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Matt Groening Talks About Futurama's Comeback 156

Joel Keller writes "When I was at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier last month, I briefly talked to Matt Groening about Futurama's comeback. I posted the interview to TV Squad a couple of days ago. The man behind the Simpsons and Futurama talks about the latter's comeback, the fun of doing sci-fi in a comedy format, and a few words about the first episode to air on Comedy Central."
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Matt Groening Talks About Futurama's Comeback

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  • by Lord Ender ( 156273 ) on Friday February 02, 2007 @06:56PM (#17866856) Homepage
    Futurama now comes in suppository form!

  • obtag (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    obtag: bitemyshinymetalass
  • Cast/Writers (Score:5, Informative)

    by kevin_conaway ( 585204 ) on Friday February 02, 2007 @07:03PM (#17866926) Homepage

    Whenever a story about Futurama comes up, everyone always wonders, will the original writers and cast come back? David Cohen answers that [wizarduniverse.com]

    We have the entire cast back, as well as a good chunk of the writing staff. We also have Rough Draft Studios animating once again, and they seem determined to top even their own amazing work from the first time around. To complete the reunion of our original crack team, it looks like we will also have Chris Tyng back to work his magic on the musical score.
  • Why, Fry, Why? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by tomcode ( 261182 ) on Friday February 02, 2007 @07:05PM (#17866964)
    Is there a single Sci-fi movie, book, or TV series they DIDN'T lampoon in the first four seasons? The Fry-Leela love story ran its complete arc. Every character did everything people do in their 20s. Even the hottie trust fund chick is spoken for. Did I miss something?
    • Re:Why, Fry, Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by DamnStupidElf ( 649844 ) <Fingolfin@linuxmail.org> on Friday February 02, 2007 @07:58PM (#17867594)
      Is there a single Sci-fi movie, book, or TV series they DIDN'T lampoon in the first four seasons? The Fry-Leela love story ran its complete arc. Every character did everything people do in their 20s. Even the hottie trust fund chick is spoken for. Did I miss something?

      Is there anything Futurama can't lampoon? As long as the characters keep their clichés funny and not annoying, they can time travel or visit alternate universes or just old new york to lampoon whatever they want. It's a funny and scathing social commentary like any of the great satirists have done, but with animated characters to do it because exposition doesn't work quite so well on TV as it does in books.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      Then don't watch it, and leave the rest of us to enjoy the humor that I think will likely ensue.

      Whether Star Trek, Star Wars, Futurama or soemthing else, I've never understood why people think their experience with a piece of popular culture is ruined if other people read/watch new material.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by roka ( 211127 )
      I don't know if you read the Article (lol), but let me quote it for you:

      Groening and the show's executive producer, David X. Cohen, were happy that the demand was there, because they both felt they had more to say. "Not that I think our show is like Star Trek, but (the original) Star Trek didn't last that long, but it went on and on and on (after it was cancelled). And David Cohen and I talked about it; we had so many story ideas and so many characters that we hadn't gotten around to introducing yet. So I'm so pleased.

      You could have said what you said after the first two seasons, but there are so many awesome episodes in season 3 and 4 it proves you wrong (The Sting, Jurassic Bark, The Luck of the Fryish, Godfellas..).
      Futurama has gotten better and better.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by ArcherB ( 796902 ) *
        They better bring that "Walking on Sunshine" dog back. The ending of that episode broke my heart!

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by Loadmaster ( 720754 )
          You'll get it.
          http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/toyfare/002 710592.cfm [wizarduniverse.com]

          And thank God. Every time I watch that episode and I see Seymour wait for all those years then finally just lower his head to die my heart sinks. A powerful image, to be sure, but I just don't feel right after the show. Luckily, watching on the DVD you can just go to the next or to the previous (Bender should not be allowed on TV).

          • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

            by kjart ( 941720 )

            COHEN: Hypnotoad. By the way, we are looking into producing a full 22-minute episode of Everybody Loves Hypnotoad for the DVD release. I am serious.


