It looks like our long intergalactic nightmare is over. The Toronto Star is reporting a scoop: that the entire voice cast of Futurama has just signed a new contract with 20th Century Fox Television after weeks of intense salary negotiations.
The Matt Groening animated sci-fi comedy was recently hauled out of the graveyard of beloved programs by Comedy Central, but Fox had been playing hardball with John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Billy West, Tress MacNeille and Katey Sagal, saying “We love the Futurama voice performers and absolutely wanted to use them, but unfortunately, we could not meet their salary demands.”
Fortunately for fandom, we won’t have to put up with bad impersonations or cheesy excuses. Let’s just hope the compromise agreement doesn’t leave too bitter a taste in anyone’s mouth. We want Futurama, and the entire wacky Planet Express crew, to be with us for a good long while, this time around.