Toons South Park and Drawn Together will be joined in the Comedy Central lineup by Matt Groenings erstwhile FOX series, Futurama. According to Daily Variety, the network has acquired exclusive cable TV rights for five years starting January 2008, and is shelling out a whopping $400,000 for each episode. Cartoon Networks Adult Swim has Futurama until December of 2007.
The Emmy Award-winning Futurama follows the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy who was accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out 1000 years later. A lot of the humor comes from his struggle to adapt to a very different world populated by peculiar species, robots, space ships and omnipresent advertising. Created by Groening (The Simpsons) and David X. Cohen, the show aired in primetime on FOX from 1999 to 2003.
Comedy Central will reportedly use Futurama and other pickups such as ABCs Scrubs to attract more male viewers in the 18 to 24 age range and support its original series such as the aforementioned South Park, Drawn Together, Reno 911 and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox Television will be able sell the series in syndication to network affiliates.