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UPDATE UPDATED!! FUTURAMA Thing of the Past'' Or What''

I am – Hercules!!

Head ... exploding ... Futurama has ceased production but may come back!

From the succulent Junior Mintz:

Yo, Hercules! Junior Mintz here at the computer while the theater manager is on a bathroom break.

Just got the word seconds ago. FUTURAMA is not officially cancelled, though it is on a sort of hiatus. Turns out Fox, which hates the show as they do not own it and Groening does, has been giving it a sort of secondary status for the late few years, i.e., running it when they feel like it, dropping it when they don't.

Turns out they have so many unaired episodes between seasons three and four (some reports indicate as many as 30!) that they don't need to commission any new shows for season five and can keep running them whenever. Will they ever start production on new episodes? Hard to say. The staff isn't too hopeful, but Fox has not given the Planet Express crew final notice yet.

From someone Herc vouches for as a reliable insider:

Fox TV prez Sandy Grushow called Matt Groening last Friday and said Fox "couldn't see its way clear to ordering any new episodes." I suspect this was due to: the fact that we have two dozen episodes in the can (and we only air 14 to 16 times a year); Fox's losses in viewership and advertising losses, which have led to extreme cost-cutting measures; and a weak syndication market that is already glutted with The Simpsons and King of the Hill. If any or all of these things change, then Fox might reconsider its decision but, in the meantime, all the current writers and animators of Futurama are looking for new jobs. Sorry to confirm the bad news.

From “efx”:

I just wanted to add my two cents worth to this. I am one of the animators on Futurama, and it is true we've been given our walking papers (until Rough Draft gets another project, hopefully). It seems we've come out on the wrong end of the pissing match that's gone on between Groening and the head suits at Fox TV. While Fox hasn't 'officially' cancelled the show, they haven't picked up the fifth season. That means we're in limbo. Matt can't take the show to another network and we won't make our syndication number (all we needed was 16 more shows to syndicate). And that also means region 1 dvd's will probably never see the light of day. Nobody ever said the entertainment business was fair, but the state the animation industry is in these days, artists are the ones paying the price for the clashing of egos higher up. That's about all I've got. Thanks

From “Reed”:

Hey Herc,

hope things are well cos I'm about to break some bad news: Futurama didn't get picked up for next season:(

The show might come back, but it likely won't have the same writers. Kind of a shock for all of us, but them's are the breaks.

Just when you thought FOX couldn't suck anymore they do!! This is a sad day indeed, why not re-encourage everyone to go to the William S Paley Festival to meet the Futurama writers(if it's still on) cos that might be the last ever Futurama gathering! take care


From “Gannon”:

Hi Herc... Im a brit and came across this distressing piece of news on the Futurama website They say, and they dont appear to be kidding, that futurama is to be cancelled as Fox has not picked up series 5 and have "told their animators to look for other work".. i've pasted the news article from the site here: "Futurama Cancelled True or not ? There has been quite some rumour since someone left a note about this on our comment system. Well, it originated from a place with inside info in LA and I got word from two other people involved with the show. Either they are planning on some big PR stunt with this or .... FUTURAMA IS DEAD! Rough Draft called its animators yesterday, telling them they'll need to find a new job as FOX hasn't picked up the show for season 5. I can't name our sources, but they are credible. What do we do now? Well, we need to contact the people who make the decisions. YOU need to contact the people who make the decisions. This does involve writing a letter and having a stamp in case you live in the USA. So get that! Addresses and more to be announced as things emerge. In case you contact FOX by email, stay polite as you want something from them, not the other way round." As a fan, and one who has really only just discovered its beauty, i find this shocking and another example of the fox network treating its own product badly.. I have no other news other than that, but being the news mogal you are, i was wondering whether you could look into the validity of this... heres hoping thanx Gannon

From “Jason”:

Hey Herc, I'm a long-time reader of AICN and hate to make this the first piece of news I have to submit, but things are serious. According to a post by a Futurama animator on (a Futurama forum), Futurama has been cancelled. Now things aren't completely confirmed, but this guy's a reliable source. Apparently, Fox plans on using the remaining Season 4 episodes to carry them as far out as possible (into Season 5) and then that's it. Of course, any Futurama Fan knows the shabby treatment Fox has given Futurama. It's like the execs wanted to do everything they could to kill the show. They've only shown 4 new episodes this season. A fifth was pulled at the last minute for a Simpsons repeat. (While the Simpsons were preempted for that "The Chamber.") And even the repeats they "aired" were preempted constantly for football. CGEF is going to organize a letter writing campaign and I think a good portion of AICN's audience would be interested in joining. If it's true and Futurama is cancelled, then there's nothing left for me to watch on Fox. Here's CGEF's URL:

Urgh. Argh.

I am – Hercules!!

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  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by Flasheart

    how does fox suck..let me count the ways. I hope that this is just an unfounded rumor or a publicity stunt. Why does fox continuously do this. They cancl shows like The Tick, Family Guy, and Futurama but continue to renew shit like Temptation Island. What worries me is what will they rplace Futurama with? Maybe a homosexual version of 'The Dating Game' since remakes seem to be the hip thing to do now.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:19 a.m. CST

    How can Fox expect...

    by PyleanJossWhedon

    ...the show to do well in the ratings with such a horrible timeslot? Then again, don't expect anything their suits do to make sense. Continuing to hope this is a rumor, since losing The Tick and Daria this year was more than enough for me.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by Juggernaut125

    I can't take it. If this is true. I am pissed off to no end. The only thing I can think of at this point is to completely boycott the FOX network. Show them that if they can't do this simple job of maintaining a quality animated show by simple allocation to a different night. Then we won't watch ANY of their shows anymore. The only way we'll watch FOX on TV anymore is on the news as it folds and gets flushed down the crapper. Screw'em. That seems to be their motto towards their audience.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:24 a.m. CST


    by WarDog

    This ABSOLUTELY TEARS IT! And I was all set to get the series' DVDs once they came out. Not now. I really feel sorry for Matt Groening though, since this was a fresh venue to strut his stuff. GODDAMNFOXALLTOHELL! I am never watching another fucking series they trundle out! NEVER!!!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:28 a.m. CST

    "Everyone's a jerk! You, me, this jerk.....FOX..."

    by Kubla_Khan

    Here in the UK we love Futurama as well. It manages to be a great and hilarious parody whilst still being one if the best sci-fi shows around! Apart from Angel, what are Fox going to have left for a discerning audience? Can't some other network pick it up and make the fans happy? Or is that too easy? "A\lot of people were saying stuff..."

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Just when TV was getting cool...

    by BillBrasky2620

    There were actually a few shows I was interested in watching on a weekly basis, most of them on Fox. Now Family Guy is gone, the Tick is cancelled, Futurama gets killed, and Undeclared is probably the next to go. The Simpsons can't go on forever and King of the Hill is already starting to suck. Soon there won't be anything worth watching on television at all. Oh well. Maybe that "bunny" show will be all right.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Not surprised

    by Spoons

    I'm not happy about this cancellation, but I'm not suprised, either. Futurama was a pretty good show, but it was pretty clearly a niche show that never found a big enough niche. Although it probably didn't help that it often got "joined already in progress" by overruns of football games, at least this show had a semi-reasonable timeslot. The one that's really going to piss me off is when Undeclared gets the ax, which is probably going to happen any day now.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Just the Simpsons for me now

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    There&#39;s nothing left to watch on FOX, except for The Simpsons, and its days may be waning. (I know, others have been saying this for the past couple of seasons, but last season and this one has made me start to consider this as well.) The X-Files, for all intents and purposes, went off the air at the end of Season 7. Will Dark Angel return? (Not that I care.) The FOX lineup seems really sparse for next season. Other than The Simpsons, all I can think of is that perplexing non-sitcom Malcolm and That <ENTER DECADE>&#39;s Show. FOX simply hasn&#39;t nurtured new programming over the past few seasons (perferring to force X-Files to return season after season, for one, and destroying that franchise -- I predict that 20th Century Fox will NOT greenlight another movie anytime soon) and now it looks like they&#39;ll finally reap the outcome of their shortsightedness next season.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Fox never supported the show...

