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It's official: 'Futurama' is reborn!

Jun 9, 2009, 05:20 PM | by Michael Ausiello

Categories: News

Futurama-returns_lHoly Bender Bending Rodríguez!

Six years after getting axed by Fox, Futurama is being resurrected on Comedy Central.

A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Television confirms that the cable net has ordered  26 new episodes of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's late, great animated series to air beginning in 2010. The studio cites Futurama's "blockbuster" performance on DVD and in reruns on Comedy Central as the reason for its rebirth.

Hmmm... sound familiar? 

"When we brought back Family Guy several years ago, everyone said that it was a once in a lifetime thing -- that canceled series stay canceled and cannot be revived," 20th Century Fox TV Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden said in a joint statement. "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."

Adds Groening: "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."

I have a hunch Groening isn't the only one doing a happy dance. (That's your cue to start filling up the comments section.)

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Jesse Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 01:40 PM EST

Props to Adult Swim for keeping this show alive! And to us for watching it! So stoked.

Luke Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 01:34 PM EST

WTF!!!! IT IS ONLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO!! I tend to quote futurama in my daily life and my old DVDs are getting worn out. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

Chess Pro Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 01:16 PM EST

It's about time. This is one of those shows that can be funny and smart at the same time.

www.chesstechnique.com

Erica Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 01:14 PM EST

I am so exited!!!

sexy Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:58 PM EST

sexy celebrity - http://watchcelebrity.com/

m in nj Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:08 PM EST

YAAY!!!

Ari Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 10:46 AM EST

Good news everyone! This calls for a round of Slurm!

Dr Zoidberg Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 09:15 AM EST

Bender asked me to pass this message onto his loyal fanbase of pathetic human meatbag losers "101001010110- 00110000101011110000-0000101-1110 ".

Which roughly translates as " Good news everyone- the biggest star in the history of television ( me -Bender) is returning to your unworthy screens .. so pucker up dirtbags and prepare to kiss my Shiny Metal Ass - again! "
If only I had one-millionth of his charm and eloquence maybe I would be the popular one { sighs }.

texlawzkr Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 08:33 AM EST

Sweet gorilla of Eastern Manila! FINALLY, the best cartoon on TV is coming back.

Wyrd Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 07:50 AM EST

"And then we kick it up a notch with our spice weasel!"
It will be good to have new Futurama. Yes, and I imagine some other happy folks include the cast of Futurama, *and* the good folks at Comedy Central who are trying to get their ratings up. This will be a good move for them.

--
Furry cows moo and decompress.

m3k4 Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 05:53 AM EST

the last futurama "movie" was crapp.
Hope the new episodes will be as good as they used to be!
made in mexico!

m3k4 Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 05:51 AM EST

The last futurama "movie" was crapp.
I hope the new episodes will be as good as they used to be!
made in mexico!

Natalie Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 05:51 AM EST

I'm so excited I wish I could wet my pants!

GLAVASCOPE Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 05:48 AM EST

finaly, a reason to come out of the angry dome !

GLAVASCOPE Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 05:47 AM EST

finaly, a reason to come out of the angry dome!

Chris Morewood Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 05:39 AM EST

I felt like I was mauled by Jesus when I heard that Futurama was done. Now, I feel happier than Fry when he found Seamore (even tho the show isnt a dead dog).

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! THE PEOPLE AT FOX AREN"T COMPLETE A-HOLES!!!!

Kaylan Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 03:52 AM EST

WOHOOOO!!!!!! And the sun is setting! time to switch to hard liquor!

monkeytypist Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 02:24 AM EST

I can't believe this is hapALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD.

Hedonism Bot Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 01:14 AM EST

Let us cavort like the Greeks of old... You know the ones.

b me Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 01:12 AM EST

Amazing news!! My bring back to TV list just a lot shorter!! Go Futurama!!

Alan Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:37 AM EST

Bender is great!

carbonoto Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:14 AM EST

Futurama is by far the greatest cartoon ever made, its better than family guy by a mile. This is got to be one of the happiest moments of my life so far, i think i mite cry.

carbonoto Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 12:13 AM EST

Futurama is by far the greatest cartoon ever it is way better then family guy by a mile. This has got to be one of the happiest moments of my life, i think i mite cry.

dayblind Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 11:53 PM EST

only reason Futurama got canceled is because Rupert Murdoch h a t e s Al Gore who appeared on the show ... but the only thing he loves more than hating liberals is making $$$

metalderiaire Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 11:23 PM EST

SSSSSWWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTT! Next to my wedding day and birth of my son this is the AWESOMEST day EVER!!

watdafuk Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:27 PM EST

Woo-Hoo !

Katie Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:23 PM EST

No dogfood for Katie tonight! I knew they would bring it back, it was just a matter of time. One fo my favorite shows!

Kelly Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:15 PM EST

Yes! I'm so excited for 2010! Futurama is amazing!

Levana Sullivan Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:11 PM EST

Yes!!!! Futurama is the best cartoon ever!

this is the happiest day of my short life!

