‘Futurama‘ is officially returning to the tube, six years after it was axed.
Comedy Central has ordered 26 new episodes of the animated sci-fi series, which aired on Fox from 1999-2003. The cable network had previously acquired the 72 produced episodes from 20th Century Fox Television, along with a series of specials.
Dynamite DVD sales and solid ratings for the reruns on Comedy Central are credited for generating new interest in the show.
Creators Matt Groening (‘The Simpsons‘) and David X. Cohen are already at work on new material, which will pick up seven years after the last original episode aired.
The new ‘Futurama’ episodes are slated to air over two seasons beginning in mid-2010.