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Farewell, Futurama: fan favourite cancelled again

Matt Groening's 31st century space adventures will air its 140th — and final — episode on 4 September.

Matt Groening's 31st century space adventures will air its 140th — and final — episode on 4 September.

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It seems that once again, Futurama has been cancelled, with Comedy Central choosing not to renew the show after its seventh season.

This is the second time the show has been cancelled. Its original broadcaster, Fox, pulled the plug back in 2003.

Futurama reruns hit the Adult Swim channel, and in 2007, Comedy Central commissioned four direct-to-DVD movies that comprised its fifth season. A sixth and seventh season — 26 episodes each — were also commissioned.

Half of the seventh season remains to be screened, and those episodes will run from 19 June until 4 September.

The news apparently came as no surprise to creator Groening and producer David X Cohen. Cohen told Entertainment Weekly:

I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can't say I was devastated by the news. It was what I had expected two years earlier. At this point, I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment's notice.

The show will have 140 episodes under its belt, along with two Emmys for Outstanding Animated Program. At its peak, it averaged 2.6 million viewers.

Could fan-backlash against this cancellation once again see a revival of the Planet Express crew? Groening said to Entertainment Weekly:

Perhaps Futurama will return in another form, on the internet or as a puppet show in the park. Or maybe as a puppet show in the park on the internet.

In Australia, Futurama has aired on the free-to-air channel Eleven.