two shows are worlds - uh, make that centuries - apart, he says.

Set 1,000 years from now, "Futurama" follows the adventures of Phillip Fry, a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy from 1999 who awakens after a deep freeze.

In New York City of the future, he befriends Leela, a one-eyed mercenary; Bender, a sarcastic robot; and Professor Farnsworth, who is Fry's descendent.

Actor Billy West, who does multiple voices for the show, stars as Fry and Professor Farnsworth; Katey Sagal provides the voice of Leela; and John DiMaggio is Bender.

Sagal is best known for her role as Peg on "Married ... With Children."

West's voice is familiar to longtime animation fans. He provided the vocals for "Ren & Stimpy" and the Cheerios bee, among others.

Sunday's finale reunites most of the remaining cast of the original "Star Trek" series - including William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. The story centers on a 23rd century Earth on which "Star Trek" fans are out of control.

"Futurama" is also ahead of its time from a production standpoint. Work on all of next season's episodes is nearly complete, says Maurice LeMarche, one of its voice actors.

So it's not hard for Groening to make predictions about where the show will be going creatively.

"Season four takes on more of a heart," he says. "It has more of an empathetic center, whereas the other seasons were kind of smart, kind of cynical and kind of hip."

Even with that, Groening says, not everyone is in on the "Futurama" joke.

"I am not sure if enough people understand we are making fun of science fiction," he says. "There are fanatics who understand it ... but some people think it is just another science fiction show."

Such plots aren't over the public's head, Groening claims, but "it is too smart for the average TV executive. At Fox I don't think they understand it."

Those who do get it: Al Gore, Sigourney Weaver, Hank Aaron, the Beastie Boys, Beck and Roseanne, who have loaned their voices for past episodes.

Understanding it is one matter. Finding it is a whole other issue.

West, who does the voice of Fry, says the network shifting "Futurama" to different time slots has hurt it. In its current slot the show is often interrupted because of sporting events airing before it.

"No one could find it," he says. "You gotta have your show as part of your dialing habits. If people don't know when to expect it, then they won't find it."

"Futurama" attracts enough of the right demographics (mainly young men) for the Fox network to keep it around. It has a loyal fan base, too, Groening says.

"We have our core audience who totally gets it," says West, "but I am thinking for the most part we play for the general public who has movies made for them (because) they don't understand irony or sarcasm.

"And all that is left are parody and (gas) jokes."

The humor is edgier and more adult than "The Simpsons."

"It's a combination of 'The Simpsons' sensibility with a techno premise," says co-executive producer Ken Keeler. "We are not a family show. Most animated shows tend to be about families, and that's not the case here either."

LeMarche, who provides the vocals for Kif and other secondary characters, says the show works because, at the very least, everyone in its production understands it.

"If you put really complex music in front of an average musician, then it doesn't make any difference. He won't be able to interpret it," LeMarche says. "I think we have really smart actors who get all the little notes.

"In a show like this, that is very important. The humor can be very smart sometimes and have curves. Those curves make it what it is."


(Terry Morrow of the News-Sentinel in Knoxville, Tenn., can be reached at morrow2(at)knews.com.)



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« Reply #22 on: 04-21-2002 02:10 »

Thanks!
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« Reply #23 on: 04-22-2002 14:47 »

 
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Those who do get it: Al Gore, Sigourney Weaver, Hank Aaron, the Beastie Boys, Beck and Roseanne, who have loaned their voices for past episodes.

I am a fool...when did Roseanne guest star on the show? I don't remember that at all.
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« Reply #24 on: 04-22-2002 15:16 »
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Well, we got on slashdot, bluesnews, aint it cool news, fark just to name a few,
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Could you post links for those? I'm compiling a list of our 'mission' to send in my mail emails to my local newspaper.
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Hell get me the mailing/email addy for the NewYork Times And Ill try sending there too!

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« Reply #25 on: 04-22-2002 15:30 »

slashdot - http://slashdot.org/articles/02/02/12/2158210.shtml?tid=129

Aint it cool news - http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=11499

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« Reply #26 on: 04-22-2002 15:43 »

 http://www.gotfuturama.com/Articles/
and http://www.gotfuturama.com/cancelled/chapter2.shtml
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« Reply #27 on: 04-22-2002 16:21 »

K I've worte alot of it out I got 6 pages, so far. i'm gonna work on it a little more and post a so someone could proof-read?  frown
Maybe give ideas, helpfull hints, links I missed ect?  wink

be back soon  wink

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« Reply #28 on: 04-22-2002 16:27 »

geez might as well send it to all major newspapers... washington post, la times, etc...

 
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Hell get me the mailing/email addy for the NewYork Times And Ill try sending there too!


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« Reply #29 on: 04-22-2002 16:43 »

k here is the link to the .doc file ;P
 http://www.expandedmultiplayer.com/forums/attachment.php?s=&postid=37121

Please post feedback ideas, ect...

