Jan Hooks of ‘SNL’ Died Thursday of Undisclosed Illness

Jan Hooks of Saturday Night Live (SNL) fame was 57 when she died of an undisclosed illness on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Hooks was a member of the cast of SNL during a five-year period from 1986 to 1991, when some of the greatest comedians it ever had on it were also cast members. She worked with comedians like Michael Myers, Philip Hartman, Dennis Miller, Dana Carvey and Chris Farley. The news of her tragic passing was first broken by TMZ.

There has been no word yet released about what illness Jan Hooks had, though sources reportedly said that it was a serious one. She died on Thursday morning in New York City.

In 1985, Jan Hooks played the part of Tina in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. While a member of the cast of SNL, Jan became famous for playing a wide variety of roles. Some of her most well-known ones include playing First Lady Hillary Clinton, Bette Davis, Jodie Foster, singer Sinead O’Connor, Ann-Margret and one of the Sweeney Sisters along with Nora Dunn.

Prior to being on SNL, Hooks dated fellow cast member, Kevin Nealon. Nealon related that he and Jan had some “amazing times” together over the years. Also, Hooks has stated that cast member Phil Hartman was a great help in getting over her debilitating stage fright.

Though Hooks is perhaps best remembered for her time with SNL, she also acted in other TV series such as Designing Women (CBS), as Carlene Frazier Dobber. She was the replacement for actress Jean Smart. She played the role of Verna Maroney role in two episodes of 30 Rock, which also starred Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan.

In the 1992 movie, Batman Returns, Jan Hooks played Jen. Another movie Hooks was in was the 1993 flick, The Coneheads. She played a driving student, Gladys Johnson.

Jan Hooks was Meg Harper Short in the 1994 TV series, The Martin Short Show. In 1998, Jan Hooks was nominated for an Emmy for playing Vicki Dubcek in the TV series, 3rd Rock From the Sun, according to Jan Hook’s IMDb page.

Besides acting in these roles, Hooks also provided her vocal talents on the long-running animated TV series, The Simpsons, in a total of six episodes from 1997 to 2002. She was the voice of Apu’s wife, Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon. Also, in a 2001 episode of the animated series, Futurama, “Bendless Love,” she was the voice of Anglelyne.

Comedian Jan Hooks, who was 57, died this Thursday morning in New York City of a serious but as yet undisclosed illness. This SNL alum was on the NBC series while many other famous comedians were also there, in their formative years, like Mike Meyers, Chris Farley and Dana Carvey. Jan Hooks shot to fame on Saturday Night Live, but she also acted in several other television series that were immensely popular at the time, like Designing Women, which was one of the biggest hits on TV. She also became well-known for her vocal work on The Simpsons. Jan Hooks provided her fans with a lot of laughs and entertainment over the decades and she will be greatly missed.

Written By Douglas Cobb

New York Daily News
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Article source: http://guardianlv.com/2014/10/jan-hooks-of-snl-died-thursday-of-undisclosed-illness/

First look and plot of the Simpsons – Futurama crossover

I love the Simpsons, it’s one of the greatest cartoons of all time. That being said I know I’m probably in the minority saying this, but I love Futurama even more. Futurama to me was the Simpsons done the way the Simpsons just couldn’t be done. It was Matt Groening mastering his art and creating a masterpiece.

The Simpsons is based in a familiar world full of outlandish people. Futurama got rid of all that the familiarity and double down on crazy. It is just the best.

Futurama has come to a close, so when I heard we were going to get a Futurama and Simpsons crossover… it’s almost death by snu snu.

Even the tag line of the Simpsorama is great “A show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes.” Obviously referencing how long the Simpsons has been on and how Futurama has been cancelled… a couple of times.

In the teaser image we see two guys who were just meant to be together Homer and Bender. Can you imagine the things those two alcoholic misfits could get into. I’m literally giddy right now.

The first image (which is above) shows Homer and Bender having a beer together. The second image (the one right down below this line) shows an angry Bender facing off with Homer.


Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean says the plot will be:

“Simpsorama will focus on a complicated, sci-fi plotline in which Bender travels back in time in order to kill Bart and prevent a worldwide catastrophe, which originates from radioactive waste, Milhouse’s rabbit’s foot and “Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich.”

That sounds amazing. You’ll be able to catch Simpsorama on November 9th.

What do you think about the Simpsons and Futurama crossover? Let us know in the comments below.

Article source: http://lightlybuzzed.com/2014/09/08/first-look-plot-simpsons-futurama-crossover/

The Simpsons and Futurama crossover episode plot revealed

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The Science And Technology In Futurama That Everyone In Ad Tech Can …

What do advertising technology and the much-loved futuristic cartoon Futurama have in common? At first glance, not much, but when you think about marketing in the Futurama world, there’s an uncanny similarity between the advertisements of the future and now. But rather than just having ads that follow you online and track your movements around town via smartphone, Futurama takes it to the next logical step: ads that are inserted into your dreams while you sleep.

In an episode from the first season, “A Fishfull of Dollars,” Futurama’s main character, Fry, a 20th century transplant in the year 3000, experiences an ad while having a nightmare — he’s forgotten to study for a test and he’s arrived to the classroom in his underwear. Here’s how it plays out in Fry’s dream:

Teacher: Mister Fry, are those your underpants? [Fry looks down and sees he is wearing only his briefs. He stands up and the whole class laughs and points. He gasps.] Young man, I think it’s time you learned a lesson about Lightspeed brand briefs.[She pulls down a poster showing the briefs.]

Announcer: [voice-over] Lightspeed fits today’s active lifestyle. Whether you’re on the job … [Fry suddenly appears in a company meeting wearing just Lightspeeds.] … or having fun. [He sits with a woman on a bed.] Lightspeed briefs, style and comfort for the discriminating crotch.

Talk about experiential advertising. Fry first sees this ‘native advertisement’ inserted into a dream, is temporarily upset about it the next day, and then decides he needs to buy the briefs at the mall.

In our less advanced day and age, marketers are still trying to figure out how to insert themselves without invading a consumer’s privacy. Marketers know they need to be genuine and conversational while being relevant, but often struggle with an artful way to do so.

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However, another aspect of Futurama might hold some clues as to what would work with consumers. Creator Matt Groening and co-developer David X. Cohen know their target audience of sci-fi fans so well that they’ve created a series of fun, intentional inside jokes left for viewers to discover.

For example, in several episodes Bender speaks words entirely in binary code. While an ordinary person might understand the jest at a basic level, a tech-savvy fan of Futurama and might spend extra time deciphering the binary code, becoming “in” on it when he or she finds out what it means.

Another example is the ‘Futurama Theorem,’ which Cohen developed with Futurama writer and applied math PhD Ken Keeler. Keeler essentially wrote an entire proof for a scene in the animation that can be worked on and enjoyed by math geeks — and isn’t just a random string of gibberish made to look like math.

According to Cohen, these jokes, which weren’t supposed to be for the audience at all, ended up creating a sensation among math nerds everywhere.

“There was an opportunity to put in jokes in the background of the animation screens that very few people were going to get,” Cohen mentions in an interview with Wired. “Very few people would try that in a calculator and get the joke. But the people that did were amazed that it was so obscure and so tailored for them. And they become a fan for life after that. It isn’t the hugest audience, but it is the audience that saved our neck when we were cancelled.” By including these personalized bits and understanding what resonated with the audience, the Futurama writers created a devoted following.

With the book debut of The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh, which includes several chapters on Furutrama, Cohen explains that audience has become even bigger — now, everyone wants to be in on the joke.

This article is an original contribution by Bryan Bartlett.

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Futurama’s Billy West to appear at Sun City Sci-Fi

Get ready to blast into geek culture this weekend with the Sun City Sci-Fi Fan Expo.

As the second Sun City Sci-Fi expo this year, the convention brings guests Billy West, voice of Futurama’s “Fry,” Barbara Goodson, who played “Rita Repulsa” in a series of Power Rangers productions, Daniel Logan, who owned the role of “Boba Fett” in Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Mark Dodson and Tim Rose, both known for their work in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and cosplayers LeeAnna Vamp and Kirika Yashida.

