This, without a doubt, is Bender's biggest score. Comedy Central has ordered 26 new episodes of Futurama, the animated comedy that ran from 1999 to 2003 on Fox.
Series creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen are currently working on scripts for the new episodes, which will premiere on the cabler in mid-2010 and be dispersed over two seasons.
Strong DVD sales of the first four seasons plus a quartet of made-for-DVD movies — coupled with solid ratings from Comedy Central-aired reruns — are to credit for the toon's revival.
Citing the studio's previous success in plucking Family Guy from the ashes, 20th Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman told the Hollywood Reporter, "Futurama was another series that fans ...
Kelsey Grammer and Lisa Kudrow by Alberto E. Rodriguez/ WireImage.com
Ashlee wasn't the only famous Simpson celebrating last Saturday in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. The yellow cartoon clan, its creators, and celebrity fans like Lisa Kudrow, Hannah Montana's Mitchell Musso and director Kevin Smith were having a big day of their own at the grand opening of The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios. "This might be better than winning an Emmy because lots of shows win Emmys every year but not many can say they have a ride based on their show," series creator Matt Groening told TV Guide just after taking the day's first spin with Kudrow, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Kelsey Grammer. "This ride is the culmination of 20 years of The Simpsons and it has a little bit of everything. It will make you scream. It will make you laugh. It will make you gargle. Even if you have a short attention span, and whether you have never seen the show or you are a fanatic, you will be rewarded on this. " The event began with a yellow carpet, donuts with pink frosting and s...
Tobey Maguire and Samuel Jackson
The lines were longer than ever at this year's Comic-Con International, the annual celebration of all things geeky. Just ask the thousands of Battlestar Galactica fans who waited en masse outside of Ballroom 20 to see their favorite Cylons and colonials in the flesh. Meanwhile, the queue for New Line's special Snakes on a Plane presentation snaked (ha ha ha) out the door and down the side of the massive convention center. There are only two possible explanations for the sheer number of people who invaded San Diego for that weekend: 1) Nerds have learned how to clone themselves or 2) Geek culture is now mainstream culture. Either way, Comic-Con '06 was one for the ages. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the four-day extravaganza.
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Regarding the feature-film version of The Simpsons, the dudes behind the Duff are now talking. "We're very excited about the performances in this movie," raves creator Matt Groening. "Come the Oscars, it's going to be Millhouse's night." Writer-producer Al Jean promises that "this film will far exceed the wildest expectations of every Simpsons fan. Start lining up at the theater now, preferably in costume." And some people will.
Homer, The Simpsons
The many who went to see Ice Age: The Meltdown this weekend were treated to a 20-second teaser for the long-rumored feature take on The Simpsons. The trailer, which opens on a Superman-like "S" logo — only to reveal it's part of Homer's undershirt tag — and touts a July 27, 2007, release, "is running on 7,000 screens, committing us to opening every place in the world on the same date," exec producer James L. Brooks tells Variety. "Which means, we'd better get started." As for the top-secret story line, Mike Scully, who is penning the film with Simpsons creator Matt Groening, says, "We've taken script security to the point of lunacy, though it helped that we wrote it in Aramaic."
Question: You're probably not asked this question a lot, but got any scoop on The Simpsons?
Answer: As a matter of fact, I do. If you're among the millions who have jumped on the YouTube bandwagon, you've probably seen that incredible U.K. promo video that is essentially the opening sequence of The Simpsons only performed entirely in live actions — with real actors and everything. Well, Matt Groening is apparently a fan, because he's using it as the actual opening of this Sunday's episode (which just happens to be written by Ricky Gervais). You can check it out by clicking here.