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Futurama came back into our lives last year after being hit with the cancellation mallet by Fox back in 2003. The series was picked up for new episodes by Comedy Central following the success of the network’s syndicated reruns and subsequent direct-to-video movies which themselves break down into the show’s abbreviated fifth season. The sixth season is only halfway finished now, with 13 episodes already aired and the remaining 13 set to kick off on June 23.
Apparently we’ve all been tuning in enough for Comedy Central to sign off on a seventh season, comprised of 26 episodes that will air in two chunks spread across 2012 and 2013. Creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen issued a joint statement (via Vulture) voicing their excitement: “We’re very grateful to Comedy Central and [producer] 20th for this show of support. Our entire staff will celebrate tonight by going out and getting even drunker.” The show’s full voice cast will also be returning, which should come as no surprise to anyone.
I’ve had the pleasure of interview Cohen and a few of the cast members in the past, and I can tell you that this is a very dedicated bunch. They’re all friends outside the office, and you get a strong sense that there’s a family dynamic to how the work together in talking with any one of them. As a fanboy who has been watching The Simpsons since its very first episode , I still think Futurama has it trumped in the heart and soul department. It’ll be great to see more stories from this super-team of talents over the next two and a half (and hopefully more beyond that) years.