Futurama is no stranger to being cancelled, and it unfortunately looks like the axe has fallen yet again — Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Comedy Central has declined to renew the show, making the seventh season the last go for the Planet Express crew (note: link contains season seven spoilers). While the show has a loyal and devoted fanbase, it also has had more ups and downs than most programs experience since its debut on Fox way back in 1999. Futurama was the victim of erratic scheduling until the plug was finally pulled (for the first time) in 2003.
Comedy Central led the show's first revival in 2007 after reruns of the Fox episodes on Adult Swim proved popular — four straight-to-DVD movies were released, and each was eventually broken into four individual episodes which comprised the show's fifth season. The network then gave the show two more 26-episode seasons, each of which was split down the middle, with the final 13-episode run scheduled to begin on June 19th.
"I think these episodes are the best ones we've ever done."
"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," executive producer David X. Cohen told EW. Despite Cohen and creator Matt Groening's acceptance of Futurama's final fate, both left the door open for yet another revival. The show's producers said they were exploring options for a new home, but there was nothing serious yet to report. "We would love to continue. We have many more stories to tell," says Groening. "But if we don't, this is a really great way to go out... I think these episodes are the best ones we've ever done."
Please note: The Entertainment Weekly source link contains season seven spoilers, including details on the final episode!