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Futurama to return to TV

Futurama

Story by Jack Foley

CULT show Futurama is poised to return to American TV screens with 26 new episodes, it has been confirmed.

The new episodes will air in 2010 on cable network Comedy Central, seven years after the show was axed by Fox.

Futurama was the brainchild of Simpsons creator Matt Groening and David X Cohen and tells the story of pizza delivery boy named Philip Fry, who was cryogenically frozen at the end of 1999 and defrosted in 2999.

Each episode involved a different adventure for Fry, his love interest Turanga Leela and Bender, a cigar smoking robot who became one of its most iconic figures.

Commenting on the news, an excited Groening said: “We’re thrilled Futurama is coming back. We now have only 25,766 episodes to make before we catch up with Bender and Fry in the year 3000!”

Futurama originally ran on Fox between 1999 and 2003, but even though it was not deemed a ratings hit by the studio the popularity of the repeats of the 72 original episodes – bought from Fox in 2006 – and strong DVD sales for the four feature-length specials have led to the decision to resurrect it.

Comedy Central’s David Bernath is convinced there remains “a deep and passionate fan base for this intelligent and very funny show that matches perfectly with our audience”.