Futurama Finds Its Voice(s)

"OMG"s and "WTF"s could not express the outrage Futurama fans felt last month when it was revealed that 20th Century Fox Television was looking at replacement voice actors for the animated show's revival on Comedy Central. Money, of course, was at the heart of the issue, with Fox considerably slashing the comedy's budget, starting with the voice talent.

Many suspected the public casting call by Fox to be not-so-subtle hardball negotiating tactics, and they were probably right. Fox and the voice actors finally lifted the stalemate and agreed to terms early this weekend, says Variety, successfully avoiding the pillaging of Fox headquarters by bloodthirsty Futurama supporters.

The agreement seals deals for John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, Katey Sagal, and Billy West, but exact terms of the deals aren't known.

Reports last month claimed that the voice actors were seeking $75,000 per episode, but those figures were inaccurate, according to Deadline Hollywood. In fact, the asking price was allegedly almost half that, with the final settled price being even less. In short, accusations are going back and forth over who is trying to paint who in a bad light.

The important thing? Futurama is coming back, with the original voice cast, sometime in 2010.

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Spirits of Heaven be PRAISED!!
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YES! YES! YES! I can't wait!
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Yeeesh, what a creepy negotiating tactic. And, call me a moron, but I guess I never really realized that negotiating with comedy central meant still negotiating with Fox.....ummm....can't we just air the show on Fox again?! At least that would increase the likelyhood of HD episodes, much like the Simpsons now have. We don't have enough HD animation on TV, and Fox, er, I mean Comedy Central is too cheap still to spring for HD I guess.
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Wow Futurama is coming back I just got to say wowwwww.
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YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

I mean...that`s cool...whatever...
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Thank God! Great news for all of us fans of Futurama!
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Great news to hear indeed :)
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There can be only one Zoidberg!
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FUTURAMA LIVES!! I love this cast!
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That was a close one. I'm glad that it will have the voices of the original cast.
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*phew*
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The title of these news almost gave me a panic attack.. But anyways, yay, glad they're all coming back.
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[breathes sigh of relief] It wouldn't be the same without Billy West voicing Prof. Farnsworth's "Good news, everybody!"
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I don't know what they were even thinking.
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hell ya it wouldnt be the same without them
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its like christmas in august
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Yay!!
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Not surprised, but still great.
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WAHOO!!!! :)
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Great news
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Good news everybody!
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I bet in the first new episode they will do a joke where the characters start talking and they all have different voices to fool people to think that the original voice actors actually didn't return.
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OK now that they're all back I will actually watch it.
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That is great news, if the original cast left the show I honestly would not have even bothered looking at it.
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Thats good news. This will no doubt be referenced in the show somehow....I love it when they do that.
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I'm so glad it's coming back and that we'll be getting all the original cast. But seriously whatever they are getting should be doubled. Futurama is in every way superior to The Simpsons and look at the absolutely outrageous salaries they get for a show that is so past its use-by-date. The Simpsons is stagnating with the same old-same old jokes and story lines and yet Futurama was always able to come up with fresh stories that appealed to a much wider audience. and yet which got cancelled??? Fox could save themselves a s@&t load of money by cancelling The Simspons and still pay the Futurama crew what they are worth. It'll never happen of course because they're a bunch of d*%@heads, but I can dream. FUTURAMA ROCKS!!!!!
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:)
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GOOD!!!, the only way I would have watched was if the original cast was back. Will gladly be watching one of my fav cartoon's return :D:D:D
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Think god fox made the right decision.I figured they would after they how pissed off everyone got when they said the original cast might not be coming back.
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THIS...IS....AWESOME!!!!

YES!!! YESSSSSS!!!!
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Has anyone ever watched The Simpsons with another language dubbed over and the jokes just don't work the same cos the voices are all different?

That's what Futurama would be without the originals. It would have no heart or real humour.
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all i can say is


hit it now!!!! intro song play
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Ok Fox one more threat to this show, and you have crossed the line.
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Pheeeew !!!
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So glad they got the original voices (cast) back. It just wouldn't be the same without them :)
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WE'RE BACK, IDIOTS!!
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@ Butters2010: the stars of "The Simpsons" make over 300,000 per episode.
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I agree wholeheartedly with you Tortured_Mike.
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thats great, but $75,000 per episode!!?? just for voices...
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It wouldn't be worth anything without the original cast.
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"Its just like the story of the grasshopper and the octopus. All year long the grasshopper kept burying acorns for winter while the octopus mooched off his girlfriend and watched TV. Then the winter came, and the grasshopper died, and the octopus ate all his acorns and also he got a racecar. Is any of this getting through to you?" I think the voice actors should have held out for a racecar. Still, so happy they are back.
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This is the best news since I heard the show was coming back
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Agreed, now it gets to 'come into its own.' To me, Futurama is obviously superior to The Simpsons, and it always has been.
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The show never got enough time to really come into its own. And now it has that chance. Can't wait.
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YES!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hooray!!! Dr. Zoidberg does it again!!
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Good news everyone!

(sorry, had to)
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Hooray!
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Phew.....
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f ing sweet cnt wait
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