Could the Era of ‘The Simpsons’ Be Over?

The Simpsons is one of television’s most iconic and recognizable cartoon families. The hit television show is currently in the middle of its 23rd season with 488 unique episodes airing up to this point. It currently holds the record for longest-running American sitcom, animated series, and scripted prime-time series. The Simpsons has certainly grown long in the tooth, but could this icon cartoon family actually be bidding its final farewells at the end of its current season?

According to major news sources, negotiations between the show’s talent and Fox have been rough. In order to continue the show, Twentieth Century Fox has stated that costs must be cut. At the moment, the salaries of six of the series’ primary voice actors are in the crosshairs.

Could the Era of 'The Simpsons' Be Over?Currently, voice actors for The Simpsons make around US$8 million per season. This is an incredible number considering that they are voice talent rather than on-screen actors. Typically, voice talent actors receive quite a bit less for their work. At the moment, it looks like the actors’ pay will need to be hit by 45 percent in order to keep the show alive.

One member of the team, Harry Shearer, has offered to increase his reduced intake from the 45 percent proposed to 70, in exchange for a small cut in the profits made off the show’s syndication. Unfortunately, this deal was rejected by producers, setting the stage for what could potentially be a show-ending standoff between the show’s long-standing cast and Fox.

Harry Shearer plays quite a few Simpsons characters, including: Ned Flanders, Smithers, Mr. Burns, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Principal Skinner, Otto, Rainier Wolfcastle, and many other lesser-known characters.

So, what would a series-ending impasse mean to Simpsons fans? For starters, new episodes of the show could be halted indefinitely, and the series itself would be canceled. Don’t worry though, there are billions of dollars to be made in syndication, and Fox doesn’t have any intention of walking away from that sizable chunk of profit.

This could very well be the final season of the Simpsons — a show that I grew up with, and undoubtedly many members of my generation (and their children) have as well. No matter what happens, the show’s creators have created an entertainment legacy that will continue on for generations to come.

11 comments On Could the Era of ‘The Simpsons’ Be Over?

  • 23 Seasons, like 23 years (roughly)?

  • 23 Seasons, like 23 years (roughly)?

  • I proposed this idea…if the producers and voice actors have to take a cut…so do every Faux executive from old man Murdoch to every executive in that company. What will they do if Seth McFarland decides to tell them to screw themselves and take all three of his shows to Cartoon Network or Comedy Central like Futurama? 

    Sunday night has traditionally been the number one night for viewing…but without the anchor animation shows on Sunday evening…Faux serves no use except to waste bandwidth for all their stations. Other than the Sunday night block…I only watch Terra Nova. With the way Faux traditionally handles their programming…that will be gone soon as well. Do they believe in seven nights of “Hell’s Kitchen” and “American Stupid”? Simon’s gone and the ratings are not where they once were.

  • I proposed this idea…if the producers and voice actors have to take a cut…so do every Faux executive from old man Murdoch to every executive in that company. What will they do if Seth McFarland decides to tell them to screw themselves and take all three of his shows to Cartoon Network or Comedy Central like Futurama? 

    Sunday night has traditionally been the number one night for viewing…but without the anchor animation shows on Sunday evening…Faux serves no use except to waste bandwidth for all their stations. Other than the Sunday night block…I only watch Terra Nova. With the way Faux traditionally handles their programming…that will be gone soon as well. Do they believe in seven nights of “Hell’s Kitchen” and “American Stupid”? Simon’s gone and the ratings are not where they once were.

  • God fucking forbid they only get paid $4 million dollars per episode. Fucking greedy shits. OCCUPY THE SIMPSONS.

    • Someone Who Can Read

      “Currently, voice actors for The Simpsons make around US$8 million per season.” Your rant demonstrates the kind of thoughtful understanding of economics that informs the entire OWS stinkfest.

  • Someone Who Can Read

    “Currently, voice actors for The Simpsons make around US$8 million per season.” Your rant demonstrates the kind of thoughtful understanding of economics that informs the entire OWS stinkfest.

  • So, since the show started, each actor received about US$184 millions (23 seasons * 8 millions)?

  • So, since the show started, each actor received about US$184 millions (23 seasons * 8 millions)?

  • Calm down Simpsons fans!  FOX TV has already made up with the voice cast, they will get like $300,000 per episode, which is a $150,000 cut from the current season.  They have agreed to 2 seasons at reduced salary levels.  The show will continue, until at least 2014, then will see where it goes from there.

  • Calm down Simpsons fans!  FOX TV has already made up with the voice cast, they will get like $300,000 per episode, which is a $150,000 cut from the current season.  They have agreed to 2 seasons at reduced salary levels.  The show will continue, until at least 2014, then will see where it goes from there.

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