    by JMM-MUK

    Fox promoted the heck out of the show before it&#39;s original premiere, but then stuck it in one of the worst timeslots on TV, where it was pre-empted for most of it&#39;s season. Instead of saving the show for after the football season, they kept trying to show it, and then didn&#39;t. Much later on in the season, they advertise new shows, then pre-empted them again. Move it to another night like every other network does to their poorly performing shows!! And went on every season. You&#39;d think it&#39;d get treated better since it&#39;s creator made one of their most popular shows ever. It comes down to this. I wouldn&#39;t care about the cancellation so much if the show was actually AIRING ON TV FOR FOUR SEASONS! Hey, Fox! Bite my shiny metal ass!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:47 a.m. CST

    I&#39;d love to get an explaination why Futurama has been canned

    by ItsOver

    Hey assclowns when a show isn&#39;t at all promoted and half of the season is pre-empted by football you&#39;re not going to get a ratings orgy. Futurama is the most creative and consistently funny show on television. You know I was starting to give Fox a break for keeping King of the Hill and Futurama despite their lower ratings and being ignored my moronic critics. I guess the timeslot is needed for That 90s Show or some turd pitched as "Sex in the City... but in high school" Now excuse me while I squeegee my brains off of my cubicle.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by Michel Delving

    I&#39;ve never in my life seen a network try harder to kill a show. What is going on in the programing department at FOX? They repeatedly crushed this show with it&#39;s 6pm sunday timeslot during football season, never advertised for it and when it was on it was a total suprise. Heads need to roll at FOX, this show was a winner. All it needed was a consistent time slot. FUCK YOU MALCOLM.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 11 a.m. CST


    by Sabreman

    In the mire of crap that gets spewed into our TV sets, Futurama is one of the very few gems. This sucks beyond belief! I recently got the DVD set of season one, and listening to these guys talking you can see just how much they love the show and the pleasure they get in working on it. Obviously they&#39;re having too much fun for FOX to bear.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 11 a.m. CST

    NO WAY!!!

    by clemwriter

    You mean this show WASN&#39;T cancelled two years ago?!?

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Fox: "Bite My Shiny Metal Ass"

    by OlafStapledon

    This was the only Fox show I had any interest in watching. They consistently bumped this program and made it virtually impossible for anyone on the East Coast to follow. No more Fox for me.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by The_Insider

    Just when the show was hitting it&#39;s stride, just as The Simpsons did a similar length into its run, some foolish executive goes and pulls the plug. Here&#39;s a NEWS FLASH for you Fox: Your never going to get big ratings for the 7 o&#39;clock time slot! Have you not figured this out by now? Add to the fact that you&#39;ve couldn&#39;t have scheduled or promoted the show worst if you were trying to get the lowest ratings on TV and now you taking it off for, SUPRISE OF SUPRISES, low ratings?! Way to abuse the perfect lead in to your Sunday night line-up and currently the most consistently hilarious and high quality show on television. I look forward to not watching what ever replaces it. "Sob"

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by VarietyWriter


  • Feb. 12, 2002, 11:30 a.m. CST


    by Sgt. Bilko

    Bite my shiny metal ass!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Well, no they have more schedule room for That 80&#39;s Show and

    by Weasel69

    Oh boy! This show is pretty obviously a victim of budget cuts. It probably got too expensive for FOX to carry. Family Guy probably costs about $.25 to produce each episode, and they&#39;ve already sunk too much money into That 80&#39;s Show to bail now. Futurama probably didn&#39;t meet the "Ad Revenue>Production Costs + Golden Parachute Fund". Burn in hell Fox.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by d1js

    Man Fox is sucking hard lately... Might be a bit OT here, but for those that care, this is a Family Guy petition with 45,000+ signatures you guys might want to sign:

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 11:52 a.m. CST

    ButteryJustice Mad

    by ButteryJustice


  • Feb. 12, 2002, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Evil wins again...

    by gboybama

    And after I spent a drunken moment last night spreading the word of Futurama to potential viewers... Now they&#39;ll say, "What, Greg? It got cancelled. Well it must not have been all THAT good." Thus starts my holy war against the 80&#39;s show...

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 12:06 p.m. CST

    What am I going to watch on TV now?

    by ChrisPC24

    What will Fox do next? Cancel 24 at 2PM? They were my favorite network at the beginning of the season, but half of their good shows are gone now. I&#39;m watching a lot less TV now, since Family Guy, South Park, Daria, Futurama, and Celebrity Deathmatch are dead or close to it. Animation is going down. Fox has very little animation left, MTV shut their animation department down completely, and even Cartoon Network is cutting back and showing ancient Scooby episodes.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Futurama Cancelled?!?!?!?

    by tikgnat

    Why cancel the most consistantly funny show on TV today? Jokes too obscure? People can&#39;t relate to jokes about Star Trek or any other Science fiction show? I suppose this decision is warranted though, after all, the Simpsons hasn&#39;t quite run out of ideas, jokes and stories. Lets cancel the superior show and flog the other one until we&#39;re quite sure it&#39;s dead. And then milk it some more. Sigh.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by Lt. Torello

    My God, first Sean Penn being nominated for "I Am Sam," now this! And it&#39;s only 9 a.m.!!!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Okay, I&#39;m Actually Crying &#39;Cause Of This! Are You HAPPY

    by Cowblaster

    Okay, I can understand them cancelling The Tick, because it sucked. No, really. It did, guys. It was a terrible show. And, let&#39;s not forget the LONE GUNMEN (ugh). Good call booting that one. But. . . THIS?! I agree with whoever it was that said that FOX is mainly responsible for this show&#39;s low ratings, thanks to their poor advertising and choice of time slots. But, I can see why they don&#39;t like the show. After all, Futurama doesn&#39;t take real couples out to an island and then completley screw-over their lives on national television, nor does it glorify preppy college kids who spend their time mainly getting drunk of their asses and stoned out of their minds ("That&#39;s COLLEGE is all about! Ya don&#39;t study at all! You just get laid and have hilarious adventures so long as you keep them drinks comming!"). Bastards. I wonder if they even BOTHER watching Futurama at all? I don&#39;t know anyone who can sit through an entire episode and NOT laugh. Really. It&#39;s that good. Say. . . maybe Sci-Fi will pick it up?! Who knows?

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by IvyMike

    Alright, where at Fox should I send an angry and incoherant email to complain about this?

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Keep Futurama, kill the Simpsons

    by The Praetor

    I&#39;m sorry, but after the travesty that was the "Homer breaks his jaw and becomes timid" episode, they need to just end it. Currently, they are beating the dead corpse of a once great show. Oh, and the one where Delroy Lindo did a guest appearance also sucked major ass.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I am shocked, but not surprised.

    by The Tao of Joe

    Y&#39;know, ever since I saw the first episode of this hilarious show, I thought it was sure to be canceled. The show was too smart for its own good and made fun of too many trends (Pseudo Charity, Popular Music, Politics). This show was THE CRITIC set in the future. Oddly the show survived, which surprised me, and it gained a heavy audience mid last year. What happened this year with the premeir being pushed all the way to the middle of the season couldn&#39;t have been good, and if you notice, FOX hasn&#39;t been running their sunday super block of programming where Futurama, Malcolm, Simpsons, and King all had brand new episodes very often. Me and my brother agreed that sunday nights on fox were the funniest two hours on television, and it was really the only time I watched network television. Ah well, if the show is gone for good, at least I will have my memories of some great Bender Moments. "I LIKE STEALIN&#39;, I LIKE TAKING STUFF!" For those who know what I am referring to, you rock.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 12:59 p.m. CST

    My 2 cents

    by spider-ham

    First off, if they really have 28 unair episodes, and since Fox only manages to show 4 new episodes a year (at least on the east coast) they have enough material for 7 more seasons. See, there is a bright side! :D Ugh, not really. I&#39;m actually glad they have killed it. I&#39;m a huge fan of the show but the time slot, and the constant interuptions have been killing me. I just hope they package it up and sell the series on DVD in the US. Maybe, just maybe, Matt will be able to move on to work for a company that appricates his creations as much as his fans do.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Wanted to love it......

    by Ian_Ziering

    ....hated it. I just didn&#39;t find it funny....even the voices...Bender just drove me nuts...too much Billy West, I guess...they should have had Conan O&#39;Brien write for needed edgier humor. The ratings sucked...what can you do...last time I felt that way was when they axed Twin Peaks...damn shame.

