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Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

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Unlike those online who lie and hide behind fake photos and insanely fabricated stories, I'm a real person. I'm real and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. After years of putting up with online abuse by manipulative, pathological liars, attention whores or narcissists, I've had it. Don't bother me with pathetic drama. I have no time for these types of people and their need to absorb others' time and attention.

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Good News, Everyone!

GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE -- FUTURAMA IS SAVED

Posted at 4:40 PM Jul 31, 2009

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From the Toronto Star:

Los Angeles, Calif.-The Star has learned exclusively that the voice cast of Futurama has just signed a new contract with Fox after weeks of intense salary negotiations.

As late as last week, the network was threatening to replace the original voices of Matt Groening's cult-hit cartoon, to the point of actually announcing a casting call for voice actors to replace them.

The compromise agreement, with the studio paying more and the actors accepting less, comes after the announcement of a 26-episode pick-up here by Comedy Central. Futurama also airs internationally in syndication, has produced four bestselling straight-to-DVD movies (later cut into episodes) and an upcoming feature film.

Look, I don't know why the Toronto Star would have this news, but I've never heard them to just make shit up like many of the British "papers" do. So... FUCK AND YES. THANK YOU, SWEET ZOMBIE JESUS. And thanks to John S. for the amazing tip.


Futurama cast members ink new deal with Fox
Jul 31, 2009 11:31 PM

LOS ANGELES–The Star has learned exclusively that the entire voice cast of Futuramahas just signed a new contract with Fox after weeks of intense salary negotiations.

As late as last week, the network was threatening to replace the original voices of Matt Groening's cult-hit cartoon, to the point of actually announcing a casting call for voice actors to replace them.

The Futurama voice cast includes John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Billy West, Tress MacNeille and Katey Sagal.

The compromise agreement, with the studio paying more and the actors accepting less, comes after the announcement of a 26-episode pick-up here by Comedy Central. Futurama also airs internationally in syndication, has produced four bestselling straight-to-DVD movies (later cut into episodes) and an upcoming feature film.

"We are thrilled to have our incredible cast back. The call has already `gone out to the animators to put the mouths back on the characters," Futurama creators Groening and David X. Cohen said in a joint statement.

Update: Posted: Sun., Aug. 2, 2009, 1:13pm PT

Future set for 'Futurama'

Animation reboot back on track

By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER




The "Futurama" reboot is now on track.

The recent 20th Century Fox TV-"Futurama" voice actor standoff won't have an effect on the show's timetable, insiders said over the weekend. The show's new round of episodes is still set to bow on Comedy Central in 2010.

Here's what won't be happening this week, however: auditions to replace the five "Futurama" cast members.

Casting execs were set to begin meeting with replacement thesps this week. But the five stars -- John DiMaggio, Billy West, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille -- finally sealed pacts late Friday with 20th Century Fox TV to return to the show.

Both the actors and 20th are believed to have found a compromise. Move comes after 20th put out a casting call in July to find replacement voice actors for the show.

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Groening

"We are thrilled to have our incredible cast back," creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen said in a statement. "The call has already gone out to the animators to put the mouths back on the characters."

The studio announced in June that it would revive the long-canceled "Futurama," and Comedy Central was on board to begin airing the new episodes in mid-2010. As part of the announcement, the show's producers said stars including West, Sagal and DiMaggio had all signed on to return.

Turns out they hadn't -- and talks broke down as the studio and actors wound up wildly apart on salaries per episode.

It wasn't the first time 20th threatened to cast new vocal stars on one of its animated shows. The studio once made a similar move on "The Simpsons" when it couldn't come to a deal with that show's stars; although casting feelers were sent out, a deal was eventually made, just as in this case.

Twentieth and Comedy Central have been kicking around ways to make "Futurama," originally produced for a broadcast network (Fox), make financial sense for a cable run.

It was believed that the "Futurama" cast were initially asking for around $75,000 per episode, although the actors have said their request was actually much lower than that. (Indeed, the thesps later brought their request down to $40,000, insiders said.) It was not clear what 20th was offering.

Created by Groening and Cohen, "Futurama" originally aired on Fox from 1999 to 2003. The success of the show's repeats on DVD and cable, as well as a series of first-run DVD releases, led to the decision to revive "Futurama."

Other costs that were slashed in the process led to a smaller writing staff and a shorter delivery schedule.

Despite 20th's move to start recasting "Futurama," it was widely assumed that both sides would eventually figure out a way to stay in business together. In a positive sign, some of the "Futurama" cast even attended the recent San Diego Comic-Con -- although they didn't appear during the show's official panel discussion.

Still up in the air: Whether a broadcast network will ultimately air "Futurama" before Comedy Central. Twentieth's pact with the cabler allows for a broadcast window before the Comedy Central airing, but so far Fox -- the most likely home, given "Futurama's" earlier stint there -- hasn't expressed an interest. There's still a year before "Futurama's" return, however, allowing plenty of time for a deal to be made.

Above article, Future is set for 'Futurama' ©Variety http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118006797.html?categoryId=14&cs=1

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