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Old 22-04-2013, 16:13
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The Planet Express ship will soon make its final delivery.
Comedy Central has decided not to renew Futurama, which means that the 31st-century-set animated comedy will end its 140-episode run on Sept. 4. The final 13 episodes, which represent the second half of season 7, begin airing on June 19 at 10 p.m.

Futurama is no stranger to cancellation, of course: The series aired from 1999 to 2003 before Fox sent Fry & Co. into oblivion. After thriving in reruns on Adult Swim, Futurama was relaunched in 2007 with four-direct-to-DVD movies that Comedy Central ran in half-hour increments as a 16-episode fifth season in 2008-09. Comedy Central subsequently ordered a sixth season of 26 episodes, which aired in 2010-11, and a seventh season of 26 episodes, the first half of which debuted in 2012.
The news did not come as a shock to executive producer David X. Cohen and creator Matt Groening, who had thought their space explorations were ending three previous times (after the Fox run, after the four movies, and after Comedy Central’s first 26-episode order). “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 tells EW. “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.”

The series won the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program twice, in 2002 and 2011. It has declined in the ratings, though, averaging 2.6 million viewers in 2010, 2.3 million in 2011, and 1.7 million in 2012.

Comedy Central’s EVP of Programming Dave Bernath views the network’s decision as “the natural end” to the show’s improbable comeback. “That’s a helluva run that few shows achieve, and especially given the fact that it came back to life, it’s really an amazing story,” he says. “I’m more thankful and feel a sense of gratitude toward the whole process — and that we found a way to keep going for 52 more episodes — than I really am even thinking about the ending. It’s a blessing that it came back and lasted so long.”

The producers say that they are exploring options for a new home for the show, but there are no serious talks at this point. “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,” Groening tells EW. “We’re catching our breath and seeing what the fans have to say. The experience of this show has been so much fun from the very beginning to now — everybody is so happy to work on this show — that it’d be a shame if we all went our separate ways… 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.”

Cohen calls the final run — which features such guests as Larry Bird, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, Adam West, Dan Castellaneta, and Burt Ward — “our best ‘last season ever’ ever,” noting that there are “a bunch of episodes that I think are going to be classics.” In one installment, Futurama is “reincarnated as various cartoons of your youth, not legally resembling but somehow quite reminiscent of Scooby-Doo, Strawberry Shortcake, and G.I. Joe,” he says. And the series finale, which features a wedding between Fry and Leela, is “a tasteful, emotional gorefest,” he raves. “There’s a lot of death but there’s also a lot of time travel, so that makes for an interesting combination.” Adds Groening: “It’s a really satisfying ending. It’s an epic ending. If indeed it’s the ending.”

If, indeed. Somehow we’ll see Bender shout “Bite My Shiny, Revived Metal Ass!” down the road, right? “Perhaps Futurama will return in another form, on the Internet, or as a puppet show in the park,” says Groening. “Or maybe as a puppet show in the park on the Internet.” Deadpans Cohen: “As I said three times before, this is definitely the absolute end of the show. I don’t know why nobody believes me when I say that.”


I'm not entirely upset by this news, I have to be honest. I've never found it to be as good since it returned. I don't know why, it has just consistently failed to amuse me as much as the original episodes. A shame however, for the fans who still very much enjoy it.
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Old 22-04-2013, 16:33
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Ack I like it and will miss it
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Old 22-04-2013, 16:35
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Not being renewed is not the same as cancelled but i still have the same feeling
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Old 22-04-2013, 16:38
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maybe someone like netflix or amazon might take it up, Its a shame fox don't take it up as they could extend their cartoon black on a sunday night. I can dream right?

Actually I'm suprised fox never took it up in the first place.
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Old 22-04-2013, 17:14
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It's way better than the Simpsons and family guy
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Old 22-04-2013, 17:26
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A pity, I just hope that its gets a decent send off when the remaining 13 episodes are shown this summer.

Synopsis for the Final Episode...

