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6 Great Canceled TV Shows That Came Back From the Grave

9/7/2014 1:06pm EDT
6 Great Canceled TV Shows That Came Back From the Grave
Ted Sarandos, chief content officer over at Netflix was quoted last month as saying that another season of Arrested Development on the streaming service was a question of "when" at this point. That's not surprising considering Arrested Development was essentially the first major show to film exclusively for the network after the company opted to bring it back from the dead after its three year network TV run came to an end.

While the Netflix angle is what made AD's rise from the grave so notable, it's not the first show to get re-greenlit after getting canceled. Here are six other great TV...

10 Hilarious Cartoons Not Just for Kids

6/8/2014 10:00am EDT
10 Hilarious Cartoons Not Just for Kids
With Fox's The Simpsons now well into its third decade on the air, it's been established for a while that animated television shows can appeal to the masses or even be aimed squarely at adult viewers.

From the antics of Peter Griffin to the adventures of Kyle, Stan, Cartman and Kenny, there are plenty of great shows that lull you in with the cartoon animation you watched as a kid, only to wallop you over the head with their over-the-top adult humor.

Here are 10 of our favorite cartoons aimed at adult audiences.

The Critic

We'll start our list with one of our personal favorites that ...

The 15 Sexiest Sci-Fi Women On Television

3/26/2014 1:34am EDT
The 15 Sexiest Sci-Fi Women On Television
Sci-fi shows have a lot to offer - intriguing storylines, alien encounters, paranormal activity and, more often than not, beautiful women.

Today's sci fi is no longer geared to just nerds and homebodies. With compelling story threads, many tune in to find out what happens to the characters each week. But having a little eye candy doesn't hurt either.

Who makes our list of the sexiest sci-fi stars on television?

Valerie Stahl (Minka Kelly) from Almost Human (2013-)

FOX's "Almost Human" is a police drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved h...

Blu-Ray Spotlight: 'Doctor Who,' 'Futurama,' 'Simpsons,' 'Star Trek,' 'Wolverine'

12/8/2013 4:06pm EST
If you're a fan of the sci-fi genre, you've had a great few weeks in the home video department. Doctor Who, Futurama, The Simpsons, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Wolverine have all hit Blu-Ray since November. Here are our capsule reviews of all the new releases, so you can decide which ones deserve a place on your shelf. All hail the Hypnotoad!

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

Just a few weeks after its global simulcast and special theatrical release, BBC Home Entertainment has made the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special available in a Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. The pri...

'Futurama' Finale 'Meanwhile': A Fitting End To A Beautiful Series

9/5/2013 12:30pm EDT
The first episode of Futurama aired in 1999 when the concept of the 2000s seemed so futuristic and foreign. Thirteen years later, the show brought more emotional moments than any cartoon ever should. The finale is no exception. Even though the Cartoon Network revival was often less than stellar, the show earned its place in pop culture as one of the best cartoons ever.

The heart of the show has always been Fry and Leela. When Fry was transported to the future, Leela was his ticket into learning about the new world. Fry’s love for her was a reoccurring plot in the original series. When the ...

TV Characters We'd Want As Our BFF

7/13/2013 10:03am EDT
King of the Hill
Countless scenes in FOX's King of the Hill showed Hank Hill and his three best friends standing around in the alley, drinking beer and talking about whatever they wanted to. It got us thinking: which TV characters would we want as our BFFs? Here's BFTV's list of the top 10 fictional folks we'd like to be best friends with.

Before you check out our picks, let us set them up for you with the rules of the game:

1) The King of the Hill test: is this character really someone you'd want to spend hours in the alley with?

2) No more than one character from the same TV series

3) No more than one...

Comedy Central To End 'Futurama' After Upcoming Season

4/22/2013 6:07pm EDT
Comedy Central has revealed that the upcoming season of the Emmy-winning animated comedy Futurama will be its last.

Thirteen episodes will make up the season, which begins on June 19 with back-to-back episodes. Creator and producer Matt Groening of Simpsons fame said in a statement, "I'm very proud of the upcoming season. If this is indeed the end of ‘Futurama,’ it's a fantastic finish to a good, long run."

"If" is a key term, considering the resurrections of Futurama. Originally canceled by FOX in 2003, the series was brought back in direct-to-video movie form, and then once again in epi...

