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Concerning The Cancellation of Futurama

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the why-can't-the-bastards-just-kill-kenny-instead dept.

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Andie Similon of gotfuturama.com writes: "We have recently heard from 4 reliable sources that fox did not pick up the 5th season of futurama. So it's going to get cancelled. We (the fans and webmasters of cgef and other websites) have set up a letter campaign to Fox,' but we need some big sites to spread the word. There are two possibilities of saving futurama A) some other network picking it up B) Fox realizing its mistake (I don't count on it), but the only way we can realise this is that we can get a very big amount of written letters to Fox." Go read the online petition and/or sign it. They've temporarily removed other content on anything else from the site -- there are priorities, after all. Futurama is one of the few shows that make me glad for the invention of television.

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Third (-1)

Guillaume Ross (517391) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996886)

in 24 hours? I hope so?

fp whores (-1)

real_b0fh (557599) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996887)

w00t w00t

Ah CR@P! (0, Flamebait)

Chas (5144) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996899)

Well. I guess Groening can't have every series mirror 'The Simpsons'.

Re:Ah CR@P! (2, Funny)

RiotXIX (230569) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996936)

Well. I guess we can't get rid of all people who make uninformed judgements.

good riddance (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2996900)

good riddance, I hated the one-eyed chick.

Probably the most poorly promoted show ever (4, Insightful)

Microsift (223381) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996903)

I love the Simpsons, but never got into Futurama because there was never enough promotion of the show to make me remember to turn it on. I've seen a couple of episodes of Futurama, but I couldn't tell you what time it's on, or for that matter which day.

Re:Probably the most poorly promoted show ever (2, Funny)

LordNimon (85072) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996923)

I guess it's time you bought a TiVo.

That's ok (3, Insightful)

Enry (630) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997056)

Even when they do tell you it's on, you'll wind up watching about 20 minutes of post-game football followed by 10 minutes of Futurama "already in progress".

They probably want the space for "that 90s show".

ok, let me get this straight... (4, Insightful)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996904)

X-Files - last season
The Tick - Cancelled
Futurama - Cancelled
The Chamber (which they fought so hard to get it out before the chair) - cancelled (thank God)

just what in the hell are they going to replace these shows with? Its not like a lot of quality material is knocking down the door at FOX

(that 80's Show?... uggg)

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2996950)

You forgot Family Guy - Cancelled

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (1)

dildofire (308572) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996975)

wait, they fucking cancelled family guy? that's funniest fucking show in the world! there is no god.

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (1)

haedesch (247543) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996962)

dont forget family guy :-((
i heard it was cancelled too

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (1)

AKA da JET (280057) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997028)

Family Guy was abnoxious. But I will miss Futurama, even if I had a hard time catching it on TV.

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2996965)

But those shows you listed SUCKED. X-Files has stunk to high heaven ever since the movie. It's been all downhill.

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (2)

erat (2665) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996981)

I think they should convince David Lynch to make Mulholland Drive back into a series and air that. At least there'd be something worth a damn on TV. As it stands, even the worth a damn stuff isn't much worth a damn.

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (2)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996989)

Dark Angel is still worth watching.

The Simpsons is heading into, what, season 12? It's not that original anymore, but still funny.

I'm enjoying 24, but I've heard that Fox was very disappointed with the ratings, so while they'll do 24 episodes, I wouldn't count on that being back next year.

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (1)

haedesch (247543) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997020)

its season 13 already :-)

Indeed, the simpsons arent original anymore, but theyre still really really funny.

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2997000)

(that 80's Show?... uggg)

What are you talking about?

It's not a pay phone! It's a portable phone!

Comedy like that doesn't come around every day, you know.

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (-1)

Ralph Malph Alpha (551824) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997039)

Not since Happy Dayz have I enjoyed a laugh so hearty. "portable phone"........aAhHAhAHhahhHAhhAHhHAhHAhhAhhHAaaaAH !

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (3, Interesting)

Platinum Dragon (34829) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997018)

Well, I watched about ten minutes of the Chamber, once.

Somehow, the thought of torture becoming a game show disturbed me. That feeling probably hasn't been helped by the intermittent discussions of how to make torture in the interrogation of suspected terrorists palatable to Americans.

