Good News, Bad News: ‘Futurama’ Lives On, ‘Lights’ Gets Turned Off

Are you a recently defrosted human from the year 1999 that woke up in the thirtieth century? If so, then do I have some news for you…

Comedy Central has ordered two more seasons of Futurama for a total of a twenty six episode order. Each season will contain thirteen episodes, clearly the return of the show last year drew even stronger ratings than anyone realized, because it takes a bomb under the feet of a television executive to get an order this high. And to be honest, I would not put that out of the realm of possibility for Bender Bending Rodriguez.

It took about five episodes to get its footing back, but once Futurama started delivering episodes, some of which surpassed the quality of the original run from FOX, it never stopped. So I’m more than welcoming of another season, and the fact that we can guarantee Futurama through 2013 is more than a happy surprise for the day.

But unfortunately that news is counter balanced with the unfortunate announcement that FX has decided not to pick up the critically acclaimed boxing series Lights Out for a second season. This news though tragic does not come as a surprise considering the ratings were only slightly higher than Terriers, and like Terriers, the show was never able to cross the one million mark in ratings beyond the airing of the pilot in January.

The final two episodes of the series will air on schedule over the next two weeks. It has not been a great year for new shows on the acclaimed network, so here’s hoping for better luck come 2011-2012.

And before you go, here’s some other recently announced news on the renewal/cancellation front:

Community: Renewed for another season.

Parks & Recreation: Renewed for another season.

The Office: Renewed for another season.

The Real World: Renewed for two more seasons.

The Onion News Network: Renewed for another season.

Southland: Renewed for another season.

Retired At 35: Renewed for another season.

Being Human: Renewed for another season.

Face Off: Renewed for another season.

Last Call With Carson Daly: Renewed for another season.

That’s all for now. Check back here for updates on all your favorite shows.

From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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