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Matt Groening's cartoon "Futurama" has had more of a life than many expected. Following 72 episodes on Fox, the series was cancelled, revived for four direct-to-disc TV movies, and subsequently resurrected by Comedy Central for a further 52 episodes which came to a close in September last year.
With the characters popping up on "The Simpsons" this year, talk of the show getting further episodes has begun to pick up steam, though the question would be who would be interested in continuing the show. If someone does pick it up, expect the creative team to be onboard for it.
Katey Sagal, who plays Leela on the show, tells Zap2It that the show's fanbase will likely never let the series die and she's fine with that:
"I find that show is so fan-driven that it makes sense that somebody should pick it up…[The cast] would totally be on board and I wouldn’t be surprised, »
- Garth Franklin
Who would have thought that Tracy Ullman’s late '80s variety show would have been the launching pad for one of the most successful shows in television history?
It's been 25 years since The Simpsons first episode aired -- the Christmas special "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." We're celebrating by taking a look back at pre-premiere interviews with key members of the creative team responsible for Springfield's first family.
Back in 1989, creator Matt Groening gave us insight into what viewers were in store for, “I think it's going to be a family that North America will readily identify with, it's a family that loves each other but also likes to strangle each other.”
Watch: On the Set of 'National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation' in 1989
"She's kind of trying to hold the family together," said Julie Kavner, who voices Marge Simpson. "She has three children; She's got Bart and Lisa – who's a genius by the way »
On May 2nd, comic book shops worldwide will celebrate Free Comic Book Day 2015, and Diamond has revealed the twelve Gold Sponsor Comics that will be available in all participating stores:
Dark Circle Comics Preview—Fcbd 2015 Edition
(A) Michael Gaydos, Dean Haspiel, Various (CA) Francesco Francavilla
The Black Hood! The Fox! The Shield! Get in on the ground floor of Dark Circle Comics and experience the cinematic and creator-driven reinventions of these iconic properties. Who is the new Shield? How did the Black Hood come to be? Can things get more unpredictable for The Fox? Learn the secrets of the Dark Circle universe from the creators themselves via sneak peeks at the new series, creator interviews and a first glance at the next Dark Circle series — all held together by an eye-popping cover from Afterlife with Archie artist, Francesco Francavilla!
Bongo Comics Free-for-all! »
- Gary Collinson
Roberto Gomez Bolanos, fondly known throughout Latin America as Chespirito, died Friday in Cancun from heart failure. During a career that spanned six decades, the beloved television comedian is best known for his slapstick roles in the Televisa series El Chavo del Ocho, El Chapulin Colorado and Chespirito. Gomez Bolanos wrote many of the shows that he appeared in, and he produced some as well. He is so popular in the Spanish-speaking world that some of his four-decades-old programs continue to air today throughout Latin America. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has stated in the past that
- John Hecht
2015 is looking up a particularly good year to be a Carrie Brownstein fan. She'll be back on the road with the reunited Sleater-Kinney, who will also be dropping No Cities To Love, their first new album since 2005's The Woods. You'll also see Brownstein pop up in a role in Todd Haynes' "Carol." But before all that, "Portlandia," the show that has raised her profile over the last half decade, will be back, and a new trailer has arrived. And make no mistake, the fifth season of the hipster skewering show will be bigger than ever. Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch are all confirmed to make appearances, with Jeff Goldblum, Kumail Nanjiani, Ed Begley Jr. and Kyle MacLachlan reprising their roles. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Season five of Portlandia premieres on Jan. 8, and if you were excited about the creepy clip they teased on Halloween, you're going to love the full trailer. Guest stars Olivia Wilde and Jeff Goldblum are back joining Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in IFC's offbeat comedy, and we also get sneak peeks at Paul Reubens and Brigitte Nielsen. Though they're not featured in the trailer, guest stars Seth Meyers, Matt Groening, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Parker Posey, Paul Simon, Natasha Lyonne, Anna Gunn, and Justin Long are set to appear this season. The whole trailer has a somewhat ominous feel, and I like it. Take a look below! »
Carrie and Fred are back, and as epic as ever.
