Syfy To Air Futurama Reruns; Dare We Hope For New Episodes?
Futurama's past may be marred with cancellations, but its future is looking bright. On October 3, fans learned about the newest development in everyone's favorite futuristic cartoon. The Syfy channel announced its off-network acquisition of Futurama and the upcoming November 11 binge-fest. We are talking about 3 days of non-stop Futurama. And for those of you frantically calculating the hours in your head, that is enough time for all 140 episodes in a row. Following the binge-fest, the Syfy channel will continue to air the show on Monday and Tuesday nights.
Futurama Fights For Airtime
Futurama's hilarious antics first hit the screen in March of 1999 on Fox and were cancelled in 2003. In spite of its cancellation, the show continued to grow in popularity due to syndicated reruns during the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim time slot. As a result, Comedy Central attempted to acquire Futurama in 2005 with intentions to make new episodes. Unfortunately, negotiations fell through until 2007 when 4 direct-to-video movies began development. Comedy Central finally renewed production of on-air episodes in 2009 and the show thrived until its final cancellation in 2013. Upon hearing the news, Co-creator Matt Groening expressed a sincere desire to continue making episodes stating:
"Perhaps Futurama will return in another form, on the Internet, or as a puppet show in the park. Or maybe as a puppet show in the park on the Internet".
The Future of 'Futurama'
So what does all this have to do with new episodes being produced in coming years? Well for starters, Futurama's tenacious creators have always fought hard to keep the show alive in one form or another. Co-creator David Cohen teased us with the following statement earlier this year while promoting the show's new mobile game app, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow:
“There are no new TV episodes or movies in the pipeline at the moment… However, Here and now I promise a different avenue of exciting Futurama news later this summer, no kidding. Keep your expectations modest and you will be pleased, possibly. I am not allowed to say more or I will be lightly phasered.”
While an off-network deal with the Syfy channel doesn't necessarily guarantee new episodes, we certainly can't ignore the possibility. The SyFy channel is known for giving shows a second lease on life. Many science fiction fans will remember the success of Stargate SG-1 which Syfy acquired from Showtime. The channel went on to make another 5 seasons of the show and two Stargate spin off shows.
NBCUniversal's Syfy brand has also been known to remake shows from foreign networks such as the British made supernatural drama Being Human. That said, even if we never see another new episode, we can rest assured knowing all 140 current shows will be airing for quite some time. And while eagerly awaiting the upcoming binge-fest, you can always feed your 22nd century appetite with the new Futurama mobile app game.