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« on: February 19, 2009, 01:22:51 AM »

Nilly West at a con doing voices and more.  I've always enjoyed catching the odd episode here and there, and I have the full seasons coming up in my Netflix queue, so I think a sixth season would be nifty.
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2009, 03:12:50 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on February 19, 2009, 01:22:51 AM

Nilly West at a con doing voices and more.  I've always enjoyed catching the odd episode here and there, and I have the full seasons coming up in my Netflix queue, so I think a sixth season would be nifty.

Agreed. But it had better be better than the extended episodes they've been releasing on DVD.  The first one was tolerable, the 2nd 'Beast with a 20000000 backs was horrific. I wonder if Bender's Game is any good.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2009, 03:36:21 AM »

I could never really get into that show. I enjoyed the occasional episode (like CeeKay said), but a lot of the jokes went right past me and the last one that I saw (Benders Game maybe?) was especially obscure and self-referential.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2009, 03:47:35 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2009, 03:49:22 AM »

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Quote from: CeeKay on February 19, 2009, 01:22:51 AM

Nilly West at a con doing voices and more.  I've always enjoyed catching the odd episode here and there, and I have the full seasons coming up in my Netflix queue, so I think a sixth season would be nifty.

Agreed. But it had better be better than the extended episodes they've been releasing on DVD.  The first one was tolerable, the 2nd 'Beast with a 20000000 backs was horrific. I wonder if Bender's Game is any good.

I thought Bender's Game was fantastic, but it's got all the gaming/fantasy references in it, which make me much more likely to enjoy anything. Anyway, I liked it about 2-3 times more than the other two, and it was the only one to be consistently funny all the way through.
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2009, 04:02:25 AM »

Bender's Game was quite good; much better than Beast with a Billion Backs.  And "Into The Wild Green Yonder" comes out next week.
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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2009, 10:13:11 AM »

Haven't seen BG yet but I liked the first one a lot. I was mad/disappointed at it's beginning for some of the character interactions, but I loved it by the end. I didn't think Beast was great but there were still some funny scenes. Mostly at the beginning.
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2009, 12:47:56 PM »

I'll have to give BG a rental then. Futurama is my favorited animated show ever and one of my favorite shows ever. If it comes back I hope it's as good as it was...which will be tough.
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2009, 04:07:56 PM »

Bender's Game was fantastic.  Much better than the first two movies which I thought were a notch below the original series.

Any new Futurama is great though.  It's my all time favorite show.  It holds up so well to repeated viewings.  I must have seen each original episode more than 10 times.
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2009, 03:33:28 AM »

Watched BG over the weekend. It had some good moments but was about as good as the rest.

I just don't think Futurama is meant to be more than 30 minutes as it 90 minutes completely dilutes the humor to the point that the overall show isn't that funny.
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2009, 06:19:23 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2009, 10:34:14 AM »

love this show...can't wait for new season if true

i loved the 4 films....actually one of them wasnt so great,and i can't remember which,but i loved the others

a lot of the time i loved Futurama more than The Simpsons...Bender is just like one of the best Cartoon Characters ever!(partnered with Zoidberg and you have an unbeatable duo)


not sure whether i would be able to watch them on TV here in the UK,Comedy Central does have 3 channels(maybe 4 if you include the +1hr broadcast),but i never really looked at any schedule for that channel before,i just usually turn over(when Channel surfing usually)and catch Scrubs or Two and a Half Men etc...but as i have the rest on DVD,i can pretty much be certain i will be buy them on DVD as well


i have been noticing a lot of your Shows are starting to get 12-13 episodes now,sometimes 17...instead of the usual 22-24 episodes,i guess this is whoever's(Fox,Comedy Central?)way of 'not going all the way'....you still do better than the UK who can only manage a shitty 6 episodes a series,hence why its called a 'series' not a 'season'
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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2009, 02:25:31 AM »

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WOOT!  thumbsup

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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2009, 02:50:21 AM »

That just proves how great I am.  Me, Bender.
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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2009, 04:48:43 PM »

Goddamnit Comedy Central HD better have it in HD.
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« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2009, 12:02:08 PM »

This is the first time since canceling cable that I've even come close to regretting that decision.
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« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2009, 04:22:53 PM »

I'm sure it'll be on Hulu or something along those lines also. That and I think a good chunk of comedy central shows are on the net in some form or another. Like South Park and the Daily Show/Colbert Report
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« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2009, 07:48:59 PM »

Quote from: TK-421 on June 11, 2009, 12:02:08 PM

This is the first time since canceling cable that I've even come close to regretting that decision.

Fox has an option to shop the new season to a broadcast channel before it airs on Comedy Central. So it may show up on Fox or one of the other networks.
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« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2009, 01:56:11 AM »

well dang......
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« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2009, 02:13:47 AM »

What? That's outrageous!  icon_evil
How much could they be asking for anyway? They all seem to love the show, so I can't see them scuttling the effort because of salary issues.
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« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2009, 05:34:33 AM »

Wow... way to cut it off at the knees, Fox.  Assuming it's not some kind of publicity stunt - I can't imagine Groening or Cohen to go along with this either.
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« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2009, 05:35:27 AM »

Awesome job at half-assing it.   thumbsdown
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« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2009, 06:01:58 AM »

Quote from: ChaoZ on July 18, 2009, 02:13:47 AM

What? That's outrageous!  icon_evil
How much could they be asking for anyway? They all seem to love the show, so I can't see them scuttling the effort because of salary issues.

