"Futurama" might not be gone forever

The show has come back from near death before -- can it do it again?

By Prachi Gupta
September 6, 2013 2:00AM (UTC)
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"Futurama" fans wept on Wednesday night, as the 7-season-long show came to an end after being canceled by Comedy Central in April.

The show has been resilient despite its tumultuous history, having gone in and out of production and switching networks (it was originally on Fox); even though this time it seems final, co-creator Matt Groening is hopeful that "Futurama" will find a way to return. In an interview with Zap2it, Groening spoke about last episode, "Meanwhile," and talked about the future of the show:


"Meanwhile" is the fourth "series finale" written for "Futurama," so there is a small hope that the show might not be gone forever this time either. There aren't concrete plans for the "Futurama" world to live on beyond the finale and crossover, but Groening is leaving the door open.

"The people that work on the show -- the actors, the writers, the animators, everybody -- loves doing it and we all get along. It's the dream team and it would be a shame if we all went our separate ways forever. We'd like to do it for the pal reasons, the friendship reasons. We don't have a place to go yet, but maybe," he says. "It's not over anyway because there's always the reruns and the DVDs and fan art and all that. And I'm sure the comments will never end as people dissect these episodes."

Perhaps "Futurama" will find a second life on Netflix or another of the increasingly popular online streaming sites. But until then, fans can look forward to a crossover episode featuring "Futurama" characters on "The Simpsons," which will be celebrating its 25th year anniversary in 2014.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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