TV blogging

TV BLOGGING….A few years ago, I was among at least 12 people who were deeply disappointed by the cancellation of Matt Groening’s Futurama, yanked mercilessly from the air after just five entertaining seasons. If you were one of the 12, however, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s talk of a comeback.

After better-than-expected DVD sales, Futurama may follow in Family Guy’s footsteps and make it back onto the air.

“Three months ago, I would have said we were going to start tomorrow,” says writer David X. Cohen, who collaborated with Groening on Futurama. “And one month ago I would also have said we were going to start tomorrow. So …” He pauses. “My current estimate is that we’re starting tomorrow.”

On a related note, I was one of at least seven people saddened by the news that Arrested Development was no more, but was heartened by rumors about interest from another network.

Will the pay-TV environs of Showtime be a friendlier place for the Emmy-winning comedy “Arrested Development,” which just got canceled by Fox?

Word around town this week is that Showtime is in talks to pick up the comedy about a chaotic family. Sources stressed that the talks are still exploratory and that it would be a big financial commitment on Showtime’s part to pick up the show in its current form with a large ensemble cast that includes Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter and Will Arnett.

And as long as we’re talking about television, does anyone have any guesses as to what The West Wing will do with the Santos campaign in light of John Spencer’s recent death? Crazy thought: Sam Seaborn has been in Congress — the show left some ambiguity about his departure — and will join Santos on a “youth/handsome ticket.”