This time, Professor Farnsworth does not have good news, everyone. Comedy Central said on Monday that it would not be ordering any additional seasons of “Futurama,” its madcap animated series about a hapless delivery boy from the year 1999 who is cryogenically frozen and awakens in the 31st century.
Comedy Central had itself previously resurrected “Futurama” from a long slumber after it was canceled by Fox. The series, from the “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, originally ran on Fox for 72 episodes between 1999 and 2003. After Comedy Central acquired syndication rights to these episodes in 2005, four direct-to-DVD “Futurama” movies were produced by the Fox studio, and when these DVDs were successful, Comedy Central commissioned new seasons of the series, and began showing them in 2010.
Comedy Central said its final season of “Futurama” would have its premiere on June 19 and conclude on Sept. 4. Mr. Groening said in a statement, “I’m very proud of the upcoming season. If this is indeed the end of ‘Futurama,’ it’s a fantastic finish to a good, long run.”
Dave Bernath, the network’s executive vice president of program strategy and multiprogramming, said in his own tongue-in-cheek statement: “Having the opportunity to bring ‘Futurama’ back for 52 episodes over these last four years has been a thrill for all of us at Comedy Central. The upcoming season promises to be the best final season of ‘Futurama’ yet.”