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by JavieR / July 31, 2009 / 15:10
The Futurama Voice Cast and Fox sign a deal for the 26 new episodes!
UPDATE - August 1, 2009 @ 12H00

contacted 20th Century Fox TV and they got this info:

"Just wanted you to know that we now have deals with the entire Futurama voice cast to return: John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Billy West, Tress MacNeille and Katey Sagal."

So, the main voice cast is back in the series, now we have to wait the deals with the supporting voice actors, I'm talking about Phil LaMarr (Hermes), Lauren Tom (Amy), David Herman (Scruffy) and Frank Welker (Nibbler + many animal sounds)

David X Cohen and Matt Groening said:

"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."

The bold part could mean that it was true that Futurama was on hold when the Voice Cast didn't reach a deal with Fox the first time.. or not hahaha

UPDATE - July 31, 2009 @ 21H00

According to Variety.com, 3 of the main Futurama Voice Actors already signed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV, we are talking about Maurice LaMarche (Kif, Morbo), Tress MacNeille (Mom, Linda) and Katey Sagal (Leela).

About Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Zoidberg, Zapp) and John DiMaggio (Bender) aparently will reach a deal very soon, perhaps by the end of the week.

I don't know what will happen with Phil LaMarr (Hermes), Lauren Tom (Amy), David Herman (Scruffy) and Frank Welker (Nibbler + many animal sounds)... hopefully they also will reach a deal with Fox.

UPDATE - July 31, 2009 @ 15H50

The deal was just confirmed by Maurice 'Moe' LaMarche (Kif) at his Facebook page! (I can't post the status of Maurice without his permission, but believe me, he says he closed the deal)

UPDATE - July 31, 2009 @ 15H10

According to Rob Salem from TheStar.com, apparently the Futurama Voice Cast has finally signed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV, after many days of negotiation, the article:

The compromise agreement, with the studio paying more and the actors accepting less, comes after the announcement of a 26-episode pick-up here by Comedy Central. Futurama also airs internationally in syndication, has produced four bestselling straight-to-DVD movies (later cut into episodes) and an upcoming feature film.

So, apparently there is a deal with Fox, reaching an agreement, as everyone expected. The deal is an intermediate salary between what the Voice Actors wanted and what Fox wanted to pay.. interesting.

The weird part is the "upcoming feature film".. according to Matt Groening at the SDCC 2009, they would love to do one, but I think is still an idea.. it could be great if they release a Feature Film in the future.

Sources: TheStar.com, Facebook.com, Variety.com, IGN.com
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