Registered: May 2002
Location: Sunset Beach, FL
Family Guy and Futurama are returning next year
As per Fox's press conferences, which I'm almost ashamed to be up to date on, all the shows on the list are cancelled for next year with the exception of Family Guy and Futurama, which in my opinion, have been severely misused by the network honchos at Fox.
A couple of years ago, Fox commissioned all the writers/animators at Family Guy to create almost two season's worth of new episodes, then chooses to keep the show as a midseason replacement, airing less than half the "new" and then airing the last half of the "new" episodes during the summer season (last year) in a variety of timeslots.
And since they had a stockpile of new episodes, Fox did not want to get ahead of the curve, so to speak, so they told all the animators and writers to get a new job, basically placing the show in a status of limbo, but still to air "new" episodes this upcoming tv season. And since animated shows run a little differently than "live" shows, they basically work year-round, and lost all (if any) continuity they previously had built up, having to build from the ground up all new writers and animators, with most of the originals having moved onto new shows.
Well, that's the status of Futurama for next season. They have a "stockpile" of "new" episodes never aired, but Fox told the animators and writers to take a hike. The show is still going to run (most likely in different timeslots on different nights) but the quality will most likely lessen, if it continues the following year.
Matt Groening was especially upset at Fox for making them millions of dollars of money, but getting "dissed" by the execs. I don't blame him. He threatened to end the simpsons' tv series soon, but soon retracted.
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