Will this really be Planet Express’ final flight? Well it could be, as Comedy Central has announced it’s not going to renew the series after the final 140th episode airs on September 4 this year.
The good news is that means we get some new Futurama episodes soon. On June 19 at 10pm, the first episode of the second half of season 7 will air on Comedy Central. So we’re happy that we’re getting 13 more episodes but sad that there might not be any more Bender.
However, Futurama has been cancelled several times before, as the series originally ran from 1999 to 2003 until Fox canned the show. The reruns proved popular on Adult Swim, so four direct to DVD movies were made in 2007, which Comedy Central then ran as half hour long episodes, turning them into a 16 episode long fifth season in 2008-2009. Season 5 must have been popular because Comedy Central then commissioned season 6 and season 7.
Creator Matt Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen were not surprised by the news though. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Cohen 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.” However, Cohen does promise that the last season will be “the best last season yet” and guest stars such as Larry Bird, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, Adam West, Dan Castellaneta, and Burt Ward will be featured.
It’s likely being ended due to a decline in viewers. In 2010 Futurama was averaging 2.6 million viewers, but that number dropped to 1.7m in 2012. But you never know, it could become popular again and another TV network could pick up the licence. Whether that will happen or not, Futurama sure had a good run. It’s just a shame it was never as popular as The Simpsons.