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Futurama gets new series order at Hulu… but John DiMaggio isn’t returning as Bender

February 14th, 2022 by Marc Comments

Good news, everyone! Futurama is coming back for more sci-fi shenanigans.

Yes Hulu has ordered 20 new episodes of Matt Groening’s cracking series about Fry, a pizza delivery boy from the present day, ho wakes up hundreds of years in the future.

As with the show’s original run, the new series will be produced by David X. Cohen and Matt Groening. and original cast members Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr and David Herman are all coming back, however, it seems that Bender the robot voice actor John DiMaggio is not returning – as of now – and will be recast.

Word is that DiMaggio is not happy about the current situation, taking to social media saying he was ‘livid’; voice legend Mark Hamill replied to his Tweet, assuring him that he certainly won’t be playing Bender and DiMaggio is the only man for the job:

“When presented with the opportunity to bring fans and viewers new episodes of Futurama, we couldn’t wait to dive in,” said Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment.

“This iconic series helped blaze the trail for the success of adult animation since its initial launch and we look forward to Matt and David continuing to pave the way and further establishing Hulu as the premiere destination for fans of the genre.”

I was, and still am, a massive fan of Futurama but I fear that, even with the original creators, producers and cast involved, it will be hard to capture that magic again. If DiMaggio isn’t back, it’ll be impossible.

We’re in but we’ll rethink that if Bender is played by anyone else.

So, good news, everyone. Mostly.

Source: Variety

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….