Futurama is coming back yet again and this time it’s heading to Hulu.
Hulu announced on Wednesday that it has ordered a 20-episode revival of Futurama with the majority of the original cast – Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, and David Herman – returning. Currently, John DiMaggio, the voice of Bender, is still in negotiations. Should that not work out then the role of everyone’s favorite suicidal robot will be recast.
“I’m thrilled to have another chance to think about the future… or really anything other than the present,” said David X. Cohen.
“It’s a true honor to announce the triumphant return of Futurama one more time before we get canceled abruptly again,” commented Matt Groening.
“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,” said Craig Erwich, President, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment.
“What I love about animation is that it’s possible for a successful show to take a pause and then resume years later, even on a different platform, and pick up right where it left off. Futurama is one of those shows. The excitement from Hulu about returning Matt and David’s genius creation for all-new episodes has been off the charts. I’m thrilled that this incredible team will get to tell more stories, and that our Planet Express crew will have more adventures together. It’s a win for the fans who have loved the show since the beginning, and for the ones who will now discover it for the very first time,” commented Marci Proietto, Head of 20th Television Animation.
Futurama originally ran from 1999 to 2003 on Fox. It returned in 2007 with four direct-to-DVD movies. It eventually returned in 2010 to Comedy Central with new episodes that ran until 2013. In total there have been 140 episodes of the series to date.