It’s a done deal! According to Reuters, Fox has renewed The Simpsons for two more seasons, which will bring the show into its 25th Season.
The announcement came after the show’s voice actors agreed to pay cuts, without accepting the 45 percent cuts that 20th Century Fox TV had requested. As mentioned in our previous article, the voice actors had held out for a share in the profits from the series — like those received by the show’s producers — but did not receive them under the new deal.
But they did not have to give in to the studio’s request that they cut their current salaries — $440,000 per episode — to $250,000 per episode, which the studio had asked them to accept for future seasons.
“The deal was measurably improved from what Fox’s initial offer was,” a person close to the negotiations said. Specific terms were not disclosed.
What is not clear from this announcement is whether the show has the potential to continue beyond Season 25. It’s certain that a new deal would need to be inked in order for the show to go on beyond this, but for now, we should be thankful for what we’ve been given.
The announcement ends speculation on the future of our beloved show. Fox released the following, unspecific, bare-bones statement to announce the news:
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, THESIMPSONS exploded into a cultural phenomenonin 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, THESIMPSONS 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.
Following the MLB American League Championship Series and World Series games on FOX, THE SIMPSONS returns with all-new episodes beginning with “Treehouse of Horrors XXII,” on Sunday, Oct. 30 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT). In the spooky opener, Homer takes a dangerous dive into an isolated canyon on Candy Peak, but when a crashing boulder traps his arm, he channels Aron Ralston (guest voicing as himself) to save himself. In “The Diving Bell and Butterball,” the first of three hair-raising Halloween tales, a venomous spider bite leaves Homer paralyzed, but when Lisa discovers Homer’s ability to communicate through natural gases, he is able to express his love for Marge. The killer spells continue in “Dial D for Diddly,” when Ned Flanders, devout preacher by day, transforms into a cold-blooded vigilante by night. In the final terrifying tale, “In the Na’Vi,” Bart and Milhouse are assigned on a mission to access a sacred extract on a distant planet. They morph into the land’s indigenous one-eyed avatars, but when Bart finds love and an eternal mate abroad, he is caught in planet warfare.
THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers. Film Roman, a Starz Media Company, is the animation house.
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