After it’s second season in revival on Comedy Central, the network has decided not to renew Futurama for an eighth season. The sci-fi animated sitcom was cancelled by Fox in 2003 after four seasons on that network. A long journey back to the small screen followed with a series of straight-to-DVD films, which were eventually cut up and used as the series’ fifth season on Comedy Central in 2008.
Series co-creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen seem unsurprised with the news. “I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can’t say I was devastated by the news,” Cohen said of the second cancellation. Groening remains optimistic that the show can yet live on on another network or platform, “We would love to continue. We have many more stories to tell.”
The thing that always amazed me about Futurama is it was always one of the most smartly-written shows on television, even after a half-decade hiatus. If it continued on another network, or on Amazon or Netflix, count me among those who would be tuning in.