Futuramaby writer Matt Groening (The Simpsons, Disenchanted) following his critically acclaimed series The Simpsonss, is getting a revival series on Hulu, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show, which hasn’t aired in ten years, returns for a 20-episode broadcast on the streaming service. Groening will return to write the episodes, as will series co-creator David X. Cohen (Disenchanted, The Simpsons).
The Original Stars Katey Sagal (8 simple rules, Sons of Anarchy) and Billy West (Ren and Stimpy, Space Jam) will return as their original series characters, Leela and Fry. Also returning are members of the original ensemble such as Tress MacNeille (Animaniacs, The Simpsons), Maurice La Marche (Pinky and the Brain, Zootopia), Lauren Tom (Friends, Andi Mack), Phil LaMarr (Pulp Fiction, Samurai Jack) and David Hermann (Idiocracy, office space).
“I’m thrilled to have another chance to think about the future…or really something other than the present,” Cohen said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Groening later said, “It is a real honor to announce the triumphant return of Futurama one more time before we were abruptly canceled again.
John DiMaggio will not return to the cast (adventure time, inner work) who voiced fan-favorite character Bender on the show. Hulu claims they couldn’t agree on a deal between the animation studio and DiMaggio, and according to Deadline, the show is actively looking for a new voice for the rude robot ahead of the first reading of the board. However, they also added that there was a desire from both parties to join the show on good terms.
Even with this glimmer of hope, fans have still taken to Twitter to express their frustration that DiMaggio isn’t coming back.
“They have to close the deal with @TheJohnDiMaggio or we have a problem,” one Twitter user said according to Deadline, with another exclaiming, “Come on pay man! @TheJohnDiMaggio.
The show originally aired on Fox for five seasons before being canceled and then picked up by Comedy Central for another three seasons. This revival will premiere on Hulu in 2023.