Matt Groening’s futuristic comedy has been set to receive a revival coming to Hulu in 2023. Most of the original cast such as Billy West and Katey Sagal have signed on to reprise their roles but fans were disappointed with no official announcement confirming John DiMaggio’s return. DiMaggio played the iconic crude robot Bender a fan favorite and the most recognizable character from the show appearing on the majority of Futurama’s merch. After interacting with fans on Twitter and expressing interest in reprising the role, DiMaggio has officially been signed and has stated that he “cannot wait to get back to work with my Futurama family” he ended the statement by going full Bender reciting famous lines from the original series.
Production has not begun yet for the revival but it has been confirmed that 20 episodes will premiere on Hulu and feature original creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. Cohen has expressed extreme gratitude for the inclusion of DiMaggio and the entire original cast stating, “For the fourth time, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thrill to be back with our entire original cast and the phenomenal animators of Rough Draft Studios”. Rough Draft will be handling the animation but the revival will be distributed by 20th Century Studios (formerly Fox) and now owned by Disney.
Hulu’s new series Washington Black based on the Esi Edugyan novel of the same name is loading up on star power, recently welcoming Game Of Thrones alum Charles Dance. Other members include Ernest Kingsley Jr, Sterling K. Brown, Eddie Karanja, Tom Ellis, and others from notable shows and films. The story depicts a young boy enslaved on a sugar plantation that flees after a traumatic event and is fostered by a man closely entwined with the black community in Halifax after wandering through Nova Scotia as a black refugee. Sterling K. Brown serves as an executive producer alongside Selwyn Seyfu Hinds.
Not only does this limited series feature a stellar cast. Esteemed writers and producers Jennifer Johnson and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, Lindsay Williams of The Gotham Group production company have also joined the project. Fans of the original novel will also be pleased to hear that Edugyan is involved in the production of the series and surely will advocate for his story to be told the way she intended. Filming is already underway and will be shot in multiple locations including Iceland, Mexico, and the integral setting of Nova Scotia. No official release date has been announced for this predicted hit series. its unlikely that it will premiere this year but depending on how early filming wraps up, fans might expect this series to premiere on Hulu at the end of the year or at least receive a trailer/