Well, in case you haven’t heard the news, the comng season of Futurama will be its last. Comedy Central announced that the series finale will air September 4th after a run of episodes starting June 19th that will include guest shots from Larry Bird, Dan Castellaneta, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, Adam West, and Burt Ward. Total over seven seasons: 140 episodes. Not bad.
From the press release:
“I’m very proud of the upcoming season. If this is indeed the end of Futurama, it’s a fantastic finish to a good, long run,” said creator and Executive Producer Matt Groening.
“Having the opportunity to bring Futurama back for 52 episodes over these last four years has been a thrill for all of us at COMEDY CENTRAL. The upcoming season promises to be the best final season of Futurama yet,” said Dave Bernath, EVP Program Strategy & Multi Programming.
Well, then, that’s sad, but at least Fry, Leela, Zoidberg, Bender, et al. are going out before the show’s worn out its welcome. Post your reaction in the comments below, but if you’re in the mood for a more philosophical take on the show, the PBS Idea Channel recently posited that Futurama is actually an argument against transhumanism, that the non-euphoric states of the cast indicate that even if technology solves all human woes and makes us immortal or closer to it, we’ll still have our miseries. (They DO know it’s fiction, right?):