According to Variety they are each asking for $75k per episode on a 26 episode planned run.  That works out to $1.95m each for the full season.  Now, I realize that voice actors work hard, but it's not like doing this show is going to really cut into their ability to make a living doing other stuff.  On the other hand, if that's the going rate, I can see their point.

Variety also speculates that this is a negotiating ploy and that actual replacement may not actually occur in the end.

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« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2009, 07:04:39 AM »

Holy fucking shit that's stupid.  Don't even bring the show back if it's new voices.
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« Reply #24 on: July 18, 2009, 12:09:44 PM »

and ...just like that,i am now disappointed that the show is coming back at all....

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« Reply #25 on: July 18, 2009, 12:24:46 PM »

I remember when I was a kid and they'd recast the voice talent in some cartoons. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the one I remember most. It was always awful

The only recast I think that was ever not terrible was Meg in Family Guy, since it happened so early on in the series.

At least we can look forward to the Simpsons living on for many more decades after the original voice talent passes on, now that Fox has shown no respect for the original talent.

But yeah - if it was going to cost them 8 mil for the voice talent for the series, chances are good they were going to lose a lot of their margin. I can understand them not wanting to pay that much. It still sucks that a more amicable agreement wasn't reached.
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« Reply #26 on: July 18, 2009, 12:37:07 PM »

As others have said, there's no point in even bringing it back. If Hugh Laurie asked for too much money would they cast someone else to play house?   icon_mad
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« Reply #27 on: July 18, 2009, 01:56:23 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fs7NUSWRCs


Isn't this what happened when Jim Henson died?
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« Reply #28 on: July 21, 2009, 03:51:19 PM »

F-Fox.

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Bastards...

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« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2009, 04:04:04 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 18, 2009, 12:37:07 PM

As others have said, there's no point in even bringing it back. If Hugh Laurie asked for too much money would they cast someone else to play house?   icon_mad

If Hugh Laurie got let go from House, they could just create new episodes by splicing together his scenes from previous episodes.  Hell, they practically do that now, and most people don't even notice.  biggrin

After this revival of the series crashes and burns (because of the completely new cast), Fox will cancel it and blame lack of audience interest.  On the other hand, I feel preemptively bad for the replacement voice actors, as no matter how good they are, they'll always be vilified because they're replacements.
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« Reply #30 on: July 21, 2009, 04:41:22 PM »

I would think that fox has done the economics though.  But I, as someone totally uneducated in math and ecconomics slywink , cannot see possibly how the money they are saving by paying scabs can be equal to or greater than the amount of money they're losing as a result of lost DVD sales and merchandising.

I mean Futurama is the definition of a niche show and now they're alienating they're ENTIRE audience? It just doesn't make sense.
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« Reply #31 on: July 21, 2009, 04:46:48 PM »

Is it possible this is a bargaining tactic by FOX?  I don't see how they can really go through with this.
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« Reply #32 on: July 21, 2009, 04:59:32 PM »

They did the same with the Simpsons so I think it's just a bargaining thing.
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« Reply #33 on: July 21, 2009, 06:30:19 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on July 21, 2009, 04:59:32 PM

They did the same with the Simpsons so I think it's just a bargaining thing.


well,surely Fox wouldn't go down that road again would they?...i remember it being all over the news when the Simpson cast was getting bucket loads of cash per episode..sure Futurama hasn't got the same following as The Simpsons,but still if they lose out again,is that considered bad publicity for Fox or good publicity?
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« Reply #34 on: July 21, 2009, 07:24:06 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on July 21, 2009, 04:59:32 PM

They did the same with the Simpsons so I think it's just a bargaining thing.

I'm certain you are correct. FOX may be stupid, but not this stupid. They know the loyals fans (which are pretty much all the Futurama viewers they can expect) are going to boycott the show if this happens. They're just trying to pressure the actors.
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« Reply #35 on: July 21, 2009, 08:01:55 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on July 21, 2009, 04:59:32 PM

They did the same with the Simpsons so I think it's just a bargaining thing.

I don't remember this at all.  But for either show, surely the actors have to have the leverage, no?
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« Reply #36 on: July 21, 2009, 08:18:27 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 21, 2009, 08:01:55 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on July 21, 2009, 04:59:32 PM

They did the same with the Simpsons so I think it's just a bargaining thing.

I don't remember this at all.  But for either show, surely the actors have to have the leverage, no?






from 2004

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In real life Mr. Simpson and his family of subversives have, by the estimate of accountants employed by the actors who supply their voices, earned Fox upward of $2.5 billion as the stars of one of the longest-running prime-time series in television history.

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Hollywood executives say that the actors' insistence on not just a near tripling of their salaries ? to $8 million a season ? but also on a share of the show's profits is a first for an animated series, a genre that studios and networks have counted on for predictable costs and peaceable casts.

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The second thing is there are 40-some regular characters on the show. They're all voiced by these six actors."



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They were initially paid $3,000 an episode, their representatives say, and now earn about $125,000 an episode. The actors are seeking $360,000 an episode, as well as a percentage of the show's profits.


i actually have no idea what the outcome was
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« Reply #37 on: July 21, 2009, 10:10:44 PM »

They're currently making $400K an episode

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpsons#Voice_actors
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« Reply #38 on: July 21, 2009, 10:26:44 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on July 21, 2009, 04:59:32 PM

They did the same with the Simpsons so I think it's just a bargaining thing.

Sadly, in Mexico it blew on their faces. The main voice cast in Spanish was replaced  icon_frown

Though I do prefer Futurama in English by far...
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« Reply #39 on: August 01, 2009, 12:47:37 AM »

looks like they worked things out.
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