“Futurama”, the animated show about a guy who gets transported 1,000 years into the future, has had a rocky history. Originally airing on Fox from 1999 to 2003 and then getting cancelled, the series went on to have a kind of half-life by getting syndicated on Adult Swim until 2007. Then after that, it was shown on Comedy Central, where it currently plays. In 2007, new content appeared as direct-to-DVDs, comprising four DVDs in all.
And now, word comes down that “Futurama” is getting all new episodes! Comedy Central has ordered a full season’s worth — 13 episodes — and production should be starting soon. I don’t know exactly how long these things take to produce, but don’t expect to see the new series until at least 2010.
In the realm of the Long Tail, “Futurama” is definitely the grand bull moose king hell winner. Could this spell good things for other shows that were cancelled before their time? “American Gothic”, “Boomtown” … dare I say, “Firefly”? That all depends on the numbers that Comedy Central racks up with the new season. I hate to say it, but there’s a reason the show got cancelled. If the new eps don’t make the right numbers, this might be the only show in history to get cancelled twice.