A Future for Futurama?

What’s good for the Family Guy is good for Fry. DVD sales of FOX’s canned primetime toon, Futurama, reportedly have network execs considering a revival of the Emmy-winning sci-fi comedy series from Simpsons creator Matt Groening and scribe David X. Cohen.

Daily Variety reports that FOX has begun discussions of producing a limited number of new Futurama episodes. The rumor mill is also abuzz with the possibility of a direct-to-DVD feature a la Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.

Futurama centers on Fry (Billy West), a pizza delivery boy who is accidentally cryogenically frozen and thawed out a thousand years later to find himself a fish out of water in a futuristic society. Having joined up with an intergalactic delivery service, he travels the galaxy and gets into wacky adventures with a rag-tag crew of bizarre characters.

The show lasted five seasons on FOX and picked up three Emmys, including Best Animated Series of 2002. Following its cancellation in 2003, it was picked up in reruns on Cartoon Network, where it has been enjoying a successful run during the broadcasters late-night block, [adult swim]. When that contract expires in Dec. of 2007, exclusive rights to the re-broadcasts will go to Comedy Central, which is shelling out $400,000 per episode. It is not yet known which network will get the new episodes should Fox Television put them into production.