There’s a few dead TV shows we here at Geeks of Doom have helped the masses fight particularly hard to see resurrected. Of these shows, the two fought hardest for have been Firefly, of course, and the animated favorite Futurama.
The show set a thousand years in the future initially ran from 1999 to 2003 on Fox before it was ultimately canceled. But the eventual release of four direct-to-DVD movies and the relentless passion of the show’s fans paid off, and, to ours and many others’ surprise and delight, it was eventually decided to bring Futuramaback to life. The show’s return scored big numbers—numbers that were praised at the time—and the show’s Facebook page passed 10 million likes, proving the lasting and ever-growing fanbase. Only two years later, the page now sits at 26 million likes. How’s that for growth?
But alas, it wasn’t enough. It’s been reported that Comedy Central has decided to cancel the show for its second time, and that the final 13 episodes of season seven, which are set to begin airing this June, will be the last.
If you’re one of those people who feel lost whenever Jon Stewart‘s Comedy Central news show The Daily Show goes on break for a couple of weeks, get ready for a much lengthier break…sort of.
It’s being reported that Stewart will be taking the summer off from hosting the show—about twelve weeks when it’s all said and done—but it won’t be a vacation spent lounging around on a tropical island somewhere. Stewart is taking the time off to make his debut as a feature film director on a movie titled Rosewater.
If you’ve been reading Geeks of Doom for a while now, you’re aware that we like to offer a friendly reminder whenever Futurama is returning to the airwaves. After its premature cancellation, the battle fans put forth to revive it, and their eventual success, it’s hard to feel like the beloved animated series is ever really safe.
Because of all of that, Futurama stands as the most important show to remember to tune into when it’s on. And with that, ladies and gentlemen, I can once again declare that TONIGHT is the night. Season 7. One glorious hour. 10 p.m. EST. It’s back, baby. Do not miss it!
It was the summer of 2004 when I truly discovered the comedy of Patton Oswalt. What little I knew of him came from his acting work on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens and occasional guest appearances on shows like Seinfeld and bit parts in movies like Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1999 California dysfunction epic Magnolia, but it wasn’t until I caught a few minutes of a solo stand-up performance on Comedy Central one day that I realized he started his career honing his special blend (much like Starbuck’s coffee) of comedy on stage in front of crowds ranging from open and appreciative to drunk and rowdy to sparse and depressing. Then came the release of his first comedy CD Feelin’ Kinda Patton, and after listening to it at least ten times that first day I was a full-blown Patton fanatic.