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By Seth Freilich | Industry | June 10, 2009 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | June 10, 2009 |

Comedy Central has ordered up 26 brand spanking new episodes of “Futurama” for a two season run that’ll start about the middle of next year. While contractual details aren’t nailed down just yet, it’s expected that the core writers and voice actors will all be back (and Variety actually reports that Billy West, Katey Segal and John DiMaggio are actually signed), and creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen are already plotting out new storylines.

For those keeping track, while “Family Guy” was only off the air for about three years before being resurrected by Fox, “Futurama” will be returning a whopping seven years after Fox aired its last original episode (though, yes, there have been those four DVD specials). As the Hollywood Reporter explained:

As for the story lines, the new episodes will pick up where “Yonder” took off — with the main characters fleeing death and flying into the unknown.

But after four epic feature-length films, “what we will try to do is go a little bit back to pure comedy, characters and sci-fi,” Cohen said.

There’s actually a chance that the new episodes could get a first-run on Fox (or another network), because of how the original license was set up, but all expectations are that Comedy Central will wind up with the first-run (primarily because Fox hasn’t shown a strong interest). But whatever. More Bender. Gideeup.

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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