11/06/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin
20th Century Fox Television has signed up Simpsons guru Matt Groening for the return of his animated comedy science fiction series Futurama. The SFF toon is coming back for 26 new half-hour episodes - six years after the last series was canned.
Futurama originally ran from 1999 to 2003 before ceasing production. The new series will be shown June 2010 on Comedy Central.
Matt Groening told us, "We're thrilled 'Futurama' is coming back. We now have only 25,766 episodes to make before we catch up with Bender and Fry in the year 3000." Added David X. Cohen, "We're excited and amazed that the show is coming back, perhaps due to some sort of mysterious time loop. We look forward to working with Comedy Central and 20th Television to make this the best iteration of the loop yet!"
David Bernath at Comedy Central told SFcrowsnest, "We are excited to continue our relationship with Matt, David and 20th Century Fox TV and to be able to offer Comedy Central viewers the first opportunity to see new episodes of 'Futurama, As evidenced by the strong performance of the extended length epics, there remains a deep and passionate fan base for this intelligent and very funny show that matches perfectly with our audience. It's fantastic that we can add brand-new instalments of Leela, Fry and Bender's adventures to our existing library."
Dana Walden at 20th Century Fox TV added, "When we brought back 'Family Guy' several years ago, everyone said that it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing - that cancelled series stay cancelled and cannot be revived. But Futurama was another series that fans simply demanded we bring back, and we couldn't have been happier when Matt and David agreed that there were many more stories yet to tell."
Futurama focuses on the life of Philip Fry (Billy West), a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999 and wakes up 1,000 years later with a fresh start at life and a diverse new group of friends including Leela (Katey Sagal), a tough but lovely one-eyed alien and Bender (John DiMaggio), a robot who possesses human characteristics and flaws. It featured guest stars such as Sarah Silverman, Hank Azaria, Bob Odenkirk, Pamela Anderson, Beatrice Arthur, Lucy Liu, Beck and Coolio.
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