April 25, 2013
Futurama Cancelled… Again
David Cohen created Futurama with his partner, Matt Groenig, at the dawn of the 21st century. Futurama opened on Fox with an ambitious episode lineup and years of planned material for sci-fi fans. The show was quirky, and ultimately showed off its intelligence through sarcastic crackpot science theories (ie: flying cars, six foot lobsters, spice weasels in your soup).
Futurama is outlandish like that.
Despite its promising origins, Futurama has always been plagued with a bumpy life cycle, meaning that keeping the show alive is a daunting task in itself.
Nevermind how long it takes to produce a single episode.
Cohen contends that a cancellation of the show isn’t terribly surprising for him, even saying that “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. 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.” Bold words spoken by a man with a show that’s already been cancelled twice.
Why is it so hard to keep Futurama on the air? Is it the originality? The lack of a central point?
The show takes a dip into the shoes of a lowlife pizza delivery boy, Fry. Fry has no real aspirations or goals beyond working and sitting on his ass to watch MTV. In short, Fry doesn’t belong in his time. To his unforeseen circumstances, Fry gets a prank call on New Year’s Eve. “I’d like to order a pizza for I.C. Weiner,” a simple prank call is all it took for Fry’s world to change. A successive 1,000 year jump into the third millennia followed as Fry would find himself in a world as foreign as the world he’d left behind.
Of course, there have been various homes for Futurama since it originally aired on Fox in 1999, and since then, has been all around the TV radio waves to audiences of all ages and demographics. There isn’t a soul over the age of 18 that hasn’t heard of the show (excluding those who don’t watch TV).
Futurama would eventually find another home on Adult Swim, which was the only place to show re-runs of the show for over six years. In that time, Adult Swim took to introducing Family Guy followed by Futurama, a successive progress into the nights that would make way for Inuyasha and Robot Chicken. Before long, Comedy Central would secure the airing rights to Futurama, a move that I’ve always questioned seeing as they never managed to hang on to Drawn Together, somehow managing to hang on to Sarah Silverman.
Oh, Comedy Central, you make me sad sometimes.
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