This is the second time Matt Groening's animated sitcom has been given the chop
Futurama has been axed by US network Comedy Central.
This is the second time the animated sitcom has been given the chop. The show premiered on Fox in 1999 but was cancelled due to poor ratings in 2003, before being revived for a series of direct-to-DVD movies and being picked up again as a regular series by Comedy Central in 2008.
The second half of Futurama‘s seventh season is scheduled to begin in the US on June 19, but once the remaining 13 episodes have been broadcast, Comedy Central will not be ordering any more. The very last episode is set to air on September 4.
Set on a spaceship in the 31st century, Futurama was created by Matt Groening – who famously also came up with The Simpsons – and developed by Groening with David X Cohen, who now serves as the show’s executive producer.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Cohen admitted the cancellation had not come as a shock, saying: “It was what I had expected two years earlier.”
However, Groening suggested Futurama could come back from the dead yet again, saying: “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.”