Monday, July 20, 2009

New Futurama Returns with New Voice Cast?

So, the return of "Futurama" is becoming a bittersweet ordeal. Both Ainitcool.com and CHUD.com are reporting (from various sources, so by the time it hits here, you can bet it's an absolute and undeniable truth) that key voice cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio and Katey Sagal won't be returning when the show hits cable again on Comedy Central next year. Salary disputes are cited as the cause of their exit. But, those three voice actors are "Futurama" in my opinion. Sure, the writing is what makes the show, but those guys and lady say the lines, and my brain has imprinted to them like a baby chick does to a mother bird. In a perfect world, I would throw any amount of money they want at them to continue with the show. But, sadly, I guess we'll just have to make due with slightly off-sounding Leela, Bender, Fry and all the other characters Billy West plays (a lot of them).

4 comments:

Silver Screen Kid said...

Jesus, I hadn't heard about this until I just read your post. What a morning...

This is indeed a disturbing universe.

Jaime said...

I did hear that there's a slight chance that the voice cast will stay the same, but only if they agree to lower their salary requirements. I guess they're pissed off right now though. I think Billy West was asking for $75,000 an episode. Which is not that bad, when you know that the guy that plays Homer on "The Simpsons" gets $400,000 an episode.

Silver Screen Kid said...

Goddamn, I'm in the wrong business. I'd be happy to make $75,000 in a year.

But yeah, if the network is serious about bringing the show back to life, pay the man's salary. There's a reason they're called "talent". It's not Rough Draft Korea that's pulling in the fans. It's the writers and the voices.

BigKilla said...

Check out this link I just found about it:

thestar.com

(phew)

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