A week after FOX pulled the plug on The Cleveland Show, another prominent animated series is getting the axe. Comedy Central has reportedly decided to put an end to Futurama’s run when the show’s seventh season finishes airing later this year.
TV by the Numbers reports that the show’s producers are exploring options for moving to a new network, but that nothing appears imminent. If such a deal is reached, it would be the second time the series has been revived by moving to a different spot on the dial.
Created by Simpsons head Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Futurama ran on FOX between 1999 and 2003, but was frequently pre-empted by sports events due to its poor time slot and suffered from low ratings. FOX never officially canceled the show, but decided to stop buying episodes after the fourth season.
In 2009, after ratings for syndicated episodes airing on Comedy Central were strong, the cable network decided to revive Futurama, re-hire much of the series’ old writing staff and cast of voice actors, and begin producing new episodes. Futurama’s re-debut on June 24, 2010 led to the highest rated Thursday prime-time lineup in Comedy Central’s history, but ratings have since dropped off.
Now, it appears that the series may have reached the end of the line.
Interestingly, Futurama’s frequent status as a show on the cancellation bubble has led to multiple episodes being produced as possible series finales. Currently, episode 26 of Futurama’s seventh season, titled “Meanwhile,” is slated to serve as the finale.