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This is a non official section about the news/media/other related to the the DVD movies and the possible 2nd return of Futurama. The sources of the news will be listed always, unless the source can not be found.
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The more important news about the return of Futurama Returns are listed here chronologicaly from newer to older by year. Please contact me if you find any missing or wrong information. Use the menu to read post from the previous years.
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December 12, 2006
David X. Cohen, the executive producer of Futurama was interviewed by ToyFare Magazine, where he talks about the upcoming episodes (with some sneak peaks):
TOYFARE: So where are you right now in the production of the new season?
DAVID X. COHEN: We’re about halfway through the writing, but just getting started on the animation. One big decision we have not yet made is how, once again, to “end” the series—hopefully not for the last time.
TOYFARE: How long after the last “series finale” does the new season take place? And what can we expect for the Fry and Leela relationship?
DAVID X. COHEN: When our story resumes, two long years have passed. As for the Fry/Leela relationship, we will be visiting that subject right away, so I refuse to tell you where it will lead on the grounds that I want you to buy the DVD.
TOYFARE: How much continuity will the new season feature?
DAVID X. COHEN: Within the new season, we will definitely feature more continuity than in the past. We will also be shedding light on several lingering questions from the original run, including hitherto unknown facts about Nibbler, dark matter and Seymour the dog. By the way, that was my first use of the word “hitherto” in an interview. I think it went well.
TOYFARE: Are there any new characters being introduced in the new season that you’re excited about?
DAVID X. COHEN: Yes, particularly Nudar, the evil alien nudist. We’re not sure what the censorship issues are as far as showing unrecognizable alien reproductive organs. I guess we’ll just put it on the air and see what happens.
This was very official news about the return of Futurama, but once again, since the question is about a "new season" the doubts about the DVD movies or the episodes was still there.
June 22, 2006
Given the previous news, many enterteinment news webistes talked about the return of Futurama, I've added here the news from Yahoo! Enterteinment of a Reuters/Hollywood Reporter:
Comedy Central has resurrected the former Fox animated series from "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. At least 13 new episodes will be produced -- the first since the series' original run from 1999-2003.
"We are thrilled that Matt Groening and 20th Century Fox Television have decided to produce new episodes of 'Futurama' and that Comedy Central will be the first to air them," said David Bernath, senior vice president for programming at the network.
"There is a deep and passionate fan base for this intelligent and very funny show that matches perfectly with our audience, and it is great that we can offer them not just the existing library but something they've never seen as well."
Now, this was confusing, because previous news talked about Futurama direct-to-DVD, and here we can see 13 episodes that will air in Comedy Central in 2008. This was later aclared but mainly we knew that only the DVD movies where being produced.
June 21, 2006
Yet another confirmation about this by Billy West at his website's forum (6th post from the bottom), where he said:
I was waiting for someone else to announce the show's return to television
so I wouldn't get clobbered if I had any information that was inaccurate!
Yes-- what Katey said is true so there is every reason now (with no
reservations) to go nuts.I'm glad to go back to work on my favorite show!
I'm sure I'll be on a bunch of shows to promote this.I've never seen Craig
Ferguson--what's his story?
April 26, 2006
An A.V. Club Interview [AVC] of Matt Groening [MG] with Nathan Rabin aclared a lot of the question about the return of Futurama:
AVC: What can you say about the Futurama movies?
MG: We're going to do four of them, straight to DVD. And as we speak, I'm exchanging e-mails and ideas with David X. Cohen and Ken Keeler, both of whom worked on the show from the very beginning. Right now we're trying to figure out whether to do a giant epic, or separate crazy movies, or what. But I wager that Bender will be featured prominently.
AVC: Do you feel vindicated over Futurama becoming such a hit on Adult Swim and DVD?
MG: I suppose. One of the great things about this whole process is the fans have always been unbelievably supportive and encouraging, so it's fun to be able to give them what they want, which is more Futurama.
AVC: Is there any chance that it might return to television?
MG: Certainly. That's always a possibility. Look at the example of Family Guy, which came back from the dead and is walking among us.
AVC: On Futurama, Robot Devil has appeared a number of times. Is there a Robot God to go along with him?
MG: That's one of the things we're probably going to explore in one of the Futurama movies. In one of our best episodes, we had a conversation between Bender and what apparently was God, and I think we're going to explore what was really going on in that conversation.
This interview aclared many rumors about the return of Futurama, with 4 direct-to-DVD movies, and the possibility to produce new Futurama episodes.
January 19, 2006
Another non-oficial news about Futurama posted by Billy West at his website's forum (2nd post from the bottom), where he stated:
HERE'S GREAT NEWS!
Here's the official word on Futurama!!
David X. phoned me about an hour ago and said that this Futurama project
is a done deal! Here's the word from DX---
There are 4 DVD movies that we'll start recording at the end of July or
August.Full feature length FUTURAMA movies.
Everybody is excited to get back together--as I am!
Into the Future,
This post was very well received in the Futurama Comunity, but there was not official news about this from FOX or any other official source.
January 3, 2006
News at Variety.com with the title Futurama may get new lease on life:
Talks have begun at 20th Century Fox TV to revive the animated skein, which takes place in the next millennium, much in the same way "Family Guy" found new life after cancellation.
The studio is in early discussions to put "Futurama" back in production and create a limited number of episodes of the Emmy Award-winning skein -- although it's too soon to tell where those segs might end up. A rep for 20th Century Fox TV declined comment.
Before "Futurama" comes back into being, however, 20th first must secure deals with the show's production team, as well as voice stars including Billy West (Fry), Katey Sagal (Leela) and John DiMaggio (Bender).
This was a spot of light for the Futurama fans, but no one knew if the series will return on DVD or on desired new episodes.
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