Futurama is headed to SYFY. Futurama follows a pizza delivery boy, from the late 20th century, who wakes up after being frozen for 1,000 years. The half-hour comedy featured the voices of Katey Sagal and Billy West. The series aired on Fox for the first four seasons before being cancelled in 2003. It went on to air in syndication on Adult Swim before being revived in 2007 with four direct-to-DVD movies. Those movies were eventually cut into 30 minute episodes and aired on Comedy Central in 2007. After the the success of the movies, the show was revived and ran for three seasons before its season finale in September 2013.
The classic show also made a return with a mobile video game, called Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. The game, developed by TinyCo., featured new animation and familiar voices. A new 42 minute podcast-episode, featuring the original voice cast, also premiered last month. The podcast, titled "Radiorama," guest starred Chris Hardwick, who played the villain Klaxon.
Now, SYFY has acquired the rights to all 140 episodes of Matt Groening's classic animated series under a multi-year non-exclusive deal. The show's acquisition comes months after SYFY underwent rebranding following its 25th anniversary. The addition is SYFY's first fully animated series. NBCU Cable Entertainment Networks President Chris McCumber said:
"We're continuing to invest heavily to give our passionate fans the very best genre programming, and I can think of no better addition to SYFY's lineup than one of my personal favorites, Futurama."
During its run, Futurama earned six Emmy Awards, seven Annie Awards, two Environmental Media Awards and two WGA Awards. The show was created by Groening and developed by David X. Cohen. It is produced by The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television.
The deal comes years after FXX landed Matt Groening's The Simpsons. The cable network celebrated by showing a marathon, featuring every episode, which led to the network's then-biggest day on record in 2014.
Futurama will join a series roster that includes The Expanse, Channel Zero, 12 Monkeys and The Magicians. The network is also set to premiere original shows, like Krypton, Nightflyers, Tremors and Happy! The animated series will air on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8pm until 2am ET/PT, and on Saturdays from 8am until 11am ET/PT. In the meantime, fans can check out episodes of Futurama on Hulu along with other Fox animated shows, like American Dad!, The Cleveland Show and Bob's Burgers.
Futurama will make its SYFY debut with a weekend programming event on Saturday, November 11.
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