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tv news

Original Futurama cast shown the airlock

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Friday, July 17, 2009

20th Century Fox Television is telling the world that when Futurama returns with a slate of all-new 26 episodes on Comedy Central next year the voice actors that gave life to the lines of Fry, Bender, Leela and the rest of the cast won't be returning. The studio has said that it could not come to an agreement with actors Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Segal, Tress MacNeille and Maurice LaMarche and will be finding replacements for them.

According to an inside source that spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, the voice cast asked for a raise of at least ten times the amount that they were paid for their services during Futurama's original run on the Fox network. "We love the Futurama voice performers and absolutely wanted to use them, but unfortunately, we could not meet their salary demands," Fox said in a statement released today. "While replacing these talented actors will be difficult, the show must go on. We are confident that we will find terrific new performers to give voice to [creators] Matt [Groening] and David [Cohen]'s brilliantly subversive characters." So far a representative for the actors' side hasn't made an official statement.

Perhaps by airing the failure to reach a contract both sides are hoping that public interest will help their side. If Fox doesn't see an outpouring of negative fan reaction then they will have the upper hand and the confidence in knowing that people care more about seeing the show and not hearing the same actors voice Bender, Fry and Leela. On the other hand, if there's a huge wave of support for the return of Futurama but only with the same voice actors that created the characters then Fox may be painting themselves into a corner. A few years ago a similar strategy worked in favor of the voice actors working on The Simpsons, but then again, The Simpsons was and remains a cultural event.

-The Hollywood Reporter.
mckracken
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Posted: 11 years 3 weeks ago

well then it'll be called Futurama: the series nobody is watching because that is exactly what will happen.

omicron
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Posted: 11 years 3 weeks ago

Really? What is the most important thing in an animated series? The voices! You don't have John DiMaggio doing the voice of Bender, I am not sure I really want to see this.

We were watching Al-Quaeda, and all this time our security services should have been keeping watch on Jakester's throbbing nutsack!-Dalton's chin dimple
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Posted: 11 years 3 weeks ago

If they replace all the original voices, I am not going to watch this show ever again. Not any new episodes anyway. What's the point? If it's not going to be the original cast they shouldn't even do it. I've never heard of such a stupid idea in my life.

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Posted: 11 years 3 weeks ago

Everyone notices when shows do this. I was so pissed when they replaced Aunt Viv on Fresh Prince.

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Posted: 11 years 3 weeks ago

both me and Luke are reserving judgement on this news story, we feel something is up and its screaming "Faux" all over it.

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Posted: 11 years 3 weeks ago

HOLD OUT, get your money ....get your money....Dare them to replace you....Dare them