Futurama

Futurama was recently picked up for 26 new episodes, which will air on Comedy Central through 2013. But when writers for the animated sci-fi comedy were mapping out the current season (Thursdays, 10/9c), didn't know if this would be their final frontier, so they crafted the season finale (airing September 8), as a potential series ender. "The idea is that it's Futurama reincarnated in three different animation styles," says executive producer David X. Cohen. "One is in [Max] Fleischer black-and-white style, one in a 1980s video-game style and one in a Japanese anime style. We're going to show the Japanese anime Futurama at Comic-Con. It's custom-made for Comic-Con." In the hilarious segment, "Action Delivery Force," the cast is reimagined as a not-quite-heroic team inspired by classic Japanese imports like Voltron and Battle of the Planets. "We're going to go out in style," Cohen says. "And then we'll be back next year."

Futurama's Comic-Con panel is Saturday, July 23 at 12:15 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center.

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