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« Reply #30 on: 04-22-2002 16:48 »
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looks good! though something should be added about fox not even marketing the show at all!

wait no they do market it.... two second of marketing before futurama actually comes on!
  mad
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« Reply #31 on: 04-22-2002 16:50 »
« Last Edit on: 04-22-2002 16:50 »

I knew I was forgeting something! Anything else?

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AAK! And I forgot to add my Idea about the 'Group Guest Star Interview'  tongue

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« Reply #32 on: 04-22-2002 16:58 »

Here's my list for quick reference

ok well here is the guest star list i came up with from various sources... it may be missing a few... plus i didnt include simpsons voice actors
season 1
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Space Pilot 3k - Dick Clark, Leonard Nimoy
A Fishful of Dollars - Pamela Anderson
A Big Piece of Garbage - Ron Popeil
Hell is Other Robots - The Beastie Boys

season 2
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A Flight to Remember - Ted Lange
Fry and the Slurm Factory - Pamela Anderson
A Head in the Polls - Claudia Schiffer
Xmas Story - John Goodman, Conan O'Brien
Lesser of Two Evils - Bob Barker
Raging Bender - Rich Little, Mr. Moviefone
How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back - Nora Dunn
The Deep South - Donovan, Parker Posey
My Problem With Popplers - Phil Hendrie
Anthology of Interest I - Al Gore, Stephen Hawking, Nichelle Nichols, Gary Gygax

season 3
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The Cryonic Woman - Pauly Shore
Amazon Women in the Mood - Bea Arthur
Bendless Love - Jan Hooks
Bendin' in the Wind - Beck
I Dated a Robot - Lucy Liu

season 4
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A Tale of Two Santas - Coolio
Love and Rocket - Sigourney Weaver, Lucy Liu
A Leela of Her Own - Hank Aaron, Bob Uecker
Where No Fan Has Gone Before - William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols


 
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AAK! And I forgot to add my Idea about the 'Group Guest Star Interview'   tongue


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« Reply #33 on: 04-22-2002 19:05 »

 
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k here is the link to the .doc file ;P
 http://www.expandedmultiplayer.com/forums/attachment.php?s=&postid=37121

Please post feedback ideas, ect...


Wow, that's a quite impressive collection of links and articles you've compiled there, Erdrik.

Minor point, but I did a more accurate translation of the German text Although [-mArc-] and Spiff might do a better job:

"Hopefully only a rumour.

Allegedly there won’t be a 5th season of the Matt Groening cartoon “Futurama”. The American Simpson- and Futurama-broadcaster FOX, have for, as of now, unknown reasons declined a 5th productionseason of Futurama. A scandal, because recently a rumor told that Simpsons where to be cancelled, in order to concentrate/focus entirely on Futurama. Scandal? Or just another stupid rumor? At the posted link you’re called upon/asked to sign an online-petition, in order to persuade the station FOX not to go through with it’s apparent intent."

Maybe drop the sig at the buttom.

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« Reply #34 on: 04-22-2002 22:24 »
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Ok Copyied new stuff, Adding to the rest now.

umm Why should I remove the sig? Or do you mean just leave my name/addy?

I wanted to add you guys in for helping me but Ill ask first    wink anyone not wanting to be listed please post saying so    wink

Heres the emails I have to my local Newspaper:
mderitter@kalamazoogazette.com

garwady@kalamazoogazette.com

rpierce@kalamazoogazette.com

If anyone else has a newspaper email like oh say a bigger paper, like NewYork times or the affor mentioned WashingtonPost, LA Times, or a local newsgroup of your own maybe? I can probly get WashingtonPost, LA Times on my own but the more local newsgroups will be up to you posting the emails   wink
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Ok I added the new content If you want this sent to Your local newspaper findout they're email and I'll send it  wink Or If you like Ill post the thing here so you can send it with your name at the bottom (they might get suspicios if they all got the story from the same guy in a small town in Michigan  eek ... or I could just be parinoid! lol)
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« Reply #35 on: 04-23-2002 09:45 »

 
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umm Why should I remove the sig? Or do you mean just leave my name/addy?


Just leave your name and address, and remove the Erdrik bit. It might just confuse the recepients, at any rate just a sugestion, your call.  smile


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« Reply #36 on: 04-30-2002 15:31 »

Check the middle section of this article

 
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However, he is determined to prove Fox wrong about Futurama, and he is not alone in his campaign for the programme. An internet petition - not organised by Groening - has already collected 105,000 signatures of fans who want to save the series.
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« Reply #37 on: 04-30-2002 15:38 »

I hope he doesn't give up on Futurama in favour of a that new animated show he's got ideas for.
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« Reply #38 on: 05-01-2002 11:36 »

Just a point of ego here, but . . .

 
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thanks go to Richard S for pointing me to the article.

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« Reply #39 on: 05-01-2002 11:45 »

 
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Originally posted by Otis P Jivefunk:
I hope he doesn't give up on Futurama in favour of a that new animated show he's got ideas for.

I don't think he's going to. If he does, I'm thinking he might just leave it in David's hands tho  tongue
Either way I doubt he's just gonna give up on it.

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