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« Reply #80 on: 09-27-2003 02:42 »

lol.
okay hopefully I'm not the only one then who hates and is tired of these damn reality shows?
Habodes

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« Reply #81 on: 09-27-2003 21:05 »

I hear you, those reality shows didn't look so bad at first, but they're spreading like the plague! It just goes to show you what kind of viewers those TV stations have... I mean no wonder Futurama was cancelled when the general public is satisfied with watching stuff like Big Brother...
moonbus69

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« Reply #82 on: 09-28-2003 05:13 »

Think those most un-gentle jerkwads running Fox have become as dumb and numb as the shows they keep foisting on the air? Seems so.

I also don't understand this current fixation with 'Reality' shows. After the News, I thought TV was best giving the public some harmless escapism, adventure, and fantasy...

The Rolling Stone article on Matt Groening last year makes it sound like Fox could only get back at his doing whatever he wants on The Simpsons (including bad-mouthing Fox regularly), by pre-empting and cancelling his new baby, Futurama.

Just love the remarks in 'Bender Should Not Be Allowed On TV' -- puts this all inperspective for me.
8-ball

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« Reply #83 on: 09-28-2003 11:18 »
« Last Edit on: 09-28-2003 11:18 »

ok it seems that every person that  has signed up on this forum agrees that reality shows suck and they should kill a couple to bring back futurama? ... I do

*memo to self* Kill survior   evil laugh    evil laugh    evil laugh
helpimchoking

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« Reply #84 on: 09-28-2003 21:42 »

i think cuz futurama kinda made fun of fox......but who watches futurama at adultswim? cuz mines on at 8:30 every night cep friday and saturday........
LoneMitten

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« Reply #85 on: 09-29-2003 13:01 »

I know we can't do anything about having Futurama revived on Fox....but I still don't understand why they won't allow another channel to air it.  I think we should have regular protests in front of the Fox building that says "stop being selfish jerks!  Let Futurama Live!"

Have any of you tried to convince Fox to share?
Mimiru

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« Reply #86 on: 09-29-2003 15:09 »

Fox screwed Futurama in the same way it screwed Family Guy. Both were hilarious shows, and definately funnier than the Simpsons (don't get me wrong, I love the Simpsons) and deserved a better rep than it got. Not to mention the timeslot from hell, often prempted by football or movies. I, for one, am very glad that CN picked it up, even if they are re-runs.

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VPActionRanger

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« Reply #87 on: 09-29-2003 15:10 »

now CN needs to show the episodes you cant get on DVD in america yet.
Mimiru

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« Reply #88 on: 09-29-2003 15:27 »

Yeah, it would be good if AS would play the 3rd-5th seasons. I have yet to see them as I just recently began to watch Futurama. (Although I already have both sets of the DVDs and almost everything you can possibly own Futurama-wise)  big grin
Luis

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« Reply #89 on: 09-29-2003 18:51 »

I'm one of those people that think it was too smart and emotional for the average potato couch. Because, let's face it, the average citizen, whether it's american, canadian, mexican, swiss, brittish or german is not exactly sharp, to say the least. I also believe that the reason futurama got cancelled is like the reason the titanic went down, fox is the iceberg, but there were plenty of other small factors that combined to bring the show down (Like the constant comparison to the simpsons, football, the average stupid viewer, etc).
Mouse On Venus

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« Reply #90 on: 09-29-2003 18:57 »

You know what, I'm trying to convince my Media Studies teacher to give me the go ahead to do an independent study on why Futurama was considered less important than The Simpsons by Fox for my 3000 word essay coursework, and this sorta stuff really helps my case. Danke.  smile
8-ball

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« Reply #91 on: 09-29-2003 19:15 »
« Last Edit on: 09-29-2003 19:15 »

Meh...^ been there done that even contacted fox wanna know what i got... 
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Sorry we didnt feel it was bringing in many veiwers
Zoidberg MD

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« Reply #92 on: 09-30-2003 08:35 »

FOX had a major grudge against Matt, when Futurama was created he blocked FOX execs. from having any creative control of the show.  Which pretty much meant that they couldnt turn it into a steaming pile of crap that would make them money.  Instead the show was a witty, clever comedy that could have made them lots of money, but not the the traditional FOX "TV for people with a negative IQ" way.
SixByNine
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« Reply #93 on: 09-30-2003 08:44 »

I may be going against the trend here, but I don't think futurama was underated. Futurama has a pretty narrow target audiance and as such makes significantly less money for Fox. Globaly Futurama has a significant following because it translates from american better than say the Simpsons (which, literaly deals with the american way of life) but for an american company trying to broadcast to america, it's funds would be better spent elsewhere.

