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‘Futurama’s’ Back, and Flat (not as in 2D) as Ever

“Futurama” returns from the dead — in much the same way that “Family Guy” did — to Comedy Central on Thursday (June 24), which is worth celebrating, I suppose, if you’re into that sort of thing.

By “sort of thing,” I mean an animated show that’s never really been my cup of tea, where the jokes fly by fast and frequently, but the hit-miss ratio remains relatively low.

Futurama-2 As my colleague Jon Weisman detailed for Variety, the program’s resurrection is another one of those instances where the business back story is more interesting than anything in the show itself. As is, the premiere makes light of the cancellation, referencing hypnotism being used to forget that the series had ever “been canceled by idiots” or revived by “bigger idiots.”

After that, though, it’s a pretty conventional episode, with robot clones of the central characters and a giant cyclops-eating monster. Either that, or my prescription meds kicked in prematurely and I saw all that while I was watching the season finale of “Treme.”

Comedy Central has scheduled a dozen of the 26 episodes that have been ordered to play this summer, and I suspect the series will do just fine. That’s the advantage of cable, where expectations are modest — especially for a show with this kind of ancillary value on DVD and in syndication.

Still, after sampling the first two episodes, all it did was remind me why with so much other superior stuff to watch, I won’t be part of “Futurama’s” TV future.

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