Originally Posted by bicker1
I agree: It wouldn't be the same
. Rather, it would be just like a brand-new series, that has the same
premise as one that you thought highly-enough about
the last time to check it out and stick with it for years. It was good enough last time; so there is no reason it cannot be good enough this time.
It's an assumption that the followers of Futurama initially watched the show because of the premise. In my experience, many folks check out a show because of the actors involved. I'll watch my favorite actors in roles that I otherwise don't find appealing.
Part of the reason Futurama has a cult following (the same as any other show with a cult following) is because the fans have emotional ties to the characters. It would be foolish for Fox to ignore the intrinsic value of these characters' voices just because of a bottom line. If Fox's numbers for this show really are low enough that they cannot afford to pay an amicable price for the original voice talent, they may want to rethink their plans to revive it, as it seems the very people they plan to make money from in this endeavor have been very offended. It would not seem to be a prudent financial move to revive a beloved brand only to offend its followers. That is a waste of time and money. They may as well start from scratch with a new series if they are not interested in being as faithful to the original as its fans would like. They are, after all, the consumers. I suspect that if, somehow a casting change took place and no one discovered it until the first episode aired, many fans would refuse to watch, and Fox would have thrown a decent amount of money down the drain.
I'm not a fan of this show, but this issue has had such an emotional impact for so many people that I've seen in mentioned via many outlets in the past few days.