Cartoon Network Futurama Schedule #8

Time for the weekly Cartoon Network schedule. Five episodes of Futurama for you to watch. Don't miss Sunday, "TLOTF" is really great.
Sun 02nd: The Luck of the Fryrish
Mon 03rd: The Bird-bot of Ice-catraz
Tue 04th: Bendless Love
Wed 05th: The Day the Earth Stood Stupid
Thu 06th: That's Lobstertainment!
Futurama airs at 11PM.
At the end of March, Futurama will be going back to the pilot episode "Space Pilot 3000" - stopping short of showing the current "season 5" episodes on FOX. However, Family Guy fans will be happy to see their show being pegged after Futurama starting April 20th.

View comments | Feb 28th 2003 |

Cartoon Network Posts Feb Ratings

Boasting as always, Cartoon Network tells us that Adult Swim in February yet again was a hit:
In its first full month in Sunday-Thursday strip, Adult Swim posted powerful February delivery and ratings gains with targeted young adult demos. Compared to the same time period last year, adults 18-34 averaged 305,000 viewers (up 71%) and an 0.5 rating (up 67%). Adults 18-24 delivered 180,000 viewers (up 140%) and averaged an 0.7 rating (up 133%). [...] Futurama stood out as the most-watched program in the block, earning an average 0.6 adults 18-34 rating (up 100%) and 417,000 viewers (up 111%).
Rightly so

View comments | Feb 26th 2003 |

Futurama back in the UK

Starting this Sunday (March 2nd) at 7PM, Sky One in the UK will start airing season 5 of Futurama. The episode will be "Crimes of the Hot" with guest star Al Gore. With The Simpsons being on at 6PM, 6:30PM and 7:30PM, Futurama will be in best company.

View comments | Feb 26th 2003 |

Futurama in Games Master Magazine

The March 2003 issue of "Games Master" in the UK features the Futurama Video game as their cover article. Preordering for your PS-2, X-Box and GameCube is available through, though their release dates are wrong. The four page preview full of images from different levels lauds its apparent originality and close resemblance to the show's character:
"The whole game is extremely tight, focused and unfolds like any other episode of [the] series. [...] While much of the game play is very derivative it rarely becomes frustrating thanks to an elegant control system and a camera that seldom deceives. Best of all is the way the game has captured the essence of its source material."
June looks most likely for a release, but we'll update you once we get the official date.

View comments | Feb 24th 2003 |

Futurama Outlook on FOX

Sun 23rd: No Futurama (Simpsons repeat)
Sun 02nd: FUTURAMA "Less Than Hero"
Sun 09th: FUTURAMA "Teenage Mutant Leela"

While "Less Than Hero" has the Planet Express crew develop super powers due to a miracle cream by Dr Zoidberg, "Teenage Mutant Leela" shows the staff in their early years after they had contact to a youth mud.

View comments | Feb 22nd 2003 |

Cartoon Network Futurama Schedule #7

Enjoy this nice batch of episodes on Cartoon Network this week. Who doesn't like watching "Amazon Women In the Mood" a few times? All starts at 11PM. Be sure to watch!
Sun 23rd: The Honking
Mon 24th: The Cryonic Woman
Tue 25th: Amazon Women In The Mood
Wed 26th: Parasites Lost
Thu 27th: A Tale Of Two Santas

View comments | Feb 22nd 2003 |

Planet Express shot down by FOX

Just when we thought FOX wouldn't care for Futurama, they get busy ... shutting down - one of the better Futurama sites on the net. Sad to see one of the few general Futurama sites forced to close.

View comments | Feb 22nd 2003 |

CN Promotion ... now in bars!

If you thought the Futurama ads in men's restrooms was good, Cartoon Network added something new for you: They looked into bars to promote their new Futurama spiked Adult Swim block. As the MSU paper "The State News" reports, it was a success for the bar, too.
"When marketing senior Ryan Williamson learned several college representative positions were open for the "Futurama"-themed event, he knew he had to take part."
Free T-shirts and Futurama merchandise were given out to attendees.

View comments | Feb 21st 2003 |

Futurama Season 1 DVD Details

As the magical date of March 25 approaches, more details about the American region 1 release of the Futurama Season 1 DVD set become available. The FOX press announcement shows that we'll see most of the European features on the discs, but for the season 1 trailer. In return, they added French and Spanish sound for all 13 episodes. Suggested retail price is $39.98 U.S./$54.98 Canada.
The other features:
  • Full length commentaries on all episodes
  • 8 deleted scenes
  • Animatics and storyboard of "Space Pilot 3000"
  • Featurette
  • stills and video gallery
    Preorder them from Amazon at 25% off ($29.99).
  • View comments | Feb 21st 2003 |

    Futurama Signing in CA, USA

    If you live in or near Santa Barbara, California in the U.S., be sure to check out Bill Morrison and Nathan Kane from Futurama (and Simpsons) Comics this Saturday at Metro Comics.

