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'Futurama' is ending its run, again, with last 13 episodes this summer

Wow, things really have changed over the years.

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Wow, things really have changed over the years.



Bad news, everyone! Comedy Central has announced the 13 episodes of Futurama airing this summer will be the series' last. And since is the third or fourth time the show's creators have been told the party's over, they really mean it.

“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.”

Geeks everywhere don't need to be told Futurama originally ran from 1999 to 2003 on Fox, when it was unceremoniously canceled after a slipshod job of scheduling. Its cult following and reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim kept the fire going, so four straight to DVD movies came out in 2007 with all the principal voice actors like Katey Sagal, Billy West and John DiMaggio returning. Those proved so popular, Comedy Central aired a sixth season of 26 episodes in 2010-11, then agreed to 26 more. The first 13 were on last year, so the final run begins on June 19.

Series creator Matt Groening says it wasn't completed unexpected (especially considering ratigs falling with the show's haphazard schedule. While the band could always get back together once again, a proper series finale is in the works, he says. But never say never.

"We would love to continue. We have many more stories to tell," Groening said. "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.”


[Last modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:09pm]


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