Also making an appearance is El Paso’s own Eddie Nunez, a character designer, now based in San Diego, who’s worked for Marvel and DC Comics.

The fan expo is slated to be a “pop culture event centered around Star Wars,” said Ean Puhlman, Sun City Sci-Fi event organizer.

“We have celebrity QAs, and there’s going to be panels about comic books, video games, and card games,” Puhlman said. “We’re going to have lots of video gaming and table-top gaming — there’s going to be so many things to do.”

On Friday night, 8 p.m. to midnight, Sun City Sci-Fi will host a launch party at Sparrow’s Spirits and Pies, 201 S. El Paso St., with members of the Vhe’rang Clan of the Mandalorian Mercs costume club and the 501st Legion, a fan-based organization dedicated to costumes in the fashion of Star Wars villainy. Admission is free.

“You don’t even have to buy a convention ticket to get in — you can just come on down and enjoy the music,” Puhlman said of Friday’s launch party. “We’re going to be giving away some tickets for the weekend, as well.”

Puhlman said the decision to host a second convention in 2014 came after about 2,500 people, including vendors, guests and attendees, came together for Sun City Sci-Fi in March, double that of the attendance the year before.

“We just had such a great turnout in March that we decided that it would be possible for us to do two big conventions a year,” Puhlman said.

Sun City Sci-Fi events are funded by the Puhlman family with the help of grant money from MCAD, the city’s museums and cultural affairs department, as well as sponsors, including the Camino Real Hotel and Desert View Homes.

Puhlman said he expects as many as 5,000 attendees for the fan expo this weekend.


Sun City Sci-Fi Fan Expo

El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center Plaza

Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Tickets: $9.99 per day, 

kids 10 and under free with adult admission

Tickets can no longer be purchased online, 

but are available at the door.

Article source: http://www.whatsuppub.com/news/local/article_17a9f074-4982-11e4-9f59-001a4bcf6878.html

‘Simpsons’ Producer Previews ‘Family Guy,’ ‘Futurama’ Crossovers & More

Admit it: you’d lost sight of just how fond of the Springfield community you are until you found yourself sucked into endless half-hours of that FXX marathon a few weeks back.

It’s no surprise that, after 26 seasons, fans may have started to take The Simpsons a little for granted until that big wallop of both nostalgia and enduring quality reminded everyone just how great the show has been over the years. Executive producer Al Jean, an original member of the writing staff and showrunner since Season 13, promises that the show’s creative team is definitely not undervaluing the residents of 742 Evergreen Terrace and their friends and neighbors in the new season, which promises a startlingly ambitious and exciting slate of episodes.

In the first half of Season 26, which kicks off on Sept. 28, a Springfieldian dies, for good; Futurama‘s Bender travels back in time to kill Bart to save the future; the Simpsons are haunted by their Tracey Ullman-era incarnations; Kang and Kodos’ home planet is revealed; and guest stars like Nick Offerman, Willem Defoe and Elon Musk pop in. And, of course, Springfield is invaded by the Griffin family of Quahog, Rhode Island in the Sept. 28 season premiere of Family Guy, a highly anticipated — and hotly debated — crossover.

In a recent conference call with journalists, Jean teases out even more details from making the latest season, reveals what it meant to him to revisit the complete series during that epic marathon and weighs in on whether we’ll one day be celebrating the show’s 30th season.

On the death of one of Springfield’s familiar residents — the identity remains top secret — in the 26th Season opener “Clown In the Dumps”:

Al Jean: This may have been a little overhyped! [Laughs] That being said, I think it’s a wonderful episode and I think it works along the parameters we originally set out. I think that people will really like it. I wanted to mention there is a brilliant couch gag at the beginning by artist Don Hertzfeldt. Don’t tune in late; you’ll really be sorry if you miss it. David Hyde Pierce is in the first episode. I’m afraid I can’t give out any more clues about anything more — it’ll blow the secret, so that’s what I’ll say is he’s on that first show.

