'The Simpsons' renewed by Fox for two more seasons

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Simpsons fans, it’s time to stop saying ‘D’oh!’ and start shouting ‘Woo Hoo!’ Signaling that the negotiating stalemate has ended, Fox announced today that it has renewed the animated comedy featuring Homer Simpson for two more seasons. The deal takes the series — already the longest-running prime time comedy in TV history — through the 2013-2014 season, its 25th, totaling 559 episodes. The statement did not specify whether that 25th season would be the show’s last, but noted: “In the words of Homer Simpson, ‘Woo Hoo! I outlasted Andy Rooney!'”

The negotiations between the show’s principal voice actors and studio, 20th Century Fox TV, hit a major snag on Oct. 4, prompting the studio to issue a statement saying that it could not “produce future seasons under its current financial model.” The studio asked the actors to take a 45-percent pay cut; the actors reportedly countered with a smaller reduction but requested a share of the show’s considerable profits. Harry Shearer, who voices Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders among other characters, released a statement earlier today, noting that he would be willing to take a pay cut of more than 70 percent in exchange for a piece of the back end.

This, of course, wasn’t the first time that renewal talks became heated. In 1998, the studio maintained that it would replace the cast with cheaper voice actors if a new deal couldn’t be reached.

The show’s 500th episode airs Feb. 19.

Read more:
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  • YRBB

    Freaking delirious with joy that it was renewed! Although they don’t mention what the deal ended up being… Hope FOX compromised.

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    • Necro

      This show is long in the tooth. Who even watches it anymore except some diehards.

      • Simppy

        Eat sh&t and die

      • idontcare

        no, this show needed to make way for more reality shows like snooki part two. I really need more crap on. It isn’t enough.

        Signed,
        Stupidhead.

  • Jose

    Thank You!

  • Carrie

    Yeahhhhh!!!! I grew up watching this show and am thrilled to have another 2 years.

  • Sarah

    THANK GOODNESS

  • Ent. Weekly fan

    ” actors countered with a smaller reduction but requested a share of the show’s considerable profits.”
    I read earlier today that they asked for a LARGER reduction with profit shares, after being rebuffed on a smaller reduction alone.
    Good news, in any case.

  • Marissa

    I figured a deal would be reached, but I’m still really happy that with this official news!

  • howie

    you know how lucky these actors were working on tracy allmans show in the 80’s, and have had huge success for 25 years. they want back end? im sure they took the pay cut

    • Dawn

      Huh? So they lucked out all those years ago. So what? Why does that mean they should roll over regarding their pay?

    • Enan

      The producers took the pay cut. They walk the walk on that show. The actors are hugely responsible for the success.

  • deedeedragons

    As loyal Simpsons fan since day 1 i think a quarter of a century would be a nice place to end. Bring on the movies afterwards.

  • kim in kentucky

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Who cares who did/took what – they’re coming back

  • Adam

    I’ve watched The Simpsons since The Tracy Ullman Show, I will still watch this year and through 2014 but I hope after that they finally end it.

  • katyleavre

    YES YES YES!!! Two more years!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO words to describe how happy I am! really!

    The 25th would prbbly be the last, but at least now they have the time to make a AMAZING finale. Still, itll pretty sad….to finally see it go…:'(

    But anyway,

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • creighton

    I’m so incredibly happy. Greatest show of all-time been watching since I was born. 2 more years then what will probably be an incredibly sad finale. The universe is right again.

  • PSB1962

    WELL FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS!!

    • LMFAO

      Simpsons did it!

    • Tugutani

      The only nfl game i’ve ever been to was a brown’s game, too!! It was pre season tughoh so some ppl wouldn’t say it counts!Poor Cleveland browns. When we lived there, my husband, who is a big steelers fan, actually started feeling sorry for the browns and rooting for them out of pity. That’s when I knew we had to move !!!Jen B recently posted..

  • Almar

    These Voice Actors Deserve every Dollar from fox, who are these characters without they’re iconic voices?……….. Nothing!

  • Beauty

    This show needs to end already! Yea, I said it!

    • Muffy

      The show will always have a place in my heart, but I stopped watching a long time ago. It’s so lame now.

    • NedPepper

      I used to think maybe it was time…until I watched a recent episode and realized it’s still funnier than most everything else on TV. I’d rather watch McFarlane’s shows end before The Simpsons, to be honest.

      • Megan

        My sentiments EXACTLY!

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