‘Futurama’ to end (a second time) after seven seasons

“Futurama” was canceled once before, and now it’s being canceled again. Comedy Central announced on Monday that the long-running animated comedy will come to a close at the end of its seventh season on Sept. 4.

The 13-episode final season premieres June 19 and will feature guest voices from Larry Bird, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, Adam West, Burt Ward and the man behind Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta.

This isn’t the first time “Futurama” has come to an end. It originally aired for four seasons on Fox from 1999 to 2003 before getting the ax. But the show’s intense popularity among its fans earned it a second life on Comedy Central, which aired three seasons between 2008 and 2013.


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Perhaps because of “Futurama’s” ability to transcend death before, co-creator Matt Groening’s statement seemed to have a less-than-final air about it. “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,” he said.

Meanwhile, Groening’s other endeavor, “The Simpsons,” continues to air on Fox for its record 24th season. And it will be back for a 25th season in the fall.


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