Major Nelson will suggest reviving Futurama as Xbox exclusive

Good news everyone! Fans of the animated show Futurama might have something to look forward to now that the show has aired its final episode. One unlikely supporter has showed up to pitch a revival of the series to Microsoft, and that supporter is none other than Major Nelson.

Talking to a member of the Neowin community on Reddit, Larry Hryb said the idea of a revived Futurama series as an Xbox exclusive sounded like a great one and that he would pitch it inside the company. Of course, he went on to say, this isn’t a promise of any kind but it should bring some hope to fans of the series.

Microsoft has been trying to bolster its TV entertainment department for the upcoming launch of Xbox One, so adding a show with a cult following among young people to its line-up can only help its efforts.

We’ll have to wait and see if anything comes out of this idea, but in either case it’s great to see once again people from Microsoft listening to the community.

Source: Reddit | Thanks to community member Anonymf for this story! | Image via IGN

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This last season of Futurama was positively DREADFUL. I loved the show but after how bad it was this year, it is time to just let it die.

As much as I love(d) Futurama...please, let it go already. It hasn't been funny since Comedy Central took over. Stop dragging that corpse through the mud.

_dandy_ said,
As much as I love(d) Futurama...please, let it go already. It hasn't been funny since Comedy Central took over. Stop dragging that corpse through the mud.

that could be Comedy Central's fault though. Perhaps being an Xbox exclusive would give them back a little more control on the show.

Larry Hryb would say pretty much anything if it got good publicity for the Xbox1. There`s more chance of a Bender solo show than this

I would hazard a guess that if MS were to pick up the series, they would not keep it restricted to the Xbox console, but rather to the Xbox service. That would mean you would see it in the Xbox app on Windows 8 and all the other devices it supports.

Think of it like Netflix or Amazon Prime getting an exclusive show.

Its interesting that people would be so against this when its MS though. If your a fan of the show and no one else is interested in continuing it, MS putting up the money to do so would be exciting. I'm a long time fan of the show and I would love to see more of it.

Joswin said,
No. Everything MS touch turns to crap, and I actually loved Futurama.

They can't do any worse than Comedy Central already did.

Joswin said,
No. Everything MS touch turns to crap, and I actually loved Futurama.

This is the same MS that supported The Guild for most of its seasons?

gawd I just read that all in the professor's voice... I swear anytime a sentence starts with "Good news everyone" you switch to his voice instantly

I didn't particularly like the final episodes but loved the earlier ones especially when Bender had more of a role and they changed his voice. I can never forget the episode where they fought the 'Ball' creatures. Remember the headline in the newspaper? "BALLS THOROUGHLY LICKED". Priceless.

streetw0lf said,
I didn't particularly like the final episodes but loved the earlier ones especially when Bender had more of a role and they changed his voice. I can never forget the episode where they fought the 'Ball' creatures. Remember the headline in the newspaper? "BALLS THOROUGHLY LICKED". Priceless.
When did they change his voice? John DiMaggio has always done his voice.

As much as I LOVE Futurama, I wouldn't get an Xbox just to watch it. It'll end up online anyways.

streetw0lf said,
I didn't particularly like the final episodes but loved the earlier ones especially when Bender had more of a role and they changed his voice. I can never forget the episode where they fought the 'Ball' creatures. Remember the headline in the newspaper? "BALLS THOROUGHLY LICKED". Priceless.

War is the H-Word - one of the classics.

The voice change was like how Homer Simpsons voice was the first season and maybe the second. I know the same guy voiced Bender from the get go but listen to Bender's voice in season one, it just didn't fit him as his subsequent voice did.

Ill have to check it out but I dont recall. I do remember the odd episode Homer's voice was different. It was like slow and drone like. I thought it was a different person but apparently it wasn't.

If they want awesome TV shows they should just buy AMC and HBO and cut some sort of deal with BBC to distribute all their UK shows internationally on the XB1 first

blerk said,
If they want awesome TV shows they should just buy AMC and HBO and cut some sort of deal with BBC to distribute all their UK shows internationally on the XB1 first

Buying either AMC or HBO would be impossible.

Crisp said,
Would be amazing if they revived Malcolm in the Middle.

Such "The Middle" show, sheesh, even the name is similar.

Really cool, as someone who prefers Futurama way more than Simpsons, bring it. With a different backer behind it and a completely different financing model behind it, it may have a new lease of life. Like Netflix and AD.

The last ep of futurama was nice, it was a good way to end, before it became even more not funny.

I don't think zombie futurama is a good idea.

This isn't a boon for fans of the series, it's an attempt to grab headlines by Microsoft. What about the many fans that don't own, and would never want to own an xbox?

The series is dead right now, right? If I was a real fan of it, I'd likely support the company willing to at least consider reviving it.

Dot Matrix said,
Then don't buy one. You'd be missing out, though.

That's what they want you to think so you splurge $500 on a console just to be able to watch Futurama and don't "miss out"

Javik said,
This isn't a boon for fans of the series, it's an attempt to grab headlines by Microsoft. What about the many fans that don't own, and would never want to own an xbox?

I'm sure many of those fans will have no problems "finding it" in lue of an XBox.

Steven Parker said,
Erm that's why companies like Microsoft do this, to get sales mate.

Locking stuff down to a specific platform just encourages piracy.

Javik said,
What about the many fans that don't own, and would never want to own an xbox?

It sounds like this move could change that attitude, no?

When something isn't interesting to you, you don't want it. Then it gets something of interest, guess what happens?

Unless you mean the people who are childishly opposed to a product for no reason other than inexplicable hatred and have declared they will never use it no matter what.

But those people are idiots and should never be taken seriously.

Joshie said,

It sounds like this move could change that attitude, no?

No, this move just confirms what exotoxic said above you.

Steven Parker said,
Erm that's why companies like Microsoft do this, to get sales mate.

I'm well aware of what Microsoft's stake is in this, what I take issue with is the people behind Futurama peeing on their fans in such a way.

Javik said,

I'm well aware of what Microsoft's stake is in this, what I take issue with is the people behind Futurama peeing on their fans in such a way.

What? How? By backing a Microsoft product? Are you really going to be that guy?

Dot Matrix said,

What? How? By backing a Microsoft product? Are you really going to be that guy?

No, by only providing Futurama to people with xboxes (Which I would wager isn't a massive % of their overall fanbase). Anyone else that likes the show will have either to waste the 500 bucks (which I wouldn't do given I already own something far better), miss the show, or resort to piracy, all of which are stupid options.

Oh that would be amazing. I cannot fathom why Futurama is cancelled again while The Simpsons blunders along unfunnily for yet another year

-T- said,
Oh that would be amazing. I cannot fathom why Futurama is cancelled again while The Simpsons blunders along unfunnily for yet another year

That exactly what I though about the return of Family Guy and Futurama. The shows should have stayed dead.

Pupik said,

That exactly what I though about the return of Family Guy and Futurama. The shows should have stayed dead.

Establishing a new adult show IP is....hard (especially for a cartoon). Both Family Guy and Futurama were revived for the same reason: Strong DVD sales. It was a no-brainer to bring back something that was already established.