Taking time out of his busy schedule of world domination and being a dick, god of mischief Loki (Tom Hiddleston) recently sat down with a group of young kids to answer one of our generations most important questions: who’s better, Thor or Loki? (more…)
No, this isn’t some nonsensical fan-wanking or a clever bit of a fan art manipulation. This is 100% the real deal. In an upcoming episode of Futurama‘s final season there will be an official crossover with Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, as teased by Comedy Central with the above image.
Fan of either series should be familiar with voice actor, John DiMaggio, the voice of both Bender “Bending” Rodriguez and Jake the Dog. I have to wonder if DiMaggio played any part in getting the two animated series to work together? And I cannot wait for to witness the meeting of Bender and Jake. Will they be friends? Enemies? Frenemies?
Either way, I’m already more invested in this crossover episode of Futurama and Adventure Time, airing this Wednesday at 10pm EST, than I ever could be about the Family Guy/Simpson‘s crossover we’ll see next year. Which are you more excited for? And what’s up with so many animated comedies turning to crossover episodes? Archer and Bob’s Burgers have already done it, who’s next?
[Editor's Note: Another of our embedded reporters, Shawn Schillberg, was at yesterday's South Park panel where creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone discussed the making of the upcoming game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, as well as the next season of their hit Comedy Central show. Questions were asked, answers were given, but whatever you do DON'T ASK WHEN THE GAME'S RELEASING!]
Every word spoken by Trey Parker and Matt Stone at the South Park panel had to be taken with a grain of salt. They promised they were beginning work on a sequel to the South Park movie very soon. They also swore that their next project is an adaptation of Dan Brown’s Inferno novel and there’s a Baseketball sequel in the works.
After showing the trailer for the game, moderator Greg Miller, of IGN, welcomed Parker and Stone to the stage and got right into fan Q & A (with the warning that no one would be allowed to ask questions about the video game, particularly its release date).
Parker and Stone revealed very little about the new RPG. They confirmed that Chef makes an appearance and the biggest difficulty in making it was getting the 3D/2D balance right. They looked to games like Paper Mario for inspiration and finally got the game to a point where it looks like you are watching an episode of the show.
Most of the fan questions were related to the TV series and the duo’s writing process.
Parker explained that for the first time since South Park‘s debuted, he conducted a writers retreat. This resulted in having four episodes written before the new season began production, something that has never happened before. Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader will also be writing full time for the new season.
When asked which parody on South Park garnered the best reaction by the targeted celebrity, Parker relayed that Jennifer Lopez began firing people on the set of her current movie when they were caught imitating Cartman imitating Lopez.
Asked why it seemed that Stan’s father Randy seemed to be taking over South Park episodes, both Parker and Stone confessed that as they grew older they both identified with Randy more and more. Parker revealed the character started out as an impression of his own father, but that he now just uses his everyday voice.
When the panel concluded, both Parker and Stone signed autographs until the room was prepared for the next event.
If you haven’t yet, here’s the latest trailer for The Stick of Truth,
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No strangers to voice work, television’s dynamic duo will lend those famous voices to Futurama in its upcoming, and sadly final, season. Adam West, who can regularly be found as Mayor West on Family Guy, and Burt Ward, who appeared with West in a 2002 episode of The Simpsons, will play themselves in the usual Futurama fashion of heads in jars. But just check out the cool bodies they get along with those jars,
West with the body of a giant bat and Ward with that very familiar, tri-color scheme; I love it! And I’m so glad the two got to record a guest stint before Futurama went off the air, again, and for what looks to be the last time. Their episode will air August 7th and is titled, “Leela and the Genestalk“.
Futurama returns to Comedy Central on June 19th at 10/9c.
While many of us are still coping with the cancellation of Futurama, for the second time in our lives, there’s still lots to look forward to in the coming season. Futurama returns on June 19th with 12 more episodes, and in the second to last episode Game of Thrones‘ own Mother of Dragons, Emilie Clarke is guest-starring!
Her role will be as a flower stand owner with no sense of smell who falls in love with Dr. Zoidberg. Yes, after years of disaster in love – or really any kind of relationship – Zoidberg finally catches a break. Executive producer David X. Cohen puts it like this,
She falls in love with Dr. Zoidberg — the smelliest character on Earth in the future — but she can’t smell him, so it’s a match made in heaven. However, being a doctor, he has the opportunity to perform a nose transplant and give her a sense of smell, which would destroy their romance, so it’s a big dilemma.
A dilemma indeed! Come on, give Zoidberg his happy ending before the series ends Sept. 4th!
Recent NerdBastards interviewee Chris Hardwick is well on his way to becoming the most successful celebrity nerd this side of Simon Pegg.
Hardwick started in stand-up comedy before co-hosting MTV‘s Singled Out with Jenny McCarthy. Later, he began what is easily the most well-known nerd podcast in existence: The Nerdist, which is now also a talk show on BBC America. For 2 years he did Web Soup for G4, and on AMC he hosts The Talking Dead, a panel show that focuses exclusively on the popular zombie drama.
