Well, buckle your seat belts, kids. It looks like the next voyage of the Planet Express Ship will leave the voice actors of Futurama behind. Comedy Central plans to air new episodes of the sci-fi inspired cartoon series, but, according to published reports, the studio is balking at the salary demands of the actors. Variety.com reports they want around $75,000 an episode. The budget for the show is smaller, and producer 20th Century Fox has announced it is seeking new voice actors.
Consider the impact: Billy West voices Phillip J. Fry, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, Dr. John A. Zoidberg (one of the best) and Zapp Brannigan (my personal favorite.) That's the equivalent of removing Dan Castellaneta from The Simpsons. In addition to Homer, he voices countless other characters. If that were to happen, there'd be really no point in watching the show.
Times are tough, but is there anyone who thinks 20th Century Fox is hurting for money? The company has other high-profile deals with actors. The principle actors on The Simpsons make $400,000 an episode, according to BBC News.
No, Futurama is not The Simpsons, but they do have the same creator, Matt Groening. It's just hard to imagine the show without the actors that made it so endearing.
I cannot think of a more profound display of disrespect to the fans of Futurama. I, for one, won't waste my time with such foolishness.
Word to the wise: Either pay these performers what they're worth (which is in my opinion far more than $75,000 an episode) or get busy cranking out the next Family Guy spin-off. All fans of this show should boycott any Futurama episode aired without these great actors.
'NCAA Football 10'
By this time of year, college football fans are so desperate they're liable to hook the next "NCAA Football" directly into their veins. EA Sports is the supplier and, like clockwork, they crank out these games in the dead of summer. The PlayStation 3 version of "NCAA Football 10" carries a real sting for Alabama fans; the cover features the quarterback for the University of Utah. Ahh, the pain! The suffering!
Anywho, this game has become an annual event with a fading staying power. The price is jacked up, the rewards are fleeting and the game play doesn't differ much from previous versions.
The Season Showdown mode allows players from different schools to compete online for prestige. The game also adds sideline reporter Erin Andrews. The graphics on the game aren't a drastic improvement over prior versions, though anything on the newer systems look nice.
I find my team, Alabama, can't overcome the dumb-luck factor even though it has a highly rated offense and defense. Army returned my missed field goal for a touchdown? Really? Mississippi State ran my kick-off back for a touchdown twice in a row? Are you kidding me? Try as I may, I can't seem to get any offense going. When you're playing online against USC and they're up by four touchdowns at the half, you know it's time to bow out.
The nice thing about that is the network looks for other players to replace you so the bloodbath can continue without you. This game will surely please college football addicts, who can't get enough (me). I just can't escape the feeling that EA puts a minimal amount of effort into these games because they know most of us will pay for it, regardless. "NCAA Football 10" gets three-and-one-half buttons out of five.