Officially, Futurama will return. Fans began to get ready for new episodes of the animated sitcom created by Simpsons creator Matt Groening after Hulu’s announcement. Who doesn’t enjoy following the exploits of cryogenically preserved people as they interact with robots and alien creatures? The show debuted on Fox from March 1999 to August 2003, and Comedy Central later picked it up, airing it from March 2008 to September 2013.
It has won six Emmys, two Writers Guild of America Awards, and the hearts of its audience over the years, making it a steadfast fan favorite. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that the show’s producers and fans are excited to welcome a new 20-episode run that will air on Hulu soon.
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It’s interesting to observe that Futurama frequently uses years with the number three as a trend. After Matt Groening complained that Fox did not support the show while it was a sitcom on their channel, the first cancellation of the show was announced in 2003. Comedy Central broadcast the seventh season’s swan song, “Meanwhile,” in 2013. Currently scheduled to debut in 2023, Hulu’s revival hasn’t received a firm date from the streaming service.
Regarding Hulu’s revival, Cohen said, “I’m thrilled to have another opportunity to think about the future… or really anything other than the present.” It’s a true honor to announce the triumphant return of Futurama one more time before we get canceled abruptly again. Groening added in jest, given that both of the show’s previous runs were abruptly canceled despite the fact that it was created to last for a long time.
The 2013 season finale of the show, “Meanwhile,” serves as the ideal starting point for the revival. The events of the episode saw Fry and Leela get older and contentedly married. When the Professor creates a tool that can change the universe and send people back in time without them remembering what happened, they decide to embark on their crazy adventures once more. Will we see some of the same storylines as before, but with changes, if the new show picks up after those events? Or brand-new tales? Maybe both? Time will only tell.
If none of the original cast members are involved, it isn’t a true revival. Bender’s voice actor for the first seven seasons of the show, John DiMaggio, announced back in February that he wouldn’t be taking on the part again. He and Hulu were unable to come to an agreement regarding his compensation, which led to this. It’s difficult to think of another performer who could replace DiMaggio’s Bender with such a remarkable voice. He is also well-known for lending his voice to several other Matt Groening productions, including King Zg in Disenchantment and Jake the Dog in Adventure Time.
Fans can relax knowing that the entire Planet Express team will return. This includes David Herman (Scruffy), Lauren Tom (Amy Wong), Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad), Maurice LaMarche (Calculon, Kif, Hedonismbot), and Billy West (Fry and Leela) reprising their roles. Tress MacNeille (Leela’s Mom, Linda, and others) and Lauren Tom (Amy Wong) are also included.
DiMaggio talked more about his previous disagreements with the network and streamer about his contract and participation in the revival at Phoenix Fan Fusion on May 28, 2022.
How Long Futurama Will Run?
During its nearly ten years on television, Futurama had 140 episodes, each lasting 30 minutes. These episodes were spread across seven seasons. The third season’s “Godfellas” and the sixth season’s “The Prisoner of Brenda” both went on to win awards, and many of them won over fans. Additionally, Futurama was featured in Simpsorama, a crossover with America’s most popular family, The Simpsons, that aired in November 2014 on Fox.
As Hulu revealed that the new season would consist of 20 episodes, each lasting 30 minutes and directed by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, who also worked on The Simpsons. there will be 20 new chances for Futurama to win all-new awards. More episodes of the show may be added, but it all depends on how well it does with viewers and how well it does with the general public.