Sure, the four direct-to-DVD movies were nice, but there was a rumor going around that Comedy Central ordered new episodes of the once canceled show from Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. Because they were rumors, I refrained from reporting anything until I had some official word...
Well, according to Entertainment Weekly, it is official now, as according to a representative from 20th Century Fox, Comedy Central has ordered 26 new episodes of Futurama for a 2010 air date. With 13 episodes being a standard season, I assume this will make up a sixth and seventh season for the show, as the four DVD films are considered the fifth season .
Interestingly enough, EW makes mention of previously canceled Fox show, Family Guy, getting a revival. I'd like to remind you that it was Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block that brought both of these shows back to television, and why they're so popular now; and I think it's a damn shame that they're always excluded from the renewal reports. Seriously, in a few years, watch Fox renew Adult Swim's most recent acquisition, King of the Hill, and I'll be here with a post saying I told you so.
None the less, new Futurama is still a great thing to hear, and should stand as a sign of hope to other series canceled before their time... but Sit Down, Shut Up, that can stay off the air forever, thank you.