Recently, Comedy Central announced it was reviving Matt Groening's ("The Simpsons") animated sci-fi series, "Futurama," which has been a staple of the network's late-night programming with reruns and direct-to-video movies.
However, the network has been unable to come to financial terms with the cast -- Katey Sagal, Billy West, John Dimaggio, Maurice LaMarche and Tress Macneill. The network announced over the weekend that it would replace the original cast with other actors.
That would be a huge mistake. Each actor brought their characters to life with their distinctive vocal talent, and replacing them with soundalike actors would be both distracting and a slap to the show's loyal fans.
If Comedy Central doesn't want to meet the financial demands of the cast, that's perfectly fine. But do the right thing and not make it about money. The netowrk should scrap the plans for a revival without the original actors.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: ABC has a new "Better Off Ted" at 9 p.m., following "The Superstars."
Fox has a new "Hell's Kitchen" at 8 p.m., while NBC offers "America's Got Talent" at 9 p.m.
On cable, TNT is new with "HawthoRNe" at 9 p.m. and "Saving Grace" at 10 p.m. The pick of the night, of course, is "Rescue Me." (FX, 10 p.m.)