Want some news worth going “woop woop woop” about? After a 10-year hiatus Hulu and Disney+ confirmed that they’re ordering a 20-episode revival of Matt Groening’s Futurama.
Set to land sometime in 2023, both The Simpsons creator Groening and original Futurama co-creator David X. Cohen will be involved in the series.
Most of the original voice cast are already confirmed as returning to Planet Express, which means Billy West, who voiced Fry, and Katey Sagal as Leela, will team up with Tress MacNeille (Mom), Maurice LaMarche (Kif), Lauren Tom (Amy), Phil LaMarr (Hermes), and David Herman (Wernstrom), who all voiced multiple characters across the show’s runs. There is one notable absentee from that list, and that’s John DiMaggio, who provides the voice for Futurama‘s MVP, the “bite my shiny metal ass” spouting robot, Bender.
Groening addressed the news in suitably funny fashion, saying “It’s a true honour to announce the triumphant return of Futurama one more time before we get cancelled abruptly again.”
Futurama focusses on the life of Philip Fry, a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999 and wakes up 1,000 years later with a fresh start at life and a “diverse” new group of friends including Leela, a tough but lovely one-eyed alien and Bender, a robot who possesses human characteristics and flaws.
The series originally aired for four seasons between 1999 and 2003, before being revived in 2007 for four direct-to-video films which were subsequently syndicated as a fifth season on Comedy Central. A sixth and seventh season aired between 2010 and 2013.
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