Professor Farnsworth invents a button that can take a person 10 seconds back in time, inadvertently causing major consequences. According to David X. Cohen, the episode will be written to serve as a possible series finale.
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Old 22-04-2013, 17:38
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Actually with the high chance that cleveland show is axed what are the chances of fox taking it back up again? As they will have a spare slot in the animation night they have every sunday
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Old 22-04-2013, 18:17
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Actually with the high chance that cleveland show is axed what are the chances of fox taking it back up again? As they will have a spare slot in the animation night they have every sunday
Except they won't (Sundays nights are normally too full for then), and it's too late to send an animated show into production and have episodes by september...
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Old 22-04-2013, 18:27
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Is there any likelihood anyone else might pick it up? I sincerely hope so. My favourite of all the animated comedy shows by miles. And for those suggesting Netflix, if they did pick it up, would they still produce DVD/Blu-rays?
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Old 22-04-2013, 18:57
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Is there any likelihood anyone else might pick it up? I sincerely hope so. My favourite of all the animated comedy shows by miles. And for those suggesting Netflix, if they did pick it up, would they still produce DVD/Blu-rays?
It's a possibility. Netflix is option, FX/FXX might be an option, but Comedy Central still holds syndication rights for the series, so it's possible another station might not want to revive it.

If Netflix pick it up it would most likely receive a DVD/BD release. House of Cards (the Netflix original which debuted in February) is scheduled for a June/July release over here, so it might be a shorter gap between TV (or Netflix) and DVD than before...
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Old 22-04-2013, 18:59
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Except they won't (Sundays nights are normally too full for then), and it's too late to send an animated show into production and have episodes by september...
Maybe for this september yeah but they could pick it up and get some ready for the next US season fox put forward other crap shows like

Napolian dynamite
The one about the posh kid with the gay parents

I think it would be worth a shot for fox to order another 13 episodes
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Old 22-04-2013, 18:59
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Fox could pick it up for midseason, but I'm not sure they would want to, they cancelled it 10 years ago, and the ratings have been terrible compared to shows on Fox.
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Old 22-04-2013, 19:05
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Hmm, just been reading about how Fox are involved with Futurama. It seems they make all the money from DVD/BR sales whilst Comedy Central only really makes anything out of airing the show on TV, which means they want good ratings. Hence, CC don't want it anymore with falling ratings. That doesn't rule out Fox though does it? Especially if the DVD sales are profitable, which I'm sure they are. If not, I'd just be happy for anyone to pick it up, so long as it does get picked up. To be fair, here in the UK we've still got two series to come on DVD yet so even if it's not picked up for a few months we wouldn't really feel the effect of it like the Americans will.
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Old 22-04-2013, 19:10
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Maybe for this september yeah but they could pick it up and get some ready for the next US season fox put forward other crap shows like

Napolian dynamite
The one about the posh kid with the gay parents

I think it would be worth a shot for fox to order another 13 episodes
It takes at least 6 months to produce an episode plus writing, voicing and editing. Fox'd have to get their shit together if they wanted it for mid-season or next year...

And they can only air 4 episodes a week (the other two slots on a Sunday are there purely for NFL overrun). They would have to screw around with one of the other shows to get it work (which is what they have been doing with Cleveland, which has perhaps contributed to it's demise - it's not as terrible as people make it sound)
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Old 22-04-2013, 19:11
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Doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooomed.
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Old 22-04-2013, 20:57
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I'm not sure how I feel about this.
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Old 22-04-2013, 21:09
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I'm not surprised it's been canned anything after Benders Big Score has been bloody awful ( in my opinion of course)
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Old 22-04-2013, 21:22
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Old 22-04-2013, 21:37
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I've enjoyed the new seasons. Sad to see it go but I'm glad we got new episodes.

If this is the end, is a complete series box set on the cards or do legalities of the change to Comedy Central affect the possibility of that ever happening?
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Old 22-04-2013, 21:41
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It has been pretty hit wnd miss since returning. Did get 50 extra eps out of the comeback.
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Old 22-04-2013, 21:51
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I've enjoyed the new seasons. Sad to see it go but I'm glad we got new episodes.

If this is the end, is a complete series box set on the cards or do legalities of the change to Comedy Central affect the possibility of that ever happening?
Part of he deal was fox kept the DVD rights etc so it's possible I believe.
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Old 22-04-2013, 21:52
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I've grown up watching futurama, I prefer it to the Simpsons right now and I am gutted that it's been cancelled again.
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Old 22-04-2013, 21:54
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Part of he deal was fox kept the DVD rights etc so it's possible I believe.
Fox kept producing the show. Comedy Central just aired it...
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Old 23-04-2013, 02:59
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While I am sad by the news, considering how the ratings have been going recently, I was not that surprised. Will definitely miss it.
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Old 23-04-2013, 11:25
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Not being renewed is not the same as cancelled but i still have the same feeling
I suspect they probably only signed a two season deal in the first place and it's just not being picked up.
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