. We just want to keep fighting and go as long as we can…. We really feel this isn’t an end but a beginning. It’s a cliché, but it’s the truth.”
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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.
The cast and producers of The Simpsons have been silent since news of their latest contract war with studio 20th Century Fox TV broke out. Until now. Cast member Harry Shearer — who provides the voice for Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman, and other characters — issued a lengthy statement explaining his position on why the actors are holding out for a better deal to keep the show on the air (it’s a bit awkward when you’re publicly demanding a large salary in the middle of a recession, a fact Shearer seems very aware of here). See what you think, below. Does Shearer come across like humble Ned Flanders? Or Mr. Burns? READ FULL STORY
Is Homer about to utter his final ‘D’oh!’?
The producers of The Simpsons and the voice actors are currently at an impasse in negotiations for a new deal that would allow for new episodes of the animated Fox comedy beyond the current season. 20th Century Fox Television, the studio that produces the series — which, in its 23rd season, is the longest running prime-time comedy in TV history — has asked the voice actors to take a 45-percent pay cut to renew their contracts for additional seasons, according to the Daily Beast. Fox isn’t commenting, but 20th Century Fox TV released the following statement today: READ FULL STORY
'Simpsons': See Kiefer Sutherland go all Jack Bauer on Sunday's season premiere! Plus, Comic Book Guy on Nedna -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
The clouds are parting and the angels are singing: Season 23 of The Simpsons is almost upon us! In the premiere, “The Falcon and The D’ohman,” Homer will buddy up to Wayne (returning guest voice/24 vet Kiefer Sutherland), the new security guard at the power plant who is actually an ex-CIA agent haunted by violent flashbacks. But why wait until this Sunday to see Sutherland in Springfield? Below is an exclusive clip from the episode, which shows off Wayne’s egg-cellent superspy skills. And given that this episode also reveals the fate of Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel as a couple (which was determined by a fan vote), we’ve also included the stakes-setting opening moment, which stars the show’s most romantic character, Comic Book Guy. READ FULL STORY
This should make all the little TV-watching monsters happy: Lady Gaga has recorded a guest spot for an episode of The Simpsons! In “Lisa Goes Gaga,” the singer (seen here recording her lines on Aug. 22) makes a pit stop in Springfield after learning that it’s teeming with low self-esteem, and winds up trying to cheer up a dejected Lisa through the power of speech, song, and a flash mob. The adventurous performer admits that her visit to Simpsons HQ was “a little nerve-wracking.” READ FULL STORY
He may be known best these days for playing a meth kingpin on Breaking Bad, but Bryan Cranston is set to moonlight for one night as an action hero on The Simpsons. EW has learned that the three-time Emmy winner will voice Stradivarius Cain, a suave Hollywood superspy whom Homer sees as an illusion after suffering a head injury. Cain has a very important mission: to make Homer into a man that Marge can’t resist.
The episode, titled “The Spy Who Learned Me,” is slated to air in spring 2012. The animated comedy’s 23rd season, which debuts Sept. 25 on Fox, will also feature the guest voices of Jane Lynch, Michael Cera, Andy Garcia, Jeremy Irons, Joan Rivers, and Kiefer Sutherland.
When Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Los Angeles this afternoon, they will have a world of possibilities at their golden fingertips. (Beaches! Mountains! Traffic!) Turns out, the pair even received a brilliant offer from the folks in Springfield. Having read that Prince William was a fan of The Simpsons as a boy, the show’s writers invited the Royal Couple to attend a read-through of an upcoming episode with the cast. Well, they didn’t officially extend the invitation — Homer did. In his frosting-stained-yet-surprisingly-eloquent letter to William and Kate, the Simpson patriarch displays a rather impressive knowledge of British royalty (“We know your vacation time is precious, and you must be very tired from your busy schedule back home of jousting and fighting dragons”), and draws a few intriguing parallels between the two cultures (“British people revere the royal family, where in America, we worship on our own royal family: The Kardashians”). Alas, William and Kate regretfully declined, as they will be royally busy with various throne-representing commitments. (That, or Homer didn’t throw in enough pints of Duff.) The Simpsons camp isn’t conceding defeat yet, though. “Our next choice is Prince Harry, and then we’ll go to one of Fergie’s kids,” quips Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. “We’ll work our way down.”
Click on image for the full-size version of Homer’s invite. READ FULL STORY
she starts to realize that he’s less than expected.” Cera’s episode, titled “The Daughter Also Rises,” is scheduled to air next season, which will be the animated Fox comedy’s 23rd.
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