Futurama Sees A Future With Cartoon Network
The latest network series refugee to join cable's Cartoon Network is Matt Groening's FUTURAMA. Twentieth Television and Cartoon Network have entered into an agreement for the exclusive cable rights of all 72 episodes of FUTURAMA to begin airing January 2003, during Cartoon Networks late night adult animation block Adult Swim. FUTURAMA chronicles the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy who was accidentally frozen on New Years Eve in 1999 while on the job. When he thaws out 1000 years later, he must adapt to a very different world populated by peculiar species, robots, space ships and omnipresent advertising. In February 2002, Fox confirmed that they were not renewing the Emmy-nominated FUTURAMA for the 2003 - 2004 season. The 4th season of 18 new episodes will premiere on Fox November 10, 2002. Over the past couple of years, many cancelled series from network television have found a home on Cartoon Network. In 2002, Cartoon Network picked up three series that were originally created for The WB: THE OBLONGS, MISSION HILL and BABY BLUES. CN also rescued the original 13 episodes of UPN's ill-fated HOME MOVIES, and will be producing 13 new episodes of the series. Since its launch in September 2001, the twice weekly animation block Adult Swim, has posted impressive ratings growth and currently attracts more viewers aged 18-34 than such key cable competitors as A&E, History Channel, TNN, TV Land, FX, VH1, Sci-Fi and E!.