"For the past year, TBS Superstation has been aggressively pursuing young adults through such strong programming initiatives as the Non-Stop Comedy Block and the addition of Dawson's Creek to the line-up," said Steve Koonin, executive vice president and COO of TBS Superstation and TNT. "FUTURAMA and THE FAMILY GUY have proven to be stellar hits among adults 18-34 for the late-night Cartoon Network Adult Swim crowd, and we are confident they will prove to be equally popular during the afternoons on TBS Superstation."
FUTURAMA, winner of the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (less than one hour), joined Adult Swim in January 2003 and airs Sunday-Thursday at 11 p.m. (ET/PT), chronicles the adventures of Philip J. 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, created by Matt Groening (The Simpsons), features the voices of Billy West, Katey Sagal and John Di Maggio.
THE FAMILY GUY chronicles the lives of the Griffin family, a tight-knit but tense nuclear family living in Quahog, R.I. Peter, the loving but not-overly-ambitious patriarch, and Lois, his devoted wife, maintain a comfortable middle class home. Teen queen Meg, slacker Chris and homicidal infant Stewie round out the Griffin brood, but the most sensible and well-spoken member of the clan is the family dog, Brian. THE FAMILY GUY features the voices of Seth McFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Patrick Warburton.
In addition to airing on TBS Superstation, FUTURAMA and THE FAMILY GUY will continue to run during Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's successful late night block of animation aimed at teens and young adults. Adult Swim, which airs Sunday-Thursday from 11 p.m.-2 a.m., also includes such quirky original animated series as Home Movies, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, as well as such stunning action/anime series as Cowboy Bebop and InuYasha.
TBS Superstation, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s flagship entertainment network, is watched by more people than any other network, a position it has held for 26 consecutive years. Reaching more than 87 million households, the Superstation offers viewers a wide mix of programming, including action-packed original movies, groundbreaking original series, hosted movie showcases, world broadcast premieres, popular sitcoms, Major League Baseball and college football. The Superstation's Web site is located at TBSsuperstation.com.
NOTE: This programming change applies only to TBS Superstation's national feed.
This information can also be accessed on TBS, Inc.'s press site at http://www.turnerinfo.com.