New 'Futurama' may have entirely new voice cast
As we first linked to at our new Facebook page (become a fan at tinyurl.com/juicefacebook), it seems rumors that Futurama's return in 2010 (yaaaay!) will possibly be marred by an entirely new voice cast (boooo!) are true. Would someone please inform Comedy Central that the entire audience is a cult following that has been obsessively watching the show on reruns and DVD since it went off the air in 2002, and hey, let's not try and alienate them, okay?
20th Century Fox Television is now casting for every single major role on the show after being unable or (more likely) unwilling to give demanded pay raises to John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Billy West, Tress MacNeille and Katey Sagal following the success of the recent four feature-length DVDs, the Hollywood Reporter confirms.
"We love the Futurama voice performers and absolutely wanted to use them, but unfortunately, we could not meet their salary demands," the studio said in a statement. "While replacing these talented actors will be difficult, the show must go on."
No, no it mustn't. After waiting seven years for the series to return, we'd rather it stay dead than be altered this way (unless we get an X1-style upgrade -- "WE LOVE THOSE FABULOUS NEW VOICE ACTORS!"). Considering how much the show's been jerked around over the years, we can see why they asked for raises of several times their original salaries.