Nearly 10 years after its last episode, Futurama is returning to screen for a brand new series.
Hulu have ordered a 20-episode run of the classic animated comedy from creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen.
Futurama originally aired five seasons on Fox before being revived for three more on Comedy Central. The latest series will enter production this month and is expected to premiere in 2023.
Original stars Billy West (Fry) and Katey Sagal (Leela) along with ensemble players who voiced multiple characters Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr and David Herman will all return.
Matt Groening said: “It’s a true honor to announce the triumphant return of Futurama one more time before we get canceled abruptly again.”
Craig Erwich, president of originals at Hulu and ABC Entertainment, said: “When presented with the opportunity to bring fans and viewers new episodes of Futurama, his 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.”
Marci Proietto, head of animation at producers 20th Television Animation, said: “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...
“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.”