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'Futurama' Over, But May Return Again: 'The Simpsons' Crossover Confirmed, Another Season Not Impossible

By iDigitalTimes Staff Reporter on September 29, 2013 10:09 PM EDT 0

So "Futurama" is dead, again. But that doesn't mean there won't be more "Futurama"! That's because in the new world of hit, kind of nerdy TV, that is not dead which can eternal lie, and through strange aeons even death may die! By which I mean: we know for a fact that we're getting a "Futurama" crossover with... wait for it... "The Simpsons," and we may end up getting more seasons or a movie. Just not on Comedy Central. Or Fox, obviously.

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'Futurama' is over again. Until it isn't. Or at least until the crossover with 'The Simpsons.' (Image: Fox / Comedy Central / Futurama)
'Futurama' is over again. Until it isn't. Or at least until the crossover with 'The Simpsons.' (Image: Fox / Comedy Central / Futurama)

First up: the facts. "Futurama," cancelled again, is off the air. The final episode of the newest final season aired on September 4, 2013 on Comedy Central, and for the first time in a few years there's no immediate promise of more "Futurama" coming. Or at least not much more. The "Futurama" DVD release date for the final season (technically season 7/10... not too shabby) is set for December 10, 2013 in the United States. It will have the whole final season, of course, plus audio commentary, deleted scenes, "Futurama University," whatever that is, and a featurette on the show's writer's room. 

The "Futurama" complete series DVD release date is actually the same date, December 10, 2013. Of course, it's considerably more expensive (200 smackers, instead of 30). It has every season of the show, and is actually the second Complete Series pack, the other dating to the era of the show's first cancellation. No word on whether the new Complete Series will also have a Blu-Ray release.

But "Futurama" DVD release dates are great for hardcore fans, but that's a lot of dough when you can watch it on Netflix for free. But more "Futurama" appeals to everyone, and we're getting at least some: the characters will come back for a crossover episode with "The Simpsons," which primarily raises the question of why that hasn't happened before. Regardless, the crossover will air as either the season 25 finale in May 2014 or the season 26 premiére in Fall 2014, according to EW.

Beyond that, "Futurama" is more in doubt. By which I mean, very, very in doubt. David X. Cohen wants to do more, and so does the cast. Matt Groening wants to do more, because it's not like he has to do any work on it or anything. If they can find a network with the cash and maybe the cachet (well.. probably just the cash), they could be back for one more round and get uncancelled yet again. But that's all yet to be seen. 

Of course, some will argue that "Futurama" should stay cancelled. I don't; more is, at worst, neutral, since it doesn't actually change what came before. If the show continues, the worst that could happen is it could become like "The Simpsons," and that's not exactly the worst thing in the world. No harm done. So bring it on.

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