Futurama returns to air


Hooray! Matt Groening's second most ingenious television creation is headed back to the airwaves.

Yeah, there were some tears shed when Arrested Development got the axe. And of course, there are scads of twenty somethings currently mouthing along to disc 2 of Freaks and Geeks' single season.

But Futurama stands apart. It was funnier, smarter, and backed by one of the most powerful creators in the history of television Matt Groening, and it still got the hook, even after four seasons and plenty of awards.

But now check this missive from a recent Entertainment Weekly bulletin regarding the show's resurrection:

"When we brought back Family Guy several years ago, everyone said that it was a once in a lifetime thing -- that canceled series stay canceled and cannot be revived," 20th Century Fox TV Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden said in a joint statement. "But Futurama was another series that fans simply demanded we bring back, and we couldn't have been happier when Matt and David agreed that there were many more stories yet to tell."

The details are immensely assuring. Fox has bought 26 episodes to air on Comedy Central, starting post-haste-- while no exact return date has been named, Fry and Bender will be on air exchanging jabs by 2010.

It's about damned time-- under Peter Rice, Fox's director of entertainment, the station has become more famous for the hits it's canceled than the hits it supports. Family Guy, Arrested Development, Futurama... How many blockbuster DVD careers and online petitions does a chairman have to have on his hands before someone realizes that he probably doesn't know what's good for him?