When “Futurama” returns to TV next year, it may be without the show’s original voice cast.
Talks have broken down between 20th Century Fox TV and stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille over how much they should be paid to take part in the show.
The studio announced last month that it would produce 26 new episodes of “Futurama,” with Comedy Central onboard to begin airing the new episodes in mid-2010. As part of the announcement, the show’s producers said stars including West, Sagal and DiMaggio had all signed on to return.
Turns out that wasn’t true.
The stars had all expressed interest in returning. But with the budget for “Futurama” dramatically slashed, the salary offers came in well below what the thesps were asking -- believed to be around $75,000 per episode. (It was not clear what 20th was offering. Calls to the voice stars’ reps were not immediately returned.)
As a result, 20th has put out a casting call to find replacement voice actors for the show. According to insiders, a deal could eventually be struck that brings the original voice actors back -- but for now, the studio said it’s serious about finding replacements. [/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=]As excited as I was about the return of Futurama, FOX has once again ruined that experience by their callous actions. According to no less than cast members John DiMaggio, Phil LaMarr, and Maurice LaMarche on their Facebook pages, a casting notice has gone out to replace actors DiMaggio, LaMarche, Billy West and Katy Sagal.
Of course FOX has to fuck this up somehow. They would make a crapload of money off Futurama, so they bring it back, and want the success without the work.
I dont know the salary for veteren voice actors, but $75,000 PER EPISODE seems like a quite extreme request. Have any of the voice actors been doing anything lately that they need such a big salary to convince them to drop or modify their current schedule to pencil in some microphone time?
I don't see how the jokes would be different, sure it wouldn't be the same, but we would need to watch a episode of the new actors to see where this goes.
I don't see why this is such a big deal. As long as the writing is as good as it used to be, there's no problem.
Day_Man;4954254I don't see why this is such a big deal. As long as the writing is as good as it used to be, there's no problem.
Because the voice actors make the show. Billy West does about 20 characters alone.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
25th April 2007
*I slacks face* way to go fox >.>
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
$75 grand per episode does seem like a lot. I'm sure they could survive with less than that an episode.
In this economy you cannot get away with $75 grand PER episode. (26 episodes)
Thats 1,950,000 just for this one season per voice actor. Not to mention the money they will get from DVD sales.
Are they really so busy right now that to drop what they are doing will cost almost 2 million to compensate for?
Fox isn't ruining shit. If the voice actors are so stuck up they won't take less money than 75 grand per episode they deserve to be replaced. It's the writers that made Futurama what is is, and so long as the writers are still funny the show will still be funny. It would just take an episode or two to get use tot he new voices.
No Bender and the professor, no deal. They made that show great.
Afterburner;4954408Fox isn't ruining shit. If the voice actors are so stuck up they won't take less money than 75 grand per episode they deserve to be replaced. It's the writers that made Futurama what is is, and so long as the writers are still funny the show will still be funny. It would just take an episode or two to get use tot he new voices.
While I agree with you about the writers being greedy, there is no way the show will ever be the same. Imagine the Simpsons or Family Guy without the original voice actors. It would suck and fall flat on its face in a matter of two episodes...