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post #121 of 207
The only weird part to me... is signing up for 26 episodes and then airing 13... waiting 6+ months, then airing 13 more.

That's kind of the problem Futurama had at FOX... always being pre-empted by Sunday late NFL games...

I love the show and will watch.. but a lot of people will completely forget that there are still 13 more episodes coming this summer... thinking maybe t was canceled again after last year's run.

I really wish they would run this show more often.

A 26 episode run, for example, could run a new episode every other week!

So... why not run maybe 6-7 in a row and then take a short break... then 6-7 more... and so forth... rather than 13 in a row and the huge hiatus.
post #122 of 207
Considering how they usually air their animation shows (and other half-hour series), 13 in a row is about twice as much as the others. "South Park", etc run in blocks of seven episodes; with two blocks making up a "Season".
Points:
1: They could have explained a little better how they were going to schedule the series.

2: The DVD set costs way too much for a half-season.
post #123 of 207
^^^ You've just answered HDMe2's question about why the lengthy waits between episodes: to make money off the DVD/Blu-ray/streaming of 13 episodes for people that don't want or care to watch the show on Comedy Central (or do). Then, a couple of years down the road, they'll re-release the entire series on one mega-package with to-die-for bonus features (maybe an exclusive episode or something) to try and get people that bought the 13-episode seasons to buy them again. Sci-fi fans are known to be generous with their entertainment budget (is the foundation of franchises like "Star Trek" and "Star Wars"), hence Comedy Central renewing "Futurama" hoping to squeeze the show's fans a little bit at a time. Sorry.
post #124 of 207
Can't wait.
post #125 of 207
For anyone who doesn't already know, the 13 eps that were new on CC are available for streaming (HD) on Netflix.
post #126 of 207
13 episode seasons, or "half seasons", whatever they're billed as, are pretty standard for shows on cable networks. It's a little annoying, but a 26 episode order still warms the heart.
post #127 of 207
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post #128 of 207
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Originally Posted by Raln View Post
13 episode seasons, or "half seasons", whatever they're billed as, are pretty standard for shows on cable networks. It's a little annoying, but a 26 episode order still warms the heart.
I'm fine with half-seasons... that is not a problem for me.

What I question, though... is running all 13 in a row... then going more than 6 months without them. That seems to be a recipe for people forgetting about it.

Case in point, many didn't know there were 13 more episodes coming this summer! A lot of folks saw the new 26 episode announcement, and thought that was the next batch... completely missing/forgetting that we are still "owed" 13 more for the current season.

People are fickle... and it's too easy to lose track of a show with a very long hiatus.

I would much rather see them fill in those 6 month gaps better.

I would rather see 6-7 episodes, then maybe a month off... then another 6-7 episodes... then another month or two (maybe the usual Christmas large break)... and so forth.

I will find Futurama to watch... but I wonder how much it hurts the ratings if other people don't find it.
post #129 of 207
So when do the next set of new episodes air?
post #130 of 207
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Originally Posted by HDMe2 View Post
I'm fine with half-seasons... that is not a problem for me.

What I question, though... is running all 13 in a row... then going more than 6 months without them. That seems to be a recipe for people forgetting about it.

Case in point, many didn't know there were 13 more episodes coming this summer! A lot of folks saw the new 26 episode announcement, and thought that was the next batch... completely missing/forgetting that we are still "owed" 13 more for the current season.

People are fickle... and it's too easy to lose track of a show with a very long hiatus.

I would much rather see them fill in those 6 month gaps better.

I would rather see 6-7 episodes, then maybe a month off... then another 6-7 episodes... then another month or two (maybe the usual Christmas large break)... and so forth.

I will find Futurama to watch... but I wonder how much it hurts the ratings if other people don't find it.
they dont seem to have a problem airing South Park in 2 7 episode blocks every year.

and its coming back in june - i'm sure they'll promote it plenty when the time is right...
post #131 of 207
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Originally Posted by Berk32 View Post

they dont seem to have a problem airing South Park in 2 7 episode blocks every year.

and its coming back in june - i'm sure they'll promote it plenty when the time is right...