  • and speaking from the inside the sleaziest dog and pony show of the entertainment industry, nothing upsets a producer more than not being able to influence a show. it reminds him of the uncomfortable fact that in spite of his business degree he isn&#39;t really qualified to evaluate creative content. he likes holding all the cards and the thought of his undeserved power slipping away and of having to answer to the creative contributors chills him to his neglected, malnourished soul.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 1:26 p.m. CST

    KOTH Rules? WTF are you smokin?

    by the_patriot

    King of the Hill rules? What fuckin&#39; planet are you on? It is right in the same class as The Simpsons and the X-Files. And that is the class of shows that have outlived their writers. Both of these shows SUCK and have SUCKED for some time. In the meantime, we cancel original new shows like Tick, Family Guy, Futurama, The Oblongs and others. And we have to live with the shit of Temptation Island and having the same show repeated 3 times a week in primetime. Remember folks, make your voices heard to the networks. They don&#39;t go anywhere if they don&#39;t have an audience!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I&#39;m surprised it lasted as long as it did

    by otis von zipper

    I had heard that it was cancelled after it&#39;s first or second season, so I was pleasantly surprised when it stayed on the air, and not at all surprised when it was constantly pre-empted. Face it, TV people ain&#39;t in the business to produce quality entertainment, just make money. That 80&#39;s Show, now that&#39;s solid gold programming (and it probably costs much less to produce).

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 2:01 p.m. CST


    by Veidt

    I hope that&#39;s a clear enough message for you low-life bastards. I knew they&#39;d get around to canning Futurama but what a farce! Fox did everything it could to cripple this show. Even die-hard fans had a tough time staying with it due to the endless preemptions. Definitely one of the best animated shows to run on TV and the best Fox could do was to hide it for four years only to dump it. The only thing that could take the edge off this is if we hear that the entire run will hit DVD. As much as I love The Simpsons, that was the show Fox should&#39;ve pulled in favor of giving Futurama a chance.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Direct from the "NewsRadio" playbook

    by Rufus_T_Firefly

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 2:23 p.m. CST

    FUCK!!!! I hate fox so much.......

    by Jarek

    ....actually, I love the station. They have Simpsons, 24, X-Files (which is starting to suck, but I still watch), Undeclared and That 70&#39;s Show. Good station. But they make stupid decisions sometimes. And they should be punished. Maybe we can do one of those save Futurama e-mail pleas like they did with Run, Ronnie, Run. Maybe they&#39;ll keep the show. I love Futurama.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 2:28 p.m. CST

    This is not happening!

    by Gasgano

    I don&#39;t believe this. Fox lets the X-Files and the Simpsons plod on well past their best-before dates while letting Futurama get pre-empted by football and run over by 60 Minutes, then cancel it before it hits its stride, (which it was seriously doing this season, what there was of it anyway). I hadn&#39;t yet forgiven Fox for cancalling Harsh Realm, and this is NOT the way to get back into my good graces!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 2:33 p.m. CST

    deep 13 and Rufus_T_Firefly

    by twan_deeth_ree

    Well said and agreed. In that order.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 2:41 p.m. CST

    fox suxs

    by Jack Ryder

    "Futrama is hit or miss sometimes brilliant sometime mediocre. Where as K.O.T.H. is consistently hilarious. They seem to get better every season." Futurama may not have great stories,but it&#39;s got a lot of really funny gags. the characters are becoming better defined and the social commentary&#39;s sharp. K.O.T.H ? that show was funny for a season and a half. after that the show went too low key and the characters are unlikable jerks. not even Bobbies funny any more and the mothers just ignorant . she used to be funny, but now she&#39;s just a pushy know when Fox doesn&#39;t want a show to make it, they put it on Sundays at seven or on Thursday;s bad enough they screwed up their Fox kid&#39;s line up.and now their screwing that 70&#39;s by association with that awful 80&#39;s show. at least they still have Simpson&#39;s, Grounded for life, Malcolm and Titus.and about Adult swim, the best show, Harvey Birdman is a no show but that lame aqua teen thing is on all the time. I think the first hour of adult swim is intentionally boring to drive away the kiddy&#39;s, it&#39;s the only excuse I can think of for those shows.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Futurama&#39;s boring

    by my dog Tyson

    You won&#39;t see any tears here. I watched most of the first season & just couldn&#39;t get into it. Maybe now Groening will put his full attention towards the Simpsons and save that show (the last couple seasons of the Simpsons are as boring as Futurama).

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by Justin

    Man, I warned them in my last post about Futurama. Now I&#39;m going to have to shiv Fox. All you haters, I&#39;m sorry but you just don&#39;t get it. Futurama is the best comedy on network television... well, when it&#39;s on television. No characters? Zoidberg?!? Farnsworth? Southern Chicken Lawyer? The Hypno Toad? The Space Pope? OK, those last couple are gags, but all the characters are great. Fry is not a young Homer. Bender is wonderful. It&#39;s you who suck! All of you! Sorry... must focus my rage... onto Fox! Damn it Fox! I don&#39;t there&#39;s ever been a case of one company having their head so far up their asses in the history of television. The Simpsons is, sadly, going down the tubes (and it pains me to say that because the fifth season is the best thing ever committed to film... ever), X-Files blows and will be gone, and it&#39;s going to take some extremely clever scripting to get a second season out of 24 without falling victim to the Die Hard disease (As Ben Stiller said "how can the same thing happen to the same guy 12 years in a row?") What&#39;s on your schedule next season? And I just know you&#39;re axing Undeclared, you monsters. Folks, I don&#39;t get outraged easily. I really don&#39;t. But Futurama is the funniest, smartest show on TV and I will write letters to save it. And I encourage you all to do the same. In conclusion GAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!! This ruined my day. Fight the power.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Oh right...

    by Justin

    ...I forgot about Malcolm. That&#39;s a good show. And That 70&#39;s. But for God&#39;s sake, Malcolm has legs to stand on its own now. Move it and put Futurama in its slot, where it freakin belongs. And for all of you who say it sucked and you stopped watching after the first season... yeah, and the Simpsons first season was sheer brilliance. There&#39;s such a thing as growth, and Futurama is growing exponentially. Last season (the third) was unbeleivable with episodes both incredibly touching (Luck of the Fryish)and ridiculously hysterical (Amazon Women in the Mood). Zapp Brannigan! Kif! Don&#39;t you people understand??!!? Shiv, shiv!!!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 2:53 p.m. CST

    this sucks, I just watched 3 episodes on my comp before this

    by Tall_Boy

    hmmmmm, maybe I should start watching the show on Sundays, eh? SHIT! BOOOOO to Fox! Futurama was as witty now as The Simpsons was in its prime. "Quick kids, its Santa! Take your suicide pills so you won&#39;t suffer!" (and they should keep Family Guy on the air too!)

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 3 p.m. CST

    Futurama cancelled

    by Dark|Lord

    Simple solution. (E-)mail campaign to UPN to try and pick it up. If they&#39;re smart, they&#39;re already trying. It belongs on a sci-fi network, anyway. :) DL

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 3:09 p.m. CST

    what good would a letter writting campaign do?

    by deep 13

    their target audience is the illiterate, passive viewer so demonstrating initiative and literacy will make the producers immediately disregard you (and fear you for possessing attributes they lack)

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 3:11 p.m. CST

    No Futurama

    by joesav

    I love Futurama and it has been very difficult to watch it the past season because it keeps getting bumped off by football. I&#39;m not a big sci-fi fan but that show is hilarious. My 2nd fav on TV (after the Simps). Here&#39;s hoping the rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 3:20 p.m. CST

    and it&#39;s ironic

    by deep 13

    that the show that predicts that fox will exist in the future (with the 30th century fox logo) is a victim of the sort of mis-management that will most likely be the doom of fox. deep 13 out. push the button,frank.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 3:20 p.m. CST

    WHAT THE HELL?!?!?!!?

    by TheGr81SLASH

    Futurama canned? Im-Fuckin&#39;-possible!! Fox only showed three new eps and it&#39;s been canned? Futurama is about to be canned, yet we still have King of the Hill. What kind of shit is that?