    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Mex ( 191941 )
      A Slashdot poster complaining of Futurama's comeback? Sir, I'm going to have to confiscate your Geek License. Sorry, it's in the rules.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Whiiipii Ka'yeeeee .... Let the cyclope dump the puny earthling, bender kill all humans, the doctor invent a dark-hole (NOTE: note a "black" one, just a really dark one :-)), the limbo-dancer break his back in the sake of sillyness, and the aristrocrat:ish marsian merry the slimy alien ...

    Whiipii Ka'yeee ... ze'R Baaakk !!! :-)

    ..Now, all fan's of the show, let's break-dance like bender ... till the werecar runs us over :-)

    ... man I've missed this show, IMHO it was better then he's 1st creation :-) (

  • by Sebastopol ( 189276 ) on Friday February 02, 2007 @07:48PM (#17867494) Homepage
    Cartoon Network notoriously censors The Professor whenever he uses the term "sweet zombie jesus".

    I hope Comedy Central doesn't stoop this low.

    (I googled for this a year ago when I noticed it and found a website saying it was due to C.N. claiming it was offensive, but I can't find the link now.)

    • I entirely approve. If Jesus was really a zombie he'd still be undead today, and a union member. Plus, Zm. Lazarus was there, are you calling him a liar?
    • by sponga ( 739683 )
      Isn't Cartoon Network that terrorist cell that was just busted up for planting those 'Light Brights' all around the nation and causing all those civilian casualties.
    • by Kelbear ( 870538 )
      This IS comedy central y'know. I don't think Futurama is intent on surpassing South Park in vulgarity. Entirely different approaches.
      • Comedy Central censors the "god" in goddamn even after 11pm. The Colbert Report even referenced this once with a bullet point during The Word. I truly have no fucking clue why they do that, but have no problem airing South Park episodes like Scott Tenorman Must Die [wikipedia.org] essentially uncensored. They're not bound by FCC rules.
    • They did one episode of South Park in normal prime time with a hundred-whatever 'shit's in it. If they put Futurama on at 10 (and given their success with South Park, Futurama should probably either have its own 10 o'clock night or follow S.P.) the should be able to say whatever they want. But you never know. The initial release of the South Park DVDs bleeped out 'dirty jew', so who knows where they'll be censor-wise on the broadcasts.
  • by thhamm ( 764787 ) on Friday February 02, 2007 @08:15PM (#17867784)
    in doublevision (tm) where drunk (r).
  • Take that, Fox (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Mantrid42 ( 972953 ) on Friday February 02, 2007 @08:59PM (#17868198)
    You can only destroy so many good sci-fi shows with poor advertising and bad timeslot placement, Fox! If only Firefly could have pulled off the same feat that Futurama has.
    • Futurama is sci-fi like Monty Python is documentary.
  • Belligerant and numerous! :-)
  • Fortune-Telling Gypsy Robot: Have you heard of the Monks of Deshuba?
    Fry: (helpfully) I've not heard of them....

  • I loved Futurama, but I loved Simpsons and Family Guy as well...

    Season 13, Simpsons jumped the shark, and turned into pointless, mindless, painfully un-funny crap, and Groening has done interview after interview saying how he thinks the show is better than even now, even though the ratings have dropped.

    Family Guy was hilarious originally, but after Fox brought it back, there hasn't been one good episode. It's really a rip-off, by someone who didn't understand why the original was funny to begin with.

    Now we
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by benad ( 308052 ) *
      It's coming back on Comedy Central, not Fox. Big difference there, and maybe why it won't suck as much as Family Guy. Remember, it's the Futurama writers and cast that wanted the show back and decided to go to Comedy Central (after negotiations failed with Fox). This is not another case of Fox producers trying to "milk out" the show's fans.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Chaos Motor ( 974072 )
      Wow. You are completely wrong. Some of the best episodes were in the last season.
      • Some of the best episodes were in the last season.
        There were a few good episodes left. Most were horrible, however.

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