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‘I Told You It’s An Audition!!’ Sunday Brings The Three-Part Final New FUTURAMA Of 2010!!

I am – Hercules!! Perhaps because they were hoping we’d forget about it, Comedy Central is running (and not on its regular night) the last new episode of “Futurama” nearly three months after it aired the prior new episode, Sept. 2’s “The Mutants Are Revolting.” Comedy Central says of tonight’s installment, titled “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular”:
In this festive three-part episode, the Planet Express crew races to preserve the traditional practices of the classic holidays of Xmas, Robanukah and Kwanzaa. Along the way, they encounter the murderous Kringlebot, Al Gore’s Head-In-A-Jar, mutated pine trees, droidls, fembot wrestling, albino humping worms, Kwanzaabot and giant space bees, all while learning the true meaning behind the holidays…with an occasional song thrown in for good measure.
Preview - Petroleum Oil Wrestling
Ugly AmericansNick Swardson's Pretend TimeThe Benson Interruption
Preview - Hermes' Kwanzaa Party
Ugly AmericansNick Swardson's Pretend TimeThe Benson Interruption
Preview - Oxygen-Producing Pine Trees
Ugly AmericansNick Swardson's Pretend TimeThe Benson Interruption
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  • Nov. 21, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Renewed yet?

    by ciroslive

    Has Futurama been renewed yet for 2011 and beyond? Its been some of the best animation on TV this year...

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Should be renewed shortly...

    by Captain_Ridley

    ...the ratings have been pretty good, and the episodes themselves have been fantastic, stacking up very favorably against the original series, esp. The Late Philip J Fry and A Clockwork Origin.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST

    And don't forget...

    by Captain_Ridley

    ...that there are still another 13 episode in the can to air during 2011.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Barbados Slim - all fancy and shirtless for the holydays

    by David Cloverfield

    Futurama, Archer, Venture Brothers, South Park... it's a good time for grown up animation. I could use another season of Boondocks.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 6:51 a.m. CST

    by Omar B

    I hope they rerun it later. I'm watching football all day, it is Sunday after all.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    This or Walking Dead

    by DiscoGodfather

    Damn you, basic cable, giving me choices!

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    This episode is ninety minutes long...?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    not 90 minutes

    by PhilEtline

    3 parts, like anthology of interest, with each focusing on a different holiday.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    The whole Al Gore guest voice thing is very tiresome

    by locke815

    He's not funny and since his daughter is a head writer there they can't even really make fun of him. It's just awkward and ruins the show. It's like when the arrogant guy at the office says "It's OK to make fun of me... like, hey, let's make fun of how smart I am, like I'm Spock or something." OK, assfucker.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    PUT the dice away before I TAKE them away

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Gore sucks

    by GeorgieBoy

    Lying piece of crap. He's just in it for the money like any other scumbag politician...<br><br> Futurama however... Needs *LESS* singing, not more. Oh, and I don't see Robot Santa mentioned (Kringlebot?) Is he in it or is his lack of mention supposed to make it a "surprise?!"

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    "The Choppah"'s comments on Harry Knowles...

    by locke815

    ...funniest shit ever. His wife has to use one of those mechanics' rolling backboards to give him fellatio because he's so hyper-obese? Love it!

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Herc, it's actually "Boff"

    by Toe Jam

    That's how most Stern fans prefer to spell it, anyway. Also, my DVR seems to think this new episode of "Futurama" is only 30 minutes long.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    My Cable Guide

    by Mockingbuddha

    shows that this is three separate episodes, so it is a three parter, but it is for some reason broken up by a rerun of last weeks weak South Park after part one, then come parts two and three. I'm having a hard time recording all of these because of Venture Bros, and Walking Dead, and the Fox cartoons, combined with the fact that my wife for some reason likes Sister Wives and 19 Kids and Counting. And people thought they had it bad after Katrina. Too soon?

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    can't remember the last time

    by Generalcatburd

    I had to choose between two shows I really enjoy. These are indeed joyous days.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    followed by...

    by Generalcatburd

    another show I really enjoy (VB)

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Shit, the Christmas ones are always the worst... Also, how did a 90-minute Futurama episode just... pop out of thin air?

