10:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Futurama' Lands at Syfy in Off-Network Deal
Futurama is headed to a new home.
Syfy has acquired the off-network rights to all 140 episodes of the cult classic Matt Groening animated series as part of multiyear, nonexclusive deal with studio 20th Century Fox Television.
Futurama will make its debut on the NBCUniversal cable channel Nov. 11. The series will air Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Centered on a late 20th-century pizza delivery boy who suddenly wakes up after being frozen for 1,000 years, the half-hour featured the voices of Katey Sagal and Billy West, among others.
The comedy aired on Fox, also home to Groening's other animated comedy The Simpsons, for the first four seasons but was canceled in 2003. The show lived on in repeats on Adult Swim before being revived in 2007 where the remaining three seasons aired on Comedy Central. The series finale aired in September 2013. However, a new 42-minute podcast episode featuring the original voice cast premiered last month.
During its run, Futurama won six Emmy awards, including two for best animated program.
The series marks the animated show on Syfy's lineup and comes several months after the channel's rebranding timed to its 25th anniversary.
“We’re continuing to invest heavily to give our passionate fans the very best in genre programming, and I can think of no better addition to SYFY’s lineup than one of my personal favorites, Futurama,” said NBCU Cable entertainment networks president Chris McCumber.
The Futurama deal comes several years after FXX landed The Simpsons in a record off-network deal. The cable channel famously kicked off its exclusive rights to reruns of the long-running animated comedy by airing a marathon of every single episode. The marathon led to FXX's then-biggest day on record back in 2014.