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The Newsroom may be known for it’s tackling of real-life news stories, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get a little supernatural once in a while. Of course, I mean supernatural as a pun in this situation. The Newsroom could never be so cool as to introduce ghosts and aliens, but it can bring in actors who have experience is those types of genres. Its second season will take advantage of Lauren Tom’s talents, who’s best known for her voice work on Futurama but has more recently guest starred in a number of episodes on the CW’s Supernatural. I’ll keep my fingers crossed her character will be possessed by a demon.
Tom will join The Newsroom for two episodes this summer. THR said she’ll be playing Kathy Ling, an expert working at the decision desk on election night, which gives us a »
- Brody Gibson
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
Looks like it is just Interview Central around here these days, folks. Because following up on last week’s column, in which I briefly recapped my Awesome Con DC experience and posted my interview with the fantastic Phil Lamarr (go read/listen if you missed it last week! Good stuff!), I now get to share with you my Awesome Con DC interview with the excellent Billy West! Hooray!
Even if you somehow haven’t heard the name Billy West, before, I almost guarantee you’ve heard his voice. Voicing everything from classic cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Woody Woodpecker, and Popeye to four of the main characters on Futurama (Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and Zapp Brannigan), Billy has voiced characters on a myriad of other shows as well, including title characters for Nickelodeon’s Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show; and is also »
- Emily S. Whitten
Few animated series today have the imagination and originality of Adventure Time with Finn & Jake which goes to all kinds of weird and creative places sure to fascinate children while also sneaking in subversive humor to entertain an older crowd. In an era when so many cartoons are spawned as tie-in for movie or toy franchises and haven't got a single original story line in their heads, Adventure Time restores your faith in cartoons as something that can potentially stimulate the imagination and not just nudge it overtly towards a toy store. And while I love heaping praise on this show for all that it is (including one of the last remaining sources of a weekly John Dimaggio fix now that Futurama is gone), this particular release is a product I'm often loathe to recommend: an episode sampler.
- Lex Walker
"Futurama" may have just been cancelled for the second time in its humble run, but there are still a handful of episodes left to run on Comedy Central -- and one of them will include a very exciting guest voice.
"Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke will be heard in the second-to-last episode of the series, voicing a flower stand owner who was born who no sense of smell. "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," executive producer David X. Cohen tells EW. "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."
"Futurama" is set to begin airing its final episodes on Wednesday, June 19 at 10 p.m. »
Parks and Recreation characters love a good Game of Thrones reference. So what would happen if the creative overlords of these two vastly different TV worlds swapped jobs for an episode? Treat yourself to the results. (Parks and Recreation’s season 5 finale airs tonight on NBC at 9:30 p.m.)
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The Pawnee Avian Society, led by Councilman Jamm, strong-arms Leslie into building a park for Pawnee’s official bird, the Grizzled-Neck Pigeon. April, the Pale Woman, presides over the dedication, »
- Dan Snierson
A question asked frequently by Futurama fans at Comic-Con and other conventions is: Will Zoidberg ever find love? Turns out, that very question will be explored in an upcoming episode. EW has learned that the disgusting decapodian will make a romantic connection with… wait for it… it’s pretty shocking… oh, right, you already read the headline… Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke!
