Aug 3 2009'Futurama' Crisis Averted

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Well, we can cancel our plans to burn down the police stable in outrage. Following news a few weeks back that 20th Century Fox was looking to replace the voice cast of Futurama with cheaper replacements, it's now been announced that a deal a has been struck, and the original voices will be returning:

Casting execs were set to begin meeting with replacement thesps this week. But the five stars -- John DiMaggio, Billy West, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille -- finally sealed pacts late Friday with 20th Century Fox TV to return to the show.

Both the actors and 20th are believed to have found a compromise. Move comes after 20th put out a casting call in July to find replacement voice actors for the show.

"We are thrilled to have our incredible cast back," creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen said in a statement. "The call has already gone out to the animators to put the mouths back on the characters."

Phew! Glad that's taken care of. I wasn't ready for another jarring change of cast--I'm still reeling from the controversial Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Aunt Viv switch of '93.

Reader Comments

Yay! Chronological superiority!!!

somebody had said that the casting call was just to scare the old voices into accepting a lower salary. they were right, apparently.
it makes them look a bit weak.

Hell yes! Love Futurama been watching it since it first aired. Kinda Surprised that they got Katey Sagal at all since she is doing Sons of Anarchy now a days.

Hurray!
I was just about to blow up the Box Network HQ when this just happened!
I guess I'll go Bender on somebody else tonight.

Yeah. There's no way they would have got rid of the cast. It was a bluff. But more efficiency is a good thing. I'm sure they get well paid.

Phew, what a relief :)
I can rest easy now

Good News everyone!


Someone had to say it.

Whew! Just like the crisis was the worst news I had heard, this is possibly the best!

Phil LaMarr plays Hermes, some other minor characters and probably every black guy/robot on the show. I didn't see his name on the saved-cast-member list. what's his status?

@#7, I'm surprised iwatchstuff didn't open the article that way. Isn't that a rule when speaking of "Futurama"?

Yes it is therush and indeed people, that is VERY good news !!!
( Thank god for that, otherwise making the hole thing was kinga pointless )

I hope FOX gets RAPED.

Awesome way to negotiate a contract and drum up more interest in the new season! It's a good thing I'm too dumb to read into such a thing.

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