So, I read in Variety earlier this week that Fox is trying to bring back Futurama. I guess they learned their lesson from dumping Family Guy--although I don't think Futurama is anywhere near as funny. Well, apparently the voice cast (the show has been off the air for years) was demanding somehwere in the neighborhood of $75,000 an episode to come back. For a show that wasn't even a hit. And, was lucky to see the light of day again. And, that might not even run on Fox Networks (some think it may go straight to Comedy Central).
I know people who do voice over work, and if you've ever done it (I have), you know it takes talent, but it's not grueling work. In fact, most of the people I know who do voice over work talk about how easy it is when you can get it. And, outside of guest roles on television and the Futurama straight to DVD series, I'm not sure what Katey Sagal has been doing, for instance.
It just seems like a lot of money under the circumstances.
Fox has slashed the budget (TV ad sales have been way down, and that is reflected in budgets for the upcoming season) by shortening the production schedule, limiting the writing staff, etc. You would think the actor's representation would get that.
Not sure what's going to happen here, but one of the big things about voice over work is people are often paid to mimic.
Is Billy West's voice really that distinguishable? Maybe as Ren & Stimpy, but not as Phillip J. Fry (at least, in my opinion).