SKR Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:08 PM EST

Sweet Diggity Daffodil!

Matt Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 09:38 PM EST

OK, yay, Futurama! Now come on, Cartoon Network, follow suit and pick up King of the Hill!

Andrew Doidge Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 09:36 PM EST

As bender said, WE'RE BACK BABY!

Madison Cube Garden Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 09:35 PM EST

Wonderful news, I can't wait for...ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!

Pam Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:56 PM EST

Futurama - Check, do the Happy Dance!
Firefly - What? No?, sob...

Stuck with House MD till 2010.

Froggy4play Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:29 PM EST

I couldn't agree more with whiterabbit. I loved family guy for many years as i did futurama. But the decline in comedy for family guy leaves me feeling like i've been let down. I truly hope that Futurama does not do the same thing. These 2 shows have always been my favorite shows to watch. King of the hill also gets my nod , hopefully someone will pick this up in a couple of years. :)

BGD Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 08:11 PM EST

Zoidburg!!!!

Paul Cassy Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:54 PM EST

YESSSSSSSSS I've been watching reruns every night for the last couple months. Such a great show.

Kilolo Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:50 PM EST

I have been laid off, the property managers are a holes this is the best news ever!

Eugene Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:38 PM EST

Yahoooo!!!!! Bring it on!

Anyone think it's funny how many FOX series have gotten revived in the last few years.....

And, yeah, total agreement with all the calls for more Firefly as well!

Hey, Matt G. and David X.: how about a Futurama episode where the Planet Express crew stumbles across a ratty transport ship from a wild west dimension with a crew of 9 on board?

Dr Zhivago Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:37 PM EST

BAD NEWS EVERYONE!!!!

Rebecca E. Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:34 PM EST

Score! I think I've seen every episode of Futurama at least twice now and I can't wait to see the new episodes.

Now if Fox would only do the same for Firefly. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

Rebecca E. Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:30 PM EST

Score! I think I've reached the point now where I've seen every episode of Futurama at least twice and I am so psyched for new episodes.

Wouldn't it be cool if Fox did the same thing for Firefly? Oh how I miss that show.

Lookitsjeska Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:27 PM EST

Ahhh!! Great news on an otherwise terrible day

Artv Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:27 PM EST

I love Futurama!! Awesome

Mike Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:24 PM EST

Booya! That's such great news. Go Comedy Central!!

Andy Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:18 PM EST

:O best news i've heard about anything to do with tv for months

John Carr Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 07:04 PM EST

"wwwhoopp whoop whoop woop woop!" (Zoidberg is the best!) Oh man, I'm sooo excited I can't stand it! I kept on hearing about this possibility, but for it to be finalized..."Good News, Everyone!" (the Professor)

Jason Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 06:36 PM EST

Oh, the Jedi will feel this one.

may Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 06:35 PM EST

yyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Kelly V Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 06:28 PM EST

YES... I loved that show... It was so goofy just what you need to watch sometimes. Now lets get King of the Hill to be uncancelled....

Softy Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 06:14 PM EST

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who cried at the end of the "Jurassic Bark" episode....

Nadine Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 06:03 PM EST

Yes! Great series, fun premises, sometimes mind-bending. I loved BWATB!!

Bender Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 05:28 PM EST

Kiss my shiny metal ass.

Meat Bag Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 05:23 PM EST

This Meat Bag is so excited I might actually be willing to kiss Benders shiney metal ass. :)

Lizzie Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 05:22 PM EST

I am so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great news, and great news for Comedy Central, they need a ratings boost show.

PHAmanNYC Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 05:07 PM EST

Honestly I have no words to express my joy at the wonderful news... So I posted it on iReport instead!!! ENJOY!!!

PHAmanNYC

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-269186

AND

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-220762

PHAmanNYC Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 05:04 PM EST

Honestly, there are no words to express my happiness and excitement at this news. So...I had to put it all on iReport... I hope you enjoy!!!

PHAmanNYC

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-269186

AND

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-220762

Slurm Rep. Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 05:04 PM EST

Brought to you by the makers of SLURM!

Morbo Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 04:59 PM EST

Belligerent and numerous...
FINALLY BACK!

padillac Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 04:49 PM EST

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

vcc Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 04:47 PM EST

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3CIabaoHf4

Derek Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 04:37 PM EST

Finally

bnorthern Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 04:18 PM EST

I'm back baby. Again.

bennorthern.com

Drew Holmes Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:59 PM EST

I Accept this award on behalf of Myself and Crime Robots Everywhere!!! SKOAL!

Nonnie Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:46 PM EST

Fantastic! It's the Greatest!

farnsworth Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:41 PM EST

Good News, Everyone!

Prof. Farnsworth Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:37 PM EST

Bad news nobody!

Joe Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:36 PM EST

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was one of the funniest animated series ever. I have become a bigger fan with the reruns and the DVDs.

tylley Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:33 PM EST

They are good news for all

zanda12 Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:33 PM EST

well bite my shiny metal a@@, this is good news for everyone!