'Futurama' Star Billy West Previews Season 7

6/20/2012 11:58am EDT
Billy West
Tonight, Comedy Central's Futurama returns for another hilarious season - and at the center of one of TV's best animated series is voice-acting legend Billy West, who recently chatted with me about voicing three of the show's main characters as well as countless more in the year 3000.

Like his co-star Maurice LaMarche, West voices multiple characters on Futurama. Not only does he lend his talent to main character Philip J. Fry, he's also behind Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, the insufferable Zapp Brannigan and numerous others. And like LaMarche, his Futurama roles are more rece...

'Futurama' Season 7 Premiere Advance Review: Is Bender The Father?

6/13/2012 12:00pm EDT
Next Wednesday, Futurama returns with a fantastic season premiere - and Bender hears a phrase now made famous by Maury Povich. Here's an early look ahead. SPOILER ALERT!

In "The Bots and the Bees," everyone's favorite robot (voiced by John DiMaggio) hooks up with the new Planet Express drink machine, Bev (guest voice of Wanda Sykes) - and the result is a baby Bender!

Understandably, Bender doesn't take well to fatherhood, but once Bev departs, he has no choice but to raise little Ben himself. This means that he teaches the young robot to steal, loot and rob a bank. It's Bender at his cl...

Check Out 'Futurama' Volume 6 Now On DVD & Blu-ray

12/28/2011 6:48am EST
Phillip Fry is a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy whose life is going nowhere. When he accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999, he wakes up 1,000 years in the future and has a chance to make a fresh start.

The future will never be the same when the time traveling pizza boy and his friends wreak havoc on the world as they know it. Loaded with tons of fan favorite special features from the creators, "Futurama" Volume 6 arrived on Blu-ray and DVD December 20 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

"Futurama" Volume 6 once again features the original voice cast including Katey S...

Justin Timberlake Honored At Environmental Media Awards

10/17/2011 8:43am EDT
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake has been honored with a top award to mark his continued efforts to help the environment.

The singer/actor picked up The Environmental Media Awards' (EMA) Futures prize, which applauds leading green stars in the entertainment field, on Saturday.

Timberlake is renowned for his green efforts - he owns an eco-friendly golf course near Memphis, Tennessee and he used to take steps to reduce his carbon footprint on his tours.

Animated movie Yogi Bear and documentary Revenge of the Electric Car also received prizes for raising awareness about environmental issues at the cere...

'Modern Family' Dominates The 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards (See List Of Winners)

9/19/2011 7:41am EDT
Modern Family
Modern Family came full circle at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, winning the very first honors of the night and closing the show by topping the prestigious Comedy Series category.

Mad Men looked set to dominate the night, going in with 19 top nominations, and it continued its winning streak for the best drama title for the fourth year in a row.

But the stars of the period drama didn't fair so well - Jon Hamm was a four-time loser for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Kyle Chandler claimed that prize for his role in Friday Night Lights, while Julianna Margulies beat t...

'Futurama' Season Finale Advance Review: One Impressive 'Reincarnation'!

9/1/2011 2:00pm EDT
Can't wait for next week's Futurama season finale? Good news, everyone! I've got a sneak preview of it right here. If you don't mind some minor spoilers, step right this way...

Futurama has come up with some truly unique ideas over the years - the likes of Robot Santa, the head of former President Richard Nixon and Hypnotoad all spring to mind - but the season finale, entitled "Reincarnation," may be one of the most unique that the show has ever done. As the title implies, it presents us three vastly different versions of the Futurama that might have been: an old-time black-and-white...

Q&A: 'Futurama's' Maurice LaMarche - One Of The Hardest Working Voices In Animation

8/11/2011 3:01pm EDT
Maurice LaMarche
If you've watched animation at all over the past two decades-plus, you know Maurice LaMarche. The veteran voice actor has lent his pipes to just about every major animated TV series over that span. Some of his credits include Talespin, Taz-Mania, Animaniacs and its spinoff Pinky and the Brain, The Tick, The Critic, Duck Dodgers, Rocko's Modern Life, Dilbert and The Simpsons.

Seriously. Look it up.

Tonight, in advance of an all-new Futurama, Maurice joined me to talk about two of my favorite characters on the series - space invader Lrrr ("Ruler of Planet Omicron Persei 8!") and newsca...

What Happened To The Emmy Nominations?!

7/14/2011 2:07pm EDT
What happened to this year's Emmy nominations? They're...actually pretty great.