I'll miss the X-Files, though things kinda started to tank once Duchovny started throwing his weight around - getting the show moved from nice digs in Vancouver, then leaving, then not, then leaving, then not, forcing Carter and the writers to dance around this... just a mess. A part of me wishes Mulder had just been McLeaned at the end of the seventh season, instead of letting him play these games and drag the death out so much longer.

Never watched The Tick. Live-action versions of animated shows just don't resonate with me for some reason. Probably something about the inherent absurdity of cartoons, combined with the ability to depict events and places far cheaper than showing the same things in live-action.

That 80's Show should make like the decade and be over. I'd like to forget the greed-is-good, disco-hangover 1980's, thanks. If anyone tells you the 1970's lived off pretension, please see "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" and glam rock, then slap the person who tells you that.

Re:ok, let me get this straight... (4, Insightful)

EvlPenguin (168738) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997031)

FOX is nothing but a myriad of sleazy network executives. There were three things that kept me watching that channel after the X-Files started sucking (like, 4 seasons ago): Family Guy (now canceled!!!), Futurama (alas...) and The Simpsons. Now it's down to just the Simpsons.

I'm not one to flame, but the people at FOX are smoking something with strong hallucinagenic qualities. What the hell are they going to replace it with? Another "extreme" game show?!??! Another Survivor rip-off?! Maybe they'll show re-runs of Boston Public! Ooooh!

Regarding Family Guy -- what was perhaps the best [funniest] show on televesion -- there's a petition and information on a letter writing campaign over at Planet Family Guy [planetfamilyguy.com] . What a morbid world we live in.

Damnit Fender! (0, Redundant)

jasamaman (221350) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996907)

Why'd you drink on the job? WHY?

Download link for episodes (4, Informative)

Sarin (112173) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996908)

You can download the aired futurama episodes at www.lando.co.uk [lando.co.uk]

Re:Download link for episodes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2997019)

Hmmm. It looks any opportunity infringe on copyrights will always get modded up. What does that say about slashdot moderators?

Re:Download link for episodes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2997050)

Dude, where can I download Photoshop from?

Best of luck to you... (5, Informative)

Teancom (13486) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996912)

But like the "Tick" guy said in his interview, the whole letter-writing campaign thing has been played to death. Especially when a show has been on the air for four years, you can't exactly expect the network to "just give it a chance to build an audience". If they haven't got their audience already, I'm afraid a couple hundred people writing and saying "but, but, it's cool!" isn't going to change their mind.

*shrug* Sorry, but that's the way it is...

Re:Best of luck to you... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2997029)

Only a few hundred? The petition is being signed at slightly over one a second right at the moment, and is steadily accelerating. When I first looked at it, it was 2683, it is now 3445, and not slowing down. (using a stop watch and page refesh every thirty seconds.)

Re:Best of luck to you... (2, Insightful)

VP (32928) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997041)

I just signed - from the time I entered the site until I confirmed my signature roughly 100 more people managed to sign the petition (nice Slahdot effect in action :-). Your estimate of a couple of hundred people is already off by an order of magnitude.

Re:Best of luck to you... (2)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997045)

Personally, I would rather things end in their prime than survive as animated corpses. The X-Files has outlived its usefulness. The whole Star Trek franchise is overdue for euthanasia. The Simpsons, oddly enough, still seems to have some legs, but I don't know for how much longer.

My attitude to these things is "let it go." The talent associated with the old series will find a new place to go, and often revitalize itself there. Writing and production teams get stale and insular if they don't go out and mix it up after a while.

Re:Best of luck to you... (5, Insightful)

jd142 (129673) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997060)

It needs a decent time slot to get an audience. If they'd actually show the darn thing, people would watch it. Half the time it's pre-empted for either football or baseball. My suggestion is that fox never even try to have an original program at 6:00 central on a Sunday night. Just show a re-run on those few nights when there isn't some stupid sporting event.

Petitions have worked before (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2996913)

I don't remember the entire history but America's Most Wanted was saved by petition. ABC dropped it, Fox picked it up, dropped it, and then brought it back after thousands of people wrote in complaining about the cancellation.

The networks do care what you think - without you they have no one to sell ads to. Write in today!

Burn out vs. Fade away? (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996915)

Its a shame to see it go...

