Futurama was featured on page E1 of the Winston-Salem Journal, my local paper.
The local reporter Tim Clodfelter interview David X. Cohen. The article is available at http://journalnow.com/wsj/entertain/tv/MGBFGLP33ED.html
Here's some bits and pieces:
Promotion: Futurama is getting attention it deserves
After years of neglect on the Fox Network, the animated science-fiction spoof Futurama is finally getting some respect on DVD and cable.
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"I think it's such a great show for DVD," said David X. Cohen, co-creator of Futurama. <snip>
The first season has now been released in a boxed set with 13 episodes on three DVDs. The second season will be released in September, and other volumes are in the works.
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"At this point, it's like a little reunion," Cohen said of the commentary recording sessions. "We do them in real time, with surprisingly little preparation."
Futurama Started on Fox in 1999. It is still sporadically shown on the network, though episodes are frequently pre-empted by sports. Since the fifth season began in November, only six new episodes have been shown in their entirety. Another new episode will be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Although Fox has shown little support for the show, Futurama is faring better on the Cartoon Network...
"They've doubled and tripled the ratings in their demographic," Cohen said. "I hear a lot of large numbers, and I'm not sure what they all mean, but when I see 'plus 100' or '200' percent, I assume that's good."
"Talking urinal ads," Cohen said. "I'm not joking. There's a little poster of Bender they put up over urinals, and he talks to you while you're standing there. If that's not a classy promotion, I don't know what is."
So, important information gleaned:
R1S2 DVDs will be released in September
R1S3 DVDs will eventually be released
Fox WILL NOT reneg on Sunday's ep
Ratings on CN are better than excellent
Fox doesn't care
Hope everyone has enjoyed this excursion into my hometown.