This might just be a shady way for Fox to reposition their bargaining chips, but great zombie Jesus ... this just cooks my clams. According to Forces of Geek (and the Facebook pages of the actors themselves), it sure looks like Fox is trying to re-cast some key Futurama voices. Oh ... only folks like Fry, Bender, Leela, Farnsworth, Zoidberg, Zapp Brannigan, Kif Kroker, and about a dozen others. Yep, we might actually be looking at a Futurama without Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Dimaggio, and Maurice Lamarche. Actually, make that "WE" a "YOU," because there's no way in holy green hell I'd watch a Futurama episode without ALL of those people on board. You could even break out the Hypnotoad and I wouldn't budge.
Thanks again to FoG for bringing this horrific story to our attention. (They even have the casting calls posted over there! Ye gods!) And as one of the biggest Futurama freaks you'll ever meet (check out my Twitter page), I assure you that I'd be just as livid if Fox tried to replace the producers, the writers, the animators, or the guy who does all the darn music. (The brilliant Christopher Tyng.) Clearly Fox is planning new Futurama episodes because the original series (and the four subsequent movies) sold really damn well. And here's a freaking news flash for you: Without Billy West and the others, you have NOTHING.
FoG has a Fox contact you can email, but don't be childish with your opinions. Try thanking them for bringing the show back (again), and then firmly state that you won't buy the damn things without our beloved cast members. That we even have to bring this up is sort of pathetic.
ADDITION: Then again, the contract disputes may, as sources tell me, spring not from Fox, but from the actual production company from which Futurama springs. Fans know it as The Curiosity Company, of course. Or maybe the claw should be pointed at 20th Century Fox, which is not the same thing as Fox (TV network)! Ugh, only a Globetrotter could figure this out.
Re-set fury phasers on ... pause!! This Friday there's a Comic Con panel all about this stuff! Stay tuned!
And here's another update: Variety chimes in with some good info.
And if this was just some marketing trick, I'll be irked. Thanks to @mattsinger and @forcesofgeek for bringing this to my attention. And @hitfixdaniel and @drewathitfix for good advice and information.