But was there any inidication? Were they going down hill? And of course the most important question: What on earth do they have that's gonna be better? Fear Factor with Hentai Anime?


So is this why.. (1)

schon (31600) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996917)

So is this why there's only been three episodes this season?

*sigh* At least they still have Family Guy.

Re:So is this why.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2996924)

At least they still have Family Guy.

Family Guy was already cancelled back in January. Sorry.

Re:So is this why.. (1)

schon (31600) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997044)

Family Guy was already cancelled back in January.

Huh? How come it's still being aired? I saw Episode 48 (European Road Show) last tuesday.

http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/GuidePageServ let/showid-348/epid-110012/ [tvtome.com]

Re:So is this why.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2997066)

Next season was cancelled back in January. They are still airing the shows that have already been created.

R.I.P (1)

a_n_d_e_r_s (136412) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996919)

Well I will miss it if the show does not continue.

Luckily here we are a bit after so it means I still have episdsdes that has not been aired yet.

It is not impossible to get a tv series to be be resurrected - just look at Nikita who through a online campaign got extended.

Bender you will be missed!!!

NOT worth the trouble... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2996921)

I am sorry guys, but Futurama is not that great a show. Frankly its pretty stupid. I am a big fan of the Simpsons and most SciFi shows (except of course MutantX), but this show is just plain dumb. Good riddance.


Do you want to the Simpsons, but save Futurama (5, Insightful)

rizzo (21697) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996926)

I loved the Simpsons in it's "prime" (circa seasons 2 through 7), but lately it has become tired and predictable. Futurama is laugh-out-loud funny and clever and ways that the Simpsons once promised but have stopped even trying to achieve.

If you need to kill something Rupert, put the Simpsons to bed and move Futurama to the 8E/7C time slot. Having it at 7E/6C time slot is worthless considering FOX is a football network and football games never finish before then. I can't recall seeing a single episode that I actually sat at the TV waiting for.

Re:Do you want to the Simpsons, but save Futurama (1)

DoasFu (99077) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997005)

Amen! If I hadn't had my moderation stripped from me for all eternity for replying to The Post, I would certainly mod this up.

Futurama Cancellation (2, Insightful)

theRhinoceros (201323) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996927)

A real shame that the Simpsons continues to be milked long past it's prime (let's not kid ourselves; Simpsons has been in a steady decline for some time now) while Futurama gets neglected despite a noticable superiority in both animation quality and humor (the recent Anthology ep, for example).

could be another "The Critic" (1)

theartist (531649) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996930)

For some reason I see this could become like the former primetime animated series The Critic that started on ABC then went to FOX then to Comedy Central and final to the Internet on Atomfilms [shockwave.com] .

Of course there were other ones like Capital Critters (anyone remember that?) that didn't last long at all.

Anyhow Futurama has had a hard time holding its own from the beginning. Some people attribute this to it not being done by Film Roman, the ones responsable for the work behind The Simpsons and King of the Hill, but I doubt that is it.

I personally miss primetime animated series so I hope the petition goes through so everyone sign away :o)

Sunday Afternoon Football (5, Insightful)

Cheesemaker (36551) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996932)

I think Futurama might have gotten more of a chance to build a fan base if it weren't always pre-empted by FOX NFL games.

Re:Sunday Afternoon Football (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2996953)

True enough. It would have also been better at the 8:30 timeslot. I mean Malcom in the Middle is the worst. show. ever! It is only popular because of it's timeslot. (right after the Simpsons) If Futurama had that timeslot it would have an infinitly larger fan base...

Re:Sunday Afternoon Football (2)

Dixie_Flatline (5077) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996957)

It's not just that. Even when it gets a chance to show, it's still in a lousy slot. If they put it just after Simpsons, they'd have the ratings that they want. The way they have it set up, the show can't help but fail.

Spell check... (2, Insightful)

Rothfuss (47480) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996934)

Not to be a picky little bitch, but if you are going to submit a petition to a major network begging them not to kill your favorite TV show, and then ask thousands of others to sign along with you, take a minute to run it through your spell checker.


In Memoriam (1)

base3 (539820) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996935)

Whalers: We're whalers on the moon,

We carry a harpoon.

But there ain't no whales

So we tell tall tales

And sing our whaling tune.

