‘Futurama’ Canceled Again; Finale to Air in Fall 2013

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 22nd, 2013 at 7:23 pm,

Futurama Cancellation Fry Reacts Futurama Canceled Again; Finale to Air in Fall 2013

All good things must come to an end – though in the case of the cult science-fiction comedy Futurama, “an end” hasn’t necessarily meant “the end.” Facing cancellation by Fox after only its first season, the series managed to eke out a few more season orders before getting the axe in 2003.

Despite the finality of Futurama‘s dismissal from Fox, the show saw resurrection on Comedy Central in 2007 with direct-to-DVD movies and (eventually) full seasons of new episodes. Unfortunately, it looks as if Futurama may finally, truly, end later this year, as the cable network has decided to not renew the series.

EW shares the news that Comedy Central has declined to order further episodes of Futurama. The show has faced steadily declining ratings since its return, dropping the comparatively budget-heavy production below the level where it would be profitable to continue. Thirteen final episodes – constituting the second half of season 7 – will air beginning June 9th. As a result, the last episode of Futurama will appear sometime in September.

Futurama creators David X. Cohen and Matt Groening (both of The Simpsons) responded to the news of the series’ (re-)cancellation with good humor. Cohen commented:

“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 canceled at a moment’s notice.”

When asked whether Futurama would seek yet another broadcaster to continue the series, Groening responded:

“We’ve been in this situation before and it’s tempting when you’re doing episodes that are as good or better than anything you’ve ever done to continue doing it… We’re catching our breath and seeing what the fans have to say. 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… 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.”

Futurama Fry and Leela Wedding Futurama Canceled Again; Finale to Air in Fall 2013Appropriately enough, the now-final episode of season 7 will apparently feature an event the entire series has been leading up to – the wedding of Philip J. Fry (Billy West) and Turanga Leela (Katey Sagal). This could end up working in Futurama‘s narrative favor while also deterring any further interest in continuing the show. After all, culmination of such a long-running “will they/won’t they” romance has been the end-point of many a television series. The episode sounds as if it could usher the show out on an outrageous high note, as Cohen refers to it as, “…a tasteful, emotional gorefest.”

Whether or not Groening and Cohen decide to pursue an eighth season of Futurama, the series’ fans can look back on its run with gratitude and something approaching astonishment. Futurama‘s repeated death and rebirth was nearly unprecedented, allowing the series creators to continue what was a largely unresolved story. At its height, there was nothing quite like Futurama on television – a smart, crass, visually ambitious comedy that nonetheless could pack one heck of a dramatic punch. If the autumn of 2013 does end up being Futurama‘s last swan song, we can only hope that it goes out on a note that does justice to its finest moments.

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The (perhaps) final run of Futurama episodes will begin airing on Comedy Central on June 9th, 2013.

Sources: EW

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  1. Reality shows are repetitive, yet they’re still airing. I prefer repetitive cartoons to that garbage.

  2. I feel guilty. I love this show but due to my work schedule I had a hard time catching New episodes.

    • YOur DVR would be happy to record it for you. Those ratings count as well.

    • me too i always forget

  3. FOX television still retains the rights to the show and the rights to air new episodes. If they can sign a deal with Cartoon Network like they did with Family Guy and American Dad, they can air it on Sundays in the slot where the now cancelled Cleveland show airs. It would fit perfect and would probably get way better ratings. I would really hate to see this show die again when the FEW episodes that Comedy Central airs every year still don’t get the attention they deserve.

  4. With Netflix getting in the business of picking up shows (ie: Arrested Development) would LOVE to see them pick up Futurama. Especially since that’s where me and my friends pretty much watch the show anyway.

  5. Futurama is awsome they shouldve never canceled it

  6. they shouldve never canceled Futurama in the first place

  7. i love it

  8. here in latin america futurama lost many of his fans cuz the change of most of the dubbing cast, the same goes for the Simpsons, changed the original dubbing actors after nearly 11 seasons

  9. This frees up a spot for the return of Duckman.

  10. Don’t cancel a show that is a hit it is a nice descent show and it i a very awsome show it is a nice show

  11. Yay!!! *Dancing*

    I used to love Futurama until they showed that Amazon Women episode that made fun of rape. Now I hope the entire thing gets cancelled and never sees the light again.

    *Dancing with joy on Futurama’s gave*

    • That’s ridiculous. So are you!

    • You’re a piece of sh*t.

    • Not sure if trolling or just stupid…

    • you are a horrible person.
      a)get a sense of humor
      2) get a life
      bonus) then end it.

  12. With the news that TBS has picked up American Dad! for an 11th season, and is reportedly interested in picking up cable syndication for The Simpsons, perhaps Groening and Co. could negotiate with Fox and TBS to have TBS pick Futurama up for an eighth season.

  13. I love this show such diverse characters this show I enjoy every day I hope it isn’t gone for long someone will pick it up

  14. Plz seek another channel!! Don’t let this end. I for one love the show since the beginning. Keep up great work….!!

  15. I’ve come to love this show and the past two years have been the best in the shows history. Where’s the petition to get it on another network.

    • I was just looking into it. If we all can get enough people we can submit it to change.org

  16. Im a 50-year-old fan and my two boys 12 & 15 are fans, will keep looking for future episodes

  17. This show is like my weekly vitamin of sarcasm. Its so original with endless possibilities . Please dont go.

  18. I will admit I do not watch futurama on television but I watch it online. Most people watch tv shows online now. I can honestly say that futurama is my all time favorite tv show. When i got wind that it was being cancelled again I got vey upset. There is no other show like it. The problem isn’t that it is a bad show, the problem is that they are airing it on a channel that has nothing but crap reality and horrible comics. This is truly sad. I’m not accepting this not will my other futurama loving friends. In the last episode I saw in the opening it said AVENGE US, and avenge you I shall.

  19. I would happily watch it on Netflix. Or pay a dollar to watch a single episode. Futurama is better than any of the silly reality shows and it’s better than Simpsons. I don’t understand the low ratings…

  20. I love this show. I watch them all (FG, AD, UA,etc) but Futurama is the best. Right now, I watch the same ones over and over on Netflix. I wish the networks would wake up! The Sunday night line up is perfect for Fox. Or maybe they can just work something out with Netflix for new shows.

  21. Please dont cancel futurama, its my favorite show. a lot of people love futurama. its to early to cancel futurama. Please make it last for a few more years.

  22. I would like for futurama to keep on going because I really relate to fry a lot and there is not a lot of stuff of things I really relate to so its nice having that experiance

  23. Futurama is a great show an shouldn’t be canceled their are tons of people that watch this show.

  24. Futurama is one of those shows that I come home too after a late night of work to sit down and finally relax and laugh a little. But now with the show being ended there doesn’t seem to be anything comically funny on anymore!