Please don't kill me. I'm not saying I like Fox, but I think their stratergy makes buisness sense.
Mimiru

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« Reply #94 on: 09-30-2003 14:12 »

Futurama had something that niether Simpsons nor hardly any show on Fox had- It had a heart. It wasn't afraid to go beyond just simple comedy, and I'm guessing that was just too much for 'average viewer' to handle. Well, Fox be damned, AS is sure as hell playing it, and I'm sure as hell gonna watch it. Thats one more viewer to prove just how wrong Fox was...
User_names_suck
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« Reply #95 on: 09-30-2003 17:51 »

Will you all fuck off. with your superior attitudes. I hate this idea that the show being more emotinal was too much for viewers to handle.
every hollywood movie and sitcom has some kind of love story put in, futurama was no diffrent.
so if anything i think the emotion may have given it a wider appeal
DotheBartman

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« Reply #96 on: 09-30-2003 18:38 »

Yeah, there are a lot of shows that have had similar "heart" in the past.  MASH, The Wonder Years, The Simpsons(you heard me), All in the Family, etc.  Hell, a lot of them have often done the "heart" thing better then Futurama, or more consistantly.  Wonder Years is a good example.

Anyways, Fox fucked the show over, so that's certainly a large part of it, but I don't think its ALL of it.  Otherwise, Fox wouldn't have had the chance to cancel it, similar to the way they would love to cancel The Simpsons but can't.  I think it also hurt it that it got very stereotypical of itself in season two and didn't really acquire any depth til season three.
TheLastGreatDon

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« Reply #97 on: 09-30-2003 18:53 »

 Damn you Fox.... Damn you... *Shakes Fist At Stars Above*....... because in the regular joes eyes the intricate quirk that the space spoofage held was just too much for the average fox watcher to handle therefore it gets discarded by those marketing jizz-traps up in foxes headquarters... and besides people see the glory that is Matt Groenings Futurama, as an offspring or spin-off of the holy Simpson heritage..... *tear* those heartless bastards....

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Mimiru

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« Reply #98 on: 10-01-2003 15:45 »
« Last Edit on: 10-01-2003 15:45 »

Obviously I'm not the only one who's angered. I didn't mean that it had a 'heart' only in that way..I ment that it was different.

But if Fox could come up with a better explaination as to exactly why they cancelled it, I'm sure that would put a lot of restless Futurama mourners to rest. You can't just screw it up the ass and not have a rightful explaination, people.
MonkeyLord

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« Reply #99 on: 10-03-2003 23:07 »

 
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Originally posted by 8-ball:
 
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Sorry we didnt feel it was bringing in many veiwers

Feel is the key word there. It sounds like they didn't even look at ratings and based it on someone's own opinion. Yet, it seems how other people can react to strange situations, is more entertaining than the creative genius that is Futurama.  hmpf
8-ball

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« Reply #100 on: 10-04-2003 13:09 »

yeh I know... Its just foxs way of saying "screw you we didnt like having no control over the show so we canceled it!"  no no  too mant people likes that show   mad
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« Reply #101 on: 10-04-2003 19:21 »

surley if something gets good ratings without fox
having to intervine, then there happy.
they'd intervine with shows if they feared it wouldn't get such great ratings
Just Chris

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« Reply #102 on: 10-05-2003 13:01 »
« Last Edit on: 10-05-2003 13:01 »

 
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Originally posted by Mimiru:
But if Fox could come up with a better explaination as to exactly why they cancelled it, I'm sure that would put a lot of restless Futurama mourners to rest. You can't just screw it up the ass and not have a rightful explaination, people.

You're right. The fans need closure. That's why we wishing we could plan assassinations in FOX Headquarters.

