One of the best animated series on television has yet another new lease on life.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Comedy Central has ordered two more seasons "Futurama," which will keep new episodes on the air into 2013.
The new deal calls for two seasons of 13 episodes each, which doesn’t include the 13 episode season slated to begin this June.
"Futurama" began in 1999 and was infamously canceled by Fox in 2003 before finding new life as series of direct-to-DVD movies. In 2009, Comedy Central officially resurrected the series which premiered last year on the network to 2.9 million viewers. With DVR factored in, the most recent season of "Futurama" averaged 2.5 million viewers per episode. The show has also attracted an impressive 11 million fans on Facebook.
Created by Matt Groening ("The Simpsons") and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen, "Futurama" is an animated sci-fi comedy following former 20th century pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry (Billy West) as he adjusts to the future alongside a drunken, surly robot called Bender (John DiMaggio) and Leela (Katey Sagal), the cyclops captain of the Planet Express ship who happens to be the love of Fry’s life.
Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr and David Herman co-star in the series.
It’s worth noting that the last time "Futurama" was picked up by Comedy Central, it started a salary dispute with the voice cast. Hopefully, we won’t see a repeat of that incident this time.
"Futurama" also came in at number six of our Top 10 Comedies of 2010. If the next batch of episodes can maintain the same quality, it will almost certainly place higher this year.