WTF! Futurama Proceeding Without Original Voices?

This must stop NOW! 20th Century Fox Television is considering moving forward with the revival of Futurama without the original voice cast -- which includes voice-acting legend Billy West.

According to Variety, Fox TV -- which produces the show -- has broken off talks with Futurama's original mouthpieces and has put out an open casting call in search of other actors to replace them. The issue is, of course, money. The new round of Futurama is scheduled to air on Comedy Central with a much lower budget than the original run (which aired on Fox), forcing Fox TV to cut costs where it can.

"We love the Futurama voice performers and absolutely wanted to use them, but unfortunately, we could not meet their salary demands," 20th Century Fox TV said in a statement to Variety. "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 Matt (Groening) and David (X. Cohen)'s brilliantly subversive characters."

For hardcore Futurama fans, new episodes without West (who voices Fry, the Professor, Zoidberg, and Zapp), Katey Sagal (Leela), and John DiMaggio (Bender Bending Rodriguez) may as well not exist at all. Who else can say "Bite my shiny metal ass" but DiMaggio? Who else can scream "Hiii-yah!" when Leela kicks someone's butt? And no one -- NO ONE -- can come close to matching West's clueless Fry. Even if the network finds people who can mimic them to near perfection, what happened to the good old principle of it all?

Variety says the cast members were asking for $75,000 per episode -- more than $300,000 less than what Simpsons cast members make. However, we're hoping that Fox is just playing hardball, and -- fingers crossed -- a deal will be reached.

26 new episodes of Futurama are due to begin airing on Comedy Central sometime in 2010. It's unclear whether this contract stalemate will affect the appearance of West, Sagal, and DiMaggio at this year's Comic-Con, which begins next week.

Futurama without its original voice cast? What the... I don't... ARGH!

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Nooo!!! they are gonna kill futurama. I Love futurama, but I don't think I could watch it without the original cast.
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right... sounds like the kinda news we had about SVU last year... in other words, networks bluff propaganda to let the actors know they are not prepared to give any more money that what they offered!
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hey sign me up lol
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75k an episode to sit and read a few lines, lol sounds pretty easy, hell I'd do it for 3k
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In reference to the "greedy" statement below, I have to say that having met and chatted with Billy West a few years ago, that he was anything but the greedy type. In fact, I found him very grounded and amazed that he would just walk around and chat up people without much thought to celebrity.
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No original cast, no Futurama! The originals are so good at what they do, it's impossible to match that. How rude that after the original cast has worked so hard and had the show pulled out from under them several times, when they ask for what they are due, the network gives them the shaft. Fox, if you change the cast of Futurama, it's over for me an your network. You've canceled too many of my favorite shows before their time only to replace them with trash. Don't do it again!
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Meh if anything blame the actors greed, this is prob the one and only time I'll ever agree with a fox decision, lol
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As a long time fan, I can honestly say I will NOT watch Futurama unless the original voice actors continue. It would be a totally different show without them.
Also, shame on the actors for not doing it. They might as well dick slap the fans right in the face.
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NOOOOO!! This has to be a trick..! It just won't be the same without the original actors... :(
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That`s some BS! I worship Futurama, but now this has me re-thinking my excitement for it`s return...I probably won`t watch it without the original cast-don`t care if you get impersonators. More like imposters!
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It won't be the same. I know that many people won't watch the show now if it isn't the same voice cast...
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Fox should read these posts and pay to actors)))If they don't -it'll be awful and stupid!They should choose the better way!)
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It will not be Futurama with out the original VA's and therefore it will not be watchable.
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Greedy, greedy people!!!
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I really don't think that it will matter. It will be sad but it is better then not getting more new episodes.
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This is just a negotiating ploy, I doubt Matt Groeing would do this without the original cast.
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malkavthejester and others,