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 3:24 p.m. CST

    My Bender action figure stands weeping next to his Suicide Booth

    by Pulzar711

    No Bender! Don&#39;t go in! Man, I was happy that there was actually a new ep on last Sunday, thinking "hey, maybe now that the Superbowl is over we&#39;ll actually get back to the normal Sunday line-up! Yay!" But now... arrgh. Way to go FOX. Assholes. As for Adult Swim, new episodes of Aqua Teens, Brak Show, SGC2C and Sea Lab are coming in April, and whole new shows in March [such as Eltingville by Evan Dorkin, writer on SG and creator of Milk and Cheese]. Harvey Birdman is supposed to have new shows then too. And don&#39;t forget Adult Swim Action, starting Saturday Feb 23rd!!!! Yu Yu Hakusho, Bebop, Pilot Candidates, Gundam 0083, Outlaw Star and [ugh] Tenchi. Read the weekly anime report on here and you&#39;ll know all about it!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Futurama&#39;s bad scheduling

    by Chocky

    prevented me from watching the show. I&#39;m usually either taking a nap or watching 60 minutes when it&#39;s on. I hope Sci-Fi, Comedy Central or UPN picks up the reruns at least so I can catch up on what I missed. I really got a kick out of Dr. Zoidberg.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Low ratings? Maybe because you fucked its timeslot

    by TheMatarife

    Dammit, half the country didn&#39;t get it most of the time because of football? And now you are killing it over that? Give it a real timeslot, and see how it performs then!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by mikeyfish

    Quick, somebody start an online petition! Id do it, but Im just a meek guy with no webpage skills.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 4:13 p.m. CST

    i know i will be branded a heretic for saying this but

    by deep 13

    maybe it&#39;s better to let futurerama (and the tick and others) end while it&#39;s still good. i&#39;d hate to see it go on and on patheticly after the studio&#39;s managed to beat everything inspired out of it (i can think of several fox shows that could be used as examples...)

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Here&#39;s a petition I put together......

    by TheGr81SLASH

    Go to and sign up. Act civilized when you get to the comments box and tell anyone who enjoys the show to sign on. NO profane or derogatory comments, we do want our voices heard.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 4:36 p.m. CST

    What you can do..

    by JAL

    Hey everyone, Jason here. Head on over to and join up in "Operation Wise Fox." Sign the online petition and send the e-mail. Most importantly, though, send a snail-mail letter. Paper letters carry more weight with execs than e-mails. Oh, and suppress your rage while writing the letter/e-mail/petition. Cursing Fox and threatening violence won&#39;t help matters. My advice: Make a "special" letter to vent your rage and then write the "Fox exec" version. Let&#39;s hope we can keep Futurama on the air.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Sign Up

    by heff

    It seems there&#39;s more and more of these everyday, when will people learn not to mess with geek shows? I don&#39;t know if these have much influence, but here&#39;s a link to a Save Futurama Petition: http://www.petit

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Fox is really STUPID

    by neovsmatrix

    How long do they think the Simpsons will last? Don&#39;t they see that Simpsons is crap now? That it deserves to be cancelled? That futurama should be put in its timeslot instead because it&#39;s the funniest animated show they have? Didn&#39;t Matt Groening threaten to stop doing the Simpsons if Fox cancelled Futurama once? Why the hell does Fox hate Futurama so much?

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Why? Because Fox doesn&#39;t own it!

    by dehayd

    Bottom line: Groening retained rights to Futurama because he saw Fox making billions on the Simpsons. Therefore, Fox has no real interest in keeping Futurama on. Groening was upset right from the get-go about the scheduling treatment the show got. Meanwhile, they&#39;ve promoted the living Hell out of "That 80&#39;s Show," to the point that everyone was sick to death of it before it ever aired. Broadcast TV sucks!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Good Riddance

    by KEEG

    Thanks God! Now get rid of that crap show the Simpsons and Fox will be ready to Rock-n-Roll!!! Anyone with a brain knows that King of the Hill is the shiz-nit, and why don&#39;t that bring back that totally tubular P.J.s show. That was sooooo cooool! Shhhhh... I heard that CBS is going to pick up The Family Guy next season after FOX cancels it YES!!!!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 4:57 p.m. CST

    still on boycott of fox from tick cancelation

    by spoits

    this does not effect me because i do not watch fox for any reason. SPOON

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Help feed Dr. Zoidberg!!

    by Subversive01057

    Ms. Gail Berman President Building 100 Room 4450 10201 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035 United States of America Mr. Sandy Grushow Chairman Building 100 Room 5110 10201 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035 United States of America Dear Ms. Berman/Mr. Grushow: I think your cancellation of Futurama really stinks, and I am writing you to let you know just how much. I understand that the problem is that it is very difficult to keep Dr. Zoidberg fed, so to help out I have enclosed a fresh shrimp. It should be partially decayed by now and quite fragrant, just the way Dr. Zoidberg likes them. Please see to it that this letter finds its way to the appropriate party.

  • and subversive, that&#39;s just plain funny.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 5:07 p.m. CST

    AICN should spearhead FOX BOYCOTT

    by spoits

    well it shoukd

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Umm.. but the show sucks now

    by drlloyd

    I mean it was funny, but it and the simpsons are in a major slump. Maybe we should let it die...

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 5:18 p.m. CST


    by Not Gellar's Ass

    NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 5:30 p.m. CST


    by outlaw_the

    Well I think it is TIME that Fox give up being a Network and go for the NEW ESPN-FOX-WIDE-WORLD-OF-SPORTS Channel. They Spend Mega Bucks On SPORTS (NASCAR-NFL-etc.) But they kill any show that could or does have a good chance of being the next GREAT show! I Try and Never watch the 1 season of any show on Fox Because if I like it, Bang it is out history!!! AND yes even wiht Tivo you my only get one out of five with out some or all Sports in it! Give it and simpsons the X-files slot and Ramp up to a tv-13 or something like that!!! No wonder WB and UPN have the Buzz on new and Better Shows!!!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 5:32 p.m. CST;s still on?

    by FranklinCobb

    I mean, no offense, but I haven&#39;t heard anything about this show in a while, I thought it had already been cancelled. I couldn&#39;t have told you when it came on anyway. I realize that there are some King of the Hill haters, but that was a good show. A similar scheduling shuffle cut off the momentum the show had. Fox is a network staffed with stupid dicks. I remember when I thought Fox was the coolest channel on TV, with Married with Children, Werewolf (now THAT shows I&#39;m old school), Friday the;s just a sad shell of itself, children, move along. Hope that SciFi picks it up, and puts it on a regular schedule. I&#39;ll give it a chance then, but fuggin ay I&#39;m not chasing a show around because the net execs are completely devoid of intelligence. I&#39;m just glad to have WB and UPN now as alternate sources of network programming. They take the chances and make the decisions that the young Fox used to...from Buffy, to Smallville and all the others--do we really need Fox anymore? Screw &#39;em!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 5:54 p.m. CST

    C&#39;mon UPN or WB pick this up!!!

    by holidill

    It is a great show, but I haven&#39;t watched it recently, BECAUSE IT&#39;S NEVER ON!!!!This is the stupidest thing Fox has done in a long time, let&#39;s start up those petitions, I don&#39;t know how, but if someone does, let me know where to sign!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 6:14 p.m. CST

    WHY!?!?!? What are they? Idiots?

    by gibmaster

    I guess there&#39;s no reason to watch TV anymore...

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Futurama, to me, was funnier than the Simpsons. FOX is squeezing

    by Monkey_King

    All they have been doing recently has been having guest stars and celebs get animated just to make a friggin episode on the Simpsons anyhow. The scheduling and late season premiere hurt FUTURAMA as well. Damn World Series kept us from seeing great episodes of a classic. I hope and pray(yeah, right. Like I&#39;d pray.) that this is just some rumor started to get people on FOX&#39;s ass due to their handling of the shows schedule and the way they handled THE TICK. THE TICK was great, but needed more action. The Seinfeld schtick never struck me as being that funny.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 6:36 p.m. CST

    i know i will be branded a heretic for saying this but

    by deep 13

    maybe it&#39;s better to let futurerama (and the tick and others) end while it&#39;s still good. i&#39;d hate to see it go on and on patheticly after the studio&#39;s managed to beat everything inspired out of it (i can think of several fox shows that could be used as examples...)