I normally can't stand TV's big awards show; it seems like the same people and series get nominated all the time, with the occasional "why did that get nominated at all?" head-scratcher for variety. But the 2011 nominations were announced early Thursday morning, and while it's still a little puzzling (though let's not name names), there's a bevy of deserving names on that big list.

Here are some of my favorites:

Finally, some love for Justified: I still maintain that star Timothy Olyphant was robbed l...

Comedy Central Renews Futurama For Two More Seasons

3/25/2011 9:31am EDT
Futurama | Photo Credits: Comedy Central
Comedy Central is close to renewing Futurama for two more seasons, a source close to production tells TVGuide.com.

The network will pick up the animated series for another two seasons of...

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TV On DVD: 'Futurama: Volume Five'

12/21/2010 2:44pm EST
Good news, everyone!

Today FOX Home Entertainment has released Futurama: Volume Five, a two-disc DVD set that contains all 13 episodes of the show's first post-cancellation season. (The set is also available on Blu-Ray.) If you missed any of the new episodes that recently aired on Comedy Central, now you can catch up. Let's take a look at what's inside the DVD version, shall we?

The Show

Futurama was easily the funniest of FOX's animated series when it was on the first time, and it's still pretty hilarious the second time around. With the original voice cast and creative team back...

Triumphant Return For 'Futurama'

6/25/2010 11:11am EDT
After a seven year hiatus, the animated comedy "Futurama" returned with new episodes on Comedy Central Thursday night.

Following the footsteps of "Family Guy," "Futurama" originally aired on Fox, was canceled, and was eventually revived due to increased popularity found after its demise. Two brand new episodes kicked off the sixth season premiere on Thursday.

The show, introduced by "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, follows slacker Fry (Billy West) who is cryogenically frozen in 1999 and thawed out a millennium later in "New" New York City. He lands a job at an interplanetary deli...

Devo To Get Animated For 'Futurama'

6/8/2010 6:30pm EDT
New wave rockers Devo are to get animated to celebrate the 100th episode of cult show Futurama.

The futuristic Matt Groening series was cancelled in 2003 but fans brought it back to life. To celebrate the 100th show, Groening asked his musical heroes to be a part of the show - and they agreed to play mutant rights activists.

The episode comes as Devo stage a comeback of their own - their upcoming Something for Everybody will be the band's first album in 20 years.

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A Decade Of Doom, Gloom, & Apocalypse Is Ahead For Us!

1/17/2010 10:00am EST
Like it or not, we are living in the future--even if it isn't the one we thought it would be. Leading up to the turn of the century, most science fiction stories taking place the first decade of the 21st century

depicted it as an era of elegant space travel and scientific whimsy. Images imbibed in us by the potential wonders that science and invention could offer. However, the stories that take place in the coming decade are a different matter altogether. If the 00's were to be a time of discovery, the next decade, it seems, is when we go and blow it all up (you maniacs!). If you judge w...

New TV On DVD, Oct. 13

10/13/2009 8:00am EDT
Phillip Frye is cryogenically frozen on New Year's Eve 1999 and wakes up in 2999. He ends up befriending Leela, a confident, one-eyed alien; Bender, an alcohol-powered robot; Farnsworth, a distant relative and scientist; and Zoidberg, a lobster-like alien. The complete series of Futurama is now on DVD. Also in stores: Girlfriends season 7, Legend of the Seeker season 1, and Married...With Children season 11.

'Futurama' Returns With 26 New Episodes In 2010

6/10/2009 9:49am EDT
20th Century Fox Television, the animation powerhouse that brought "Family Guy" back from the dead five years ago, has done it again: Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's brilliantly subversive animated sci-fi comedy "Futurama" will return to production on 26 new half-hour episodes more than six years after the series aired its last original episode.

"Futurama" was a staple of Fox's Sunday night animation block from 1999 to 2003 before ceasing production on original episodes. In June 2006, Comedy Central acquired the rights to the existing 72 episodes of the series, which the channel be...

Fox's New 'Sit Down, Shut Up' Joins Sunday's 'Animation Domination'

4/16/2009 10:25pm EDT
Sit Down, Shut Up
From the creator of Arrested Development and the producers of Two And A Half Men, comes the new Sony Pictures Television half-hour animated comedy series, "Sit Down, Shut Up" for FOX. The series premieres Sunday, April 19 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) as part of FOX's Animation Domination Sunday night lineup.

Based on the hit live-action Australian series, "Sit Down, Shut Up" revolves around the lives of high school faculty members in a small Florida fishing town who are so preoccupied with their own personal needs and agendas that the students ALWAYS come second. At Knob Haven High the teac...

