SYFY today announced that it has acquired the hit animated series Futurama from Twentieth Television in a multi-year, non-exclusive deal that includes all 140 HD episodes of the series. Futurama will make its SYFY debut in a special weekend stunt beginning Saturday, November 11, with Futurama episodes airing regularly in primetime on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8PM-2AM ET/PT and on Saturday mornings from 8-11AM ET/PT.
The Futurama acquisition comes as SYFY continues to aggressively expand its genre programming following its summer 2017 brand reboot. Futurama the first fully animated series in SYFY's rebooted lineup - will join a growing roster of ambitious scripted and unscripted originals and high profile acquired series and movies that reflect the rich depth of the genre. Here's what Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks (USA and SYFY) for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, had to say in his statement.
"We're continuing to invest heavily to give our passionate fans the very best in genre programming, and I can think of no better addition to SYFY's lineup than one of my personal favorites, Futurama."
Back in July, Futurama creator David X. Cohen teased that a new Futurama project was in the works, confirming that it wasn't new episodes of the TV series, or a movie. In September, it was revealed that project was a Futurama podcast episode, a radio play that served as a tie-in to the new mobile game Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. Futurama creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen wrote the radio play, with the entire Futurama cast reprising their roles, including Billy West (Fry, Zapp Brannigan), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender, Zoidberg), Phil LaMarr (Hermes) and Maurice Lamarche (Morbo), which aired on the Nerdist podcast last month, with Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick voicing the primary villain of this episode, known as Klaxxon.
First airing on Fox from 1999-2003, Futurama was brought back in 2007 with four direct-to-DVD movies that subsequently aired as 30-minute episodes on Comedy Central. Based on their success, Comedy Central ordered new seasons of the Futurama series which debuted in June 2010. Over the course of its storied run, Futurama has earned six Emmy Awards-including two for Outstanding Animated Program, seven Annie Awards, two Environmental Media Awards and two Writers Guild of America Awards. Futurama, created by Matt Groening, developed by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, is produced by The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television.
In addition to current acclaimed series like The Expanse, The Magicians and Channel Zero, upcoming SYFY originals include the December 6 premiere of Happy!, an out-there graphic novel adaptation starring Christopher Meloni and featuring the voice of Patton Oswalt as the animated title character, and the highly anticipated Superman prequel Krytpton airing in 2018. SYFY is also currently developing several notable properties, including pilot orders for an adaptation of George R.R. Martin's space opera novella Nightflyers and a reboot of the 1990 cult classic Tremors. Hopefully we'll find out more about this "special weekend stunt" as we get closer to Futurama's premiere on Syfy.