Comedy Central has ordered 26 brand new episodes from the venerable animated series, which has been dormant for the past 6 years, save for a few direct-to-DVD movies and syndicated showings. This will be the second instance in which a prime-time Fox Network cartoon program was discontinued, only to be brought back to life thanks to successful DVD sales and cult status on cable. Need I remind you of Family Guy's triumphant return to the airwaves?
The series, created by Life in Hell author and artist Matt Groening (thought I was gonna say Simspons, didn't you?) and David X.. Cohen originally ran from 1999 to 2003 on Fox but failed to garner the following of The Simpsons and, apparently, King of the Hill.. That must be why Hank Hill and company survived for so long, because otherwise I wouldn't have any idea how that craptastic excuse for entertainment survived for an entire frickin decade. Completely unexplainable.
Fry, Leela, Bender and Dr. Zoidberg will return to the airwaves sometime in 2010, probably to fill up either black hole of programming known as the hour before and after Daily Show and Colbert Report. Comedy Central throws in so many doomed-to-failure projects in those slots (David Alan Grier doing a Daily Show rip-off for black people? Really?!) that Futurama would seem like a good fit and a steady franchise. South Park won't be alone anymore in propping up their evening schedule. Now all that's left to truly make me happy is to bring back the criminally underrated The Critic. Hatchi matchi!