This fall Hardwick will begin hosting what Deadline describes as a “comedic panel show that will utilize social media participation” with Funny Or Die and Reno 911! creators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant on Comedy Central. The as yet untitled late night show will air 4 nights a week after The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
This looks to be not only a new kind of show for Comedy Central, but a new kind of late night talk show: A genre that has not often been known to cater to nerddom.
We will, naturally, keep you posted on any developments.
Sigh. Yes, you read that right. Futurama has been cancelled. Again. Or rather, Comedy Central has decided – with heavy fuckin’ hearts I hope – to not renew the series after its seventh season; the second half of which is airing this summer beginning June 19 at 10 p.m. This “cancellation” isn’t anything new to long time fans of Futurama – a series that’s been revived three times – and there’s still a glimmer of hope this isn’t truly the end.
Executive producer David X. Cohen and creator Matt Groening spoke exclusively to Entertainment Weekly about the decision and how neither are all that shocked. “It was what I had expected two years earlier,” said Cohen, “At this point I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment’s notice.”
We’ve been in this situation before and it’s tempting when you’re doing episodes that are as good or better than anything you’ve ever done to continue doing it. We’re catching our breath and seeing what the fans have to say. The experience of this show has been so much fun from the very beginning to now — everybody is so happy to work on this show — that it’d be a shame if we all went our separate ways… We would love to continue. We have many more stories to tell. But if we don’t, this is a really great way to go out… I think these episodes are the best ones we’ve ever done.
Dave Bernath, Comedy Central’s EVP of Programming, explains the non-renewal as, “the natural end” to the series’ string of comebacks.
That’s a helluva run that few shows achieve, and especially given the fact that it came back to life, it’s really an amazing story. I’m more thankful and feel a sense of gratitude toward the whole process — and that we found a way to keep going for 52 more episodes — than I really am even thinking about the ending. It’s a blessing that it came back and lasted so long.
In the end, the news is bittersweet. You can’t forget the opportunities allowed Futurama – after the Fox cancellation a direct-to-DVD comeback led to two new seasons on Comedy Central – are almost unheard of, but, how many seasons has The Simpson’s lasted? What about Family Guy!? It’s lasted well beyond seven seasons after its initial cancellation. Grr! Argh!
I’m going to remain optimistic. There’s still 13 more episodes coming this year, and from there, who knows!
Groening: Perhaps Futurama will return in another form, on the Internet, or as a puppet show in the park, or maybe as a puppet show in the park on the Internet.
Cohen: As I said three times before, this is definitely the absolute end of the show. I don’t know why nobody believes me when I say that.
Make sure you tune in June 19th! Until then, I’ll just wait here, hopeful for news about Futurama living on, somewhere, somehow.
If there’s one show that connects with the heart of the nerd/geek community, it’s Futurama. Fry, Leela, Bender, the Professor, Hermes, Amy, and, uh, oh right, Zoidberg; the Planet Express crew is much like the families we all have. Those made through camaraderie, not blood. Well, maybe a little blood. And after being one of the few shows to ever be resurrected from dreaded cancellation they’re all returning for the second half of Season 7 this summer.
Fry with rainbow teeth? Leela with tentacles? Two Zoidbergs!? What is going on? And is that the return of Fry’s ever faithful dog, Seymour?
It’s been 15 years since South Park exploded onto the airwaves (fuck, where did the time go?). Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker must be sick of it by now, right? Seriously, the show has surely run its course, who’s left for them to offend?
Parker and Stone, have reached a new deal to extend the adventures of the Colorado town well into 2016. Michele Ganeless, president of the network, inked the deal with the pair to air three additional seasons of original episodes from the top-rated Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.
“The collective genius of Matt and Trey knows no bounds,” said Ganeless. “Week after week and season after season they continue to surprise and delight ‘South Park’ fans, and that includes all of us here at Comedy Central. We’re thrilled that the adventures of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman will continue through 2016.”
Parker and Stone will continue to write, direct, edit and executive produce every episode of “South Park,” along with Anne Garefino. Frank C. Agnone II will continue being supervising producer, with Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell and Vernon Chatman as producers.
“Comedy Central has been our home for 15 years and we love working there,” said Parker and Stone. “‘South Park’ is a blast and we can’t wait to make more.”
We can’t wait either, let’s see how they’ll top this season next year.
Via: Coming Soon
Saturday is the biggest, bestest day of the Comic-Con. Making it your best chance to play Comic-Con Bingo! These cards from Comedy Central are the perfect time-waster when you’re standing in line. And even though I’m not at Comic-Con, I know standing in line is all part of the fun. Or should I say, “fun.”
I think the toughest thing to find will be an excited goth, but you know what will be really easy, a grown man posing with toys or a slutty furry or a humongous sword or anyone blogging or, wait, I think all of these should be pretty easy to find. Get crackin’! And tweet your best squares to @CCinsider and feel free to share with us either in the comments or @nerdbastards.
source: TDW: Geeks