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Comedy Central Resurrects 'Futurama' With 26 New Episodes

Comedy Central has ordered twenty six brand new episodes of Matt Groening's 'Futurama', six years after the animated comedy was cancelled by Fox.

Taking a page from 'Family Guy', the series will be returning with an order from the network that is slated to air in mid-2010 and run over two seasons.

The return was triggered by strong DVD sales figures and solid ratings for the show's reruns on Cartoon Network and Comedy Central.

Comedy Central's senior VP of programming says "Futurama' was a series that fans simply demanded we bring back. This is all about reinvigorating the franchise, and giving it a new burst of energy. There is nothing like new and self-contained episodes week to week."

'Futurama' aired from 1999 to 2003 on Fox, and while it will be seven years once the series returns to TV with new episodes, its four movie specials ('Bender's Big Score', 'The Beast With a Billion Backs', 'Bender's Game' and 'Into the Wild Green Yonder') have kept the comedy top of mind for fans.

That will also help bring back all the key voice cast of Billy West (Philip Fry), Katey Sagal (Leela) and John DiMaggio (Bender). All of whom are expected to return for the new episodes.

Comedy Central has the right to shop the new 'Futurama' episodes to a broadcast network and work out a deal to air the episodes second. If picked up by a partner, that would almost certainly ensure more episodes beyond the already ordered twenty six.

June 10, 2009 |

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