The animated comedy will end its 140-episodes run on 4 September 2013 due to falling ratings, averaging 1.7 million viewers in 2012, a huge decline since its 19 million debut in 1999.
Executive producer David X Cohen and creator Matt Groening weren’t surprised by the cancellation. “I felt like we were already in the bonus round on these last couple of seasons,” admits Cohen to EW, “so I can’t say I’m surprised.
“It was what I had expected two years earlier. At this point I keep a suitcase by my office door so I can be cancelled at a moment’s notice.”
It’s not the first time Futurama has been axed, either. FOX made the call back in 2003 before Comedy Central snapped it up when re-runs proved successful.
In one episode, Fry and Co. are reincarnated as old cartoons, “not legally resembling but somehow quite reminiscent of Scooby-Doo, Strawberry Shortcake and GI Joe,” Cohen adds.
The finale will cap things off with the wedding between Fry and Leela, and viewers can expect a “tasteful, emotional gorefest.” True to the spirit of the show, then.
Futurama Season 7 part 2 will air on 19 June 2013 at 10pm on Comedy Central.