'Futurama' Crisis Averted

August 3, 2009

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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.

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