From alt.tv.futurama and alt.tv.simpsons...
Greetings, Futurama fans of Earth (and Simpsonians as well, if I may impose). David X. Cohen here, Executive Producer of Futurama, with an update on the show.
- Futurama's ridiculously late season premiere will be Sunday, Dec. 9th at 7 PM(6 PM Central/Mountain) on Fox. The episode is "Roswell that Ends Well", inwhich the crew accidentally travels back through time and crash-lands inRoswell, New Mexico in 1947. It's our first time travel episode, unless youcount Fry freezing his way through a thousand years. The episode turned outgreat, I think -- it's definitely one of my favorites so far.
- A one-hour Xmas double-feature is currently scheduled for Sunday, December23rd from 9 to 10 PM (in the X-Files' usual slot). It will start with a re-runof our Xmas show from 2 years ago (featuring John Goodman and Conan O'Brien),then move along to the "banned" Xmas show from last year, that was never shownbecause those guardians of good taste at the Fox Network network decided it was"inappropriate" for broadcast at 7 PM. You can judge for yourself. Itfeatures Coolio as "Kwanzabot".
- Some recent recognition for the show: Futurama won 2 of the 3 Annie Awards itwas nominated for at the annual "Annie" animation awards ceremony in LosAngeles a couple of weeks ago. These were: Best Writing in an animated TV show(Ron Weiner, for "The Luck of the Fryrish" , in which Fry looks for hisseven-leaf clover and learns about his brother); and Best Male VoicePerformance (John Dimaggio, as Bender, in "Bendless Love", in which Bender andhis nemesis Flexo vie for the love of Bending robot Angleyne).
The Simpsons won the award for Best Animated TV series, as it has every singleyear.
By the way, Futurama also won a primetime Emmy Award this year -- an individualanimation award presented to one of our outstanding storyboard artists, RodneyClouden.
- We have finished writing and recording 18 episodes for season 4. In all, 72episodes of the show have now been produced or are currently in production. Lots of great ones are in the works. Upcoming guest stars include Coolio,Sigourney Weaver, Hank Aaron, Al Gore (in his 2nd appearance -- perhaps he'llbecome a regular?), and, in an episode that will likely be our season finale inMay, all of the following: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, WalterKoenig, and Nichelle Nichols (also making her 2nd appearance). Yowza!
-David X. Cohen