Bad News, Everyone: Futurama Gets Cancelled, Again
Forgive me if I’m a bit late to the news, but you can chalk it up to the fact that I’ve been in mourning since I learned that Futurama is getting canned for the second time. Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s science fiction/comedy powerhouse has faced the slaughter before, of course — Fox gave them the boot back in 2003, and though Comedy Central was a faithful ally from 2009 until 2013, it’s still a shame to see the show blasted into orbit.
The show-runners hope to see Futurama picked up by a different network once the current season ends on September 4th, but I think it’s time for them to turn their attention towards, well, the future. Streaming entertainment has recently garnered a great deal of positive attention, and who can deny it? Subscriptions to Netflix and Hulu have shot through the roof in recent years, and, with the latest trend of stream-exclusive content ala House of Cards and the upcoming season of Arrested Development, it’s a wonder that Futurama isn’t looking for a more permanent home on the streaming circuit.
Only time will tell what happens to one of the most hysterically witty television shows of our generation. Until we learn more, I’ll just have to content myself with watching hours of reruns in my pajamas, crying over Jurassic Bark like a small, unattended child.
The crew of Planet Express return to Comedy Central tonight with a bang, treating fans to two brand new back-to-back episodes of everyone’s favorite futuristic sitcom.
The season kicks off with The Bots and the Bees, in which Bender fathers a child with the office soda machine. Following close behind is A Farewell To Arms, a tongue-in-cheek nod to the 2012 doomsday prophesy.
Friends, I am beyond excited. Regardless of all the fans who believe that the best days of the show are behind it, this new season promises a fresh start for our favorite package delivery crew, and I for one cannot wait to return to the bustling streets of New New York. Catch the start of series seven tonight on Comedy Central at 10/9c.
Bonus: check out this awesome live-action rendition of the opening sequence!