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 6:36 p.m. CST

    and it&#39;s ironic

    by deep 13

    that the show that predicts that fox will exist in the future (with the 30th century fox logo) is a victim of the sort of mis-management that will most likely be the doom of fox. deep 13 out. push the button,frank.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Oy Fucking Vey

    by Da_Man

    Well Fox (here by known as the Fox Fuckers) suck. The Tick, Futurama, Family Guy, Titus, Undeclared, all on the chopping block. Well Happy Fucking Day! Well I&#39;m doing the smart and taping every episode that comes on of Family Guy and Futurama so I can look back and continue the memories. Thanks to the Olympics and my incredible disinterest in the Olympics, a local Canadian station is showing old reruns of Futurama instead of Saturday Night Live (Global&#39;s got it!) so I can fill up my tape. Seriously though, the Fox Fuckers are sucking out all the fun and joy outta TV. Every show I want to watch or am a fan of gets canned. Speaking of which, The Oblongs never got a fair chance. That show was da bomb, even if it isn&#39;t cancelled I&#39;m sure it probably will be because it seems all the GOOD shows on Fox get canned. Some manage to make it (Malcolm, KOTH, That 70&#39;s Show (80&#39;s sux holy ass though)) but only a select few. Jesus Will Ferrell is a freakin&#39; armless legless father with unseparated siamese twin sons, a psychotic daughter, a bald alcoholic wife and a kid with only three hairs and one eye. HOW THE FUCK CAN THAT FAIL??!!!! DAMN U FOX FUCKERS!! U BLEW IT UP!! U MANIACS!!! DAMN U ALL TO HELL!!!! (On a side note I don&#39;t really like Will Ferrell, but he was damn good in that role.) AAAAAHHHH!!!!!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Don&#39;t fuck with a man&#39;s Futurama!!!

    by Gregzero A THOUSAND TIMES, GO!!!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I remember Werewolf

    by magic_ninja

    that was one helluva show. the last one i remember seeing is the one where the main character FINALLY killed the bad guy with the patch over his eye. good times that show was. I hope Futurama doesn&#39;t get canceled, every FOX show that&#39;s been half decent gets canned before it can get off the ground (this does not include THE TICK which was a terrible show, nothing to do at all with superheroes). But in a way i&#39;m glad it&#39;s going away before all the rabid internet losers can bash it like they do the Simpsons...thank God the only place people bitch about the simpsons is on the internet.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 7:26 p.m. CST

    WEREWOLF???? Someone remembers Werewolf???

    by elegant mess

    I can&#39;t believe someone remembers that show!!! It started out as the coolest thing since Automan!!! Yes, its time to put a boot in the ass of Fox. Futurama is a good show, but I haven&#39;t seen it in such a long time, that I thought it was already cancelled. I can&#39;t believe it lasted this long, seeing it wasn&#39;t a run of the mill piece of crap. This is the same group that kept N&#39;Sync out of Ep 2, so if anyone can keep it on the air, it&#39;s this group. Regarding Family Guy. I&#39;ve never really warmed up to it, although that bit about ending up in Narnia after going through the dryer was hilarious. I&#39;d really like to see a show with just football headed kid Stewie and Brian. The rest of em can stay with Fox. BTW--I want a shiv too!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by Lt. Torello

    ...where they&#39;ll give it a crappy time slot and shitcan it!! "Urge to kill RISING..."

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Put "The Simpsons" out of its misery.

    by MikeSal222

    Yes, it IS the greatest show in TV history. So why are we being forced to watch it waste away like a patient with a terminal illness. FOX turned The X-Files into a laughing stock, why do they feel the need to run The Simpsons into the ground as well? Oh yeah, because they will make a few extra dollars if they keep it on the air as long as possible. Too bad they risk tarnishing the legacy of the show in the process.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 8:16 p.m. CST

    King of the Hill is NOT FUCKING FUNNY !! It&#39;s a fucking DRAM

    by SilenceofFreedom

    Futurama has had many hilarious episodes. There have been a few missteps, but the first few seasons of The Simpsons was just awful. King of the Hill has never given me laugh out loud reactions like The simpsons, Family Guy or Futurama. Hell, Even Family Dog was funnier than King of the Hill. Not that it&#39;s a necessarily bad show, well ... it sort of is, but it relies far more on "morals" and so on. It is a drama with amusing parts, not a comedy. My point is, Futurama must be nurtured, as The Simpsons was. Speaking of which, the newer Simpsons episodes are bordering on awful. The one where Mr. Burns pays homer to be his slave was terrible.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 8:30 p.m. CST

    anyone who doesn&#39;t think king of the hill is funny

    by deep 13

    didn&#39;t see the scene where luanne, trying to be a sinead-type activist, pleads with people to remamber the starving children of the world while holding up a picture of bobby, in his underwear, reaching for a cookie.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Sorry guys, this is all my fault

    by St Buggering

    See, every time I really like a series, it gets the boot. So, I&#39;d like to apologize to all of you for really liking this show, and I&#39;ll try to avoid enjoying TV in the future. Thank you.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by ItsOver

    Beeennnnder! *snif* **** I&#39;m still upset at this. Maybe Futurama has caught the Family Guy disease and just won&#39;t die no matter how many times its canned. I&#39;m really not sure. I doubt King of the Hill will come back then but at least it lasted long enough to go into syndication. Maybe CC will show reruns like they did with The Critic. Why not have a "Dumped by FOX" hour?

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 9:37 p.m. CST

    In Defense of King of the Hill...

    by Justin

    You can&#39;t sya it&#39;s not funny until you see the episode where Dale, cornered on what he thinks is an espionage mission, reaches into his pocket, takes out some sand, throws it in some guys eyes and shouts "pocket sand!" Cracked me up for weeks. And for the guy who said he wants a shiv... good! Let&#39;s start a movement. Whenever some bonehead exec cancels a show we love... it&#39;s the shiv for them!! PS Futurama is still the best show on TV. I&#39;m still pissed off.

  • It took me A WHILE to warm up to this show. I held it responsible for some time now for the painfully obvious creative talent drain as Groening left the Simpsons. A good, smart Sunday night cartoon series should be a STAPLE of television. "Futurama"&#39;s latest episodes pretty well prvoed to me that they can fill the role. I&#39;d liken it to "Conan" in my mind as to how bad I felt it started off, and the level of improvement it has shown to this point in its run. The "7-Leaf Clover" episode had tons of heart, and the last one I saw with the "What If" machine in which Bender was human and the &#39;80s arcade games attacked Earth was rolling-on-the-floor hilarity. Just when this program gets its legs underneath it, the same FOX execs who greenlighted "That &#39;80s Show" cut &#39;em from underneath. (sorry if you like that show, but if it&#39;s this one or the new one, the new one dies now---Futurama&#39;s earned a longer stay by FAR). Adult Swim is probably the only other Sunday night cartoon programming running at or near full capacity; the Simpsons is like the Cosby show near its end...still nice, but it&#39;s limping bad now. I hope Groening steps up for his creation and can pull the FOX&#39;s execs&#39; heads ouuta their collective you-know-whats. Or I will find a way to reanimate the "Werewolf", and it will find them alone in some desolate woods with a full moon lit, and force them to watch XFL reruns &#39;till the only thing they hear anymore is their own blood-curdling screams. ;)

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:08 p.m. CST

    No region 1 dvds...

    by LoserTooch

    No region 1 dvds at all? None? That sucks ass, I was really looking forward to getting those some day.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by JivingPoo