What you guys aren't understanding is that the budget for every episode of the upcoming season of Futurama isn't supplied by Fox, it's supplied by Comedy Central. In this case Fox only helps produce the show. Comedy Central puts in an order for how many episodes they want (26 in this case) and they give Fox a per episode budget. Fox can't just go out and cancel a show or two to help supply more money for a show that isn't even going to be on their network. So if you guys feel like organizing a group of protesters to give the actors the money they want then don't protest in front of Fox, protest in front of Comedy Central for a bigger budget.
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This is awful news...
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Okay, Fox, I'll make you a deal! You have 3 choices: You can either
a. Revive Futurama w/ the original cast intact.
b. Not revive Futurama at all.
c. Bite my shiny metal ass!
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They'd better sort this out! The characters aren't the same without the voices that we know and love. It'll be like a completely different show with the same principle! If they can't reach an agreement they should figure out a way to turn this into a spin-off or something. It's not the greatest concept, but it would better than wrecking the original.
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Seriously...Who's honestly going to watch the series if the characters souund completely different? The first one or two episodes maybe... but THAT IS IT. SORT IT OUT FOX!!
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What is wrong with these voice actors!!! I just did a short mulitplication just using the differance in salery that the simpson actors get, thats $300,000.x26 (26 being the # of epoisodes) and that comes out to $7,800,000. If they can't live off of that they'd better wake up and smell the coffee and get their heads out of their assh_les Thats good money by anyones standards in todays economy. Whats the national average, under $30,000. per year
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Please, morons at Fox....PAY THESE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT! There is no way that the show will be the same with differant voices.
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That is BS. Can't they learn from other TV series mistakes. You want to save money well, if you have the original voices, people will watch and buy, otherwise you will end up ruining a great series, lose heaps of money and waste a lot of time.
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I love Futurama. but will not watch this show with out the original voices. Fox screws up every good show they have. They replace them with crap. Don't bother re-doing futurama no one will watch it and it will be gone in a month a replaced with crap. Fox is crap. Right know the only two good show's on fox is fringe and dollhouse everything else sucks.
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W.T.F.I can't beleve this!!!These voices-the voices of my generation!!!It can't be Futurama without voices of K.Sagal,John DiMaggio and Billy West.I hope that Fox'll do everything to get them back!But now I wanna cry!(
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You'd think that FOX would moniter what fans of their shows say when they come out with ideas and let us know what's going to be on the network - like this whole thing about ditching the original Futurama cast because they want to get paid for what they do. If the network bothered to look around at what people are saying, they would rethink their decision and just pay up. Seriously, are we supposed to think that a network as frightening as FOX doesn't have the money to pay the cast $75,000 per episode?



Hey, I have an idea, FOX...what about dropping a few reality shows? One or two ought to provide enough to give the Futurama cast anything they want. How about cutting Donald Trump loose? He's got to be sucking up a good chunk of money. (It's possible I am wrong about what network Trump's show is on, but FOX could still cancel a reality show or two, in my opinion.)
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Wow, I can't believe this... actually, yes I can, it *is* Fox. Count THIS viewer out if the original voices aren't there!
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What a shame that in sports entertainment we can pay some idiot to bounce a ball around a court millions of dollars --- but we can't properly compensate talented actors!! Do it right or don't do it at all!!!!!
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Sheez FOX. I won't watch that regurge.
"The boob strikes again!"
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This is no good. Futurama shouldn't continue without the brilliance of West, Sagal and DiMaggio. This show should never have been brought back if a deal with these actors hadn't already been made. I don't blame Fox for not having enough room in their budget to keep these actors. (Comedy Central isn't a major network and can't supply that much case) I blame them for getting the fans' hopes up by bringing back the show and then just completely disappointing them by not having done the math and made sure they could bring back their stars under that budget. It's obvious Fox didn't this through, but don't blame them for not giving them money that they obviously don't have to give.
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W.T.F.
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greedy people just take what they can give u all u doing and changing ur voice and talking....jeez its like when friends cast was making 1 mill an show its sick
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This is ridiculous! Futurama's DVD sales could have paid for the series itself! Many people buy DVDs of their favorite series nowadays.
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FOX can bite my shiny metal...
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Im not watching if they don't have the original voices.
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For all who are whining about them asking for so much, look at the DVDs sales and see how much they got paid for doing them and then you can shove it and stop saying that are whiners for asking for what they are.
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Fox messes anything up it touches. see Dollhouse
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A most ridiculous notion - I *heart* Futurama but won't watch unless it's Billy West, Katy Segal and John DiMaggio!
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This would be a horrible decision...I for one would not be watching.
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Well thats Fox for you. They are always trying to make a buck with out spending one. They cancel good shows and slash budgets on the ones they keep. People think that just because it is voice acting, that it doesn't matter when you replace the cast. It does. Certain voices are as unique as faces.
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Are we really surprised?? FOX makes some of the stupidest decisions about some really wonderful shows. This does not surprise me in the least. They are like the network that still needs to grow up.
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Fox can go eat what i put in the toilet if they go with new vactors. without the originals its not futurama and futurama is what i want, dare i say what we ALL want.
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OK I'll take it back maybe thi is not gonna be the best idea in late TV times...
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What is the point of continuing without the original voices?
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Death to FOX! :)
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ok so they wern't exoensive when they were fiilming the movies but they are now? fox = super mega ultra epic fail
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Fox, you better just be testing the waters with this crap. Futurama has made a lot of money for you in spite of the idiotic things you have done that derailed it. The show won't happen without the voice actors. So do something smart for a change, give them what they want, make the show and make yourself some money.
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This makes me cry...
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fox your so retarded
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