Greetings, Futurama fans of Earth (and Simpsonians as well, if I may impose).
David X. Cohen here, Executive Producer of Futurama, with an update on the
- Futurama's ridiculously late season premiere will be Sunday, Dec. 9th at 7 PM
(6 PM Central/Mountain) on Fox. The episode is "Roswell that Ends Well", in
which the crew accidentally travels back through time and crash-lands in
Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. It's our first time travel episode, unless you
count Fry freezing his way through a thousand years. The episode turned out
great, I think -- it's definitely one of my favorites so far.
- A one-hour Xmas double-feature is currently scheduled for Sunday, December
23rd from 9 to 10 PM (in the X-Files' usual slot). It will start with a re-run
of our Xmas show from 2 years ago (featuring John Goodman and Conan O'Brien),
then move along to the "banned" Xmas show from last year, that was never shown
because those guardians of good taste at the Fox Network network decided it was
"inappropriate" for broadcast at 7 PM. You can judge for yourself. It
features Coolio as "Kwanzabot".
- Some recent recognition for the show: Futurama won 2 of the 3 Annie Awards it
was nominated for at the annual "Annie" animation awards ceremony in Los
Angeles a couple of weeks ago. These were: Best Writing in an animated TV show
(Ron Weiner, for "The Luck of the Fryrish" , in which Fry looks for his
seven-leaf clover and learns about his brother); and Best Male Voice
Performance (John Dimaggio, as Bender, in "Bendless Love", in which Bender and
his nemesis Flexo vie for the love of Bending robot Angleyne).
The Simpsons won the award for Best Animated TV series, as it has every single
By the way, Futurama also won a primetime Emmy Award this year -- an individual
animation award presented to one of our outstanding storyboard artists, Rodney
- We have finished writing and recording 18 episodes for season 4. In all, 72
episodes of the show have now been produced or are currently in production.
Lots of great ones are in the works. Upcoming guest stars include Coolio,
Sigourney Weaver, Hank Aaron, Al Gore (in his 2nd appearance -- perhaps he'll
become a regular?), and, in an episode that will likely be our season finale in
May, all of the following: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Walter
Koenig, and Nichelle Nichols (also making her 2nd appearance). Yowza!
-David X. Cohen