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Futurama says goodbye... again

The beloved animated comedy says goodbye, again, but series creator Matt Groening isn't ready to say "Futurama" is gone forever.
Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Sept. 5, 2013 at 3:53 PM   |   Comments

Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Fry proposed to Leela, jumped off the building and managed to break time, and "Futurama" came to its (maybe) final end.

The beloved retro-futuristic animated comedy has had several lives (and deaths) since it first aired on Fox in 1999, finally landing at Comedy Central after several years of reruns and short films.

Now, after seven full seasons, creator Matt Groening (who also dreamed up "The Simpsons," heading into its 25th season) said he hasn't given up on finding yet another home for "Futurama."

"We would love to continue," he said, after Comedy Central announced it was axing the show in April. We have many more stories to tell."

The finale certainly left the possibility of more "Futurama": In the finale, Fry gets the whole world frozen in time, with the exception of himself and Leela. The two marry and spend their lives together, but in the end, Professor Farnsworth fixes the broken time device -- sending everything back to before anything in the finale ever happened.

In the meantime, a crossover with the "Futurama" crew and "The Simpsons" is planned, set sometime in the "Futurama" chronology when the show was on hiatus.

"I think time travel is involved," Groening said. "We're still working on it."

And despite hoping for more "Futurama" in the future, Groening said they still tried to make the finale a satisfying ending, since they finally started "to believe the rumors of our own demise."

"There is a finality to this episode, although we have painted ourselves into so many corners that we manage to jump out of," he said.

"Every time we've been cut short before, we felt very unhappy that we weren't able to tell more stories, and I think this last go-around we finally got out a lot of stories that we've had in mind since the very beginning of the show," he said.

But Groening said the crew -- "a dream team" -- would love to continue the show "for the pal reasons."

"We don't really have a place to go yet, but maybe," he said.

Besides, there's one more knot Groening thinks "Futurama" needs to unravel. "We also need to do something about explaining where Roomba vacuum cleaners really came from."

Now that's a mystery worth solving.

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