Our long, nerdy nightmare is ending sooner than we thought. Today HitFix and other online media announced that trusted sources at Comedy Central have confirmed that new episodes of Futurama will begin airing on June 24th, 2010 at 10pm. Last year Comedy Central announced that new episodes of Futurama had been purchased to air sometime in 2010. This will be the first new regular TV episodes of Simpson’s creator Matt Groening’s Futurama to air since 2003.
That’s a full three months earlier than the originally rumored Futurama air date of September and many fans couldn’t be happier. News broke on Facebook and Twitter today as well and Futurama fans are abuzz. After a short-lived attempt to replace Billy West, Katey Segal, and John Dimaggio, the voice talents behind Fry, Leela, and Bender, fans have had some anxiety about whether the new season would ever be aired at all. But the networks have ironed out the kinks, and after a huge uproar from fans demanding the return of the original voice actors, Futurama will be returning to television in full force.
Futurama is an animated series set in the 31st century that was originally aired from 1999 to 2003 on Fox, followed by re-runs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and then finally on Comedy Central. The cartoon struggled on network television, but thrived on cable and in it’s DVD releases. After the release of four wildly successful full-length DVD movies, the series was finally picked back up for another 26 episode season by Comedy Central. The series is first and foremost a light-hearted comedy, with underlying themes from science fiction to social satire and commentary. Futurama is well-known among fans for it’s wealth of “nerdy” references that are a feast for math, science, and science-fiction buffs.
According to Wikipedia Futurama has won three Emmy awards including Outstanding Animated Program in 2002 for the episode “Roswell That Ends Well”, seven Annie Awards, and more, along with too many nominations to mention. Futurama has featured numerous guest stars over the years from Pamela Anderson, to Leonard Nemoy, to Vice President Al Gore. Futurama currently airs in re-runs on weeknights at 1am EST/12am CST on Comedy Central, and DVDs of the original seasons and DVD movies are available through Comedy Central, Amazon.com, and most major entertainment retailers.
Futurama – Comedy Central Insider Blog, Comedy Central Insider
Futurama – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Wikipedia
New Futurama episodes premier on Comedy Central in June – HitFix.com, Daniel Fienberg