Dear mom, it is Futurama! Hulu finally announced it: Futurama returns for its 11th season on July 24, 2023, giving us a chance to check back in with Bender, Fry, Leela, and the rest of the Planet Express crew.
Sadly, we’re not getting the original 20 episodes we were promised when the season was announced last February. Hulu didn’t say why that is, but we can speculate. The Writers Guild of America’s ongoing strike is a possibility, and we asked Hulu about it; we will update if we get a reply.
Anyway, here’s a teaser:
The new Futurama series will be available for streaming every Monday throughout its 10-episode run, and Hulu says it will hit series tropes like Fry and Leela’s romance, Nibbler’s litter box and Robot Santa’s “secret history,” plus the usual collection of stories inspired by current events – so there will be a pandemic, vaccine storylines, cryptocurrency and more.
Last year, negotiations to bring back the entire cast hit a rocky path when John DiMaggio, who plays Bender, basically told Hulu to bite his proverbial shiny metal ass, which deadline was reported because the streaming giant was not offering enough money. That angered fans of the show, leading to a viral DiMaggio tweet about itbut a few weeks later the two came to terms when he got a raise, though it sounds like Hulu didn’t exactly say “shut up and take my money” – deadline reported that the increase was “minimal at best.”
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