Brian J Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:32 PM EST

It's about time !!!!
(BTW, Joss Whedon does the happy dance)

Mark Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:25 PM EST

WOO-HOO!!!

ZackBauer Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:21 PM EST

Sweet bongo of the Congo!

Angelena ngelena Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:12 PM EST

That's great but we have BASIC cable!!
Why can't it be back on Fox?! That show is much better than the simpsons.
Why can't it be on basic cable?!

Dan L. Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:08 PM EST

What can I say, except this gives new meaning to the phrase, "GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE!" (I'm sure someone's already posted with that line before, but I couldn't help it).

Rachel Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:04 PM EST

My dog Nibbler is barking with happiness.

Judith Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 03:02 PM EST

Yaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy!

Jan D - Fibrowitch Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 02:54 PM EST

This really has been a good year for nerds. We saved Chuck! We are getting new episodes of Futurama! All we need now is for Comedy Central to take King of the Hill.

Gort Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 02:52 PM EST

Human Horn!!!

Brock Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 02:50 PM EST

Anyone know if this is going to air on The Comedy Network in Canada?

Brock Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 02:49 PM EST

Now hopefully Futurama won't get unfunny like Family Guy has.

whiterabbit Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 02:37 PM EST

finally a great show getting a second chance. too bad FOX decided to cancel King of the Hill. But I guess there's always hope. Plus Futurama is a billion times better than Family Guy.

Wickeddoll Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 02:36 PM EST

Steve wrote: "Now they should bring back THE TICK... much funnier lol"
Which do you mean? The animated or live-action one? I loved the live one, which starred the way underrated Patrick Warburton. That guy is probably funny while he's *sleeping*!
http://www.supernaturalusa.net
(CW's "Supernatural" series fan site)

Steve Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 02:20 PM EST

Now they should bring back THE TICK... much funnier lol

kerbe Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 02:19 PM EST

I'm gonna order a pizza and wait & see -- and pray that whoever approved the last movie has NOTHING to do with the new episodes!

James Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 02:05 PM EST

I don't know what you're all on about, this show was medoALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!

Quteness Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 02:04 PM EST

Now make it a hat trick, FOX--BRING BACK FIREFLY!!

Dr Zoidberg Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:59 PM EST

Would anybody mind if I placed a lonely hearts club message on your wonderful free forum?

Hideous and cripplingly poor 40 something lobster like creature from the planet Decapod 10 with low self esteem and body odour would like to meet female with similar qualities or a pulse even for romantic evenings and the mutual exchange of bodily fluids during our species next frenzied mating season.

interests - human anatomy.scuttling.

call 555-LONELY.

Wickeddoll Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:50 PM EST

DOH! Sorry for the double post - this program was acting wonky

Wickeddoll Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:43 PM EST

This news made my 19-year-old daughter, as well as my 44-year-old friend very happy! I liked the show back in the day, but didn't think it was as funny as the *old* Family Guy series. Now I'd probably like it better than what FG is doing *now*.
http://www.supernaturalusa.net

Wickeddoll Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:42 PM EST

This news made my 19-year-old daughter, as well as my 44-year-old friend very happy! I liked the show back in the day, but didn't think it was as funny as the *old* Family Guy series. Now I'd probably like it better than what FG is doing *now*.
http://www.supernaturalusa.net

EricO Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:38 PM EST

I guess the strongest motivation for network execs to renew long-canceled series like these is...they're ANIMATED! No need to rebuild sets (there aren't any!). No need to find and hire those costly actors (they're busy moving on with their lives, anyway!). It's cheaper than ever to farm out work to Asia (no studio costs! No unions!). There's no downside to renewing an animated show, especially a popular one. Now if they would only pull Nathan Fillion back for another go-round with "Firefly"...

Jesusman Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:27 PM EST

i cried a little bit

Bender is Great Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:26 PM EST

I was so excited, first i bounced 3 meters in the air, then i bounced 1.8 meters in the air, then i bounced 4 meters in the air!

Rich Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:24 PM EST

And in my giddiness, i misspelled loyalty...dang...i guess this contradicts the theory that "no creature would willingly make an idiot out of itself!"

sara Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:24 PM EST

what is "layalty"?

Rich Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:19 PM EST

Why, when i was a Fox executive, i never cancelled shows...all i demanded was layalty. If i had that, for all i cared employees could sit around drinking beer in their underpants!

Pete Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:18 PM EST

Good news, indeed ...but I am already in my pajamas...

Here in Washington DC, we bureaucrats of all grades also want the Hermes Conrad action figure to come back, mon! Please - Matt - re-authorize that as an adjunct to the series returning.

Vin Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:10 PM EST

To the mandatorium!

Bro_Winky Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 01:06 PM EST

Yes! I can’t believe those idiot Fox executives cancelled Futurama in the first place. I’m glad they were all beaten savagely and ground up into Torgo’s Executive Powder...ahhh, that soothes the fire.


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