While many of us are still coping with the cancellation of Futurama, for the second time in our lives, there’s still lots to look forward to in the coming season. Futurama returns on June 19th with 12 more episodes, and in the second to last episode Game of Thrones‘ own Mother of Dragons, Emilie Clarke is guest-starring!
Her role will be as a flower stand owner with no sense of smell who falls in love with Dr. Zoidberg. Yes, after years of disaster in love – or really any kind of relationship – Zoidberg finally catches a break. Executive producer David X. Cohen puts it like this,
She falls in love with Dr. Zoidberg — the smelliest character on Earth in the future — but she can’t smell him, so it’s a match made in heaven. However, being a doctor, he has the opportunity to perform a nose transplant and give her a sense of smell, which would destroy their romance, so it’s a big dilemma.
A dilemma indeed! Come on, give Zoidberg his happy ending before the series ends Sept. 4th!
Source: EW via The Mary Sue
Sigh. Yes, you read that right. Futurama has been cancelled. Again. Or rather, Comedy Central has decided – with heavy fuckin’ hearts I hope – to not renew the series after its seventh season; the second half of which is airing this summer beginning June 19 at 10 p.m. This “cancellation” isn’t anything new to long time fans of Futurama – a series that’s been revived three times – and there’s still a glimmer of hope this isn’t truly the end.
Executive producer David X. Cohen and creator Matt Groening spoke exclusively to Entertainment Weekly about the decision and how neither are all that shocked. “It was what I had expected two years earlier,” said Cohen, “At this point I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment’s notice.”
We’ve been in this situation before and it’s tempting when you’re doing episodes that are as good or better than anything you’ve ever done to continue doing it. We’re catching our breath and seeing what the fans have to say. The experience of this show has been so much fun from the very beginning to now — everybody is so happy to work on this show — that it’d be a shame if we all went our separate ways… We would love to continue. We have many more stories to tell. But if we don’t, this is a really great way to go out… I think these episodes are the best ones we’ve ever done.
Dave Bernath, Comedy Central’s EVP of Programming, explains the non-renewal as, “the natural end” to the series’ string of comebacks.
That’s a helluva run that few shows achieve, and especially given the fact that it came back to life, it’s really an amazing story. I’m more thankful and feel a sense of gratitude toward the whole process — and that we found a way to keep going for 52 more episodes — than I really am even thinking about the ending. It’s a blessing that it came back and lasted so long.
In the end, the news is bittersweet. You can’t forget the opportunities allowed Futurama – after the Fox cancellation a direct-to-DVD comeback led to two new seasons on Comedy Central – are almost unheard of, but, how many seasons has The Simpson’s lasted? What about Family Guy!? It’s lasted well beyond seven seasons after its initial cancellation. Grr! Argh!
I’m going to remain optimistic. There’s still 13 more episodes coming this year, and from there, who knows!
Groening: 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.
Cohen: As I said three times before, this is definitely the absolute end of the show. I don’t know why nobody believes me when I say that.
Make sure you tune in June 19th! Until then, I’ll just wait here, hopeful for news about Futurama living on, somewhere, somehow.
What will you be doing tonight at 10pm, eastern time? Watching the premiere of new Futurama, right? You damn well better be. We nerds have worked too hard to stop our beloved animated program from disappearing, we can’t drop the ball now. Everyone should be watching tonight in the hopes we can top the numbers of their big return to television last year, which brought in 3 million viewers! Futurama currently has over 14 million fans on Facebook so if even half of those fans watch the not one, but two new episodes tonight Futurama will set records.
Tonight starts the second half of season six with 13 episodes, completing the full order of 26. Comedy Central has already, smartly, ordered another 26 episodes which will air in two chunks keeping us hopped up on Bender into 2013. Below we’ve got some special sneak peak clips of the upcoming episodes just in case you were considering skipping out. Which you weren’t, right? Good.
Let’s recap, new Futurama tonight, 10pm (e) on Comedy Central. There will not only one but two new episodes, so that’s a whole hour of new Futurama. You better be there, or it’s some terrible level of robot hell for you. Most likely with singing.