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Damitol

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« on: 05-14-2002 13:38 »
« Last Edit on: 05-14-2002 13:38 »

CGEF has a sort article up about it looking like Futurama will be stuck in the time slot from Hell again.  Fox doesn't officially announce it's schedule until Thursday, but Sundays look to shape up as:

Futurama

Oliver Beene (a *wacky* 50's family where everything goes wrong, narrated by the 12-year old Oliver.  Uhhh - "Wonder Years meets Happy Days meets Malcolm in the Middle" anyone?)

Simpsons
King of the Hill
(The original) Malcolm

So - King gets the sweet spot after Simpsons, and an untested, stupid sounding live show (I automatically hate anything that uses the word "wacky" to describe itself) separates Futurama from the rest of Fox's animation block.  Plus - of course - football that can't end on time will preempt most Futurama episodes until January 2003.

Trust me on this - 2003-2004 Sundays at 7/6C will be filled by a new Mike Judge (King of the Hill) cartoon.

*Sigh*

Sci-fi, Cartoon Network, TNT - are you paying attention?  A golden opportunity awaits if you start having some "off the record" discussions with Groening *now*.
Chump

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« Reply #1 on: 05-14-2002 13:42 »

Again, Futurama gets shafted. I don't know... maybe they figure that if they are gonna cancell it anyway, theres no need to promote it. That would be awesome if Futurama went to Sci-Fi or Space... it would fill a lot of gaps that are fitted with campy 60s shows eg: Lost in Space...
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #2 on: 05-14-2002 14:26 »

Damn Fox, after all those letters I sent them, and over 100,000 people signing the petition, what do they do? NOTHING mad 
Kryten

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« Reply #3 on: 05-14-2002 15:04 »

Oh, of course they won't move the show. Someone might actually SEE it!
RobinL

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« Reply #4 on: 05-14-2002 17:05 »

The original malcom - whats that?  Is that malcom in the middle?  The current series showing on BBC2 (UK) series 2 sucks.  I liked the first one as well.

Lets just hope futurama can move.  Both UK and US.  It should be shown on bbc UK - it'd get much better viewing figures.

Speed-Bump

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« Reply #5 on: 05-14-2002 17:33 »

I hate FOX so much very, very much
Bender-1729
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« Reply #6 on: 05-14-2002 17:43 »

Let's pray for the bancrot of FOX! >:-(
homerjaysimpson

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« Reply #7 on: 05-14-2002 17:44 »

"Oliver beene" sounds like a shows that will more than likely suck!

I wish that would have put futurama in that time slot.
Apogee

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« Reply #8 on: 05-14-2002 17:54 »
« Last Edit on: 05-15-2002 00:00 »

Lets sign a petition to someone really rich to buy futurama from fox and show it same time as any FOX SHIT HIGHLIGHT, then we all turn on our tv and blast the ratings out of the scale.

[EDIT:language.problems]
FryBender3000

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« Reply #9 on: 05-14-2002 18:19 »

Damn Them, Damn them all to hell. Those Damn Dirty Apes
PCC Fred

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« Reply #10 on: 05-14-2002 18:26 »

We're boned.

Just out of curiosity, what would happen if a large number of Futurama fans e-mailed FOX at EXACTLY the same time?
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #11 on: 05-14-2002 18:28 »

It's a good thing I don't live near Fox HQ, or I wouldn't be able to be held responsible for my actions.
Dr_Dave

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« Reply #12 on: 05-14-2002 19:16 »

No real surprise that FOX keeps Futurama in the world's worst time slot.  It is a surprise that they would move King of the Hill to a better time slot.  KOTH's ratings aren't that great, but they will soar now that it follows the Simpson's (still FOX's highest rated show).
bankrupt

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« Reply #13 on: 05-14-2002 21:48 »

A narrated show? zzzzzzzzzzz...  ...oh, oh, I fell asleep just thinking about it.  Glad they can shove KOTH's dry family humor down more people's throats.  At least I won't have to see it anymore on the extra time I let my VCR run over after taping Futurama.  Since I'll probably miss some of the "new" Futurama episodes because of pre-emption(like I missed Roswell That Ends Well)or thier half ass schedule, I wish they'd not even bother playing them and put them straight on DVD now.  Then I wouldn't have to watch their crappy network.
Joe25

