Break out the Slurm, Futurama fans: Matt Groening’s can’t-be-killed toon may be headed for another season of episodes on Comedy Central. Katey Sagal, who supplies the voice of Leela when she’s not kicking ass on (or nabbing a Golden Globe for) Sons of Anarchy, told Vulture over the weekend that she’s heard the show will definitely be back for more. “Futurama just got ordered again for another season,” she told us while walking the red carpet at the DGA Awards. “I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that yet. But it just did.” Vulture did some investigating and found that Sagal might have been a tad early in declaring the show renewed — but that she’s definitely on to something.
Our insiders say the show’s studio, 20th Century Fox TV, has been quietly talking to the voice actors on the show to make sure they’d be on board for more episodes, and Comedy Central has indicated to 20th that it’s interested in keeping the show going. However — and this is important — insiders from both camps insist that no formal negotiations have taken place and that no deal is done for a new round of episodes. But that could change quickly: Because of the long lead times associated with animation, 20th and Comedy Central would probably want to nail things down within the next month or two in order to ensure that a new supply of the funny would be ready by summer or fall 2012.
Futurama die-hards won’t have to wait that long for new episodes, however. Vulture hears the second half of a previously ordered batch of 26 episodes — what Comedy Central is calling season 7 of the show — is currently set to premiere June 23 on the network. Futurama returned to series TV last June after a seven-year break and drew nearly 3 million viewers — giving Comedy Central its highest-rated night of the year up until that point — then held up well for the rest of the season.