Not even second chances are forever: Comedy Central has not renewed Futurama, Entertainment Weekly reports.
The sci-fi cartoon from The Simpsons’ Matt Groening originally debuted on Fox, who first canceled it in 2003. It did well in reruns and DVD sales, and Comedy Central relaunched it in 2007 for an additional 3 seasons. (Or, two seasons and a handful of movies, whichever you prefer.)
Half of the last season is still to air, though. (Note possible spoilers:)
[Executive producer David X.] Cohen calls the final run — which features such guests as Larry Bird, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, Adam West, Dan Castellaneta, and Burt Ward — “our best ‘last season ever’ ever,” noting that there are “a bunch of episodes that I think are going to be classics.” In one installment, Futurama is “reincarnated as various cartoons of your youth, not legally resembling but somehow quite reminiscent of Scooby-Doo, Strawberry Shortcake, and G.I. Joe,” he says. And the series finale, which features a wedding between Fry and Leela, is “a tasteful, emotional gorefest,” he raves. “There’s a lot of death but there’s also a lot of time travel, so that makes for an interesting combination.” Adds Groening: “It’s a really satisfying ending. It’s an epic ending. If indeed it’s the ending.”
We’ll miss you, new Futurama, but hey: At least we’ll have the reruns. (Again.)
Winter is actually coming. HBO must have liked the pilot for A Game of Thrones, because they ordered nine more episodes: By cable standards, that’s pretty much an entire season. Filming starts in June, and we can expect the series to debut next spring.
Shocker!Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen took the Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay. As for actual entertainment value, Sandra Bullock showed up in person to accept Worst Actress for All About Steve: If she gets an Academy Award tonight (for The Blind Side) she’ll become the first actress to win both a Razzie and an Oscar in the same year.
The previous DVD movie, The Beast with a Billion Backs, seems to have been considered a mild disappointment. But hopes have been high for the fantasy-spoofing Bender’s Game, which came out on Tuesday. I still haven’t picked it up, but io9 reviews, and Underwire has an interview with director Dwayne Carey-Hill and Claudia Katz, senior vice president of Rough Draft, which produces the show.
While I don’t doubt there were still plenty of Star Wars fans still roaming around Saturday and Sunday, with most of the panels being on Friday there wasn’t much new floating around. Well, except for the Mandalorian wedding. (Oye vey.) And Cinematical posted a brief review of Fanboys. And the official site has more pictures, of course, while Rebelscum continues exhaustively documenting the booths and products of every licensee.
In Bender’s Game, the Planet Express crew spoof fantasy: the trailer is heavy with Dungeons and Dragons and Lord of the Rings references, in addition to the title riff on Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.