March 24, 2011 1:28pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Comedy Central Renews 'Futurama' for Two More Seasons
Comedy Central is going back to the future.
The cabler is near a deal to pick up 26 new episodes of Futurama, sources close to the production confirm. Thirteen new episodes are slated to air next year with 13 more originals in 2013.
Created by The Simpsons' Matt Groenig and David X. Cohen and originally developed for Fox, Comedy Central revived the series with four direct-to-DVD films between 2007 and 2009 and aired them as 16 episodes after its deal to air reruns on Adult Swim and Cartoon Network expired.
Futurama's Season 6 premiere attracted 2.9 million viewers in June.
The animated series featuring an ensemble voice cast including Billy West, Katey Sagal and John Di Maggio averaged 6.4 million viewers on Fox.