Comedy Central Picks Up 26 More Episodes Of Futurama

If you don’t watch Futurama, you are missing a pretty brilliantly written animated comedy with a dark side. Comedy Central has announced that it is picking up 26 new episodes (Seasons “7-A” and “7-B”) of Futurama. The first installment of 13 new episodes will premiere in the summer of 2012, with the additional 13 new episodes to air the following summer of 2013 on Comedy Central. So even though we are going to have to wait quite a bit for new episodes, at least they are coming back right?

futuramaSeven years after its last original episode aired on Fox, the sixth season premiere of “Futurama” last June led Comedy Central to its best Thursday prime ever among young men. The animated sci-fi comedy continued its out-of-this-world winning streak throughout the summer, averaging 2.5 million viewers each week. Honestly, I don’t know how Fox ever let this show go. The show’s entire original voice cast will be returning, including stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, and John DiMaggio. “Futurama” was a staple of Fox’s Sunday night animation block from 1999 to 2003 before ceasing production on original episodes. In June 2006, COMEDY CENTRAL acquired the rights to the existing 72 episodes of the series, which the channel began airing in January 2008 and four recently-produced extended-length “Futurama” adventures: “Bender’s Big Score,” “The Beast with a Billion Backs,” “Bender’s Game” and “Into the Wild Green Yonder,” which enjoyed enormous success both on COMEDY CENTRAL and in DVD release.

“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. The series aired for five seasons on Fox (1999 to 2003) earning Emmy nominations each season while winning three times, including “Outstanding Animated Program” in 2002.

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