Every year, I'll sprinkle a drop or two of Mom's robot oil on the grave and reminisce. <sniff>

Maybe it's for the best. (2, Interesting)

bartyboy (99076) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996937)

Many good shows have been cancelled before. And maybe it's better that way. Once they reach their peak, they start to degenerate rather fast - just look at the Simpsons, which should have been dropped after season 7.

Many other excellent shows have been cancelled before hitting their prime, (My So-called Life and Freaks And Geeks come to mind), but this isn't the case here - Futurama is terrific, and I don't think it can get any better, only worst.

Re:Maybe it's for the best. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2996969)


Flaimbait if I've ever seen it. May the Simpons go on ever....

Re:Maybe it's for the best. (1)

dildofire (308572) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997022)

come on. you really can't argue that the simpson is even half as good as it used to be. they never should have let conan o'brien leave...

Zim (0)

captainmoo (209101) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996938)

Why can't we do this for Invader Zim?

oye (0)

diggum007 (111070) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996943)

This petition won't do anything, and has some of the most atrocious spelling errors I've seen in awhile, but it's a nice effort. While I sincerely doubt that FOX will do more than glance at the top page before throwing it away, I have to wonder who's in charge of scheduling there. They've lost a lot of shows that had decent followings, and kept some absolute crap on.

NFL vs Futurama (3, Insightful)

Link310 (453668) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996945)

I've always enjoyed Futurama, that is when I got a chance to watch it. Unfortunatly, on the East Coast, if Fox is showing any NFL game, it will inevitably run over the time slot for Futurama. This happened even with the SEASON PREMIER. So, as far as I'm concerned, I didn't watch it because they didn't air it. I seem to recall the same thing happening at back home in Miami with a Time Cop show. I never got to see it because the local ABC affiliate decided they should talk about monday night football instead.

Re:NFL vs Futurama (1)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997035)


With Time Cop, though, it was a syndicated show, so it was just your station, not the whole eastern half of the US. (And that show wasn't so great, IMHO.)

Slashdot live! (2)

hyrdra (260687) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996947)

Pretty cool thing...you can see the Slashdot effect in real time. Hit reload and the signature #'s on the page increase by about 2-3 a second.

Experiment (3, Interesting)

Platinum Dragon (34829) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996949)

Perhaps FOX should switch the timeslots of Futurama and Malcolm in the Middle for, say, a month.

FOX seems to have a history of trying to prop up weaker timeslots by relegating popular shows to crap times when no one is watching (or when everyone is watching other channels). Even the Simpsons got this treatment for a season or so, back when FOX didn't have as much strong programming to fall back on. The lack of good content to replace it on Sunday night at that time may be what saved the show from being cancelled; FOX just moved it back to the original 8 pm timeslot.

If all else fails, perhaps the creators could see about getting the Comedy Channel or the Cartoon Network to fund and pick it up, something not unheard of for cult hits that get chopped by their original network.

I blame sports (2, Interesting)

EddydaSquige (552178) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996951)

If Fox didn't prempt it every other week for some game or another maybe it could get itto a groove that would make people watch all the time. How can you expect to develop a following if you only air the show once every other month. Constantly prempting a show is as bad as changeing its time slot 6 times over the season, and then blame a lack of rateings for the cancelation.

Wow... (1)

g00z (81380) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996955)

I have seen the same thing being said about Family Guy as well. What the hell is going on over there at FOX? I can only hope that the reason all these really good shows (Fox's only good shows in my opinion) haven't been renewed for new seasons is whomever job it is to renew shows is waaaaaay asleep at the wheel.

I bet they're going to tell fans it's because of file sharing and 9/11. Sounds like a scummy network thing to do.

d/l the episodes (1, Informative)

lemonhed (412041) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996956)

I have all seasons on my computer (it took up many many gigs).

www.lando.co.uk has the entire episode catalog for download.

get em while its still up!

Ok, Redundant I'm sure, Sosumi (1)

MaxwellsSilverHammer (10318) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996964)

Well, they can just Bite My Shiny Metal ASS!!!

my fox affiliate (2, Interesting)

hyperstation (185147) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996966)

doesn't carry Futurama unfortunately (i have no idea why, the simpsons and m in the middle are on every sunday)....so i've been missing out anyhow

This cannot be allowed to happen! (1)

Meowharishi (550240) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996972)

Futurama is quite simply one of the most intelligent, witty, funny, and creative animated series in the history of TV. If Fox is so stupid as to cancel this gem, I will promptly boycot all Fox programming.

