Monday, August 24, 2009

Consider That Bottle Hoisted: Kudos and Many Thanks to Mr. Muller For Helping Fix This!

So we basically e-mailed bombed an innocent party, and learned a valuable lesson: the truly powerful are beyond the reach of justice. Still, all's well that ends well. Right? Right?

RE: Save the Voices of Futurama‏
From: Futurama (address deleted)
Sent: Mon 8/24/09 10:06 PM
To: 'Joel Bryan' (address deleted)

Dear Futurama Fan,

Thank you for voicing your strong support for Futurama and the original voice cast. We appreciate the time you took to fire off a thoughtful and/or concerned and/or homicidal e-mail message to our casting director, Scott Muller. (Rest assured, not a single one of these e-mails reached the actual decision-makers at 20th Century Fox Television. For future reference, please note that Scott Muller is in fact one of Futurama's biggest fans, and was instrumental in bringing about the return of the cast. Please hoist a bottle of Olde Fortran for Scott!)

Speaking of the cast returning... good news, everyone! The cast is returning! All of our series regulars are back in action for Season 6. Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, and David Herman are all on board and have already begun delivering their customary virtuoso performances. The all-new Futurama episodes are slated to air on Comedy Central beginning in June, 2010.

We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support for the series. Your loyalty over the years has kept the show going through its original four seasons on FOX, its subsequent reincarnations on Adult Swim and DVD, and now its Bendiferous return to life on Comedy Central. See you in the (near) future!


David X. Cohen & Matt Groening

From: Joel Bryan

Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2009 5:51 AM
To: Steve Albani (Comedy Central, address deleted); Scott Muller (Scott Muller Casting, address deleted); Melissa Sugiura (MTV, address deleted)

Subject: Save the Voices of Futurama

Dear Messrs. Albani and Muller and Ms. Sugiura-

If the vocal cast of Futurama is changed I will not watch the new episodes. The original voice cast is an integral ingredient to the creative entity that is Futurama. No Billy West, no John DiMaggio, no Katey Sagal and no Maurice LeMarche (among others) equals no viewers. So while I understand the necessity for profit-making with any television program, I seriously believe you're endangering the success of Futurama and actually harming the bottom line with the decision to recast the show, a mistake similar to the efforts of the Coca-Cola company to manufacture and market "New Coke." Please reconsider.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Joel Bryan

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