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Comic-Con Animation Highlights: 'Family Guy,' 'Cleveland Show,' 'Futurama,' and 'The Simpsons'

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 24th 2010 10:35PM
seth_macfarlane_the_family_guy_foxIn terms of red-hot scoop from all your favorite animated miscreants on the ground in San Diego, the 'Family Guy' and 'The Simpsons' panels were ahead of the pack, choosing to devote most of their panel time to Q&As, while 'Cleveland Show' and 'Futurama' amused audiences with a live table-read of scenes from upcoming episodes, as well as sneak peeks of what's already been produced.

But what 'Futurama' and 'Cleveland' lacked in spoilers, they made up for in pure Comic Con geekiness; both shows have upcoming episodes that feature their eclectic casts paying a visit to Comic Con!

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'Futurama' - 'Lethal Inspection' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 23rd 2010 9:42AM
Mom's killbots from the (S06E06) For the most part, I've been impressed with 'Futurama's' return to the airwaves. Some episodes have been a little rocky, but there's always more than a few bumps when a show has to penetrate the thin layer of TV's re-entry layer.

It feels like the old show did, but something has been missing from the last few episodes: a real sense of emotion. One of the great things about 'Futurama' and shows like it are its surprising ability to make you feel something other than laughter. The "Jurassic Bark" episode, the one in which Fry's dog waits for Fry's return long after he's been frozen in the cryogenics lab, was the closest I ever came to crying at a TV show. Thank God for man's inability to divert tears from flowing by sheer will, even though I had to use a pair of pliers and some loose thigh skin to take my mind off of the emotional pain.

Thankfully, it returned last night.

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Bender Meets His Maker on 'Futurama' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 23rd 2010 12:25AM
Bender Meets His Maker on 'Futurama'Good news, everyone! Bender's going to die on 'Futurama' (Thu., 10PM ET on Comedy Central). ... Or maybe he won't.

[Spoiler alert.]

On the latest episode, the typically arrogant Bender brags about his absolute physical flawlessness. As opposed to his "poor flimsy human" friends who will eventually die someday. But then, Bender suddenly starts leaking oil. Uh-oh. That's not good.

But not a problem! If Bender gets in trouble, he'll just download his "backup unit" and be saved. But then, Bender realizes that he has no backup unit. When he was released from the factory, "Inspector #5" promised that he'd be flawless. But somewhere, somehow, someone messed up.

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Seven Emmy-Worthy TV Shows Within TV Shows

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 18th 2010 4:00PM
Emmy statueEvery year, the Academy of Television Arts and Science hands out hundreds of Emmys in categories that cover every inch of TV minutiae except "Best use of eyebrows by a cable newscaster" and "Best catering." One major category of meta-TV awesomeness, however, has been unjustly ignored by the Academy: shows within shows.

These fictional blocks of television programming creep up in a variety of situations -- a character may work as a TV personality in the narrative, or we may just see characters watching the tube while they're chilling on couch. They may fill up just 30 seconds of screen time, but shows within shows have to be flawless in order to drive the story and serve their often-comedic purposes. So here's our attempt to recognize the best TV shows within TV shows.

May I have the envelope, please?

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'Futurama' - 'The Duh-Vinci Code' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 16th 2010 10:00AM
Professor Farnsworth and Fry from (S06E05) "My God, this is the greatest mystery of all time! We must fly to Rome and exhume the body of St. James." - Prof. Farnsworth

"Didn't we used to be a delivery company?" - Hermes

"To the ship!" - Prof. Farnsworth


A friend of mine who was also a big fan of the original 'Futurama' before Fox kicked it out of bed quicker than one of Tiger Woods' mistresses didn't have any very nice things to say about the new premiere episodes. I'd reprint them here if the childhood literacy rate wasn't so, er, darn high.

In his defense, the first two didn't have the feel of the original series, even if they were able to stand on their own for the most part. Last night's hilarious adventure, however, could cause him to choke on those very words he used to describe the show's creators' digestive systems (don't ask).

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'The D'Uh Vinci Code' on 'Futurama' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 16th 2010 4:15AM
Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code,' is neatly spoofed on 'Futurama' (Thurs., 10PM ET on Comedy Central).

The Planet Express crew travel to future Rome to unravel the mysteries behind the great Leonardo da Vinci and his fabled creations.

(Spoiler alert...)

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'Futurama' - 'Proposition Infinity' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 9th 2010 3:20PM
Kif and Amy on 'Futurama'(S06E04) "Robotic brothers, the path to Robot Hell is paved with human flesh." - Rev. Preacherbot

"Neat." - Bender


The new 'Futurama' episodes have slowly started to return to their satirical roots and last night's epic half hour of awesomeness marked its official return to the station.

The show has been inching towards its topical nature. The second episode, a rather weak but occasionally funny crack at censorship and unnecessary outrage over TV indecency. Last week's not-so-subtle swipe at Apple had lots of funny moments, but didn't offer any real strong criticism against anything other than the zombie horde that are "iPhone users" (only with less moaning and drooling than actual zombies).

Last night's robotic take on the needless hysteria and blatant hypocricy of gay marriage was not only steeped in satiric goodness, but it was downright hilarious.

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Robosexual Marriage on 'Futurama' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 9th 2010 11:00AM
Love was in the air on 'Futurama' (Thu., 10PM on COM).