On whether the dearly departed character will follow in the paw prints of Family Guy‘s Brian with an insta-resurrection:

Well, when we kill them, they stay dead! That’s my motto! But, you know, in animation, you can certainly have somebody remember somebody else or fantasize or have a dream about them, so I wouldn’t rule that out. But we’re not going to do what they did with Brian. It’s not going to be a time machine or something that solves the problem and he or she is back as a living character.

On the much-anticipated Family Guy crossover episode, which airs immediately after the season premiere:

I can tell you this: I’ve seen it. I’ve seen the whole episode, and I loved it. That’s probably my strongest recommendation. Rich Appel, who works on Family Guy, approached us — Rich had also worked for us, and I’ve known him a long time; a really great writer. Him working on it, I thought, ‘Well, it’s going to be great.’ You know, they all did a great job: him and Steve Callaghan and of course Seth McFarlane. I can only say — I don’t want to give anything away, I don’t want to reveal the jokes in it — but I thought it was actually sweet, and it made me laugh multiple, multiple times, so I’m glad it exists. If they sold a DVD of it, I’d buy it… It’s their episode. They were great about it. By the way, the Futurama crossover was us, so in both cases, both shows who are the host show wrote a script, submitted it to the visitor, and said, “Let us know if we’re off with anything.” We gave really, really tiny notes. Jim [Brooks] and Matt [Groening] and I all signed off on the Family Guy crossover, but that’s their show. I came to it more as a viewer than anything else.

On the Simpsons-produced crossover episode with another of Matt Groening’s animated creations, Futurama:

Futurama is a hugely natural fit, with brilliant voice actors. It was something that we loved doing. [Futurama co-creator and executive producer] David [X.] Cohen worked with us on it, and he’s great, of course. Everything that we are doing is something that we thought was creatively good. It wasn’t really something that we were doing for hype or promotion. It just turned out, luckily, that when we mentioned these ideas, people would say, “Wow, that’s great — I’m really excited!” The biggest joy was — besides, as I just mentioned, working with David Cohen and of course Matt Groening got to work with himself — was that we had at our table read, Maurice LeMarche and Billy West and John DiMaggio plus our cast, all in one room. And I really thought, this is the greatest assembly of voiceover talent ever. It was just really, really fun. We got Katey Sagal later; we have everybody from Futurama in the show. It was just such a natural fit because the styles of the shows are from the same creator, the sense of humor is the same, and it was really just a pleasure to do. It’ll be airing November 9.

We had Harlan Ellison as a guest, and we said, “Everybody’s stolen your plot about someone from the future coming back to kill someone in the present to save the future, so we’re going to steal it, too.”

On the latest — and very ambitious — 25th anniversary installment of “Treehouse of Horror”:

The Halloween show has three segments that are all wonderful. One is “A School in Hell” that’s a little bit inspired by the Sandman comics of Neil Gaiman. Really beautiful. The middle segment is Kubrick-inspired — it’s “A Clockwork Orange” segment, and it was just such a pleasure to watch his films again with that. And then the Simpsons meet their Tracey Ullman selves, and that came off really funny, so that one’s very, very ambitious, and there’s more to it even than I just described. And then, coming in January, we’re going to air the episode where they visit the home planet of Kang and Kodos, and that was directed by David Silverman, who’s our longtime brilliant director — one of our longtime, brilliant directors — and it came out great.

On the wildly popular “Every Simpsons Ever” 12-day marathon of all 552 episodes to date that marked the series’ debut on FXX and hit ratings highs:

It was a surprisingly wonderful, emotional experience. It was literally like seeing my life flash before my eyes, with very few commercials. I’ve been here the whole time, in one form or another, and I remember, both of my daughters were born during the run of this show, I remembered the writers I had worked with. We really loved live Tweeting right from the start with people like Jon Vitti and Jeff Martin, and then the current writers like Tim Long. I wish everybody could have as wonderful an experience as I had with that marathon.