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    It's not 90 minutes

    by cold lazarus

    It's just a regular half hour, broken up into three stories, Anthology of Interest style. The remainder/second half of season 6 will start sometime in the spring, I think.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    The Bender, Hermes

    by klytusnotdead

    episode was great.end of line.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Yeah, the Gore thing ruins it...

    by OutsideChance

    ...yeah, we all know his kid worked/works on the show and some partisans will get a cheap giggle out of the thing but come on...

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    The heads in bottles thing is just stupid.

    by SmokingRobot

    Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Why must idiots work politics into everything?

    by locke815

    Politics sucks and it pisses everyone off. Why polarize your audience?

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Wait, is it seriously 90 minutes?

    by DoctorT

    My cable guide tells me it's just a regular episode that is being aired 3 times.Also there is an episode of South Park in between the first and second episodes.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    30 minutes, not 90.

    by Lenny Nero

    Dang, Herc.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    Its a plot to get Walking Dead off my DVR!

    by Saen

    90 minutes! "In this festive three-part episode" episode is singular. 1.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    My DVR can record two things at once

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Can't yours?

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Regardless of Gore, not going to record it b/c of WD

    by OutsideChance

    Comedy Central will end up rerunning this to death. Walking Dead has to take priority.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    ANOTHER 13 eps?

    by ciroslive

    NICE! Was hoping it wouldn't be axed, but it sounds like I won't have to worry about that until 2012, when the whole world may be cancelled :)

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure it's 90 minutes people

    by Mockingbuddha

    Time will tell. I wouldn't miss those repeats if I were you guys. Ny DVR also records two things, but is it my wife's two things or my two things? Time will tell.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    Xmas Story > A Tale of Two Santas

    by Darkman

    Just thought I'd throw that out there.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Love Futurama BUT...

    by FeralAngel

    1. I'm sick of Al Gore. 2. I'm sick of Nixon's head 3. I hate the evil Santa Robot. Enough already.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Let's see some new ideas, Futurama

    by FeralAngel

    And less preachiness, 'kay?

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    preachy? politics?

    by maxwell's hammer

    Did any of you morons actually watch the episode? The world gets reforested then explodes because there's too much oxygen in the air. Many jokes are had at the expense of Kwanzaa being a totally fabricated holiday! This ep was just as subversive as ever.<BR> <BR> Unless you didn't watch it and are evaluating it based on the completely fabricated version of the episode you were watching in your head, in which case, you're right: nothing but a bunch of fucking preachy politics!

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Some titles for the rest of the 13 episodes...

    by little_lebowski

    .. culled from the Copyright Registry. (Not necessarily in airing order, and not necessarily the final episode titles): <br><br> Silence of the Clamps<br> Yo Leela Leela<br> All the Presidents' Heads<br> Benderama<br> Ghost in the Machines<br> Law and Oracle<br> Holiday Val-u-Pack (obviously an old title for the Holiday Spectacular)<br> Neutopia<br> Mobius Dick<br> Nine-Tenths of a Zoidberg is Underwater<br> Fry Am the Eggman

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST

    According to itunes

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    It's just one half hour episode, or 21 minutes without commercials.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST


    by Mockingbuddha

    It was only 30 minutes. I guess I was just relying on wishful thinking, and Herc. Good stuff though. Not as good as Walking Dead though. That show makes me tense when I watch it.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I'm waiting for the DVD set

    by Trazadone

    I haven't watched a single episode of the Futurama re-launch yet. I decided a while ago to wait until it comes out on DVD so I have something to look forward to rather than waiting eons between new episodes.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I watch the first 35 minutes of this 90 minute episode....

    by Voice O. Reason

    ....but turned it off when Cartman and Kenny showed up at about the 30-minute mark.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    why is this 90 minutes

    by _Venkman

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST


    by Rex Carsalot

    Stinkeroony. Mostly a retread of old ideas, and the songs were terribly produced and overwritten. I still laughed here and there so it was generally pretty good, but the quality was a bit lacking, maybe.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Sorry, I love this show

    by BizarroJerry

    But this one was very bland. Not yer best work, guys. And too much singing. And if you didn't like the first third, it didn't help that the other two were more or less copies of the first.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    1) X-Mas shows are always awful, for some reason.<p> 2) Futurama - brilliant as it is - has never been able to do any good songs. This is no exception.<p> 3) Everyone ragging on Al Gore, get over it. He was funny in this, as usual - particularly at the very end.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Yes, the singing IS a weakness...

    by Billyeveryteen

    A Tale of Two Santas, and Robot Devil's various songs are the only successes.<p>They really should stop trying.