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'Futurama's Original Voice Cast Likely Won't Return For New Episodes

When 'Futurama' returns with brand new episodes next year, it will likely be without the show's original voice cast.

According to reports, 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 voice the resurrected show.

Last month, as part of an announcement on the show's return, the studio claimed that the original voice cast was slated to return. But as it turns out that wasn't entirely accurate. The stars had all expressed interest in returning, but balked after seeing their new salary offers.

While a deal could still happen to bring back the original voice cast, 20th Century Fox has already put out a casting call to find replacement voice actors. The show has had to dramatically reduce its budget for the new episodes since, for now, they are only set to air on cable channel 'Comedy Central'.

"We love the 'Futurama' voice performers and absolutely wanted to use them, but unfortunately, we could not meet their salary demands," the studio says in a statement.

"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 and David's brilliantly subversive characters."

'Simpsons' fans will remember a similar salary dispute with its voice stars a few years ago. That eventually worked itself out and 'Futurama' fans are hoping we see the same result in this instance. It would be very difficult to replace the chemistry of the original cast.

July 20, 2009 |

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