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TV Picks: 'Futurama,' 'The Hustle,' child activists, 'Wilfred'
TV Picks: 'Futurama,' 'The Hustle,' child activists, 'Wilfred'

"Futurama" (Comedy Central, Wednesdays). Science fiction and comedy are "like that." (Writer crosses fingers to indicate closeness.) Each takes emerging facts to their extreme, often absurd conclusions; both are fundamentally philosophical — though each has time for exhilarating idiocy — and in imagining what might be, each takes the measure of what is. "1984" was about "1948," and "Brave New World" is a funny book. Created by Matt Groening, who invented "The Simpsons" and changed the world, and developed with David X. Cohen, "Futurama" fuses the two forms as if in the warp core of some spaceship I am imagining...

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