'The Simpsons': Contract negotiations once again threaten series' future


The contracts for the voice cast of "The Simpsons" expire at the end of this season, which means that it's time for a round of stories like this one speculating about the future of the longest-running scripted series on TV.There's a difference this time, though: Talks have usually remained behind closed doors in the past, but this time the studio behind the show has already fired a public shot in the negotiation battle.The Daily Beast reports that negotiations between 20th Century Fox TV, which produces the series, and stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Hank Azaria, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright and Harry Shearer have reached an impasse. The actors reportedly volunteered to take a 30 percent cut in salary in exchange for a small piece of the show's giant syndication and merchandising profits, but the studio rejected the offer.Instead, 20th Century Fox has asked that the actors take a bigger pay cut. The studio also issued...



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