    FUCK YOU FOX. How can they leave Simpsons on for another shitty season but drop Futurama when it&#39;s good for at least several more! Those assholes never even gave it a chance. Horrible timeslot, pre-empted every fucking week... ASSHOLES!!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Fucking FOX

    by CrazyCanuck2k

    It was probably less than a month ago when I was on these boards posting about the very same topic, however it was about a different show, "The Tick", and now my discontempt for FOX has grown ever larger. I have never in my life witnessed such blatant acts of absolute bullshit in a single television season. FOX is without a doubt the most fucken idiotic broadcasting network in the history of television. The Tick: gone, Family Guy: gone, Futurama: gone, That 80&#39;s Show: still active, Malcolm: still fucken there, Ally: good god, no more please! Anyways I&#39;ve gotten off track. Futurama, though not the best show FOX has produced, was definetely a quality show. However due to piss-poor time slots, and a serious lack of advertising on FOX&#39;s behalf, it never got the fan base it should have. You know what though? Our bitching wont change a thing. Futurama will be gone, then comes Undeclared, then 24, then Simpsons, then King of the Hill. FOX cares nothign about these shows. They only seem interested in throwing out fucken rehashes, "That 80&#39;s Show", or sleaze ball "reality shows", "Who Wants to Fuck an Old Ugly Rich Bastard Who Couldnt Get Laid if His Life Depended on it, So He Paid Us Mucho Dinero to Whip Up a Few Whores Willing to Compete for His Two Inch Cock." Has a nice little ring to it I think. FUCK FOX RIGHT IN IT&#39;S ASSHOLE

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:21 p.m. CST


    by sprocket-bot

    Absolute BULLSHIT!!! Of course ratings ar going to be for shit when you pre-empt a show with fucking football!!! Half the season football goes past six, hey, why push it back when you can just not air it!!! ASSHOLES!!! You wanna&#39; make money on a show, you&#39;ve gotta SHOW IT!!!! First Tick, now this...why don&#39;t you just come to my house and kick me in the nuts?!?!

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:22 p.m. CST

    This is what Herc gets for picking on The Simpsons

    by fieldingmellish

    Maybe with all his free time Matt Groening will do that Simpsons spin-off he talked about.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:27 p.m. CST


    by sopranofella it&#39;s the only address on the whole site, damn bastards.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:31 p.m. CST

    WickerJoe is dead on.

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    And if they say "no!" then Matt should just say, "Hey Fox--Eat my shit!" and go over to UPN or the Science Fiction Channel. They&#39;d love to have him. Hell, I bet any of the (not-so-big-anymore) 3 Networks would saw off limbs to bring him aboard. Oooh! Even better--SHOWTIME!! I&#39;d sign up for cable in a heartbeat to see a totally uncensored, out-of-control FUTURAMA on the home of the SOPRANOS.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:35 p.m. CST

    I Remember........

    by TRON

    Police Squad....When Things Were Rotten... What&#39;s Alan Watching....Nightmare Cafe.....American Gothic.....Golden Years...RIP At least Futurama got to see more airtime than all of the airtime totaled of the shows that I mentioned.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 10:59 p.m. CST

    What do you expect from the network that gave Doctor Who the sha

    by ejcarter9

    They had a chance at a hot property, but they blew it. If they had just ordered it as a mid-season replacement (and had a decent set of scripts, I won&#39;t deny the &#39;96 movie had a horrible script) the show could&#39;ve been huge. <p> Screwing over Futurama is about what I&#39;d expect from the crapholes at Fox.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 11:36 p.m. CST

    when it premired i would not have been upset to see it go, but n

    by sigma957

    Christ...King of the Hill has one funny thing...Boomhauer...thats it...kill the fucking futurama...started to love that show after a while, but why the hell put it on at 6pm central time....christ give it a decent time slot and kill something else.

  • Feb. 12, 2002, 11:39 p.m. CST

    My god! Sombody get Fox to this TB!

    by Casino_Monkey

    All Fox have to do is read AICN TB to see it has a HUGE fan base. I mean look at all these post declaring the&#39;ll never watch Fox again. I just signed a on-line petition(the one about half a page up)to save Family Guy, and there was like 47000 signitures. Fox you foolish bastards. Futurama & Family Guy are some of the funnist shows ever. You need to get over the Simpsons, and move on. The Simpsons are dead, and you are just killing them even more. Put your effort where it will pay off. Bah, I don&#39;t even care anymore. Do what you want!

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 12:12 a.m. CST

    No Offense, But Online Petitions Don&#39;t Do Shit.

    by Cowblaster

    Nobody cares about them, not even the petitioners. It didn&#39;t help get rid of organic webbing in Spider-Man, now did it? No, if you want to help, I suggest going to and signing up with them. They suggest actually MAILING FOX with written letters and all that. Besides, you know how easy it is to get one of those online petitions going? They&#39;re a dime a dozen.

  • well they will

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 12:24 a.m. CST

    "No world, you put YOUR hands up!" - Dr. Zoidberg

    by Tall_Boy

    I can&#39;t live without Dr. Zoidberg. UPON FUTHER REFLECTION, THIS REALLY SUCKS!

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 12:36 a.m. CST

    King Of The Hill is incredible.....

    by Sammy Jankis

    I agree Fox cancelling this show is pathetic, but what&#39;s with the hatred for King Of The Hill? It&#39;s one of the most brilliant shows on TV, period. Just because it has a different sense of humor than Simpsons and Futurama, doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s any less funny or brilliant.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Why are there unseen episodes?

    by coop

    If there are so many episodes that have never aired, why are there reruns? Why is this about egos and not about trying to make the viewers happy? This show never had the chance to gain an audience and it&#39;s nobody&#39;s fault but FOX. When the show gets pre-empted by football, why not show it the next Friday or Saturday? It&#39;s not like there is anything else on those days. Also, there has to be a way to give us all of the shows on dvd even if it doesn&#39;t make it to 100 shows.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Well think of it this way kids

    by Angry Catholic

    The shows ratings were poor...Yes it had a bad time slot...Well so did the X-files in its first 4 seasons...Now somehow that show survived...Yeah it was pre-empted by football but guess what NFL runs only from Sept. to Jan. So you have feb. to may to make your mark Futurama didnot since the sahow was not all that funny and when it did run groening ownership made it impossible to make money on it...SUCK UP AQND DEAL

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 12:56 a.m. CST


    by Wojo

    I&#39;m also an animator on Futurama. I got a call yesterday from Rough Draft saying the show was not picked up. So this &#39;hiatus&#39; is really an unemployment gig.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 12:57 a.m. CST

    King of the Hillzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

    by zexzed

    Why not kill this show? I could never understand how this show ever got popular. The shallow plot of the show from week to week is as follows: Family member, relative, friend, or Hank does/has something, that causes a problem that is: A) Uncomfortably annoying B) Outright embarrasing C) Both The resolution involves Hank and person/people with problem that is solved in a "Gee-arent-we-funny-and-embarrasing-kind-of-folks-ending." Lather, rinse, repeat. Nothing new here. Someone make this show go away already. Futurama has consistanly maintained a great level of humor, satire and has a really sharp edge to it. VERY unlike the now nearly dead Simp(le)sons, who&#39;s creativity died about 5 years ago. It went from being THE SIMPSONS to more like the CRAZY HOMER SHOW. Enough already Fox, bury KOTH and Simpsons and get some new stuff on the air, because it&#39;s getting pretty stagnent. That Simpsons season opener was just DISMAL.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Doom, doom, doom

    by CZ

    I&#39;m getting flashbacks to the mid-90s when the X-files were still on Friday nights and FOX could never figure out what to stick there as a lead-in. And they passed up renewals on "Space: Above and Beyond" and "VR.5" for the vastly inferior "Sliders." End "Simpsons"! End "X-files"! Save "Futurama"! Free Dr. Zoidberg! Don&#39;t squish what little watchable entertainment there is left!