'Futurama' Epic 'Into The Wild Green Yonder' Debuts April 26

4/6/2009 1:59pm EDT
Greetings, Earthlings! The Emmy Award-winning animated series "Futurama" has landed at Comedy Central, and now it's time for the ultimate blast-off!

Tune in for the out-of-this-world hilarious World Television Premiere of "Into the Wild Green Yonder," scheduled to debut as a four-part epic on Sunday, April 26, beginning at 9:00 p.m.

In the first-ever television debut, "Into the Wild Green Yonder" puts Fry and the Planet Express crew on the brink of a marvelous new Green Age. However, when ancient forces of darkness - three years older than time itself -- re-emerge to wreak havoc,...

Exclusive Interview With Meatwad, Er, Dave Willis, Of 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force'

12/15/2008 1:00pm EST
Dave Willis
Dave Willis is a busy man. Since joining Cartoon Network as a writer for Space Ghost: Coast to Coast he has co-created Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Volume 6 is available on DVD December 16) and "Squidbillies" - all while writing for various other series like The Brak Show and "Perfect Hair Forever." He also does various voices for the shows, including the ever-popular Meatwad and Carl.

We were grateful that Mr. Willis found the time to fill out our Dave Willis Questionnaire™, the definitive Q&A for whenever you need to interview Dave Willis.


What is your favorite voice...

The Twelve Episodes of Christmas Television Gave To Us

12/14/2008 12:00pm EST
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Every year around this time, holiday specials fall on network TV like snowflakes, a comforting blanket of tradition and familiarity. But while those classics may be festive enough for some, we prefer a more modern take on the holiday season. From the heart-warming to the hilarious to the possibly offensive, here are twelve holiday-themed episodes from some of my favorite contemporary shows that put me in the Christmas spirit:

"Forgiveness and Stuff" (Gilmore Girls, Season 1 Episode 10)

Though the foundation of Gilmore Girls is the inseparable mother-daughter duo, the ...

Five Most Underrated & Overrated TV Shows At Comic-Con

8/8/2008 10:31am EDT
Two weeks ago, nerds, geeks, and those "just going to San Diego for the weekend to check out the beaches" poured into Comic-Con 2008 in all their "Babylon 5"-clad glory.

Comic-Con is an ever-evolving beast. It started as a few dozen collectors meeting in a basement in San Diego to trade and discuss comics. Now it is an event so massive it shuts down an entire city for the weekend.

Comic-Con also holds a tremendous amount of power nowadays. Nervous directors unveil scenes from their latest superhero big-screen opus to the attendees, well-aware that a lukewarm response could spe...

Top Five Shows On Adult Swim

6/17/2008 9:27am EDT
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
A talking crime fighting ass, some fox reruns, and 15-minute shorts that are tailor made for the web and/or stoned people? You don't have to be a stop action animator, a 13 year old, or a stoner to love the funniest channel on television. For years Cartoon Network's adult swim has broken the mold on what is funny and pushed the limits of what is allowed. They are defining for a whole demographic what comedy is: as they said about Futurama (which they recently lost to Comedy Central), you wouldn't have even been watching it if they hadn't told you it was funny.

It's not like Adult Swim...

Our Favorite Fictional TV Towns

5/22/2008 8:30am EDT
South Park
Many television series are based in real-life cities (Full House - San Francisco; Family Matters - Chicago; and Beverly Hills, 90210 - Beverly Hills). Even though several TV towns are fictional, TV fans can't help but wonder what it'd be like to live there.

Here's a look at some of our favorite fictional TV towns:

Stars Hollow, Connecticut (Gilmore Girls)

Stars Hollow, which was founded in 1779, is a small town in Connecticut that's home to some very eccentric characters. From Rory and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), to the grouchy Luke Danes and the always stranger Kirk, ther...

Back from the Dead: TV Shows That Survived Cancellation

5/8/2008 8:22am EDT
Shows are canceled all the time. This time the victim was "Men In Trees," a show that jumped timeslots, disappeared for months at a time, and was finally put out of its misery by ABC. It wasn't exactly a surprise the network canceled it. Who knew it was still on? (Fans can catch the final few episodes when it airs again beginning May 28.)

But what doesn't happen all the time is second chances. Once a television show is canceled (a.k.a. axed, yanked, cut, punted, escorted off the premises, etc.) by its network, it ceases to exist. Normally, that is the case...but not always. After al...