IFC also set the premiere of the new 10-episode season for 10 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2015.
Coming up in the new season, Bryce and Lisa’s precious Taxidermy Shop is vandalized, Malcolm and Kris are a public failure as parents, Lance and Nina seek out couples therapy, and Fred and Carrie attempt to buy a home in Portland’s cutthroat real estate market.
“‘Portlandia’s’ characters have always been central to the show, but this season we went deeper into their lives so that viewers can connect with and appreciate them even more,” said Armisen and Brownstein. “We can’t wait to share their new adventures and what keeps ‘Portlandia’ so special. »
- Kevin Noonan
If you’ve ever wondered what Women & Women First looked like long before it opened its doors, Portlandia‘s fifth season — bowing in January — is for you.
Expect the episodes to go deep with your favorite characters, such as feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace, who’ll reveal how they came to open Portland’s lady-championing storefront.
The Simpsons vs. Family Guy debate has been raging for decades now, with the recent crossover lightly poking the fire. But despite all the discussion no general consensus has been reached. And frankly, there likely never will be any agreement – but it’s worth trying to figure it out, arguing and debating, because, after all, they’re shows we love.
Now, keep in mind that the question here is “which is better?” not “while gives you more laugh out loud moments.” That may seem odd when talking about comedies, but there are a lot of other factors in judging the two shows. Family Guy tells you right in its opening sequence that the aim is to make you both laugh and cry, after all. The Simpsons is well known for producing some heart-warming, tear-jerking moments; both have the ability to go the dramatic route as well as the comedic. »
- Jay Anderson
The creator of "The Simpsons" says Smithers was color incorrect when he first appeared on the show ... black.Waylon Smithers' black hue was simply a mistake, but producers didn't have the money to turn him to his intended yellow ... so says Matt Groening.Groening gives an interesting explanation for the error, which was short-lived. It was corrected for Smithers' second appearance in the town of Springfield ... whatever state it's in.Groening also tells us why »
- TMZ Staff
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not yet watched Sunday's episode of “The Simpsons” entitled “Simpsorama.”) For the second time in this young season, “The Simpsons” starred in a crossover with another popular Fox animated series. “Family Guy” kicked things off by having the Griffins crash Springfield for its season opener. This time, “The Simpsons” invited guests from the far-flung future. Also read: 11 Surprising 'Simpsons' Deaths That Rocked Springfield The twice-cancelled “Futurama” made yet another triumphant return to the airwaves in “Simpsorama,” which was essentially a “Futurama” episode run through the classic filter of Matt Groening‘s most. »
- Jason Hughes
How I love Futurama! Matt Groening's other show never had the audience or the acclaim of The Simpsons. It aired sporadically for four seasons, frequently shifting timeslots in an era when "timeslots" were things that people cared about. But eventually people found Futurama: In reruns on adult swim, on DVD when DVDs were things that people cared about. And what they found was a show that was somehow both darker and sillier than its more famous older sibling. The Simpsons is a family show about characters who fundamentally love each other, living in a vividly drawn cartoon city »
- Darren Franich
Having crossed over with Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy back in September, The Simpsons will be linking up with another Matt Groening creation with tonight’s episode as the stars of Futurama head to Springfield for ‘Simpsorama’, and you can check out a selection of clips right here…
Will you be tuning in to ‘Simpsorama’ tonight?
Will you be picking up the Lego Big Bang Theory set?
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- Gary Collinson
“A show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes,” is the opening tagline description for The Simpsons-Futurama crossover, Simpsorama. That’s right folks, the gang from the twice-canceled space comedy are staging a brief comeback to the small screen. In this Sunday’s weekly instalment of The Simpsons, Homer and co. will be uniting for a crossover with Matt Groening’s other animated serial.
