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Comedy Central To End 'Futurama' After Seven Seasons

Comedy Central will not renew 'Futurama' following the final episodes of its current seventh season.

The animated series' final string of 13 episodes will begin airing on Wednesday, June 19 and conclude on September 4.

Fans will remember this is the second time 'Futurama' has been cancelled. It was first dropped by Fox in 2003 after four seasons, but was picked up by Comedy Central in 2007 after strong DVD sales and reruns developed a cult following.

"I'm very proud of the upcoming season. If this is indeed the end of Futurama, it's a fantastic finish to a good, long run," says creator Matt Groening.

"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," adds executive producer David X. Cohen. "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."

As for whether the series will be shopped around to another network, Groening hints that it's a possibility.

"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," he says.

"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."

April 23, 2013 |

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