'Futurama' Canceled After 7 Seasons
Futurama, the 31st century Comedy Central animated series, has not been renewed for an eighth season, which means it will come to an end on Sept. 4 after a 140-episode run. The second half of season 7 will begin airing on the network on June 19.
This is not the first time that Futurama has faced cancelation. It originally aired from 1999 to 2003, when it was canceled by Fox. The series was rebooted in 2007 after proving that it could still pull ratings during its time in syndication on Adult Swim. It came out with four direct-to-DVD movies that Comedy Central aired as a 16-episode season. The network then ordered a sixth season with 26 episodes, followed by a seventh.
“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,” executive producer David X. Cohen told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Futurama, which won Emmys for Outstanding Animated Program in 2002 and 2011, is not necessary gone for good. There's a lurking possibility that the award-winning series could find a new home in the future. “We’re catching our breath and seeing what the fans have to say," series creator Matt Groening told EW.
"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," he added. "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.”
Tune into Comedy Central at 10/9c on June 19 to catch the premiere of the second half of Futurama's seventh season, which Cohen calls "our best 'last season ever' ever."