Instead of playing a determined dragon queen, though, Clarke is guest starring on the animated 31st-century-set comedy as a flower stand owner who, ironically enough, was born with no sense of smell. “She falls in love with Dr. »
- Dan Snierson
So many things give me concern about the upcoming prequel entry to the excellent, Rocksteady-produced Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City (which I loved for their embrace of Batman: The Animated Series' voice cast) but every now and then they release some images that quell my worries. Am I disappointed that Batman: Arkham Origins isn't being produced by the same company that hit the first two out of the park? Sure, but it sounds as if they've done quite a bit of advising on the new installment. Am I sad that Batman voice acting mainstays Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill won't be onboard this time as Batman and Joker, respectively? Sure, but we've had plenty of movies to get used to it, (with Batman: Under the Red Hood having the most memorable substitutions of Bruce Greenwood as Batman and Futurama's John Dimaggio as Joker »
- Lex Walker
So, ComicMix readers, as per my previous column, Awesome Con DC happened April 20 and 21…and, I say this unironically, it was awesome. I had a blast. I spent time with good friends; I met new friends; I walked the con floor and met comics legends (great chat, Larry Hama!) and witty and charming award-winning artists (hello, Ben Templesmith!); and was delighted with the strong turnout of talented local comics folks. I went to a couple of panels (amazing, for me, since I usually plan to go to tons and then don’t go to…any); and wore my Girl Jayne Firefly costume. And yes, naturally, I bought some stuff (surprise!). I also pretended to be Nick Galifianakis for awhile (don’t tell!) and did three fantaaaastic interviews: with Nick, and with the amazingly talented Phil Lamarr and Billy West. (More convention pictures here, and oh by the way, next year »
- Emily S. Whitten
Let’s face it: everyone has their favorite television shows. Some of them are fantastic, some of them are not quite so good. Sooner or later, every television show goes by the wayside.
However, there have been rare occurrences where through rabid fandom or a collaboration of circumstances that beloved television series have been revived to live again. Some of these may have not been resurrected on television, though all but one of these was indeed brought back to its original form. Yet all of them experienced brand new life thanks to its fans, or a network being willing to give it a second chance.
In addition, I should make one note that these are not listed in any specific order, though they are numbered 5-1. These just happen to all be shows I enjoy watching and therefore I chose a random order to place them. So, here are 5 TV »
- Cory Lynn Schibler
"The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion." –Arnold Schwarzenegger
Greetings from the apocalypse! This was a scary-ass week for my homies in Boston. Why we gotta blow each other up, people? If we keep exploding ourselves all we'll wind up with is Charlton Heston screaming at the Statue of Liberty. Truth. Love, peace and chicken grease, y'all. Now, movies …
Friday, April 26
Pow! In Theaters
When Scarface said, "The World is Yours," there should have been an asterisk that read "*As long as you're not a complete knucklehead." That's the heavy-duty lesson Mark Wahlberg, The Rock and Anthony Mackie learn as a trio of gym rats-cum-criminals in "Pain & Gain," the latest filmsplosion from the Michael Bay ejaculatory system. The guy who brought us three "Transformers," two "Bad Boys" and one "I'd »
- Max Evry
The show has been created with 'hypervynorama', a new animation technique that combines Japanese vinyl toy design and puppetry with stop-motion animation and CGI.
Strange Hill High is based at an "all-but-forgotten inner-city school filled with fantastical secrets and outlandish mysteries" and will centre on the quick-witted and street smart Mitchell Tanner (Doc Brown) and his friends Becky Butters (Emma Kennedy) and class nerd Templeton (Richard Ayoade).
Showrunner Weinstein said: "I've worked in animation my whole life and I've never seen a show as groundbreaking as Strange Hill High. And when the ground breaks at Strange Hill, you never know what will come out. »
It’s hard to feel too bad about the recent news that Comedy Central would not be picking up Futurama for an eighth Season. The animated series has already been resurrected from cancellation once before, something few shows can boast, so I feel like we’re all just sitting around waiting for another network to step up and keep the proverbial beach ball from hitting the sand. I won’t pretend to think another network is likely to scoop up Futurama, and neither will executive producer David X. Cohen. He and creator Matt Groening weren’t shocked at the cancellation and feel as though they had their second chance and things can end now if they need to.
Despite the cancellation, Futurama still has 13 episodes of Season 7 to air. According to Entertainment Weekly, those episodes will begin airing June 19, with the (second) series finale scheduled to air Sept. 4. The producers »
- Brody Gibson
Here's the press release, which offers additional details:
"Futurama" Blasts Into Its Final Frontier.... Again! Final Season Of The Emmy(R) Award-winning Comedy Series To Premiere Wednesday June 19, 2013 At 10:00 P.M.
