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'The Simpsons' Renewed for Seasons 24 & 25

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 7th 2011 8:35PM
The Simpsons Ending'The Simpsons,' American's longest-running scripted series, is coming back for not only a Season 24, but Season 25 as well.

The decision to continue the series came after 20th Century Fox TV and the voice actors -- Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer -- squabbled over pay cuts for days.

Producers agreed to the necessary cuts first, but the actors held out. Ultimately, they gave in.

Season 24 and 25 will bring 'The Simpsons' to an astonishing 559 episodes.

Homer Simpson, yes the fictional character, said this in a statement: "Woo Hoo! I outlasted Andy Rooney!"

On Mon., Oct. 3, Fox said the actors need to take the pay cut or face cancellation after the current 23rd season. The actors countered the 45 percent cut with a 30 percent pay cut in exchange for some of the show's lucrative syndication and merchandising and merchandising. Those profits account for billions of dollars for Fox. Harry Shearer said he would've accepted a 70 percent pay cut if it meant a share of back end profits.

"Fox wants to cut our salaries in half because it says it can't afford to continue making the show under what it calls the existing business model," Shearer wrote. "Fox hasn't explained what kind of new business model it has formulated to keep the show on the air, but clearly the less money they have to pay us in salary, the more they're able to afford to continue broadcasting the show. And to this I say, fine -- if pay cuts are what it will take to keep the show on the air, then cut my pay. In fact, to make it as easy as possible for Fox to keep new episodes of 'The Simpsons' coming, I'm willing to let them cut my salary not just 45 percent but more than 70 percent -- down to half of what they said they would be willing to pay us. All I would ask in return is that I be allowed a small share of the eventual profits."

Created in 1987 by Matt Groening, 'The Simpsons' has been a pop culture fixture for more than 24 years. Originally running during 'The Tracey Ullman Show,' the animated family was spun-off with the help of executive producers James L. Brooks and Sam Simon and instantly became a hit for the fledgling Fox network.

Since its official series debut in 1989, the show has won 27 Emmys out of its 64 nominations. Besides more than two dozen Emmys, 'The Simpsons' has been honored with numerous other awards including three BAFTAs, one Peabody Award, seven Environmental Media Awards, seven Writers Guild of America Awards and five People's Choice Awards.

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I’ve been enjoying ‘The Simpsons’ for many years now so I’m ecstatic to see it’s going to be renewed and honestly, who doesn’t love the show. I’m happy to see that it’s on FX but I know many DIRECTV customers are upset because they won’t be able to watch it due to the FOX contract negotiations. I know how DIRECTV customers are feeling because I was a DISH Network employee last year when the same thing happened around this time last year and it wasn’t fun. Thankfully, DISH Network has signed a long term agreement so I don’t have to worry about losing my channels for a long time and I’ve been recommending that people switch over to DISH Network because not having FX isn’t worth it.

October 30 2011 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

long live the simpsons i am glad i only hope they stay on for another 30 years lol cuz it's a good show

October 08 2011 at 4:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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October 08 2011 at 3:49 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

i like it

October 08 2011 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Simpsons needs to die. It's a horrible show now.

October 08 2011 at 3:21 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to xx5t3ph3nxx's comment

Why don't you die instead?

October 08 2011 at 5:40 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I'm surprised they just didn't audition for replacements. It's only voices and those are replaced all the time especially with children after they pass through puberty.

October 08 2011 at 3:03 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

pretty crappy reporting what did they agree to?

October 08 2011 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It shows you what people are usually willing to work for when against the wall.

Fox executives are stupid and knew this in the beginning.

October 08 2011 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to seattlewkr's comment

Excuse me.

Fox executives are NOT STUPID and knew this from the beginning, that they could get away with slashing their salaries and keep the show, and it worked. I'm sure it was a BIG BLUFF to get Fox what it wanted, LOW costs and high profit.

October 08 2011 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to seattlewkr's comment

Actually FOX executives are not so much stupid as greedy. They honestly couldn't spare a a few percents of the billions of dollars that they have made over the decades on the Simpsons? The voice actors are MORE than entitled to retaining their current salaries, or if they cut them at LEAST each should receive a percentage of merchandising and syndication royalties. Those people have been working their respective asses off, most on several different characters for the show, for almost 40 years. Thats probably longer than some of those executives have even been alive. On top of that, next to the news the Simpsons is THE longest running television series on FOX.

October 08 2011 at 5:02 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down

The sudden pragmatist. "Voice over" artists? Anyone of us could have done this. I don't give a snap if it stays or goes.

October 08 2011 at 1:09 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Consuelo's comment

Then why did you even bother to read the story, then bother further to comment?
Shouldn't you be waxing or dusting something?

October 08 2011 at 5:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

...too bad...this is one of the stupidest shows ever put on tv!

October 08 2011 at 1:06 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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