[Spoiler warning]

Bender popped the question to Amy, but the couple cannot legally get married.

"Every other couple has the right to marry," Bender said. "Robot and fembot, man and woman, man and man, even ghost and horse, but not robot and human."

Amy and Bender's campaigning worked and Proposition Infinity was passed, man and robot can now marry in the world of 'Futurama.'

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'Futurama' - 'Attack of the Killer Apps' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 2nd 2010 5:30AM
Mom from (S06E03) "Is there an app for kissing my shiny metal ass?" - Bender
"Several!" - Random stranger waiting to buy an "EyePhone"
"Oooo." - Bender


'Futurama' always works best, in my mind, when it tackles the pop tech world. When the show struggled to stay on Fox, no other show would even go near the subject in fear of alienating their cool audience by discussing things that only members of the high school audio-visual club could understand without their eyes bleeding.

Apple needed to be taken down a peg or two and that's coming from someone who is pounding out this article on a dusty old MacBook, listening to an Elvis Costello compilation on an iPod and watching his stocks sink into the Earth's core on his iPhone.

This time, the "EyePhone" gets the sharp end of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's very sharp pointing stick and it works ... for the most part.

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A Susan Boil on 'Futurama' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 2nd 2010 2:05AM
A Susan Boil on 'Futurama'It would be hard enough being a cyclops. But if you add a singing, talking boil to that mix -- then things get really troublesome. On 'Futurama' (Thu., 10PM ET on Comedy Central), one-eyed mutant Leela reveals an additional weird secret about herself: she has a bodily growth with its own personality.

[Spoiler alert.]

Yes, Leela has a boil on her butt that is named "Susan." ("Susan Boil" = "Susan Boyle." Get it?) And just like the real Susan, this boil only wants to sing and be loved. Leela has been trying to hide the boil for all of her life. But then, her new boyfriend Fry discovers it -- and uploads a video of the creature to the Internet.

Of course, since Fry is Fry, he tries to hide what he's done from Leela. But since Fry is also an idiot, he does a terrible job of covering up his crime. He shows the video of the boil to the group, but also does it while Leela is the room. And he's a little slow on the uptake. "We can't let her see this," he says, after showing the video. Then he turns to his girlfriend. "Leela; lock the door so Leela doesn't -- EEEEEEEEE!"

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Back From the Dead: Shows We Want Revived

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 1st 2010 4:00PM
Freaks and Geeks
Everybody has one, the show that was canceled too soon. You fall in love with a series, but the general public doesn't and then the giant axe comes-a-fallin'. You write to the network, you send nuts, candy bars, photos, whatever, you start an online petition and everything prove futile.

But, shows have beat cancellation years after they were buried! 'Futurama' recently rose from the dead, so why can't our favorite canceled series also get a reprieve?

We named the ones we miss the most and why, plus a pitch to get them back (some more serious than others).

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TV Ratings: Daytime Emmys Rise; 'Futurama' Sees Healthy Return

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 28th 2010 2:00PM
Daytime EmmysGood news for Daytime TV fans: According to the Live Feed, last night's Daytime Emmys ceremony was seen by a steady 5.6 million viewers, up 2.9 million viewers from last year's record-low ceremony, which aired on the CW.

The spike in ratings should come as little surprise, considering it aired on network television (CBS) for the first time since 2008. Still, according to preliminary numbers, the ceremony could become the rated major-network telecast in the coveted 18-49 demo.

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'Futurama' - 'In-a-Gadda-Da-Leela' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 25th 2010 7:30PM
Leela and Zap Branigan naked on 'Futurama'(S06E02) "Captain's log, we've lost control. Addendum: whoooaaoaooaaoaaa!" - Capt. Zapp Branigan

The real challenge of 'Futurama's' return is one of precarious balance.

In order to survive (again), the show has to find a way to please the hardcore fans that have kept it everyone's consciousness and bring in new fans who haven't kept up with it.

For the fans, that means sacrificing some of the facets that made the original so much fun and relying more on humor that can reach the broadest possible audience. The second episode of the new season, fortunately and unfortunately, featured a healthy mix of the two, healthy in a "gym class sex lesson" kind of way.

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'Futurama' - 'Rebirth' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 25th 2010 7:00PM
The dead cast of 'Futurama' (S06E01) "Move over God! Prepare for rebirth!" - Professor Farnsworth

It's here! It's finally here! 'Futurama' is back baby! And Bender! And his banjo! And Fry! (I'll never get sick of that joke.)

All of my favorite characters are back in action, as if nothing ever happened to them. The first new episode of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's genius creation. It's like being reunited with an old college friend and realizing that they are the same silly, dumb, hard partying freak you spent so much time trying to keep his drooping head from falling in the toilet.

So why, after all this time, does it feel so weird to watch?

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What's Up With Fry on 'Futurama'? (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 25th 2010 11:00AM
FuturamaWe're still cheering about the return of 'Futurama' (Thu., 10PM on COM), but what is up with Fry?

[Spoiler alert!]

The gang seemed doomed after a fatal crash, but Professor Farnsworth used stem cells to get them back, all except Fry. After playing the hero and saving Leela, Fry's body didn't regenerate. Distraught, she "went all 'Bladerunner'" and built a robot duplicate of Fry. But, she overstuffed his lovable gut and ended up dooming herself.

You loyal fans know what happened next ...

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