Futurama has always been coming back from the dead and this is to be true even more than 20 years after it’s initial airing. Hulu has finally managed to put deals in place which ensure the return of Futurama for 20 new episodes, though there’s a catch.

Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s sci-fi comedy It’s going to feature a cast of Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr and David Herman. However, it is missing one crucial member.

John DiMaggio, who voiced the character of the indignant robot Bender, is not going to be joining the cast. The role of Bender is going to be recast before their first scheduled table read on Monday. This was done after negotiations between the studio 20th Television Animation and DiMaggio yielded no results.

DiMaggio & the studio still wish to find a solution to work together. though it may not be possible. According to Deadline, the initial deal the lead cast was offered did not stand right by DiMaggio as he felt that it was not up to the mark, given the success of the series.

Futurama has had many incarnations. Futurama first used to air on Fox between 1999 and 2003. While Fox turn down the production of Futurama while it’s fourth season was in production, it came back in 2007 in a direct-to-video format and enjoyed air time on Comedy Central. The channel reordered the series again in June 2010, after which it was famously cancelled in 2013.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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