Futurama: Matt Groening Series to Return in 2008

Futurama returns for season sixUnbelievable as it may seem, the animated science-fiction comedy show with the cult following is returning to television with new adventures in 2008. Though FOX cancelled Futurama in 2003 after five seasons and 72 episodes, Comedy Central has now ordered at least 13 new episodes of the offbeat Matt Groening series. (As you know, Groening also created the longrunning The Simpsons series)

The final season’s ratings on FOX were less than stellar but the series has found new popularity on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim late-night schedule. As well, the DVD season box sets have been selling like hotcakes.

Apparently Comedy Central knows a good thing when they see it. Last fall, the cable channel bought the rights to air the existing series episodes (outbidding Cartoon Network) as well as any new episodes that might be produced.

Now, sources have reported that original voice talent (including the amazing Billy West as Philip J. Fry) and production staffers have signed on for the series return. Actress Katey Segal (Turanga Leela) confirmed the announcement on a recent appearance on the CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson .

Comedy Central Senior Programming VP David Bernath said “We are thrilled that Matt Groening and 20th Century Fox Television have decided to produce new episodes of Futurama and that Comedy Central will be the first to air them. There is a deep and passionate fan base for this intelligent and very funny show that matches perfectly with our audience, and it is great that we can offer them not just the existing library but something they’ve never seen as well.”

The new episodes aren’t expected to begin airing until 2008 because of the long production time it takes to produce them. Only 13 episodes were ordered initially but, based on expected high ratings and DVD sales, I think it’s a pretty safe bet we’ll see Phil Fry and Futurama around for a long time to come. TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Eman says

    It’s great that it’s coming back. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time now. But I notice that this (and a couple other sites) state that there were 5 seasons, when there were only four (I have them all).

    In any case; Wooo!!

  2. crazyed says

    I am so happy to find out that i can get to know my friend bender a little better with the 2008 season of Futurama I am so happy

    I have missed Fry, Leaha, Amy, the Professor, and I don’t know if i should say this, because i don’t want to get hurt, but even Zoidberg.

    man this made my day, Fantastic

  3. rosalyn says

    omg! r u serious?! its coming back?! holy god i cant wait!!!! atleast 2 8 simple rules stars are gonna be on tv again david and now katey!!! 😀 yay this is very exicting!

  4. bilbo baggins says

    Thank the Lord!!!!!!!!!! Family Guy your second in my heart again Futurama welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. trinigirly says

    oh man!i watch the reruns over and over every night plus i got all the seasons on dvd!this would be a dream come true.i was always puzzled that it got cancelled to begin with

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