Comedy Central has chosen not to renew Futurama for any more episodes.
The move, which has left fans (myself included) perplexed despite declining ratings since the show’s revival, means that the latter half of season seven, which premieres on June 19th in the US, will be the last thirteen episodes of the series, for the foreseeable future at least.
Following popular reruns on Adult Swim, Comedy Central picked up the show’s four direct-to-DVD movies, turning them into the fifth season and then paying for an additional two. Having been cancelled a number of times before, the decision didn’t surprise executive producer David X. Cohen. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly he said: “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. 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.”
Producers are considering options far as a new home for the show, and while serious talks have yet to begin creator Matt Groening has hopes in the future of the series. “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.” he said.
While the quality of the show during it’s tenure on Comedy Central wasn’t always to the standard it’s earlier episodes set, it was still one of the better “adult” animated series on TV, coming behind only Archer and South Park for me. Hopefully a new deal will be worked out, and we’ll get to see the Pizza Express fly once again after season seven ends.