Almost as Important... (3, Interesting)

Murdock037 (469526) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996974)

...Does anybody know how this would affect the planned upcoming DVD sets?

Fox did pretty well for themselves by the Season 1 DVDs of "The Simpsons," and I remember rumblings that "Futurama" would follow not too far behind.

It'd be a shame if these disappear, too; the commentaries on the Simpsons discs were as amusing as the shows themselves, and the Futurama crew has always struck me as being a bit sharper in their wit.

At least Fox is still putting out quality programming like "That 80s Show" and "Temptation Island 2," right? I mean, right? Who's with me?

Re:Almost as Important... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2996988)

At least Fox is still putting out quality programming like "That 80s Show" and "Temptation Island 2," right? I mean, right? Who's with me?

Yo, no shit man. Temptation Island 2 was the bomb boyz. Those chicks were PHAT!!!

Petition UPN! (5, Insightful)

malibucreek (253318) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996978)

Don't just petition Fox. If they've made up their mind, they've made it up. Even if they decide to consider the show as a midseason replacement, the production company will likely let people go before that call ever comes.

Instead, petition UPN [upn.com] to pick it up. They have a history of picking up other networks' shows (Buffy, Roswell, etc.) and this one would fit in well with its lineup.

The address:
UPN Entertainment
11800 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

IMHO, this is the show's best hope.

Re:Petition UPN! (1)

EddydaSquige (552178) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996999)

They didn't exactlly 'pick up' Buffy. They out bid WB for the rights, WB lost Buffy, not UPN picking it up.

Re:Petition UPN! (1)

malibucreek (253318) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997038)

True. But it shows that UPN's got no problem picking up a show that's been on another 'net. I'd suspect that'd be more of a political/corporate ego problem for a more established net. Just MHO.

In this case, UPN could probably get a good deal on the rights, too, 'cause it is generally considered that you need five seasons' worth of a show to successfully syndicate it. And since that's where show producers make the bulk of their money, they're gonna be very motivated to find someone, anyone to pick up that fifth season.

UPN could walk in and get a good show for a song.

too bad (2)

Deanasc (201050) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996979)

Fox never gave this show a chance. Never in prime time and always pre-empted to finish a Nascar Race or Football game that ran over their slot. It's too bad. I really like this show.

I won't lift a finger to help save it though. I leanred my lesson trying to save Mystery Science Theator 3000.

You can't fight the man.

Defeatist attitude (2)

Platinum Dragon (34829) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997074)

You can't fight the man.

I'm going to be half-serious here...

Dammit, that's what The Man wants you to think! The Man wants you to just sit down, shut up, and take whatever you get fed. You're not supposed to stand up with others who agree with you and say you want something to change, or stay the same. That would be interaction - and Big Media can't have that, beyond what little scraps the plebes get thrown with "online polls", "bulletin boards", and stupid contests.

Try, man! Stand up and try! MST3K fans may have failed, but that doesn't mean they'll always fail.

Hey, a mass letter-writing campaign worked for Star Trek. I'm sure us Futurama nerds can come up with some contemporary equivalent.


What about Family Guy? (1)

d2htornado (208080) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996982)

Sure, raise a big fuss over Futurama. Family Guy (also on Fox, and a much funnier and much better show than Futurama) was cancelled and I didn't see jack on here about it. It's nice to know that the "journalists" on here take it upon themselves to champion the shows they find amusing while leaving other things conveniently unmentioned.

Re:What about Family Guy? (2, Funny)

CurlyG (8268) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997014)

Well gee yeah that's incredible... people protest the closing of shows they like while ignoring the passing of shows that they don't like! What bias! How unfair! Boo hoo!

...and "The Family Guy"...? Just when exactly did you have your sense of humour surgically removed? Were the "All in the Family" reruns too heart-stoppingly chucklesome for you?

Re:What about Family Guy? (1)

amhax (557376) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997062)

WHAT? When was the Family Guy cancelled? I LOVE that show. Fuck TV. I am seriously going to stop watching. First they make big deals about PVR's for us poor guys who work late hours, and then they cancel all the shows that PVR's helped me actually see?