    Admission is free, but Metro asks that you buy at least one comic that can be signed and have no more than one or two items to be signed after that. If you can't make this event, check out Metro Comics website where you can order a signed copy of Future-O-Rama for US$12.99 + S & H.

    View comments | Feb 20th 2003 |

    Katey Sagal in MWC Reunion

    Although there isn't any Futurama on FOX tonight, you can still catch some related goodness. After the Simpsons triple feature from 7:30PM to 9PM, Leela's voice actor Katey Sagal can be seen in her prime role as Peg Bundy on "Maried with Children Reunion Special". The one hour show will have clips, individual interviews of the seven principal cast members, and a reunion of the cast on a recreation of the Bundy living room set.

    View comments | Feb 16th 2003 |

    Futurama Outlook on FOX

    Sun 16th: No Futurama (King of the Hill)
    Sun 23rd: No Futurama (Simpsons repeat)
    Sun 02nd: FUTURAMA "Less Than Heroes"

    A while back we posted spoilers for this episode (thanks to A. Franklin), so ... if you want to be spoiled a bit:
    Highlight to read
    Suffering from aches and pains, Fry and Leela turn to Dr. Zoidberg who gives them a "miracle cream" that he bought long ago from a traveling salesman. Lo and behold, when they try it out, it actually is a miracle cream that gives them superpowers. Fry and Leela decide to become super heroes with Bender as the third member of their team.
    Leela wears an extremely revealing outfit and goes by the name of Cloberella, but she is torn between trying to perform her duties as a super hero and spending time with her mutant mother and father who are visiting her on the surface. When an arch villain learns their secret identities, he kidnaps Leela's parents and commands the super heroes to commit a crime...
    We'll be back start of March to celebrate this new Futurama episode.

    View comments | Feb 15th 2003 |

    Cartoon Network Futurama Schedule #6

    Sadly, Cartoon Network used its censoring scissors on Futurama for the first time. Luckily, we thought of your mental health and have the mp3 for relentless loop playing: Sweet Zombie Jesus!
    Sun 16th: Bender Gets Made
    Mon 17th: Mother's Day
    Tue 18th: The Problem with Popplers
    Wed 19th: Anthology of Interest I
    Thu 20th: War Is The H-Word

    On other CN news: We talk about it before, but now Cartoon Network's schedule officially reflects that they will be showing "30% Iron Chef", "Love & Rocket", "Leela's Homeworld" and "Where no fan has gone before". "The Route of all Evil" is not on the list. Up to yesterday none of these were scheduled for this time around.

    Additionally, Bender's voice John Dimaggio speaks Philip II in the new Monday to Thursday midnight show "Reign: The Conqueror".

    View comments | Feb 14th 2003 |

    Futurama on TNT holds crowd

    The adult swim block - lead by Futurama - on TNT after their NBA All-Star game was able to pull huge numbers compared to the same time period last year:
  • Adults 18-24 ratings (1.0) increased by 400%.
  • Men 18-24 ratings (1.3) up by 550%.
  • Adults 18-34 ratings (0.9) jumped by 29%.
    Although this is due to the lead in by Basketball, it is remarkable how Futurama was able to win the crowd over instead of just switching channels. The episode aired was "Time keeps on slippin'" with a Basketball theme.
  • View comments | Feb 11th 2003 |

    Reminder: Boothby at Emerald CCC

    Short reminder: The Emerald City ComiCon opens doors at 10am today. Futurama/Simpsons Comic writer Ian Boothby will be there for you to answer all continuity questions about his crossover comics. Enjoy!

    View comments | Feb 9th 2003 |

    Cartoon Network Futurama Schedule #5

    Another week, another 5 episodes. Don't miss "A Bicyclops" in case you are planning on watching the "MWC" reunion on the 16th on FOX.
    Sun 09nd: Raging Bender
    Mon 10rd: A Bicyclops Built For Two
    Tue 11th: A Clone Of My Own
    Wed 12th: How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back
    Thu 13th: Deep South
    Futurama starts the adult swim block at 11pm.

    View comments | Feb 8th 2003 |

    No Futurama in 3 Weeks

    Time for the weekly "we're boned" news:
    Sun 09th: No Futurama (King of the Hill repeat)
    Sun 16th: No Futurama (King of the Hill)
    Sun 23rd: No Futurama (Simpsons repeat)

    We can be somewhat optimistic about March 2nd as the rating sweeps are over then, but don't get your hopes up just yet. 3 more pre-emptions and we're likely not to see all remaining episodes this season.

