Futurama_290 The future of “Futurama” has been assured with the signing of the show’s voice cast to new deals.

Comedy Central announced with much fanfare in June that it had ordered new episodes of the well-loved animated series, but the pickup was announced before deals with actors Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille were in place. Those deals finally got done over the weekend — after producer 20th Century Fox TV had put out word that it was seeking replacements for the cast.

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

USA has picked up its series “In Plain Sight” for a third season, and it’s close to extending “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” as well.

“In Plain Sight,” which wraps its second season on Sunday (Aug. 9), will be back for a third next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The renewal follows on the heels of pickups for “Burn Notice” and “Royal Pains”; as with those two shows, USA has ordered 16 episodes of “In Plain Sight.”

Also like those other shows, “IPS” has performed well in the ratings this season. The drama about a U.S. marshal (Mary McCormack) who works with the witness protection program is averaging nearly 5 million viewers per week.

A deal to bring “Criminal Intent” back for another season hasn’t been completed yet, but the HR says USA is “finalizing” the details.

CBS is firing up a new version of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal” to replace the departing soap opera “The Guiding Light” on its daytime schedule.

The network announced Monday (Aug. 3) that the new “Let’s Make a Deal,” to be hosted by Wayne Brady, will premiere Monday, Oct. 5. Monty Hall, who hosted the original version from 1963-77, will serve as a creative consultant on the new show.

“We are delighted to have ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ back on the air with CBS,” Hall says. “I know the audience is going to welcome the charming and engaging Wayne Brady as the new host.”

“Let’s Make a Deal” has had several revivals since Hall’s original show left the air in 1977. The most recent was on NBC in 2003, with Billy Bush as host.

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Posted by:Rick Porter