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 1:10 a.m. CST


    by Wojo

    Hooked on Phonics! Hey, Joey Lawrences&#39;s cheeckbones were big too. With luck, you might outgrow them during puberty.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 4:44 a.m. CST


    by TallScott

    I am FUCKING PISSED AT FOX!! Christ on a shingle..The Simpsons saved that lame network from going under. And you would think they would let Matt have his show as some sort of Gratitide for basicly makeing FOX respectable. NO! We cant make money off of this they yelled..Fuck the Public they sneered. We will bury the show anyway possible..And they tryed and tryed but enough people watched to keep it alive. Now this season they under permoted the show and had Fottball pre-empt it every week..ah! Success!!..Now we can put the FOX owned That 90&#39;s show in its place. RupertMerdoch is a fucking Ungratefull ASSHOLE. And if any of you suits from FOX is reading this right now FUCK YOU!! I hope your shitty network crashes and burns.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 6:04 a.m. CST

    It will always be the show Groening did next...

    by Silver_Joo

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 7:07 a.m. CST

    What&#39;s a Lad to Believe?!?

    by OlafStapledon

    I choose to believe Junior Mintz because she&#39;s the cutest tipster of them all!

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 7:48 a.m. CST

    "ah, comets, iceburgs of the sky"

    by jimdin2001

    dont let futurama go down

  • And the "Prank Monkey" episode of SIMPSONS was HILARIOUS. "My eye! The doctor says I&#39;m not supposed to get pudding in it!"

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Ah-comets-iceburgs of the sky

    by jimdin2001

    dont let futurame go down

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Where&#39;s Matt in all this?

    by Bender Unit 37

  • They should be sending their petitions and e-mails to Matt Groening. Have him seek out the SciFi Channel as a new home for Futurama. They would go quite well together, IMHO. Then again, when the SFC cuts short the run of a higly popular series like The Invisible Man, who knows! Shit. Shitshitshit.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Futurama & Family Guy

    by DrAlyssaJonze

    I like Futurama, but I love Family Guy. TomAYtoes, tomARtoes, but please also sign the Save Family Guy petition, it takes a brief moment, at: Thanks, A-J

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Before we get too misty over Werewolf...

    by FranklinCobb

    ...which, incidentally, scared the shit out of me as a young &#39;un, we must remember that this was the same network that brought us "Duet" for freakin&#39; ever and also "Boys Will Be Boys."------Man, I used to be a HARDCORE Fox fan. Star Trek TNG, 21 Jump Street (which I never watched but it was Fox&#39;s first breakaway hit), Married w/ Children, Tracey Ullman then the Simpsons (anyone remember the bold move of putting the Simpsons up against Cosby? JEEZ the Simpsons have been on FOREVER!), Friday the 13th...I used to eat that stuff up. Like I said, thank GOD for WB and UPN, though they have taken the mantle and given us "fan shows" (as well as big heaping piles of crap to go with it, but you gotta pick the pearls from the swine, you dig?)

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Dammit...every day I hear something that makes me hate just THAT

    by Sod Off Baldric

    The cancellation of Futurama is just another in a long line of disappointments in my life...I really hate Fox these days. And for the record...I, too, remember Werewolf.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 11:15 a.m. CST

    For Christ&#39;s sake Harry, tell us what to do!!!!

    by Han Ol' Buddy

    Harry, You&#39;re probably one of the most powerful forces on the internet with your "little" website here. You even knocked "Rollerball" down from what could have been a 1st place weekend to 3rd place. Anyways, give us guidance. Tell us who to write, who to call, who to kill to either get Futurama back for a 5th season or moved to a different network or something. If I can&#39;t watch Futurama on DVD when they release (or don&#39;t release) the Season sets, I may have to commit hari-kari (And I&#39;m not talking about the recently deceased drunk from Chicago with the oversized glasses). Fox has consistently screwed Futurama with a terrible timeslot, constant pre-empting and no promotion whatsoever. Help us to get what we deserve, Futurama on at a decent hour and the Season DVD sets that we crave so bad. Good news everyone? Let&#39;s hope so.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Strangely Ambivalent

    by InvaderZim

    I liked Futurama, really I did ("My God - its the lost city of Atlanta!"), but all your petition-type action won&#39;t be treated too seriously - what&#39;s to stop a person from posting 20 different names? Threatening Fox isn&#39;t going to do much either. I remember the same exaggerated whining against Nickelodeon and Viacom when my namesake show got canned, and the fans there were just as stupid (actually worse - a lot of Jhonen Vasquez fans are frighteningly immature and insipid). The only people I actually feel sorry for are the writers, animators, and cast members of that show. They did a fine job, and where treated shabbily by Fox. But TV is a harsh business, its how it is. Hopefully with a show like that on their resumes the people of Futurama won&#39;t have a problem finding something better.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Fox has sucked ever since they killed Brisco County

    by desslok

    What - this comes as a shock to you guys? I&#39;ve known that Fox has sucked for the last 8 years, even since they killed off the Adventures of Brisco County Jr. So, just add another dead quality show to the pile - Family Guy, Futurerama. The body count rolls on. - - - - - - - - I hope you burn in hell, Fox.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Can Matt Groening make a DVD deal himself? Misfits of Science a

    by elegant mess

    Since Matt Groening owns Futurama, can he make a DVD set deal himself? Good Lord Afrosheen. You remember Manimal with all that cheesy Melody Anderson goodness and all the heavy breathing? Misfits of Science with a young perky pre anorexic Courtney Cox sporting that Bruce Springsteen video hairdo? Wasn&#39;t Parker Lewis Can&#39;t Lose also a victim of the Fox shiv? Another waste. Why can&#39;t there be a home for retired or cancelled tv shows? All this nostalgia would be funny if I weren&#39;t getting all misty eyed. I think I&#39;ll watch V this weekend to cheer me up. Or anything with Michael Ironside in it.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Walrus, I don&#39;t mind if you call Rupert Murdoch names

    by WarDog

    but I doubt he&#39;s calling the shots regarding programming on Fux TV. That is the purview of one Sandy Grushow, who was stupid enough to hold on to The X-Files with a deathgrip when they really should have let go. And you know why they couldn&#39;t let it go? Because they had no FUCKING CLUE as to what good new series to air! So they kept trying to squeeze more blood from that rotten old turnip, because they knew they had a diehard fan-slave audience of X-philes. Only once it&#39;s ratings began tanking undeniably did this shithead and his fellow execrables--or executives, whatever--FINALLY cancel The X-Files. Nothing impresses these damned bottom-liners but ratings because ratings translate into BUCKS, and that&#39;s ultimately all they care about. Not the freaking art of the story, fa&#39; chrissake. Oh, and Chris Carter bears a lot of the blame too, for dragging it out and not planning ahead and building to a great wrap-up of the series. "No! No! I still have many really good stories to tell!" Yeah, right, Chris, whatever you say. THENWHY DIDN&#39;T YOU TELL THEM??? Asshole!

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 1:31 p.m. CST

    interesting: read this

    by spider-ham

    Interesting read this... "&#39;&#39;Futurama&#39;&#39; waiting to see if it has one Wednesday February 13 12:59 AM ET By Josef Adalian HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - The future&#39;s not so bright for ``Futurama.&#39;&#39; Fox Broadcasting has told the cartoon&#39;s executive producer, Matt Groening, that it can&#39;t immediately commit to ordering any additional episodes beyond those that have already been produced for this season and next. Because of the long leadtime for animated projects, Groening needed a commitment this month in order to keep the show&#39;s scribes on staff and the skein in production for the 2003-04 season. The network could still order more episodes down the line, though that seems a long shot. The final call on whether to revive the series should Fox order more episodes would be Groening&#39;s. Of the 72 episodes of ``Futurama&#39;&#39; in the can, only 48 have aired. The show was preempted through most of the fall and early winter due to NFL overruns; a similar air pattern will likely reduce the number of episodes that&#39;ll air next year. Despite virtually no promotion and frequent preemptions, ``Futurama&#39;&#39; has still managed to win its 7 p.m. Sunday slot this season in teens, adults 18-34 and adults 18-49. Executives at producer 20th Century Fox TV have already had early talks about launching the show in syndication, though no deals are close. Reuters/Variety REUTERS" Interesting to note: 1. Matt Groening stop production, not Fox. 2. Fox wants to syndicate the show and Matt has thrown a monkey wrench in it. 3. It was winning its time slot. With the show just a hair away from syndication I bet Matt is pulling the one trick he has to force a better time slot. The war aint over folks.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Beans Baxter

    by chf.brodie bruce

    Speaking of Werewolf does anyone else remember the Adventures of Beans Baxter?

