After seven seasons worth of adventures filled with aliens, time travel, robot hell, and the occasional bout of snoo-snoo related attempted murder, it appears that the crew of the Planet Express is finally grounded for good.
Created by "Simpsons" impresario Matt Groening, "Futurama" originally ran for five broadcast seasons on FOX (four production seasons), debuting in 1999 and being canceled in 2003. The comedy lay dormant for about five years, until rabid fan requests got the show revived in the form of four direct-to-DVD movies in 2008. The success of the movies led cable network Comedy Central to give the series an all out re-launch, producing a sixth season of 26 episodes. The season aired in two parts, with 13 episodes making air in 2010, and the other 13 being shown in 2011. This pattern continued for a seventh season, with the first 13 episodes airing in 2012, and the second 13 scheduled to premiere on June 19th.
Unfortunately, these 13 episodes will seemingly be the last fans get, as Comedy Central announced the re-cancellation of "Futurama" earlier this morning. Although viewers will undoubtedly be displeased with this turn of events, the series is ending with 140 episodes in the can, a respectable total by anyone's standards.
For his part, producer David X. Cohen wasn't very surprised by the news:
"I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can’t say I was devastated by the news,” Cohen told EW.com. “It was what I had expected two years earlier. At this point I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment’s notice."
As for the idea of the show returning again on another network, Matt Groening offered the following:
"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. We’re catching our breath and seeing what the fans have to say......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."
Cohen also encourages fans to look forward to the final episode, which will feature Fry and Leela's wedding, an event Cohen describes as a "tasteful, emotional gorefest."
Are you sad to see Futurama come to an end (again)? Do you think the show will someday return in another form?