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Katie Sagal: Season Seven Hasn't Yet Aired, But Comedy Central Already Wants An Eighth Season of FUTURAMA!!

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TV’s best scripted half-hour, “Futurama,” has just been ordered for an eighth season, star Katie Segal tells Vulture.

The show’s long-ago-ordered 13-episode seventh season doesn’t start airing until this summer (the sixth was the season that aired on Comedy Central last summer), but animation requires lots of lead time. (Well, unless that animation is for “South Park,” which can somehow be conceived, written, voiced and animated in the space of a week or less.)

"Futurama just got ordered again for another season," Sagal told the site while walking the red carpet at the DGA Awards. "I don't know if I'm supposed to say that yet. But it just did."

Vulture says despite Sagal’s comments, formal negotiations with the actors have not yet begun -- but the site was able to confirm that Comedy Central has been quietly touching base with the series’ voice actors to ensure their availability.

Actors’ demands nearly caused the roles of Zoidberg, Farnsworth, Fry, Bender and Leela to be recast – “Ren & Stimpy” style – when the show began its move to Comedy Central. Producers even went so far as to contact casting agents about the roles before agreements between the studio and the actors were finally negotiated.

Find all of Vulture’s exclusive on the matter here.

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  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Good for Katie.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    She's still got some kind of MILF magic workin'.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Wow. This show gets as much love here as Braindrain does.


    No Futurama fans wanna discuss this, then? That's a shame. Haven't seen it in a long time but I remember the show being quite good.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Oh, wait a minute


    This article is newer than I thought. Ignore me.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    when is this show coming back?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    they aired a x-mas episode that was a real disapointment, but when does the second half of season 6 air, don't tell me that shitty x-mas special was the finale?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    All hail to Peg Bundy

    by quintana007

    I love you in every incarnation. And how is SOA coming?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Screw this.

    by Rhuragh

    Bring me more Sons of Anarchy. Now. Please.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Billy West

    by Mr_Fancy_Pants

    cannot be replaced.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Good news everyone!

    by Rebel Scumb

    Imagine Futurama ended up going longer after its rebirth then it did in its original run! I've enjoyed the new season a lot, and looking forward to more!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Been watching the DVD of series Five

    by cookylamoo

    It's the best Futurama season ever.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Sweet flotilla of Manilla!!!

    by Mockingbuddha

    This show got cancelled at almost the exact moment it passed Simpsons in my estimation. I'm so glad it's back. Everything about this show kicks ass. On top of the writing and acting, something about the color palate the show uses seems to put me in a mood that is simultaneously relaxed and giddy. Sometimes I like to turn the sound down and just use it to fall asleep to.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    S6 was pretty good

    by GeorgieBoy

    Except for the preachy episodes. And I'm starting to wonder how far from the actual original year 3000 "universe" can Fry get? There's been a couple of episodes that take Fry into a parallel universe or a side universe, like the one where they go into the future until the universe starts over again. This is not actually the real future anymore, but about 5 or 6 universes away from it. That idea is getting overused so let's keep Fry where he is for awhile, please?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Why does a Robot need to drink, anyway?

    by SmokingRobot

    I don't need to drink, I can quit any time.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    I had to kill Comedy Central for making a mistake...

    by Dick Jones that awful new logo for the network. Related note...I like Futurama.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST


    by _Venkman

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    the show is pretty smart

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    although I never really watch it or have a need to watch it, but I gotta give em credit. only episode i saw from the last season was the "big bang" one(?) but anyway, I will always remember the episode of Frys dog (which is basically the story of the Akita dog at the Japanese train station). very touching shit

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST

    They don't need the pop culture references.

    by David Cloverfield

    I don't know why they suddenly feel they must have one bad, throwaway joke every episode where characters discuss current TV shows or movies. (I saw it last night on CSI Miami/I don't want to pay of a ticket to see Nicholas Cage solve things etc) Just takes you out of the whole things. They feel like placeholder jokes in the script waiting to be "futurized" but left in for some reason. Sadly the series is getting weaker. It's still awesome, but you can see signs of entropy.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    season 6 hasn't finished yet

    by spidercoz

    it was supposed to be 26 eps split in half, you know, like all the idiot cable networks do these days. make up your fucking minds!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Hope the episodes improve

    by FeralAngel

    That Christmas episode...oh my god...words fail me. It nearly killed my love for Futurama. Note to Futurama crew: DON'T EVER DO THAT AGAIN. Also: 1. No more evil Santa. Joke played out. Write another one. 2. More eps like "The Late Philip J. Fry" and "The Duh-Vinci Code". Truly hilarious and, dare I say it, heartwarming. More! 3. No more stupid agenda-based eps like "Proposition Infinity". I don't care what the writers of Futurama think about Prop 8, especially if they're going to let their bias infect an episode. If you can't stay impartial or poke fun at both sides of an issue like the South Park crew always manages to do, then kindly lay off politics as inspiration for your episodes. DON'T PREACH AT ME. Posers.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    I hate the internet it's fucking ruined everything.

    by Smashing

    In the days of yore some people would moan about things but now it's pandemic, every new thing that comes along is also followed by a shit storm tide of tabloid style people who repeat the same moans endlessly. Switch off, make something better or shut the fuck up but seriously lets all stop moaning for moanings sake, make it worthwhile like tearing i09 a new one for ripping the soul right off there site in the worst redesign since the Star Wars prequels. Example the Klingons in TNG went from a cardboard villain into a living breathing race, people loved it and it became something pop culture, Voyager did the same to the Borg and to this day people still echo they "ruined the Borg" crap that was farmed at the time as the "correct" opinion, humanity is weird and we need to be happier.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by Smashing

    Still can't quite believe it's back, sure it takes a while for a show to re-find a vibe but by episode 3 I was totally in the F zone again, 20 more years please.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    "Don't Preach at me...I like being a Homophobic Bigot."

    by cookylamoo

    Well, we wouldn't want to spoil THAT would we!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    "That old Fry is dead..."

    by Billyeveryteen

    Holeee sheeeeiit, that was fucking brilliant. More please.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    its Katey Sagal not Katie

    by sunwukong86

    check your facts

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    she has very nice boobs

    by snookibaconmuffpie

    That is all.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    The Homophobe and AICN: A Love Story

    by Rex Carsalot

    Never bothers me much - the comments are exactly what you'd expect a 14 year old boy who'd yet to see a breast to say: "ew, gays are gross! Fag! Etc!" Good for you, hetero. I'll be having lots of anonymous sex with no reproductive consequences, while you keep fapping to Starbuck and telling me I'm a fag for liking Buffy and Angel. Viva la difference.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    The Intolerant Twats and AICN: buttfuck away

    by FeralAngel

    You guys who are so quick to label others whose opinions are different from yours (or who prefer an impartial, give-'em-ALL-hell attitude in their comedy shows) are so intolerant I'm surprised you can even stand yourselves. Oh, and Rexy baby, maybe you can avoid "reproductive consequences" with your anonymous sex (anonymous? Do you wear a bag over your head? Probably, or there's little chance you'd get any), but there are lots of social diseases to worry about. What was that gay one again? Oh yeah, HIV. Let's be careful out there.

  • Feb. 6, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST


    by dr_john_zoidberg

    Feralangel, not sure where you've been for the last 25 years, but HIV isn't a gay specific disease. What a little chode.