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 4:21 p.m. CST

    If UPN had brains...

    by BurninBullwinkle

    They&#39;d grab Futurama and Family Guy as soon as possible. Futurama is a great show and has survived some really, really dark times. Family Guy is the funniest show on television and has a fan base so loyal it would follow it anywhere. (As much as the naysayers hate it, it makes me laugh more than any other program on the tube right now. The Chow Yun-Fat gag in the Death is a Bitch episode cemented it&#39;s brilliance for me...) UPN already more or less &#39;saved&#39; Buffy. God knows WB didn&#39;t care much anymore. Actually, I think WB is turning into FOX. Seventh Heaven continues to do well (i.e. 90210), Gilmore Girls and Smallville are both breaking out. (a la X-Files). The only thing they lack is a decent half-hour comedy. FOX itself is turning into ABC. Except instead of Millionaire seven days a week, it&#39;s That 70&#39;s Show. But they only have themselves to blame. For every great show they&#39;ve nurtured, they&#39;ve let five die. Brisco County Jr., Space: Above and Beyond, The Tick... Plus many others cut before their prime. Dark Angel is only on because of Cameron&#39;s name. Lord knows they tried to save Freakylinks. Who the hell picks the favorites? Is it a chimp like that Disney movie? Might as well R.I.P. Firefly, already.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Want some more Beans Baxter, Mr. Taggart? You boys have had eno

    by FranklinCobb

    I thought I was hardcore. I&#39;ve never even heard of this Beans Baxter. Tell me a little about it. And let me weep at my ignorance, and bow to those who followed Fox in "The Early Days", when Ben Stiller, Get a Life, Werewolf, and other shows did stuff the other networks are only now getting around to trying. It&#39;s scary to think how uber-cool Fox once was. Since I lost interest in X-Files, the last thing non-sports I watched on Fox

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Guys, we&#39;re almost all pissed to see Futurama go but...

    by MartyScoresEasy

    Let&#39;s keep the King of the Hill bashing to a minimum, alright? People here calling it not funny are missing the point. It&#39;s supposed to be a show in which "good", so to speak, comes out on top; and the fact that it works without being mawkish is a testament to how good the show really is. The Simpsons, on the other hand....well, I don&#39;t think anyone can say anything vitriolic enough....

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 5:40 p.m. CST

    beans baxter

    by chf.brodie bruce

    I don&#39;t remember much about the show. It starred one of the kids from the first cast of Charles in Charge and he played like a spy of sorts. His nemesis was played by Red from that 70&#39;s show. Chandler from Friends also had a show on Fux about him and his buddy Gooch.

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 7:42 p.m. CST

    What the deuce?

    by kessel2121

    Don&#39;t get me wrong...I like Futurama, it&#39;s probably easily a Top 10 TV program in my opinion. Having said that, Family Guy is funnier. FUNNIER. Not necessarily smarter, but that shit makes me laugh like a mofo. Stewie is pure genius. Peter is a god...mmmmheheheheheh. Simpsons died long ago now pray to your new God! With Futurama I laugh maybe 3 or 4 times (except for Tales Of Interest which was non-stop laughter...oh, and the lost Xmas Episode was GREAT). But Family Guy is freakin&#39; genius! Damn you I said it&#39;s genius!

  • Feb. 13, 2002, 10:08 p.m. CST

    A More Pressing Question Than The Possible Cancellation Of Futur

    by Barron34

    is "Where can I get Junior Mintz&#39;s phone number?" She&#39;s the cat&#39;s ass....

  • Feb. 14, 2002, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Write to the Sponsors

    by Daygloblue

    Why not write to the corporations buying commercial time on FOX during Futurama to express your POLITE disagreement with the decision? They pull some weight. Here are a few who ran commercials during the last show: Chevrolet Customer Relations PO Box 33170 Detroit, MI 48232-5170 Hershey Corp. Customer Relations 100 Crystal A Drive PO Box 810 Hershey, PA 17033-0810 Levi Strauss & Co. Customer Relations 1155 Battery Street San Francisco, CA 94111 Mazda Customer Relations PO Box 11238 Chicago, Illinois 60611 Verizon Communications Customer Relations 1095 Ave. of the Americas New York, NY 10036 Ford Corp. Customer Relations PO Box 6248 Dearborn, MI 48126 AT&T Customer Relations PO Box 1923 Morristown, NJ 07962 M&M Mars Customer Relations 800 High Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840

  • Feb. 14, 2002, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Lets send a horde of deliverance style rednecks to fox corporate

    by TheMatarife

    Hey fox... You have a purty mouth.... Now let&#39;s you just drop them pants. **cue evil cackling laughter**

  • Feb. 14, 2002, 2:24 a.m. CST

    I don&#39;t log on to AICN for a few days, and this is what I ge

    by Fatal Discharge

    ...must be bad karma or something. I LOVE Futurama, and as fans we all shared the pain of tuning in Sunday evenings only to find it pre-empted by football more times than not. This show has been treated like shit by FOX, who I guess hasn&#39;t made enough money off The Simpsons that they couldn&#39;t allow Futurama even a decent chance at building an audience. And to NOT ALLOW IT TO REACH THE NUMBER OF EPISODES RECQUIRED FOR SYNDICATION is the ultimate stab in the back. Frankly, I&#39;ve watched so many Simpsons episodes in syndication that I can recite a lot of lines before the characters speak them. It&#39;s the only show that I watch the same episodes over and over and they still crack me up each time. I was hoping that the same would happen with Futurama but now I guees not. The last year or so I&#39;ve started catching King Of The Hill in syndication as they run them and The Simpsons back to back each day here on Teletoon network in Canada. After the first 2 years of originals of KOTH I lost interest in it because the situations were too limited, but I now realise the show had grown over the years and it&#39;s now got me hooked again. Family Guy was TERRIBLE when it first started so I&#39;ve never watched it again.

  • Feb. 14, 2002, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Bad news everyone

    by rfoster

    Just wanted to register my utter displeasure at the news of Futurama&#39;s "cancellation" and Fox&#39;s complete lack of interest in their viewers (not to mention quality programming). Silly me, but as Matt Groening&#39;s Simpsons pretty much built Fox, I would think they would at least be willing to throw him a bone and leave Futurama on the air. And yes, I understand there are 24-30 unaired episodes to come, but that ignores the firing of the current creative team who are the soul of Futurama. Please sign the petition, e-mail Fox ceasefully and WRITE THE EXECS BY SNAIL MAIL!!! And if anyone knows how to reach Groening and/or the Futurama staff, please post the info or e-mail me at

  • Feb. 14, 2002, 7 p.m. CST


    by Barron34

    Yeah, I know it&#39;s a drawing...I was referring to her sprightly personality, was not a serious comment

  • Feb. 14, 2002, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by All-ighty Ollar

    BASTARDS!! Futurama kicks ass!

  • Feb. 15, 2002, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Beans Baxter? What about "Oops" or "The Edge?"

    by Sakaragi-kun

  • Feb. 15, 2002, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Beans Baxter? What about "Down the Shore", "Oops", or "The Edge

    by Sakaragi-kun

    Fox has this terrible habit of scheduling shows at the worst possible times. I don&#39;t know if their intentions are to kill shows for fun or what, but I&#39;ve noticed a weird trend.... not to say that the three shows mentioned above would have benefited from better scheduling (Or were any good, for that matter) just an observation. Personally, I don&#39;t see a down side to Fox cancelling Futurama. Some other network would be bound to pick it up. Besides that, as it stands now, Futurama is always being pre-empted by football, baseball, and even Nascar. It would be in the best interests of the show, IMHO

  • Feb. 17, 2002, 4:07 p.m. CST

    King of the Hill debate

    by LucindaLunacy

    in reference to an above small thread.. i am a city gal to the core. i abhor the country. however, i have lived in dallas and have been repeatedly to the outskirts area called Garland that the Arlen of King of the Hill is based on.. and i can tell you this. King of the Hill may as well be called a reality show. heh. most of the people i became acquainted with in those areas were this way. thats what makes the show utterly hilarious and that mike judge captured the essence of redneck suburbs.. and there are many rednecks in the US..