    View comments | Feb 8th 2003 |

    Entertainment Weekly reacts

    Remember when we reported Entertainment Weekly being rude to Futurama and asked you to write emails to the bad guy? Turns out that they paddled back some in the next issue saying "it was only compared to the Simpsons" and now they published a reader's mail (edited and merged with some other mail) by Eric Clark. That's the guy who origially tipped me off on their nono-behaviour:
    How can Dalton Ross suggest that Futurama "just wasn't all that funny" when he, and millions of other people, never got a chance to see it (Television: What to Watch)? Anyone who has tried to support this hilarious show can tell you that Fox sometimes preempted it for football, and gives it little advertising and less support than its trashy reality shows that took someone 30 seconds to develop. These are the real reasons why Futurama has never enjoyed the enormous success it deserves.
    The "sometimes" was added by Entertainment Weekly. The original was "Fox pre-empts it for football and King of the Hill reruns with maddening frequency".
    Go, Futurama lobby

    View comments | Feb 7th 2003 |

    WGA Award Nomination for Ken Keeler

    Yesterday the Writers Guild of America announced the nominees for the 55th Annual Writers Guild Awards for television and radio.
    Futurama writer Ken Keeler was nominated in the category "Animation - any length - one airing time" for his work on one of my all-time favourite episodes: "Godfellas".

    The other nominations in this field all aired in the 2002 season on FOX:
  • The Simpsons - The Bart wants what it wants
  • The Simpsons - Blame it on Lisa
  • The Simpsons - Jaws Wired Shut
  • King of the Hill - My own private Rodeo
  • Santa, Baby!

    The winners will be announced Saturday, March 8, 2003.
    This is the first time that the animation writers are nominated by their parent association (WGA) instead of their own WGA Animation Writers Caucus (AWC). Last October, Futurama writer Patric Verrone got the AWC Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • View comments | Feb 7th 2003 |

    Fanart galore :)

    While going through my pile of fanart submissions I found these pretties, if you are not in the list, please email me and I'll put up your stuff ASAP. Moses send me these nice movie parodies, Erdrik send us another of his high quality drawings and Sean Blendon send his work too... Thanks for submitting these fanart pictures to cgef.

    View comments | Feb 7th 2003 |

    Futurama Episode on TNT

    This Sunday (the 9th) at 11pm, TNT will be showing one episode of Futurama following the NBA All-Star Game as a part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim promotion. The episode will probably be "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" in which the Planet Express Crew is pitted against the classic Enterprise Crew.
    If you can't receive Cartoon Network but TNT, this might be a chance for you to catch this pretty fun (for ST geeks for sure) episode, which Cartoon Network won't be airing in due time.
    While it's nice to see that Turner is allowed to pimp out Futurama on another channel, it's a bit unfortunate that Futurama fans have to pick as Cartoon Network will be showing an episode at the same time.

    View comments | Feb 5th 2003 |

    CN back to Square 1 at End of March

    Starting March 25th (the day you should get your Season 1 DVDs in the US), Cartoon Network will jump back to the Futurama Premiere "Space Pilot 3k". Problem with this is that Cartoon Network will neither be showing 3ACV12 which just aired in the current "5th" season nor 3ACV22 or any of the 4ACV episodes just yet.
    This would indicate that FOX put some additional limits in the contract with Cartoon Network. No idea why the last episode of the 3ACV run can't be shown, though. We'll inform you if there are changes still.

    View comments | Feb 4th 2003 |

    Annie Acceptance Quotes

    "As the creator of The Simpsons, I'm very proud. As the creator of Futurama, I'm very pissed." -- Matt Groening taking Annie Award for the Simpsons over Futurama last Saturday

    "Let me get through this and then you can give me your notes, Mr. Katzenberg." -- Rich Moore while throwing storyboards of his acceptance speech into the audience (instead of actually holding it)

    View comments | Feb 4th 2003 |

    Annie Award for Rich Moore

    According to the Annie Awards site it looks like Rich Moore won in the "Directing in an Animated Television Production" category for his work on the Emmy-winning "Roswell That Ends Well" episode. (There is an HTML error on their site which keeps Rich from showing as the winner).

    Futurama was also nominated for "Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production", but like the last several years, that one went to the Simpsons.

    View comments | Feb 2nd 2003 |

    Futurama Outlook on FOX or something

    Sun 02nd: No Futurama (King of the Hill repeat)
    Sun 09th: No Futurama (King of the Hill repeat)
    Sun 16th: No Futurama (King of the Hill)

    Quite the opposite of Cartoon Network's slogan applies here: See the Future. No more and no more and no more.

    View comments | Feb 1st 2003 |

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