October 10th, 2011, 05:14 PM
Don’t have a cow, man, because it’s official: despite tense contract negotiations between the voice cast and Fox, The Simpsons has been renewed for two more seasons, meaning that the show will be on for at least 25 seasons. That’s a lot of Springfield!
Last week word came out that Fox was coming down hard on the main voice cast with an ultimatum: either accept a whopping 45% pay cut or this season of The Simpsons would be the last. Seeing as though the show is currently in it’s 23rd season and is both the longest running animated program ever and the longest running sitcom ever, I don’t think fans would be declaring the show criminally canceled before it’s time. But still, after such a legendary run, seeing The Simpsons end in an ugly contract dispute would have been unfortunate. The actors, for their part, said they were willing to take a 30% pay cut as long as Fox cut them in on the profits they make on syndication of the show around the world. Fox essentially told them to go screw themselves, figuring they have 23 seasons worth of episodes to continue making money on for eternity and they don’t really care what the voice cast has to say.
At the end of the week an agreement was reached (supposedly the 30% cut without any profit sharing) and The Simpsons lived to see another day. But for how long? Based on the renewal through season 25, and how nasty these negotiations seemed to go, I would not be surprised to see the show bow out gracefully after a quarter of a century. I grew up loving the show, and I probably haven’t even watched it in 15 years, but it’s still nice to know we live in a world where The Simpsons have a voice.