It is a cruel, cruel world.

good riddance (1)

neilb78 (557698) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996987)

It sucked....good riddance. There were a few good shows, but the vast majority sucked...bad...

Site has NOT removed all other content/petitions (2)

A Commentor (459578) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996993)

If you go the root of that site: http://www.petitiononline.com/ [petitiononline.com] , you will see that they still have tons of content/other petitions.

Re:Site has NOT removed all other content/petition (1)

redink1 (519766) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997025)

Umm... they were referring to http://www.gotfuturama.com [gotfuturama.com] , not petitiononline. Some people...

Re:Site has NOT removed all other content/petition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2997052)

The gotfuturama.com site (belonging to the person who submitted the story) is the one which removed all other comment, not, as you already noticed, the petitononline site.

I am the only one who thought that show was good. (1)

amhax (557376) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996995)

I really liked futurama. Not too many good, funny, future based cartoons. Guess I am stuck with Family Guy, King of the Hill, and Simpsons. (Not that that is bad)

the show was just about to break through over here (2, Interesting)

haedesch (247543) | more than 12 years ago | (#2996997)

over here in belgium, ka2 is airing a futurama ep every day, starting from season 1 and its really gaining popularity... Too bad its over now :-(

whoa. (1)

BenTheDewpendent (180527) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997001)

After you sign the petition go back to the 1st page and hit refresh a few time over a couple min and watch the counter go up. i watched it go from 3092 to 3192+ in just a couple minuets. can almost watch the slashdotting.

PetitionOnline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2997006)

I find it very difficult to give much credibility to any sort of voice of mass opinion that runs through petitiononline. To be swayed by public opinion, I'd think that a decision maker would be far more impressed by a deluge of written letters, phone calls, signed stacks of papers, etc...not some guestbook-like site where the effort to create and spout off casual desires is negligible, and the result is a forwarded URL announcing the results that can be ignored in a heartbeat. Also questionable is the security measures in place to prevent multiple votes and unreliable results.

That said, I'm pretty indifferent to whether Futurama continues. It was usually pretty funny, but never caught me in quite the same way the Simpsons still does. Don't know why.

do petitions like this really work? (1)

ledbetter (179623) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997015)

I'm sure FOX will be interested to know that there are lots of people out there who don't want the show to get cancelled. But are these people actually faithful watchers of the show? If there were really hoards of people watching the show then the ratings would reflect it, and it wouldn't be getting cancelled. And not to be particularly cynical, but will all these people who just signed the petition actually go watch it every Sunday for the rest of the season??

When I read this I thought "no way, they can't cancel that show, it's great"... but I have to honestly say that I maybe watch it 1 out of every 4 or 5 times it's on...

The way to petition for TV shows is with your remote, not your pen (or keyboard).

WILL NOT BE MISSED (0, Flamebait)

SanchieBoots (310998) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997021)

Joining the shit heap of crap animation, including Family Guy, Clerks - The Animated Series and Dilbert. At least it might leave room for something worth watching.

Matt Groening thought up The Simpsons in 15 minutes, moments before pitching it to Fox. Doesn't mean he could do it again.

Was Futurama was even on tv this year? (1)

TheBishop (88677) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997023)

Funny, I think they only had what... two episodes this year? How can it get bad ratings when they never show it?

Cool Note (2)

Kallahar (227430) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997024)

As of now the number of signers on the petition is rising at about 100 sigs a minute.

Cool :)

Quality, not quantity. (2, Insightful)

spt (557979) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997026)

So there's 4 seasons. Isn't that enough?

Some of the best things come in small doses - take Fawlty Towers, for example, one of the funniest sitcoms ever, and they only made 12.
John Cleese said he put everything it needed in those 12 episodes.

If you can live with 'only' 4 seasons of Futurama, perhaps the writers will come up with something better.

Proofread and edit (2)

Hard_Code (49548) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997027)

Please, have somebody go through and fix all the spelling errors, and generally edit the petition. It looks sort of sloppy.

If you like the show so much ... (3, Insightful)

SuperRob (31516) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997034)

WATCH the damned thing. Shows, even shitty ones, don't get cancelled if people WATCH them. If the show gets cancelled, it's because you aren't putting your viewing habits where your mouth is!

