CreaseCrusader91 Posted October 7, 2011 Share Posted October 7, 2011 The future of long-running animated television comedy "The Simpsons" appeared to be up in the air on Tuesday after 20th Century Fox Television said it could not continue to afford producing the show under its current business model. "We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model," Fox said. "We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows 'The Simpsons' to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come," the statement added. "The Simpsons" is the longest-running comedy series on U.S. television and is currently in its 23rd season on Fox. The show also generates billions of dollars through global syndication, as well as DVD and merchandise sales. The Fox statement followed a report on news website The Daily Beast that the six principal voice cast members -- including the voices for Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (Yeardley Smith) -- were having difficulty negotiating their contracts that currently see them earning around $8 million each per season. The Daily Beast, quoting an unnamed insider, said Fox had threatened to end the series if the cast refused to accept a 45 percent pay cut. http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Latest-News-Wires/2011/1007/The-Simpsons-may-be-cancelled-after-23-years Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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