'Futurama' Lands Future At Hulu With New Episodes

by Outsiders
February 09, 2022
The future is looking bright for Fry, Leela and Bender at Hulu. 20th Television Animation and Hulu announced today the return of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen's brilliantly subversive animated sci-fi comedy, FUTURAMA. The announcement was made today by Craig Erwich, President, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment and 20th Television Animation Head Marci Proietto. The order is for 20 new episodes and the series will go into production in February, with a 2023 premiere. The show's returning voice cast includes stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr and David Herman.

Variety is reporting that John DiMaggio, who voiced Bender and several minor characters, is not currently attached. The producers are hopeful DiMaggio will return. Should that not happen, Bender will be recast.

"I'm thrilled to have another chance to think about the future... or really anything other than the present," said David X. Cohen.

"It's a true honor to announce the triumphant return of Futurama one more time before we get canceled abruptly again," commented Matt Groening.

"When presented with the opportunity to bring fans and viewers new episodes of Futurama, we couldn't wait to dive in. This iconic series helped blaze the trail for the success of adult animation since its initial launch and we look forward to Matt & David continuing to pave the way and further establishing Hulu as the premiere destination for fans of the genre," said Craig Erwich, President, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment.

"What I love about animation is that it's possible for a successful show to take a pause and then resume years later, even on a different platform, and pick up right where it left off. Futurama is one of those shows. The excitement from Hulu about returning Matt and David's genius creation for all-new episodes has been off the charts. I'm thrilled that this incredible team will get to tell more stories, and that our Planet Express crew will have more adventures together. It's a win for the fans who have loved the show since the beginning, and for the ones who will now discover it for the very first time," commented Marci Proietto, Head of 20th Television Animation.

First airing on FOX from 1999-2003, FUTURAMA was brought back in 2007 with four direct-to-DVD movies that subsequently aired as 30-minute episodes on COMEDY CENTRAL. Based on their success, COMEDY CENTRAL ordered new seasons of the series which made a triumphant return to television in June 2010. FUTURAMA is only the second series in the history of the medium to go back into production based on the strength of its DVD sales and repeat airings on cable. Over the course of its storied run, FUTURAMA earned six Emmy(R) Awards--including two Outstanding Animated Program, seven Annie Awards, two Environmental Media Awards and two Writer's Guild of America Awards. Over its seven seasons spanning two decades, 140 original episodes were produced, with the then-final episode airing on September 4, 2013.

FUTURAMA focuses on the life of Philip Fry (Billy West), a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999 and wakes up 1,000 years later with a fresh start at life and a "diverse" new group of friends including Leela (Katey Sagal), a tough but lovely one-eyed alien and Bender, a robot who possesses human characteristics and flaws.

FUTURAMA, created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen, is produced 20thTelevision Animation a part of Disney Television Studios, with Rough Draft Studios, Inc. contributing the animation.
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EvilHayato - 2022-03-02 @ 5:32 am

Im very glad they secured him, the show would be dead on arrival if they didnt. Now to anticipate the 3rd coming of greatness.

MagnaPrime - 2022-03-02 @ 2:52 am

DiMaggio is back baby

Outsiders - 2022-03-01 @ 11:17 pm

Last month, Hulu announced a revival to the Matt Groening and David X. Cohens cult animated sci-fi comedy Futurama with a 20-episode order. Unfortunately, voice actor John DiMaggio held off on returning to the show due to a contract conflict. DiMaggio's signature voice role is the foul-mouthed robot Bender and an assortment of other characters.

Hulu announced today that John DiMaggio and Hulu have come to an agreement and DiMaggio will be reprising his signature voice role. DiMaggio released a statement about his return to the show and thanked fans who supported him.

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IM BACK, BABY! So damn grateful for the love and support of fans and colleagues alike during this whole time (especially my wife, Kate), and I cannot wait to get back to work with my Futurama family, DiMaggio said. #Bendergate is officially over, so put it on the back of a shelf behind Xmas decorations, or maybe in that kitchen drawer with all of the other crap you put in there like old unusable crazy glue, or maybe even put it in a jar you save farts in. Whatever floats your boat, I dont care, you get the picture. IM BACK, BABY! BITE MY SHINY METAL ASS!

FUTURAMA focuses on the life of Philip Fry (Billy West), a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999, and wakes up 1,000 years later with a fresh start at life and a "diverse" new group of friends including Leela (Katey Sagal), a tough but lovely one-eyed alien and Bender, a robot who possesses human characteristics and flaws.

EvilHayato - 2022-02-10 @ 4:20 pm

Yeahhhh if Bender is recast, its dead in the water imo. I was already worried that they wont have enough creativity like they kind of did when they came back the first time. I was happy they had came back before but it wasnt as good. If Disenchantment is any indication of their ideas, Im still on board. Its kind of weird they havent secured DiMaggio for Futurama but is in Disenchantment.

Satam - 2022-02-10 @ 6:42 am

I'll be much less excited if Bender gets recast.

MagnaPrime - 2022-02-10 @ 1:23 am

Just read this on another site and I am really excited.

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