Good news everyone....
Comedy Central is bringing back Futurama with a 26 episode order set to run over two seasons. Futurama creators Matt Groening and David Cohen already are working on stories for the new episodes of the sci-fi cartoon, slated to premiere in mid-2010. Just like with Family Guy, whose return was triggered by DVD sales and solid ratings for the show’s reruns on Cartoon Network, the performance of Futurama’s repeats DVD sales was key to its resurrection.
The order from Comedy Central was preceded by four original specials: Bender’s Big Score, The Beast With a Billion Backs, Bender’s Game and Into the Wild Green Yonder, which have done well on DVD and on Comedy Central. Into the Wild Green Yonder, premieres on Comedy Central in September. Comedy Central was happy with the specials and with the 72 produced episodes it acquired from 20th Century Fox TV in 2006.
Futurama aired on Fox for five seasons from 1999 to 2003. The show centers on 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.
All key voice cast members are expected to return for the new original episodes of “Futurama,” along with the series’ core writing team. Storyline-wise, the new episodes will pick up where the most recent DVD special, Into the Wild Green Yonder, took off - with the main characters fleeing death and flying into the unknown.