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« Reply #14 on: 05-14-2002 23:10 »

Considering that Oliver Beane will probably suck tremendous ass, It would probably detract many people from watching Futurama before it.  And why the hell is Fox being so nice to the dull KOTH?
Just Chris

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« Reply #15 on: 05-14-2002 23:50 »

I think the show's just a decoy to keep people from watching Futurama. Right now, Futurama's placed strategically so that people are just getting out from work or still in their last hours, so they won't get a chance to see it. Bad for the ratings, unless you work in the electronics department and decide to tune all the TVs to Fox  big grin

Until it appears on Comedy Central or Cartoon Network, let's buy some time at our local community TV stations and air some bootlegs!
Nixorbo

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« Reply #16 on: 05-15-2002 00:20 »

Y'see, moving to Cartoon Network/Sci-fi is all well and good, except for one tiny problem: I DON'T HAVE FRICKIN' CABLE
B.Frankendorfer

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« Reply #17 on: 05-15-2002 01:38 »

There are *other* ways to get it Nix.  ::Wink  wink::

If moving it to cable is what saves it than I hope that no one lets not having it stand in their way.
Nixorbo

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« Reply #18 on: 05-15-2002 14:03 »

Unfortunately, my modem operates at a measly 26.4 kps.  So no go on THAT way.
static

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« Reply #19 on: 05-15-2002 16:42 »

well.. theres always the possibility of knowing someone who _does_ have a better connection and is willing to...*cough* you know.. for you.
CD-writers were invented for a reason  smile
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #20 on: 05-15-2002 16:56 »

Yeah, let's steal the episodes from Fox HQ, then we won't have to wait until 2004 to see them all.
static

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« Reply #21 on: 05-15-2002 17:00 »

The thought HAD actually crossed my mind  wink
Teral

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« Reply #22 on: 05-15-2002 17:08 »

First off: Welcome to PEEL, static. Enjoy it here.  big grin


Back O-T: Well, aint that just FOX in a nutshell. Fans writing them to tell what a marvelous piece of entertainment Futurama is, signing petitions, telling them to find a new timeslot, preferably right after Simpsosn or something, and what do they do? Going with business as usual.  mad

And what is it with KOTH? Do they love redneck humor at FOX or something? Thank god, that crappy show went off the air within weeks in this country.

Oliver Beene? [sigh] If 10000 monkeys typed on 10000 typewriters for 10000 years, one of them will do Shakespeare's complete works, and the rest of them will be FOX sitcom writers.

In the end:


Bender: "DAMN YOU OLD MAN!!!"

Don't confuse not caring with not knowing!
Dr_Dave

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« Reply #23 on: 05-15-2002 17:38 »

Here's some news that FOX won't like (yeah!).

According to the Nielsen ratings published in today's USA Today, the special, much-promoted, one-hour season finale of King of the Hill, scored a dismal 3.2 rating/6 share.  It was the lowest rated FOX program for the week. 

Futurama had better ratings this year in the same crummy time slot with no promotion at all!
Otis P Jivefunk

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« Reply #24 on: 05-15-2002 17:42 »

 
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Originally posted by Dr_Dave:
Futurama had better ratings this year in the same crummy time slot with no promotion at all!

*urge to kill Fox at breaking point* mad
static

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« Reply #25 on: 05-15-2002 18:32 »

*urge to kill FOX passed breaking point and resulting in uncontrollable dispair over the fact that i cant afford an ICBM*
Shadowstar

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« Reply #26 on: 05-15-2002 18:42 »

DAMN YOU FOX! DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!! Let's form a mob! [grabs torch, runs off and falls in a manhole]
FishyJoe

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« Reply #27 on: 05-15-2002 19:04 »

 
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Originally posted by Dr_Dave:
Here's some news that FOX won't like (yeah!).

According to the Nielsen ratings published in today's USA Today, the special, much-promoted, one-hour season finale of King of the Hill, scored a dismal 3.2 rating/6 share.  It was the lowest rated FOX program for the week. 