Bringing together the Planet Express delivery crew with Springfield’s infamous family, the special episode will kick off in a traditional way: via the couch gag. The Simpsons‘ opening credits have been a long-running source of some of the series’ finest quips. Beginning with Bart’s chalky scrawls on his schoolroom board, they culminate with a different couch joke every week. So, to accurately commence this spinoff episode, the powers that be have created an amalgam of the two shows via the Simpsons’ sofa. »
- Gem Seddon
Back in September, it was reported that "The Simpsons" will air an episode that will crossover with "Futurama," another show created by Matt Groening. The episode is called "Simpsorama" and we now have the couch gag from it, featuring Homer meeting Hedonismbot. Check it out below. The story centers on Bart sneezing on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule, which mixes with Millhouse's rabbit's foot and radioactive ooze to create a catastrophe in the future. Bender is sent back in time to kill Bart and prevent the crisis from ever happening. "Simpsorama" is set to air on November 9th at 8pm Est on Fox. Video: »
Futurama lives! For one night at least. The long-running sci-fi cartoon spoof, which signed off last year, is making a time-traveling comeback on The Simpsons (Sunday, Nov. 9 at 8/7c on Fox). Despite the fact the shows are set 1,000 years apart, the crossover makes sense, given that both series were created by Matt Groening and share a similar animation style. "At the table read, I said, "Let's celebrate this joyous reunion between Matt Groening's left and right brains,'" says Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. "And I really think that's what it is."
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- Rich Sands
The future is looking good for Homer Simpson. Fox's “The Simpsons” finally meets with Matt Groening‘s other animated brainchild,”Futurama,” in a special crossover episode on Sunday, and a first look at the episode's couch gag reveals that 742 Evergreen Terrace's resident layabout will find plenty to enjoy about the conveniences of the post-modern age. See photos: 11 Surprising ‘Simpsons’ Deaths That Rocked Springfield (Photos) Such as a couch that not only allows him to plop his ample behind down, but gives him a massage to boot. Also read: See photos: 11 Surprising 'Simpsons' Deaths That Rocked Springfield The crossover episode, airing 8 p. »
- Tim Kenneally
Back in September, we reported that The Simpsons will be crossing over with Futurama, both of which were created by Matt Groening, in a special crossover episode entitled "Simpsorama", airing Sunday, November 9 at 8 Pm Et on Fox. Today, the network has released the couch gag fans will see this weekend, which features Springfield's favorite family meeting Futurama's Hedonismbot (voiced by Maurice Lamarche).
The story centers on Bart (Nancy Cartwright) sneezing on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule, which mixes with Millhouse's (Pamela Hayden) rabbit's foot and radioactive ooze to create a catastrophe in the future. Bender (John Di Maggio) is sent back in time to kill Bart and prevent the crisis from ever happening.
In addition to the couch gag, we have two new clips, one of which features Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and Bender taking their turns beating on Bart, while the second shows Professor Farnsworth »
NBC orders 5 more “Marry Me” episodes That brings the total Season 1 order to 18 episodes. Broadcast TV is getting raunchier Competition with cable has led shows like “New Girl” to talk about fisting, “The Mindy Project” to tackle anal sex, and “How to Get Away with Murder” to discuss penis pictures. Carol Burnett is writing a book about her variety show In a conversation with Rosie O’Donnell, Burnett says the book will include liner notes of some of her and the cast’s favorite sketches. Click Read Full Post For More Emily Watson joins Lifetime’s “Marilyn” miniseries The Oscar nominee will play Marilyn Monroe’s guardian. Did “Sons of Anarchy” just jump the shark? The FX series might've shown its dumbest scene yet on this week's episode. How “Garfield” the cat saved primetime cartoons The "lasagna-loving, Monday-hating orange feline” paved the way for shows like “The Simpsons.” HBO expects »
- Norman Weiss
Like Sweet Zombie Jesus, Fry & Co. will rise from the dead for one more animated adventure on The Simpsons. The Planet Express crew from the 31st century is scheduled to touch down in present-day Springfield in the Fox comedy's Nov. 9 episode, titled "Simpsorama." The main voice cast from beloved-and-cancelled-once-again Futurama—John Dimaggio, Billy West, Katey Sagal, Phil Lamarr, Lauren Tom, Maurice Lamarche, and Tress MacNeille (who is part of the Simpsons voice cast as well)—reprised their roles for this crossover creation, in which rage-robot Bender travels back in time to eliminate Bart before he does something snotty that leads to a mass catastrophe. »
- Dan Snierson
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