Against all odds, it seems like the cult-classic sci-fi comedy Futurama will be getting a second revival in the near future. Per a report from Variety, streaming service Hulu has ordered a new 20-episode season for the Planet Express crew that will see the return of most of the original cast. I guess a delivery boy’s work is never done.
“I’m thrilled to have another chance to think about the future… or really anything other than the present,” says head writer David X. Cohen. Series creator (and Simpsons creator) Matt Groening added, “It’s a true honor to announce the triumphant return of Futurama one more time before we get canceled abruptly again.”
Originally broadcast on Fox from 1999 until 2003 before getting picked up by Comedy Central for more seasons from 2008 until 2013, Futurama would endure itself to sitcom fans for its humorous tone and genuine heart. Feeling almost like a true successor to The Simpsons, the show has gone on to amass a legacy that many feel has surpassed the citizens of Springfield.
While not every original cast member will be making a return, mainstays Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, and David Herman will be reprising their roles. Interestingly, John DiMaggio -who voiced the iconic Bender- is not currently attached to the project.
Craig Erwich, Hulu’s president of Originals and the president of ABC Entertainment, said, “When presented with the opportunity to bring fans and viewers new episodes of Futurama, we couldn’t wait to dive in. 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.”
There’s a lot to live up to when it comes to this series, so I do hope Cohen and Groening can recapture that same magic. I’m actually quite a fan of the Comedy Central run and feel some of Futurama’s best episodes reside there, so I don’t think we’ll have a dud on our hands.