Lauren and the Cast/Producers/Writers from Futurama recording commentary for episodes 23, 24, 25, and 26 of Season 7.
For Men in Trees fans: Buzz (John Amos) and Mai at the Hollywood Show 2012.
I just returned from the London Comicon Expo! We did a Futurama panel to a sold out crowd, it was so much fun.
The questions the audience asked were quite different from the ones asked in San Diego. They wanted to hear what it would sound like if one of our characters from Futurama had a conversation with a character that we voiced in another show. To which Phil Lamarr replied, “Dance, monkey, dance!” We tried our best to come up with off the cuff dialogue. I had Numbah 3 from Kids Next Door talk to Amy from Futurama, and then threw a little Minh from King of the Hill into the mix.
I was taken with the fact that almost all of the staff (nearly 100 people) working the Comicon, were volunteers. What a heck of alot of work, and clearly a labor of love. We were very well taken care of. One of the staff members, James, gave my boys some light sabers from Star Wars and they haven’t stopped playing with them since.
And it was a blast to ride the Underground and check out Picadilly Circus. We ate at a Chinese Restaurant called The Golden Dragon. The little Cantonese I know was of no use when it came time to order since all the sentences I know involve cursing and some sort of punishment. (I learned these from my parents, of course.)
Pictured here in this photo from left to right are Phil Proctor, (who happened to be in London with his lovely wife and was invited to sit on our panel–he’s been in a million shows, Rugrats, etc.) me, Maurice Lamarche, Billy West, and Phil Lamarr.
Courtesy of ew.com.
Jun 9, 2009, 05:20 PM | by Michael Ausiello
Holy Bender Bending Rodríguez!
Six years after getting axed by Fox, Futurama is being resurrected on Comedy Central.
A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Television confirms that the cable net has ordered 26 new episodes of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s late, great animated series to air beginning in 2010. The studio cites Futurama‘s “blockbuster” performance on DVD and in reruns on Comedy Central as the reason for its rebirth.
Hmmm… sound familiar?
“When we brought back Family Guy several years ago, everyone said that it was a once in a lifetime thing — that canceled series stay canceled and cannot be revived,” 20th Century Fox TV Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden said in a joint statement. “But Futurama was another series that fans simply demanded we bring back, and we couldn’t have been happier when Matt and David agreed that there were many more stories yet to tell.”
Adds Groening: “We’re thrilled Futurama is coming back. We now have only 25,766 episodes to make before we catch up with Bender and Fry in the year 3000.”
I have a hunch Groening isn’t the only one doing a happy dance. (That’s your cue to start filling up the comments section.)
We visit a recording session and speak to the cast, including Tom Petty, about bringing their characters to life.
by Eric Goldman
(Courtesy of IGN.com.)
September 20, 2007 – Going into an incredible 12th season this Sunday, King of the Hill continues to be the work horse of the FOX Sunday animation block, getting little of the attention of Family Guy and The Simpsons, but still delivering plenty of laughs. This summer I paid a visit to a recording session for the series, and got a very entertaining look at what goes on when the actors assemble to voice their familiar characters. Series co-creator Mike Judge records his role as Hank Hill from Texas, but there was still an impressive assemblage of talent from the show there that day, including Kathy Najimy (Peggy Hill), Pamela Adlon (Bobby Hill), Brittany Murphy (Luanne), Johnny Hardwick (Dale), Stephen Root (Bill), Lauren Tom (Minh/Connie), Breckin Meyer (Joseph) and an obscure voiceover actor named Tom Petty (Lucky).
Breckin Meyer didn’t join the show until a few seasons in, but sitting in the green room before he began his work for the day, he told me “It’s funny, whenever I tell people ‘I can’t man, I’ve got to go to King of the Hill today’, they say ‘You’ve been on that show forever!’ It’s the steadiest job I’ve had in my entire life! It really is, for all of us.”
Meyer also works as a writer and actor on Robot Chicken with his longtime friend Seth Green, and recalled that when he first came to audition for King of the Hill, “They were going to recast Joseph’s voice, because they wanted him to go through puberty. Brittany was doing it originally. I got a call to audition for Joseph; Seth Green and I actually both came in. I think we even came in together. I did the audition and I didn’t get it, and then they brought me back for another random kid voice, like a week later, like “Bobby’s Friend #3”, a Texas kid. Because I had the balls finally, because they hired me for that part, I said ‘Can I give that Joseph thing another thought?’ They were like “Okay,” and then I got it. It was so crazy, because it wasn’t the way it normally goes.”
Meyer noted that the hit film Clueless was one of about four times he and Murphy played boyfriend and girlfriend and said “It was funny taking over for her