On the revelations he had as he watched the marathon:

There were two observations I had — and remember, this is my opinion; everyone’s entitled to their own. The first was in, like, Season Three or something, we kept ending each episode with a parody of Starsky and Hutch where everybody just started laughing for no reason. I was like “We did that a few times too many.”

Then my second observation: The episodes were “Once Upon a Time in Springfield” and “Million Dollar Maybe” and “Boy Meets Curl” — those three episodes I watched in a row. This is from the later era of the show, which sometimes people say they don’t like as much, or whatever. I found them really funny. I was going, “These are really good — and emotional, too.” People will say, “You don’t write emotional episodes anymore.” The three of them were full of emotion. I thought it was really wonderful that the last day of the marathon was the highest rated, even though those episodes had just aired on FOX. I really felt people who may have stopped watching when they went to college or left college would watch some new ones and go there’s a lot of great stuff in these newer episodes.

On the most obscure character in the Simpsons universe that Jean loves the most:

Baron von Kissalot is where Arty Ziff tried to kiss Marge and then she took a taxi home and the guy asks for her fare and she said to ask ‘Baron von Kissalot.’ Then they cut to this real baron with a big pair of lips. That joke was a David Mirkin joke. Really funny.

On the show’s most recent primetime ratings:

A guy I worked with years ago told me ratings depend on two things: What you’re against, and what you’re after. Every fall, we’re after football, so people go “Wow, really strong numbers.” And every spring, there’s no football, so they go “Hmm, they took a drop.” But in terms of the 18-49 demo, in terms of the profitability of the show, I think our ads are about in the Top 5 of all shows on all networks, and we’re huge in 18-49, even more in males 18-34, and we always are. We rerun really well. If I was looking at the show without looking at the name or how long it had been on, I’d go, “This is something that’s clearly doing really well for the network.”

On whether the show’s long-lead production time leaves the creators wishing they had room to be include more topical, of-the-moment humor:

Because we produce it a year ahead, and also because, as you saw with the marathon, we aired shows from 20 years ago and they held up, I believe, we want a sort of a timeless quality, where we do subjects like poor healthcare or people getting screwed on their mortgages — things that are going to be always a problem. Whereas, as much as I admire South Park, they’re shooting for something a little different, and I never feel like we’re in direct competition. People will go, “Oh, are you trying to outflank them? Make yourself edgier? Or less edgy?” I go, “We’re just ourselves and they’re just themselves, and there’s room for both.”

On TV boundaries and taboos in 2014:

In terms of what’s off limits, what’s funny is that certain things that weren’t off-limits — like, Maude did an abortion episode — are now more off-limits than they were. It’s a funny sort of dynamic in terms of what television wants to see and what it allows. I also happen to be running the show after 9/11 and people then said, “Well, you can never make fun of the president anymore. That’s just going to be the end of that.” And I was just like, “Really? George W. Bush is never going to do anything funny?” And, of course, that was insane. So it’s hard to ever say, “Oh, X will never be done,” because Jim Brooks, who runs the show and did Mary Tyler Moore — his career was taking something that had never been done and doing it.

On the long-term future for the series beyond Season 26:

I’m not being glib when I say the long-term future has rarely looked brighter. That marathon on FXX did wonders for us in every way. We’re still doing really well on the network. It’s still an international hit. We just did a little video where Dan Castellaneta, voice of Groundskeeper Willy, is advocating an “I Vote for Scotland,” and that got 4 million views. So if you said how long is the show going to last, I’d say my guess is at least two more years. Probably four, maybe more. Nobody’s talked to us about wrapping it up. Nobody.


  • should be interesting to not only learn maybe what character sadly bites the big one but also how the simpsons react to peter and his family in the cross over. hard to believe the simpsons are still around.

  • The Simpsons hasn’t been The Simpsons since 1999 at the latest. Since then it’s been what I call “The Yellow Gauntlet” and it’s been a long, painful trial for anybody with the slightest comedy sensibilities.

  • MTV is still around, now that’s something hard to believe.

