For the second time in its existence, animated comedy series Futurama has been axed again — three years after returning to the small screen.
The show, created in 1999 by The Simpsons mastermind Matt Groening, was initially scrapped by bosses at America’s Fox network in 2003 following a sharp decline in ratings.
It was revived by Comedy Central executives for a new series in 2010, but now they have announced that its current season seven will be its last on their channel.
The remaining episodes will air this summer before wrapping up for good on Sept. 4, according to EW.com.
However, Groening is hopeful Futurama will be picked up by another network for the future: “We would love to continue. We have many more stories to tell.”
Fox’s long-running medical drama “House” will come to close this week after eight seasons. The show is led by Hugh Laurie, who plays the harsh tongued Dr. Gregory House, and Laurie says he’s satisfied with the show’s success.
“I feel a huge satisfaction that we got to the end with our dignity intact,” he tells the Washington Post. “I never felt that we did anything that wasn’t true to the character or the show — like, ‘House gets a puppy.’ I think that’s quite an achievement.”
Laurie adds that the main character’s harsh personality was what ultimately set the show apart:
“Traditionally in an American drama, the damaged, sarcastic cynic would be a peripheral character,” Laurie adds. “To make someone so apparently jagged and unsympathetic into the central character was a very bold step. And so was clinging to that premise, never relenting to suggest that, underneath it all, he has a heart of gold. I’m not sure that House does have a heart of gold. He is on the side of the angels, but that doesn’t mean that he’s an angel.”
The show concludes with a one-hour retrospective on Monday at 8 p.m. followed immediately by the series finale.
The Simpsons reached the television milestone of 500 episodes on Sunday (February 9, 2012) with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange – who is fighting extradition to Sweden over alleged sex offences – providing his voice for the episode entitled ‘At Long Last Leave’.
In the 500th show, the Simpsons are shown sneaking into a secret town hall meeting, where they are told they will be thrown out of Springfield. Assange – who recorded his lines over the telephone from the Uk – meets the famous family when they arrive in a neighbourhood called ‘The Outlands’. The acclaimed animated comedy is now in its 23rd season, making it the longest-running prime-time scripted programme on US television. The show was in danger of being axed last year, before eventually being contracted for another two seasons at least. Assange is the latest in a long-list of guest voices on the programme – former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, graffiti artist Banksy, Barry White and Hugh Hefner have all appeared. Creator Matt Groening said the Simpsons’ writers still have stories to tell, mostly involving, “characters we’ve never dealt with”, telling the Los Angeles Times, “We have a character we call Squeaky-Voiced Teen.I’d like to know a little bit more about that guy”.
Once the show reaches the end of its 25th season, the number of episodes will stand at 559. The Simpsons continues to parody popular culture, and the current season has featured references to ‘Mad Men’, ‘The Social Network’ and the political-punditry of Glenn Beck.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy is in talks to revamp cult 1975 movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show after paying tribute to the Richard O’Brien film on TV.
A week before the Rocky Horror Show-themed Glee episode airs on October 26, Murphy has been named as the favorite to direct a new version of the camp classic.
According to online reports, Murphy has met with Fox movie bosses, but has yet to commit to the project.
The original film featured Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry and Meat Loaf.
The movie was adapted from a stage musical, written and developed by O’Brien.
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