The king of prime-time animation himself, Matt Groening, is moving forward with Disenchantment, his long-gestating animated comedy fantasy series with Netflix. The break from Fox could have something to do with the manner in which the studio treated his second hit animated series, Futurama, but either way, Groening, and Netflix are proceeding with a 20-episode order and we even have some casting news to announce.
When you’ve been around a long as The Simpsons, you’re going to pick up some things. I don’t mean new skills or a sexually transmitted disease, but rather a quality more akin to an urban legend. Some popular fan theories about the show include the idea that The Simpsons predicted the Syrian Civil War in “New Kids On The Blecch,”and that Springfield exists in a Tesseract that keeps time inside it static as the rest of the world changes and ages around it. The theory that we’re addressing here though, I had never heard of before, but some fans are apparently of the opinion that when Homer fell into a coma in 1993’s “So It’s Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show,” he never woke up. The show, like revealed at the end of St. Elsewhere with Tommy Westphall, has apparently taken place in Homer’s comatose mind ever since. (more…)
TV shows don’t crossover quite like they used to anymore, which maybe an indication just how far The Simpsons has fallen in terms of creativity. Two, count ’em, two crossovers with the Fox animated series were announced at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, one with Family Guy and one with Futurama. A 5-minute preview clip of the Griffins arrival in Springfield was unrolled at this past July’s Comic Con, and now we’re getting our first look at that time in the future when Bender comes back in time to go all Terminator on a certain spirited little scamp with spiked hair. (more…)
Every episode of The Simpson’s has a new variation on the couch gag at the beginning. This weekend, Matt Groening‘s crew of animators are taking that gag to J. R. R. Tolkien‘s Middle Earth. What Hobbit characters did The Simpson’s regulars morph into? (more…)
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.
I haven’t been a fan of The Simpsons for over a decade. The show is old and completely irrelevant to popular culture. I’m bored and completely exhausted by it. I’m honestly surprised at how it’s managed to limp along through these last few years. Suffice to say, I’m the worst person to write about news regarding The Simpson. I’d have another NB writer take today’s story, but nobody else gives a shit about it either.
Anyhow, some big news regarding the shows fictional town of Springfield has been blowing up the blogosphere. The shows creator, Matt Groening, has revealed, after nearly a quarter of a century, the true location Springfield. The town’s location has been a recurring joke, with viewers teased repeatedly by the writers of The Simpsons. But now, at long last, the mystery has been solved.
In an interview with Smithsonian magazine, the cartoonist finally reveals Springfield (pop. 30,720) is in his home state of Oregon.
“Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon,” he says. “The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show Father Knows Best took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, ‘This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.’ And they do.”
…big news. *scoffs*
Hmmm, I should go a little easy on the specious hate. The show demands a little more respect. After all, it’s only been on for 2 decades. At one point in my life, it did bring me many laughs. Truth be told, I always did wonder where the real Springfield was. I’m a little disappointed to hear the real Springfield isn’t my Springfield.
*Ahem* Welcome to the world of tomorrow…today.
These insanely realistic busts were crafted after Matt Groening‘s Futurama series, as if you didn’t already know that. Created by DeviantARTist artanis-one, a.k.a Ray Lin, these are the closest you’ll get to biting shiny metal ass (exclude that they’re all gray looking). It’s no joke either, you can actually see the wrinkles in Farnsworth’s 170 year old face. Total master craftsmanship. While Ray hasn’t made a lovable Bender yet, he has gone on to create busts of shockingly real detail for Leela, Zoidberg, Farnsworth and Nibbler.
Hit the jump for looks at Zoidberg, Leela and Nibbler.
What will you be doing tonight at 10pm, eastern time? Watching the premiere of new Futurama, right? You damn well better be. We nerds have worked too hard to stop our beloved animated program from disappearing, we can’t drop the ball now. Everyone should be watching tonight in the hopes we can top the numbers of their big return to television last year, which brought in 3 million viewers! Futurama currently has over 14 million fans on Facebook so if even half of those fans watch the not one, but two new episodes tonight Futurama will set records.
Tonight starts the second half of season six with 13 episodes, completing the full order of 26. Comedy Central has already, smartly, ordered another 26 episodes which will air in two chunks keeping us hopped up on Bender into 2013. Below we’ve got some special sneak peak clips of the upcoming episodes just in case you were considering skipping out. Which you weren’t, right? Good.
Let’s recap, new Futurama tonight, 10pm (e) on Comedy Central. There will not only one but two new episodes, so that’s a whole hour of new Futurama. You better be there, or it’s some terrible level of robot hell for you. Most likely with singing.