Good News Everyone, I've Got Some Bad News


Comedy Central has cancelled Futurama. The final batch of 13 episodes, set to start airing on June 19th, officially part of the seventh season (or whatever volume number they'll put on the DVD release) will be its last on the network that brought the series back from the dead. However, it wasn't that much of a surprise for Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, as their contract with Comedy was on a per annum basis. Because of this, they've structured each of the revived seasons to potentially be the last. Said Groening, "We’ve been in this situation before and it’s tempting when you’re doing episodes that are as good or better than anything you’ve ever done to continue doing it."

After seven seasons (eight, if you count the films as one) is an impressive run for a smart sci-fi animated programme that was cancelled during its initial run, but Groening is hopeful that the show will find new life yet again, saying, "We would love to continue. We have many more stories to tell. But if we don’t, this is a really great way to go out… I think these episodes are the best ones we’ve ever done." The producers are apparently already shopping the series to potential new networks, though that list grows short. The only channels that would seem like a natural fit would be Adult Swim, or hilariously FOX (the network that cancelled them the first time), with their new ADHD lineup. The only other sensible option would be Netflix or another online streaming service, essentially doing what Futurama already did by taking the films direct to market.

The news makes me 40% sad. I love the show, a perfect blend of absurdity, comedy, and intelligence. While it may have began as a blend of the Simpsons and Star Trek, it has grown into a show that is as influential and culturally relevant as both of those shows. Characters like Bender and Zoidberg will continue to exist in the popular culture for years, if not permanently. If they manage to find yet another new home then good on them. But if this is finally the final end, then I won't be as disappointed. The show has had a good run, two point of fact, and nothing last forever.

All that remains would be to put its head in a jar.

Via Collider.
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