Futurama Crisis Averted: Voice Actors Sign New Deal with Fox


Well you can put away your torches and pitchforks folks: Fox has come to an agreement with the cast of Futurama. It’s not a big surprise, but nonetheless it is a relief to hear that there will be no auditions for replacement voice actors, and all five of the main stars (John DiMaggio, Billy West, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille) have reportedly been given deals that they are happy with. While specifics on the numbers were not made public, the two sides met in the middle, with a figure that is believed to be somewhere below $40,000 per episode. Matt Groening and David X. Cohen had this to say:

“We are thrilled to have our incredible cast back… The call has already gone out to the animators to put the mouths back on the characters.”

Other cost cutting measures for this new season include a smaller writing staff and a tighter schedule. There is no word on whether or not Fox will opt to air the episodes themselves before Comedy Central gets to show them, but either way, the new series probably won’t debut until the fall of 2010. (Thanks to Goon for the heads up.)

  • Ian

    This has got to piss the folks over at Adult Swim off pretty well. Their reruning of the show for years no doubt gave it’s audience a chance to grow and want more stuff.

  • good news, everyone!

  • Alex

    This has made my day.