  • Had to laugh at the “enduring quality” bit.

  • Yeah. After watching that marathon, the 90′s had the BEST episodes. They had me rolling. I was like “It’s been a minute since I laughed at a Simpsons episode.”

Article source: http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2014/09/28/simpsons-producer-previews-family-guy-futurama-crossover-and-more/

Futurama’s Resident Physics Nerd on Math Jokes and Richard Nixon

David X. Cohen at Comic-Con in 2011. Gage Skidmore | CC BY­ND

David X. Cohen is one of the few TV writers who can thank a physics degree for his big break. As the resident science nerd on The Simpsons back in the late 1990s, he was tapped by series creator Matt Groening to help develop a new sci-fi show for Fox. The series they dreamed up, Futurama, was bursting at the seams with wild sci-fi antics and macabre humor. The network was perplexed.

“I think they thought it was going to be a little bit more of a family flying around on a sofa in space,” Cohen says in Episode 118 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

Fox reluctantly gave Cohen and Groening the go-ahead for their new show, and though Futurama quickly earned a loyal following among sci-fi fans, it never achieved the broad mainstream popularity of The Simpsons. But one thing the shows do share is their large number of sly math jokes, many of which are catalogued in the new book The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh. The book includes four chapters on Cohen and Futurama.

“We’ve entered a surreal chapter in the history of these shows were I’m doing interviews about math suddenly that I haven’t thought about in 20 years,” says Cohen. “So don’t quiz me.”

He’s also busy contemplating his next project, following the fourth and possibly final cancellation of Futurama last year. Fans can look forward to a Simpsons crossover in November, but beyond that the show’s future is uncertain. Cohen believes that DVD sales will likely determine whether Futurama returns again, but also feels that fans have already done their part to keep the showing going for as long as they have.

“Our fans have helped us more than the fans of almost any other show,” he says. “Our fans don’t owe us anything. In fact, I feel like I owe all of our fans a free DVD set.”

For more on David X. Cohen and Futurama, listen to our complete interview in Episode 118 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast (above) and check out a few highlights from the discussion below.

David X. Cohen on the influence of Stanislaw Lem:

“My mom was a voracious science fiction reader, so actually that’s where I got my love of science fiction, and some of the books I found lying around when I was a kid were the Stanislaw Lem books like The Star Diaries, The Tales of Pirx the Pilot, and [Mortal Engines]. These are these really strange, surreal, and funny sci-fi short stories that I think did have a big influence on me, especially as far as the idea that robots could be characters. So Bender being kind of the most human character on Futurama I think does owe a little bit to Stanislaw Lem. I particularly remember this one story that had a huge influence on me … about a planet that was inhabited entirely by robots, and these humans crash-land on it, and the murderous robots are out to kill the humans, and the humans have to pretend to be robots to survive, and of course it turns out ultimately—spoiler alert here—it turns out that everybody on the planet are humans who crash-landed and are disguising themselves as robots, and are hiding out in desperation from each other. So that directly influenced Futurama.”

David X. Cohen on Richard Nixon:

“For those listening who don’t watch Futurama, Richard Nixon’s head—which is preserved in a jar of liquid, as many famous people’s heads are in the future—Richard Nixon’s head is president of the world in the future. … I remember Matt Groening saying, ‘If you had told me in the ’70s that I was going to be able to make fun of Richard Nixon 30 years later, I would have been so happy.’ It was just his longtime dream to continue kicking around Richard Nixon. … And early on in the show the network got a letter from the Richard Nixon Library saying they weren’t pleased with his portrayal and would we consider not doing it. … We didn’t really stop, however, because we liked it, but the strange thing is that … a few years later we got another letter from the Nixon Library saying can we provide some materials because they’re going to do an exhibit about Nixon in popular culture and they’d like to include Futurama, so they came around.”