I don't like that either... but at this point, South Park has been going on so long it is unlikely they will expand to longer seasons.

South Park has mostly been selling itself, and it still airs repeats in the normal timeslot when in hiatus.

Futurama is not airing repeats in its "normal" timeslot... They air repeats but at different times... and that last X-Mas new episode they actually aired it on the weekend instead of the Thursday nights they were airing the new shows last year.

Doing that, in my opinion, makes it hard for people to find it and know it will be coming back for more.
post #132 of 207
Pretty good this week. Just the Schrodinger's Cat bit would have been enough, rest of the ep was good too though.
post #133 of 207
Well, it was OK. A lot of it was a takeoff on Minority Report, a movie that I didn't really like. Grade B

I liked the episode before, "Ghost in the Machines". Any episode with the Robot Devil has to be good (only they cut his song and dance number way too short). But it was the second Bender-focused episode in a row. Loved the suicide booth and the 'DeadEx' hearse that delivered Bender's dead carcass back to Fry et al. Amish World was a riot. And it ended with a decent moral. Good bordering on great. A-

"Benderama" was a takeoff on the grey goo idea. Too much uncontrolled Bender ruins the show, IMHO. B-

"Neutopia", the season opener, was just too crude for me. So was the first episode in the previous season. C-
post #134 of 207
One of the funniest episodes.

Coincidentally, I watched Minority Report (again) this week.
post #135 of 207
Just recently bought the past season on BD at a Borders 50% off sale, and I kept up with the features on DVD (didn't purchase the very last one).

I figure any Futurama is better than no Futurama, but I have found that most of the stuff produced after the original shows finished have been wanting. Lots of jokes that are supposed to be funny aren't, and lots of the concepts for the shows go nowhere.
post #136 of 207
My Dish EPG had a funny typo for this week's episode...

It said "Fry decides to become a police office."

Not officer... but office

Knowing Futurama, until the episode aired... I half thought that it might not be a typo!
post #137 of 207
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Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood View Post

Just recently bought the past season on BD at a Borders 50% off sale, and I kept up with the features on DVD (didn't purchase the very last one).

I figure any Futurama is better than no Futurama, but I have found that most of the stuff produced after the original shows finished have been wanting. Lots of jokes that are supposed to be funny aren't, and lots of the concepts for the shows go nowhere.

I agree vice a vis the No vs Any Futurama.

Some of the problem in the quality lies in the fact that there are fewer writers on the Comedy Central-produced episodes to save money (due to cable network rates), same as there are fewer voice talents (although they have done a reasonable effort at hiding that). I also see more and more CGI animation rather than the animation used in the original series (not saying that it is bad).

In a comedy series, limiting the number of staff writers aways results in fewer good ideas or poorer implementation.

Also, I think they have to deal with a couple fewer minutes for content than the original series, which makes good storytelling harder. The title sequence is being time-squeezed and end-credits are overlapped with whatever is coming on next.
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post #139 of 207
"Good News Everyone"
post #140 of 207
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"good news everyone"

:d
post #141 of 207
Friendly reminder,

Tonight is the Season Premier with two new episodes back to back.
post #142 of 207
Great episodes last night. Loved it biggrin.gif
post #143 of 207
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Great episodes last night. Loved it biggrin.gif
+1
post #144 of 207
Reminds me of the Superman movie.. Lois' arm should have come off like that when she was falling and Superman caught her..
post #145 of 207
Good episode last night.
post #146 of 207
I have no idea why, but I could not stop laughing at the T-Rex struggling to keep afloat. Very enjoyable episode.
post #147 of 207
I don't want to be a killjoy... but... if I'm honest with myself... I'm not enjoying these episodes as much as the older ones. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to have Futurama back... I just don't have anxious anticipation like I used to... and afterwards I don't say "wow, that was good" anymore.
post #148 of 207
I agree. Aside from The Late Philip J. Fry in season six, I have not seen a Futurama and said wow that was brilliant....

HOWEVER...

T-Rex struggling to swim
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post #149 of 207
Good episode tonight. Loved the Monk scene tongue.gif
post #150 of 207
Did you love it of your own free will?
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