WooHoo! Simpsons Renewed for Two More Seasons
Rejoice, Simpsons fans. After a week of perilous contract negotiations between Fox and the voice actors from the much-love animation series, the show has been officially renewed for two more seasons. Thanks be to Jeebus.
Fox had asked Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer to take a 45% paycut in order for the show to continue, while the cast had been fighting for more money on the back end of the show's lucrative syndication profits.
Whether it was pressure from fans, a letter from Ned Flanders, or simply the realization that the cast actually didn't have much in the way of leverage, the network and cast were able to come to terms.
The Hollywood Reporter reported the cast eventually agreed to take a 30% pay cut with no percentage on the back end of the show.
Check out the official Fox release on the renewal below:
"FOX has renewed The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in television history, for an incredible 24th and 25th season, bringing the series total to an astonishing 559 episodes. THE SIMPSONS airs Sundays (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
In the words of Homer Simpson, 'Woo Hoo! I outlasted Andy Rooney!'
The longest-running scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Matt Groening created the iconic family: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. In February 2012, THE SIMPSONS will celebrate its historic 500th episode. The series has won 27 Emmy Awards, been the subject of a hit feature film, created 'Krustyland' and a revolutionary virtual coaster – The Simpsons Ride – at Universal Studios, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, been honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by Matt Groening, and named the 'Best Show of the 20th Century' by Time Magazine."