New Futurama in Comedy’s Future

6/23/2006 4:33 AM Eastern

Comedy Central will keep the laughs coming.

The MTV Networks-owned service is reviving animated series Futurama and putting William Shatner's feet to the fire with a televised roast of the Boston Legal star.

Canceled by Fox a couple of years back, Futurama, from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, enjoyed a rebirth relative to DVD sales and positioning on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block before Comedy beat out the Turner Broadcasting System network for rights to its 52 episodes and any new installments. A total of 13 of those will likely emerge sometime in 2008, according to a spokeswoman.

Viewers won't have to wait nearly that long for the Shatner roast, which will take place in Los Angeles and then hit Comedy's air Aug. 20. Last year, Comedy televised a roast of Pamela Anderson.