Also Mimiru, I know where the twilight bracelet is.   wink

ratm9200

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« Reply #103 on: 10-05-2003 21:00 »

I think the reason futurama is underrated is because people are fliping through channels or see a commersial and see a giant talking lobster, a robo, a cyclops, and most likely ther is other wierd stuff in the background, so they assume its a show for younger audiences. Littler kids on the other hand dont understand the jokes and find the show boring.
i_kill_kenny

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« Reply #104 on: 10-06-2003 10:10 »

Futurama did not have a very wide audience that it appealed to.  You pretty much have to be a 14-35 year old male to get most of the jokes in the show.  If you do not fit into the category you generally don't get the jokes or just find them very stupid.  So, why some people may have found the first few episodes funny they didn't find them funny enough to make an effort to find out if and when Futurama was on each week.  This is why the show only attracted a relatively small hardcore vieiwing audience.  Even if it was put in a consistant 8:30 timeslot I don't think that the show would have obtained a large enough following to keep it alive for more than 5 or 6 seasons.

Another factor was the fact that the show cost a lot of money to produce for the ratings it was getting.  $1 million + per episode does not warrant the ~3.5 rating points the show usually got.  Especially when a reality show that might cost a few hundred thousand dollars doubled or even tripled Futurama's ratings.  From a business point of view it did not make sense for Fox to hold on to Futurama.

Futurama also suffered from the "cartoon boom" of the late '90s.  There were just so many prime-time cartoons out there that it was lost in the obscurity.

Finally, Futurama was not "The Simpsons In Space".  I think that a lot of viewers (and Fox) were expecting this and when it turned out to be a completely different show many people were turned off.
MrBurns

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« Reply #105 on: 10-06-2003 22:31 »

1 million per episode?  eek
Sweet zombie Jesus!
davierocks

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« Reply #106 on: 10-06-2003 23:01 »

I think that the first Futurama season far outstripped the first Simpsons.  The Simpson only really got going as an incredible show in Season 3 in my opinion where as Futurama was kickass from the beginning.
LaVaLaDy

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« Reply #107 on: 10-06-2003 23:12 »

I think people were to bisy waching reality tv os stupid spongebob squarpants.
The Master Con
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« Reply #108 on: 10-11-2003 13:58 »

Futurama always had a select audience and even if it had become a sucess the way the show was currently written it would have not became big. The reason for why it is doing well on Cartoon Network, even David Cohen admitted to this, is because its centeral fnabase/audience watches that channel. And even though it is better compared to its competion, its ratings are no where near great compared to Broadcast standards.
SomeOne

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« Reply #109 on: 10-11-2003 16:55 »

Maybe it's because adults see it as a kid's cartoon and kids aren't allowed to watch it because of all the swearing and stuff

well that might be one reason anyway

ratm9200

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« Reply #110 on: 10-11-2003 19:59 »

 
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Originally posted by SomeOne:
Maybe it's because adults see it as a kid's cartoon and kids aren't allowed to watch it because of all the swearing and stuff

well that might be one reason anyway


im sure that has somthing to do with it.  There are lots of adults that watch cartoons but at fist glance futurama really looks like a cartoon for  young children.

LaVaLaDy

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« Reply #111 on: 10-12-2003 00:01 »

Bender with a cigar, now that looks like a kids cartoon
SomeOne

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« Reply #112 on: 10-12-2003 03:26 »

yeah well...

you see the title sequence, that really makes it look like a kid's cartoon, that's probably all some people saw of it
The Master Con
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« Reply #113 on: 10-12-2003 13:44 »

The show ended on a high note, and Season 4 managed to tell all the stories that were needed to be told. If it had become popular we would have more episodes, but I feel that it would come at a cost that the show would become lazy and hence we wouldn't have had as many daring and subtle episodes.
Prof. Wernstrum

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« Reply #114 on: 10-12-2003 18:00 »

^^^ I think the reason why season 4 tied up many of the plot strands (Fry and Leela's relationship, Leela's origins, how and why Fry was sent into the future etc.) was because the writers knew this was probably going to be the last season. If the show was not being cancelled then they would probably have saved a lot of these ideas for later seasons.
The Master Con
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« Reply #115 on: 10-12-2003 19:23 »

Yes I know. That isn't my point. It wasn't as though they weren't able to finish such stories as why Fry was frozen, or Leela's parents, ect. They managed to do it and IMO gave and told us everything that was needed to be told. My point is, is the fact that FOX cancelled it when it was in the middle of its story telling. An example of this would be like ending it during Season 3.
ratm9200

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« Reply #116 on: 10-12-2003 19:50 »

 
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Originally posted by LaVaLaDy:
Bender with a cigar, now that looks like a kids cartoon


so. popeye has a pipe
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