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Matt Groening Thinks Futurama Is More 'Real' Than The Simpsons

In "A Big Piece of Garbage," the eighth episode of "Futurama" (first aired on May 11, 1999), it was revealed that 20th-century Earth solved its overflowing landfill problem by balling up all the world's trash, attaching it to a high-powered rocket, and launching it into space. It turns out this was only a temporary fix, as, thanks to the gravitational caprices of comets, the big ball of garbage returned to Earth a millennium later. In order to investigate the returning garbage ball, Fry (Billy West), Leela (Katey Sagal), and the robot Bender (John DiMaggio) must walk across its surface in space suits. They come across a large pile of 1990s junk, including a "Star Trek" collector's plate, a Beanie Baby, and a large pile of Bart Simpson dolls.
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Pitching Futurama To Fox Was A Grueling Process For Matt Groening

"Futurama: It just won't stay dead!" This was the caption on the title card of "Bender's Big Score," the first "Futurama" movie. Since that film's release in 2007, this has still proven true. Brief history lesson: "Futurama" aired for four seasons on Fox between 1999 and 2003. After its cancellation, fan outcry was loud enough for Comedy Central to produce four direct-to-DVD movies (later re-edited into a 16-episode season 5) between 2007 to 2009. Comedy Central then picked up the series for two more seasons, which aired from 2010 to 2013. After that second cancellation, it seemed the show was finally done for good, but it was recently announced that Hulu would be picking the show up for an eighth season.
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The creator of The Simpsons Matt Groening and “his biggest inspiration”, Lynda Barry, sit down, reminisce, and share a slideshow of photos and comics following their careers and friendship. Sounds pretty good, right?. Tickets are $39.50 – $69.50 and still available and you can (and should) get them...

Matt Groening on His Love of Jazz, How It Found Its Way Into ‘The Simpsons’ and Curating a New Jazz Video Playlist for Qwest TV (EXCLUSIVE)

“Can we go deep into the obscure, or do we need to stay mainstream?” When Matt Groening asks that question, the invitation is tantalizing to consider. In this case, Groening is talking about jazz, and specifically about his new partnership with Quincy Jones’ music-video hub, Qwest TV. His mission for Qwest was a curated video playlist revealing the jazz influences crucial to Groening — personally, professionally and to “The Simpsons,” most famously in sax-playing characters such as Bleeding Gums Murphy and Homer’s precocious daughter, Lisa Simpson. Jones’ streaming channel offers a wealth of rarely seen concerts, documentaries, interviews and music-related archival films....

NTS Radio marks 10 years with 10 special guest curators: Matt Groening of ‘The Simpsons,’ My Bloody Valentine, and more

NTS Radio is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by inviting an eclectic group of 10 guest curators to program an episode. From April 19 to April 23, curators such as creator of The Simpsons Matt Groening, My Bloody Valentine, Patia’s Fantasy World, Arca, Detroit’s Theo Parrish, and more will showcase their musical preferences on the airwaves.

The Simpsons creator Matt Groening responds to series’ decline in viewership numbers

Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, has spoken out in defence of the long-running cartoon’s later seasons.The series was recently renewed for two years, in a deal which will take it up to the end of its 34th season.However, the animation, which was a global sensation in the early 1990s, has long faced accusations from fans that the quality has dipped from its seminal heyday. Speaking to USA Today in a recent interview, Groening said: “I give a piece of advice to people who grew up with The Simpsons and maybe think it’s not for them anymore. Check it out...

The Simpsons: Hindu-American organisation responds after Matt Groening says he’s ‘proud’ of Apu

A Hindu-American organisation has spoken out in response to The Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s recent defence of the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.Apu has faced condemnation in recent years as an offensive depiction of an an Indian-American Hindu. Until recently, he was voiced by white actor Hank Azaria.Speaking to USA Today, Groening said: “I think the Apu stories are fantastic, and he’s one of the most nuanced characters on a silly two-dimensional cartoon show.”He added: “So, yeah I’m proud of Apu. I’m trying not to open up another chasm of criticism, but it doesn’t matter what I say. I’ll get it...

‘Simpsons’ Creator Matt Groening Says He’s ‘Proud’ of Character Apu Despite Controversy

In a wide-ranging interview with USA Today as the unparalleled series reaches its 700th episode on Sunday, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening touched on the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who became mired in controversy in wake of Hari Kondabolu’s 2017 documentary The Problem with Apu. In the doc, the comedian called out the show for exploiting racial stereotypes.