I am as big a "fan" of Futurama and Family Guy as the next person. But when push comes to shove, there's other things on TV I'd rather watch more.

That's why they've been cancelled. Fox needs shows that people will watch, and that means being BETTER than the stuff on the other two (three, counting CBS) networks.

Re:If you like the show so much ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2997059)

you don't know what a "fan" is

so keep your fucking pie hole shut

What about Groening? (1)

mini me (132455) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997046)

Will he resurrect the Simpsons to what it once was?

I hate to see Futurama go, it one of the best shows on right now. With the demise of Family Guy as well, all we have left is the Simpsons. I'd like to know what they have up their sleeve. They've cancelled the two best shows there currently is, so what will they replace it with?

Probably more sports and primetime movies although I believe sports channels and movie channels should be the ones who supply us with that kind of TV!

Worst TV Show... ever (-1, Troll)

selectspec (74651) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997047)

Worst TV show, ever.

Don't sign if you don't watch (4, Insightful)

skoda (211470) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997048)

I wonder how many people are signing the petition to save Futurama, who don't watch the show.

Consider, best case scenario:
- 80 gazillion people sign the petition.
- FOX says, "Great Googly-moogly! We didn't know we had all these viewers. Keep Futurama on the air!"
- Futurama stays on the air
- After a year, ratings, surveys, etc. reveal that, as FOX originally thought, only 80 people actually watch Futurama.
- FOX yanks Futurama.
- FOX never listens to a petition again.

If you are signing the petition, but have not and will not watch the show, you're really not helping.

great idea! (2)

cr@ckwhore (165454) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997054)

great idea!! lets slashdot the petition!

Burn in hell Futurama (-1)

LOTR Troll (544929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997057)

what a lame show.

Fuck Futurama... (0, Offtopic)

squarooticus (5092) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997058)

...I just hope they don't cancel Family Guy, which is much, MUCH funnier. Futurama was always a show hanging onto the coattails of the once-incredible but now-abyssmal Simpsons.

See also: (4, Informative)

farnsworth (558449) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997061)

see also "X-Fry" and "X-Bender" http headers at http://slashdot.org

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 21:29:08 GMT
Server: Apache/1.3.20 (Unix) mod_perl/1.25
X-Powered-By: Slash 2.003000
X-Fry: It's like a party in my mouth and everyone's throwing up.
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html

No offense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2997065)

But that show always sucked. Yes there were a few things like bender which made it occasionally funny, but overall compared to Simpons or Family Guy it was kinda lame. And believe me based on the people behind it I was as big a fan of anyone when it first came out, but it just never got that good.

BTW how bad does Enterprise suck. I've been a trek fan for eons, and I just can't stomach their pale impersonations of former trek cast members. I especially hate the captian and his sidekick. They bring bad acting to new heights, and make me ashamed that I am a fan of Quantum Leap. They only saving grace was that hot vulcan, although their exploitation of her especially in that episode when she and what's his name had be "decontaminated" was just pathetic.
Ugggh I can't believe I can no longer stomach my favorite show!!!!

FOX... (2)

Wakko Warner (324) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997067)

...has a history of murdering its good shows (Family Guy, Futurama, Get a Life) while letting once-good shows languish (X-Files, the Simpsons, Ally McFucking Beal).

People wonder why they're still the number 4 network; I don't.

- A.P.

Hmmm, reminds me of the Simpsons. (1)

PHAEDRU5 (213667) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997075)

You know, the scene where Marge and Homer are sitting in bed, watching a television program with a porno soundtrack. Marge turns to Homer and says "You know, Fox became a porno channel so gradually, nobody realized what was happening."

PLEASE use a spell checker. (0, Redundant)

msm1th (68753) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997078)

"...the show has given us much happyness and joy..."

"Many of us watch the show with friends and believe it has vast quantitiys of potential and has an almost never ending amount of fresh possiblitiys."

"...one of the most inivative, clever, funnny and entertaing .."

I mean, come ON. If a FOX exec reads this, he/she will think it was written by a bunch of semi-literate cretins and the petition will not be taken seriously.

That said, I did sign the petition, and will be sad if Futurama is indeed cancelled.

To quote the Simpsons. (2, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 12 years ago | (#2997080)

Fox turned into a hard core porn channel so gradually no one even noticed.
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