COMEDY CENTRAL®
RENEWS "FUTURAMA" FOR 26 NEW EPISODES

  • Emmy®
    Award-Winning Animated Comedy Series To Premiere Two Seasons
    Of 13 Episodes Beginning Summer 2012
    Entire Original Voice Cast Returns
    Upcoming 2011 "Season 6-B" Premieres On Thursday, June 23 At 10 P.M.

NEW YORK, March 28, 2011 — The future is looking bright for Fry, Leela and Bender! COMEDY CENTRAL

and Twentieth Century Fox Television have announced today the pick-up of 26 new episodes (Seasons “7-

A” and “7-B”) of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s brilliantly subversive animated sci-fi comedy, “Futurama.” The announcement was

made today by Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden, and David

Bernath, Executive Vice President, program strategy and multiplatform programming for COMEDY CENTRAL.

The first installment of 13 new episodes will premiere in the summer of 2012, with the additional 13

new episodes to air the following summer of 2013 on COMEDY

CENTRAL
.

Seven years after its last original episode aired on Fox, the sixth season

premiere of “Futurama” last June led COMEDY CENTRAL to its best Thursday prime ever among young men.

The animated sci-fi comedy continued its out-of-this-world winning streak throughout the summer,

averaging 2.5 million viewers each week, along with a 1.5 P18-49 rating, a 3.0 M18-34 rating and 3.3

M18-24 rating. In the social media realm, the “Futurama” Facebook fan base has grown from one million “likes” prior

to its return last summer to over 11 million “likes” today, making it one of the top television sites

on Facebook.

“Successfully bringing the show back last summer was gratifying enough,” said

Bernath. “Now, being able to extend the series for two more years is beyond our expectations! The

dedicated fans have spoken and we are excited to bring them ‘Futurama’ for the foreseeable

future.”

“We’re very grateful to COMEDY CENTRAL and Twentieth Television for this show of

support,” said Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. “Our entire staff will celebrate tonight by going

out and getting even drunker.”

“Matt and David created one of the most brilliantly subversive

animated comedies ever made in ‘Futurama’ and we consider its continued life on COMEDY CENTRAL to be a

huge victory for this studio,” commented TCFTV Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “This show is a

tremendous labor of love for all concerned, from its talented voice cast to the incredible writers and

animators who pour so much of themselves into every episode. And its fans are among the most loyal

and passionate there are, so we’re especially pleased to be able to promise them many more original

episodes to look forward to in the years ahead.”

The show’s entire original voice cast will

be returning, including stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, and John DiMaggio. “It is my great honor to be

back with all my friends and colleagues,” said West. “There’s nothing better.”

John DiMaggio

commented, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner!”

“Futurama” was a staple of Fox’s Sunday night

animation block from 1999 to 2003 before ceasing production on original episodes. In June 2006,

COMEDY CENTRAL acquired the rights to the existing 72 episodes of the series, which the channel began

airing in January 2008 and four recently-produced extended-length “Futurama” adventures: “Bender’s

Big Score,” “The Beast with a Billion Backs,” “Bender’s Game” and “Into the Wild Green Yonder,” which

enjoyed enormous success both on COMEDY CENTRAL and in DVD release. “Futurama” is only the second

series in the history of the medium to go back into production based on the strength of its DVD sales

and repeat airings on cable.

“Futurama” focuses on the life of Philip Fry (Billy West), a 25

-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999 and wakes up 1,000

years later with a fresh start at life and a “diverse” new group of friends including Leela (Katey

Sagal), a tough but lovely one-eyed alien and Bender (John DiMaggio), a robot who possesses human

characteristics and flaws. The series aired for five seasons on Fox (1999 to 2003) earning Emmy®

nominations each season while winning three times, including “Outstanding Animated Program” in

2002.

“Futurama,” created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen, is

produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television, with Rough Draft Studios, Inc. contributing the

animation.20th Century Fox Television, a division of News Corp, is a leading supplier of entertainment

content domestically and around the world.

COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network,

currently is seen in more than 98 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a

registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.’s (NYSE: VIA and

VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL’s Internet address is www.comedycentral.com. For up-to-the-

minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL’s press Web

site, at www.comedycentral.com/press.

COMEDY

CENTRAL
, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 98 million homes nationwide.

COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division

of Viacom Inc.’s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY

CENTRAL’s Internet address is www.comedycentral.com. For

up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit Press Central, COMEDY CENTRAL’s press web site at www.comedycentral.com/press.

MTV Networks, a

division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s

leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences

across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s

portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and

includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL,

SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.

CONTACTS:
COMEDY CENTRAL
Jenni

Runyan
310.407.4771
jenni.runyan@comedycentral.com

20th Century Fox

Television
Chris Alexander
310.369.2733
Chris.Alexander@fox.com

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