Comedy Central Gives 'Futurama' A Future
Groenig Show To Return With New Episodes
(June 26 2006) - Comedy Central, the cable outlet perhaps best known for the potty-mouth animation series "South Park," is giving the series "Futurama" a new lease on life as the cable channel has set a deal with 20th Century Fox Television to produce at least 13 new episodes of the animated series, according to TheFutonCritic. The series, which followed the adventures of a pizza delivery boy propelled 1,000 years into the future, originally ran on the Fox broadcast network from 1999 to 2003.
The new episodes will air along with the show's off-network run on Comedy Central, set to begin sometime in 2008. The new deal, signed in October of 2005, is valued at an impressive $400,000 per episode, nearly triple the estimated $10 million Cartoon Network paid for the show back in 2002. It's not clear how much Comedy Central will pay for the new episodes, the report said.
Series regulars Billy West, Katey Sagal and John DiMaggio and creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen are all expected to return for the new installments. - Article by Scott Nance