David X. Cohen on the Futurama Theorem:

“The highlight of Futurama math for sure is this thing that’s now known as the ‘Futurama Theorem.’ I’m descending into hyper-nerdspace now. The writer of this episode was Ken Keeler, who I mentioned earlier, who has a PhD in applied math. … And he was writing this episode where the idea was the characters are all going to switch brains, with this brain-switching machine—sort of a standard sci-fi and cartoon idea. … And we came up with this complication: If the machine switches two people’s brains, it cannot switch those same two people’s brains back. … And we were just trying to make the plot more complicated, but we realized that we had accidentally created this math problem. … Ken comes in the next morning with a stack of paper and he said, ‘I’ve got the proof,’ and he had proven that no matter how mixed up people’s brains are, if you bring in two new people who have not had their brains switched, then everybody can always get their original brain back, including those two new people. So I was very excited about this, because you rarely get to see science, let alone math, be the hero of a comedy episode of TV.”

David X. Cohen on “The Un-Freeze of a Lifetime”:

“These Anthology of Interest episodes are ones where we do three mini-stories rather than one big story. This is sort of the format of the Simpsons Halloween episodes. So on Futurama we have these Anthology of Interests where we say, ‘What if blank?’ and it’s some alternate version of the future that we don’t normally show. We did one, which I wrote, where Fry asks, ‘What if I had never come to the future?’ And we see that because he was supposed to go into the future and the future changed, there’s an instability in the spacetime continuum, and the universe is going to collapse, and we then show Al Gore leading this team of super-nerds that must save the universe. The team consisted of him, Gary Gygax (the creator of Dungeons Dragons), Nichelle Nichols from the original Star Trek, Deep Blue the chess-playing computer, and … did I forget anyone? Stephen Hawking, of course. Stephen Hawking, who also appeared three times on Futurama. So it was a nerd’s delight to work on this episode.”

Article source: http://www.wired.com/2014/09/geeks-guide-david-x-cohen/

A “Futurama” & “The Simpsons” Crossover Is on the Horizon

The recent 12-day marathon of The Simpsons on FXX had fans reminiscing about the show’s greatness while ignoring the show’s impending end. While the show hasn’t formerly announced or even hinted that it will be ending, the current slab of crossover episodes prove otherwise. Especially since the tagline for the upcoming The Simpsons/Futurama episode is, “a show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes.”

For fans of Futurama this is great news because cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice LaMarche will be teaming up for a final time. Futurama was canceled once last year. “They were going off the air, so I thought people would really love it if we had one more chance to see those characters,” says Simpsons executive producer Al Jean.

The plot for Simpsorama will be very Terminator-esque. When a sandwich that Bart blew his nose on gets placed in a time capsule along with Milhouse’s rabbit’s foot and radioactive ooze it causes a global catastrophe. In order to prevent this mess, Bender must go back in time and kill Bart. There is no word on if Sideshow Bob will be aiding Bender.

Simpsorama will be airing on November 9.


via Entertainment Weekly


Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly

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The First Image From The Futurama/Simpsons Crossover Has Been Released

It’s been exactly one year since Comedy Central aired Futurama’s series finale; as we argued at the time, it was the wrong Matt Groenig show to be waving goodbye to.

Thankfully, it’s not the last we’ll see of them. On July 20, it was announced that the gang would be back together for a crossover episode with The Simpsons, which promised to be a whole lot less insufferable/offensive than the Family Guy crossover the show has planned for September 28.  

“[Futurama] were going off the air, so I thought people would really love it if we had one more chance to see those characters,” says Al Jean, Simpsons’ executive producer. “We’re always looking for things that are compatible with us, and I thought, ‘Well, what’s more compatible?’ We do a joke, actually, about how similar Bender and Homer look. Like, they just erased Homer’s hair.”

The episode is called ‘Simpsorama’ and will air on November 9, featuring a Simpsons-esque tweak of the title sequence (duh), and voice actors Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice LaMarche. The tagline in the opening credits? “A show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes.”

And now EW has the first image and some plot details, too. “A complex, Terminator-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse’s rabbit’s foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, prompting Bender to travel back in time to kill Bart and prevent this mega-mess.”

Here’s Bender trying to prevent the mega-mess. They do look kinda alike:


h/t: Fox, EW


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