Futurama may recast voice talent!

Posted on July 17, 2009


No one was more thrilled than me when I heard that Comedy Central was resurrecting Futurama with an order of 26 new episodes, to begin airing in 2010.

But now comes news that 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the series, may be considering recasting the voice roles. Say it ain’t so!

According to cast members John DiMaggio [Bender], Phil LaMarr [Hermes] and Maurice LaMarche on their Facebook pages, a casting notice has gone out to replace actors DiMaggio, LaMarche, Billy West [Fry] and Katey Sagal [Leela].

Recast Fry and Leela?? And Bender??

It seems clear that Fox is trying to cut costs for the show by hiring lower-paid voice talent—either that, or trying to get a leg up on salary negotiations by sending out recasting notices to scare the current talent into rolling over on pay.

But fans may recall that Fox TV tried to muscle the original Simpsons voice cast in a similar fashion. That didn’t go so well, so here’s hoping the original Futurama cast remains intact.

This series is not made for children. Adults are the main folks who watch it and we will notice when you change the actors, unlike little kids. I believe if they recast this series, it won’t last to a second season.

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