Futurama had better ratings this year in the same crummy time slot with no promotion at all!

Yes! I was about to post this...no matter how you look at it, Futurama is doing better than King of the Hill. Why is FOX being so stupid about this? I mean, I know they hate us and all, but you'd think even they would reconsider after seeing KotH's miserable 7pm performances.
B.Frankendorfer

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« Reply #28 on: 05-15-2002 19:20 »

 
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Originally posted by Nixorbo:
Unfortunately, my modem operates at a measly 26.4 kps.  So no go on THAT way.


I understand your point then.  That stinks.  I would rather have it on network if possible too.  The budget would be much higher.

As for them loving King of the Hill so much, I don't get it.  I have repeatedly given that show a chance and I just can't stand it.  The timing of the jokes is just so poor.  The whole program runs at a snail's pace.  And CHRIST!  You'd think that since it was a cartoon they'd take advantage of that!  It's so rigid and realistic in it's art.  They might as well just make it live action.

I said this last night to my friend after I heard about this time slot deal.  People are given the choice between monster lobsters, spaceships, aliens, fantastic animation, one-eyed alien chicks, robots, heads in jars and occasional dismemberment, but they'd rather watch Texans.

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« Reply #29 on: 05-16-2002 00:55 »

KotH had an overnight rating of 4.1/7 last sunday compared to 4.5/8 for Futurama's season finale. I'm not sure how the promotion situation for Futurama's finale was, seeing that I don't live there, but yeah, this should be incentive enough to make FOX reconsider if ... it wasn't for the fact that there are only 16 episodes left. They basically relay on having it preempted often.
Just Chris

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« Reply #30 on: 05-16-2002 11:16 »

I would think Fox like their older animated series more, and sees the new ones as just a fad that will fade quickly.

 
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Originally posted by Nixorbo:
Unfortunately, my modem operates at a measly 26.4 kps.  So no go on THAT way.

Wow  eek Does that mean you have a 28.8k modem? I wouldn't have known it, coming from one of our all-best moderators. Surfin' the net's the most popular thing done on a comp, I was pretty sure everyone's at least on 56K these days.

When I get my DSL in two weeks, I'll be downloading MPEG episodes, so I can see if I can make a working VCD to seeing in TV. I'm tired of seeing episodes on my comp monitor, they look all pixely and I don't know how to make them look smooth/interpolated. That's what the TV is for. (There was one day when my Divx player suddenly smoothed out the pixels when it was playing full-screen, but the next time I opened it, it was gone.)

Nixorbo

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« Reply #31 on: 05-16-2002 11:20 »

Well, it is a 56k modem.  Unfortunately, it refuses to connect above 26.4.  Probably something in our phone lines, or something.

But when I'm at school, it's no problem.  Cable and a connection.  I've only got (hopefully) two years of that left, though.
Damitol

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« Reply #32 on: 05-16-2002 14:37 »
« Last Edit on: 05-16-2002 14:37 »

First - does anyone know who owns KOTH, Fox or Mike Judge?  If Judge, ignore the rest of this post.

All the love Fox is giving to KOTH leads me to believe - without any proof whatsoever - that Fox owns KOTH, as it does the Simpsons.  Matt Groening owns Futurama, which means that Fox pays a premium for the right to show it (flat fee per episode instead of just actual show's cost) and probably has to share a part (or a bigger part than that of a Fox owned show) of the advertising and merchandising revenue.

What that means is that even though KOTH has softer ratings, Fox made more money off of it.

That would also explain the move of KOTH to immediately after the Simpsons.  Much of the audience will carry over from the Simpsons (so the theory goes since we are all identical non-thinking, mouth breathers in TV executive's eyes) so if Fox owns KOTH, that one hour of television each week will make lots of Fox executive's Ferrarri payments.

static

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« Reply #33 on: 05-16-2002 15:48 »

Its a viable theory i think.

Although nowadays i pretty much agree with any theory that riducules/attacks/insults FOX.

Its all bout the money.. its all about the dum dum dum dum....
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