Twentieth Television Continues Successful Off-Network Run of FUTURAMA on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 2002
Matt Groening's Emmy-Winning Hit Animated Series to Anchor
Cartoon Network's Comedy Block for Adults Starting in Jan. 2003
Twentieth Television and Cartoon Network have entered into an agreement for the exclusive cable rights of the Emmy-winning hit animated series FUTURAMA to begin airing in January 2003.
The announcement was jointly made by Bob Cook, President & Chief Operating Officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
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FUTURAMA will join Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's late night block of animation aimed at adults 18-34. Cartoon Network has acquired rights to air all 72 episodes of FUTURAMA, which recently won the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (less than one hour).
"FUTURAMA is a perfect fit for Adult Swim and Cartoon Network," said Jim Samples, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Cartoon Network. "We could not be happier about having the opportunity to showcase the brilliant work of Matt Groening."
FUTURAMA chronicles the adventures of Philip J. Fry Philip J. Fry is the protagonist of the animated television series Futurama and is voiced by Billy West. He is usually referred to by his family name, "Fry." , a pizza delivery boy who was accidentally frozen on New Year's 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. Fry manages to form a dysfunctional family of sorts with Bender, a robot with a very bad attitude and a bit of a drinking problem, and Leela, the one-eyed pilot of their delivery ship and the object of Fry's clumsy romantic overtures.
FUTURAMA was created by Matt Groening, who also created The Simpsons. Groening and David X. Cohen David X. Cohen (born July 13, 1966), born David Samuel Cohen, is an American television writer. He has written for The Simpsons, and he is the head writer and executive producer of Futurama. developed the series, which debuted on FOX in 1999. New episodes are currently in production.
Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, a twice-weekly block of animation aimed at adults 18-34, has been a hit since its launch on September 2, 2001, posting impressive ratings growth since its launch. Cartoon Network's Adult Swim attracts more viewers 18-34 than such key cable competitors as A&E, History Channel, TNN TNN The National Network (formerly The Nashville Network)
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