‘Futurama’ to end Comedy Central run in September

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Futurama not renewed for 8th season (1)

Comedy Central announced Monday that the 13-episode summer season to begin on June 19 will be the last for “Futurama.”

Creator and executive producer Matt Groening said: “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.”

Comedy Central’s EVP Program Strategy & Multi Programming Dave Bernath said: “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.”

Futurama hasn’t actually had only 52 episodes. If the current schedule is met, Futurama’s 140th and final episode on Comedy Central will be on September 4. The animated series was a part of FOX’s Sunday animation block from 1999 to 2003 with 72 episodes.

In 2006, Comedy Central acquired the rights to these original episodes, before producing a series of “Futurama” films that included “Bender’s Big Score,” “The Beast with a Billion Backs,” “Bender’s Game” and “Into the Wild Green Yonder.” In June 2009, Comedy Central brought the series back into TV with new episodes that premiered in 2010.

Photos by: 20th Century Fox TV/Comedy Central

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