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The Show that Wouldn’t Die

Since its debut on Fox in March of 1999, “Futurama” has had a rocky existence on television. The animated series, revolving around an inept pizza delivery guy frozen and released on the unsuspecting 31st century, has been canceled and un-canceled more times that I want to count. The warmness toward the program is probably due to its creators, David X. Cohen and Matt Groening, the latter being the creator of “The Simpsons.” Fox wouldn’t do anything to tick off the creator of their continuous cash cow, not if they were smart, but eventually dwindling ratings held sway.

After being syndicated on both Cartoon Network and significantly Comedy Central after (and during) its cancellation(s), “Futurama” proved successful enough to have four direct-to-DVD movies made, essentially a ‘fifth season.’ Ironically enough, these movies separated by months in between was really no more erratic that the schedule Fox was airing the series anyway when it was officially a Fox program. These DVDs were equally successful to merit the return of “Futurama” as a regular series on Comedy Central with twenty-six new episodes for mid-2010. I wonder how hard Fox is kicking themselves now?

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The Future Will Be Televised


The Matt Groening and David X. Cohen series “Futurama” will be airing on Comedy Central starting this week. It’s rumored to be one of the network’s most expensive syndication purchases.

I’m a big fan of the show and despite it running in syndication for quite a while I still haven’t seen all of them, and I look forward to catching up. The animated series, revolving around a slacker from the 20th century unfrozen in the 30th, has a slightly more subversive sense of humor than “The Simpsons.” Its humor, characters and references more nerdy and more evil – making it right up my alley.

What has really caught my attention is the advertising campaign Comedy Central has been using for “Futurama.” It’s a play on the song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by equally revolutionary jazz artist Gil Scott-Heron whose work I love as much as a poor white boy from the ‘burbs can love such stuff. Somebody at Comedy Central knows the true meaning of cool, and the future will be televised.