Comedy Central has decided it will not renew “Futurama” beyond Season 7, meaning the futuristic animated series has been cancelled for a second time.
Entertainment Weekly reports that “Futurama” will end its 140-episode run on Sept. 4, with the final 13 episodes (the second half of Season 7) set to begin airing on June 19 at 10/9c.
The decision was not a surprise to executive producer David X. Cohen and series creator Matt Groening (“The Simpsons”).
“I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons, so I can’t say I was devastated by the news,” Cohen told EW. “It was what I had expected two years earlier. At this point I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment’s notice.”
“Futurama” originally aired on Fox from 1999 to 2003 before the network axed it. After a surprise resurgence in popularity when airing in re-runs on Adult Swim, “Futurama” was re-launched by Comedy Central in 2007.
“I’m very proud of the upcoming season. If this is indeed the end of Futurama, it’s a fantastic finish to a good, long run,” Groening also said in a statement.