Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Hulu Revives 'Futurama' for 20-Episode Season

Hulu has today revived the original animated comedy Futurama for a new season, which will produce 20 episodes. Production will begin later this month for a 2023 premiere.

The comedy focuses on the life of Philip Fry, a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999 and wakes up 1,000 years later with a fresh start at life and a "diverse" new group of friends including Leela, a tough but lovely one-eyed alien, and Bender, a robot who possesses human characteristics and flaws.

Voice stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr and David Herman have closed new deals to return. John DiMaggio is expected to return as well but has not yet closed an official deal.

Matt Groening and David X. Cohen created the comedy. They will both return as executive producers. 20th Television and Rough Draft Studios produce.

"It's a true honor to announce the triumphant return of Futurama one more time before we get canceled abruptly again," said Groening.

"I'm thrilled to have another chance to think about the future... or really anything other than the present," added Cohen.

"When presented with the opportunity to bring fans and viewers new episodes of Futurama, we couldn't wait to dive in," shared Craig Erwich, President, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment. "This iconic series helped blaze the trail for the success of adult animation since its initial launch and we look forward to Matt & David continuing to pave the way and further establishing Hulu as the premiere destination for fans of the genre.

The animated comedy originally ran for four seasons on FOX from 1999-2003. It was later revived and produced three more seasons on Comedy Central from 2008-2013. The Hulu revival for the eighth season will mark the second time the series has been brought back after cancellation. The comedy has produced 140 episodes to date.