Series Finale Slated for September 4
Final Season Celebration Kicks Off with 50 Day "Countdown to Futurama" Leading up to the Season Premiere on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Fans Can Visit ComedyCentral.com to Get Web-Exclusive Content, Including Episode Previews, Exclusive Interviews and More
New York, April 22, 2013 - "Futurama" rockets into space for the (second) final »
It’s a sad day for those of you who appreciate Matt Groening’s sense of humor. Personally, I don’t think his body of work is nearly as funny or creative as, say, Seth MacFarlane’s, but if you’re a Futurama kind of person, I truly feel for you as it has been announced that the show’s 7th season will be its last.
Hardcore Futurama fans remember with great sorrow the year 2003, when Fox suddenly decided to stop funding the show after four successful seasons. Some cried, others pouted, but there was nothing anyone could do to face cancellation. Five years later, Comedy Central came to the rescue and revived the show by ordering a 22-episode season, which was released on DVD as four movies (each containing four episodes).
- Paulo Lazo
When "Futurama" originally aired on Fox, the network kept a very inconsistent schedule for the TV show, making it difficult for audiences to follow it. As a result, "Futurama" failed to get great ratings and was cancelled. Despite lack of new episodes, the show continued to attract new fans with its old episodes. "Futurama" got so popular that Fox decided to release four straight-to-dvd movies to see if there's still interest in the show. The test was very successful, which is why the network brought "Futurama" back for more seasons. But now comes word that due to mediocre ratings (1.7 million viewers), Fox is once again canceling the show after the remaining 13-episodes of its seventh season which will air on June 19th. "I'm very proud of the upcoming season. If this is indeed the end of 'Futurama,' it's a fantastic finish to a good, long run," said. producer Matt Groening. »
The end is near again for "Futurama," which hasn't necessarily meant anything in the past. Comedy Central announced on Monday (April 22) morning that the 13-episode summer season that begins on June 19 will be the last for "Futurama," at least in its current home. "I'm very proud of the upcoming season. If this is indeed the end of ‘Futurama,’ it's a fantastic finish to a good, long run," blurbs creator and executive producer Matt Groening. If current scheduling holds up, "Futurama" will air its 140th and final episode on September 4. "Having the opportunity to bring »
- Daniel Fienberg
“Futurama” is coming to an end…again.
Comedy Central confirmed today that this summer’s new season of the toon laffer will be its last. The series finale is slated for Sept. 4.
Sci-fi comedy, created by Matt Groening and produced by 20th Century Fox, debuted initially on Fox in 1999 and ran on the net until 2003. Reruns ran on Cartoon Network, and in 2009 Comedy Central revived the show with new halfhour episodes.
The first half of the seventh and final season aired last summer, and the 13-episode second half will kickoff on June 19 at 10 p.m.
By its series finale, “Futurama” will have logged 140 episodes during its run.
“Futurama,” which centers on a quirky group of friends living in “New New York” during the 31st century, has earned several Emmys in animation categories, including Outstanding Animated Program.
- AJ Marechal
"Futurama," Matt Groening's animated sci-fi series about the adventures of the employees of an interplanetary delivery company, has had a lifespan almost as convoluted as that of its defrosted 20th century protagonist Philip J. Fry -- and he's his own grandfather. The series first aired on Fox from 1999 to 2003. After Fox ended it, Adult Swim ran reruns from 2003-2007, building up enough of a fanbase that 20th Century Fox Television produced four direct-to-video movies. Then Comedy Central picked up the show, syndicated the old episodes and breaking the movies into half hours to make up a "new" fifth season, following that up with an order for a sixth and seventh seasons, both 26 episodes long but split up, for extra confusion, over two years each. And now Comedy Central has announced that "Futurama" is being canceled again -- season 7B, set to start on June 19, will be the show's last, »
- Alison Willmore
For the second time in its existence, a network has said good-bye to "Futurama." And this time, the people behind the one-time Fox series (turned Comedy Central series) don't seem too surprised. Comedy Central has officially cancelled the series that starred the voices of Billy West and Katey Sagal, making this upcoming season the last. "I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can't say I was devastated by the news," series executive producer David X. Cohen told Entertainment Weekly. "It was what I had expected two years earlier. At this point, I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment's notice." "Futurama" has been living on borrowed time, almost literally. After Fox cancelled the series in 2003, the series »
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