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'The Simpsons' renewed for two more seasons

Don't worry, "Simpsons" fans - the longest-running comedy in TV history is coming back for at least two more seasons.News has been swirling about a possible of cancelation of "The Simpsons" due to budget concerns, but apparently the cast has agreed to a pay cut, as FOX has officially announced two more seasons of the animated program.Season 24 and 25 will see the show broadcast a historical 500th episode. By the time Season 25 has aired, the episode total will be up to 559. The show will return for all-new episodes on Sunday, Oct. 30 with the annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode.In "Treehouse" XXII, Homer takes a dangerous dive into an isolated canyon on Candy Peak, which will feature venomous spider bites, a cold-blooded vigilante and an "Avatar" send-up for Bart and Milhouse. "The Simpsons" airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.... //

'The Simpsons' cast reportedly agrees to pay cut, show will keep going

The cast of "The Simpsons" is nearing a deal that would cut their salaries but ensure that the show will stay on the air past this season.There's no official word on a deal yet, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, cast members Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Hank Azaria, Yeardley Smith and Harry Shearer are close to a deal that reduce their salaries and allow the series -- the longest-running scripted show ever in primetime -- to continue."Simpsons" producer 20th Century Fox TV had demanded the actors take a 45 percent cut from their $400,000-plus per episode salaries to about $250,000 per episode (which would still put the cast in the upper echelon of TV pay). The HR says the actual cuts will be somewhat smaller than the studio initially asked.The new deals will not, however, include any back-end profit participation for the cast beyond their standard residuals. Shearer said earlier Friday (Oct. 7)... //

'The Simpsons': Studio gives actors an ultimatum, producers take pay cuts

Time is apparently running short to extend the life of "The Simpsons."Negotiations between producer 20th Century Fox TV and the principal cast have reached the point that, according to The Wrap, the studio has issued an ultimatum: Voice actors Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer have to respond to 20th's demands by noon Friday (Oct. 7) if the show is to continue past this season.The studio wants the actors to cut their salaries by about 45 percent, from about $440,000 per episode apiece to $250,000 per episode. It's already rejected an offer from the cast to take pay cuts of 30 percent in exchange for a small piece of the show's "back-end" profits -- syndication, DVD sales, merchandising and the like.Meanwhile, Variety reports that several top-level "Simpsons" producers have offered to cut their own salaries in an effort to keep the series going beyond this season. That likely... //

Are 'The Simpsons' worth more cancelled?

We all remember Max Bialystock's (arguably) brilliant plan in "The Producers." If done correctly, a massive Broadway flop can be worth more than a hit. In light of recent news that "The Simpsons" may becancelled if its cast does not take a significant pay cut, the old Bialystock model bears examination. No one is accusing Fox of trying to make a quick buck; in fact, Fox is "hopeful that [they] can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows 'The Simpsons' to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come." However, an interesting analysis by Deadline Hollywood points out that "The Simpsons" cash cow may net Fox more if it gets the axe, thus freeing it for new syndication rights.You've seen the endless "Simpsons" re-runs on Fox and Fox affiliates. And you've watched them -- that's why they're worth so much. But the show is currently tied to a syndication deal that is exclusive... //

'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... //

Is 'The Simpsons' On the Verge of Cancellation?

After 23 years, could 'The Simpsons' be signing off for good? According to a new report by The Daily Beast , the actors are in a tense contract negotiation with 20th Century Fox. Contract negotiations aren't new for the long-running cartoon comedy, but the report -- which Fox didn't comment on -- says studio executives are insisting the cast accept a 45 percent pay cut or face cancellation after the current season. //

Chalmers Takes Us Back to 'The Breakfast Club' on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

When Bart Simpson pranks a fundraising event, Principal Skinner challenges Superintendent Chalmers to try educating the perennial troublemaker on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX). In the heat of the moment, Chalmers accepts, but is immediately consumed with self-doubt. That doubt takes us to a flashback of the last time he was a teacher, which was apparently in Shermer High School back in 1985, as we saw him stepping into the library of 'The Breakfast Club.' Except, even though their faces were familiar, they said they were the Fight Club and proceeded to give him a beatdown the likes of which both Brad Pitt and Edward Norton would have been proud of. //

THE SIMPSONS “Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts” Season 23 Episode 2

THE SIMPSONS  "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts" Season 23 Episode 2 airs Sunday October 2 at 8pm on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  Principal Skinner challenges superintendent Gary Chalmers to take over Bart’s education after one of Bart’s pranks leads to a school fundraiser debacle. Chalmers takes an unconventional approach to teaching American history which sparks a fascination in President Teddy Roosevelt. Encouraged by Bart’s educational renaissance, Chalmers takes Bart and his band of "Rough Riders" on an overnight excursion to Springfield Forest, but after a minor accident, the school administration fires Chalmers for taking the boys on an unauthorized field trip. Determined to get Chalmers’ job back, Bart and the boys hold the school hostage until the administration reinstates Chalmers, and they stand up for the teacher who made a meaningful impact in the all-new "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts" episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Oct. 2 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. //

TV Ratings: NBC's Steelers/Colts game wins; 'Pan Am' debuts strong

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.Yet again, NBC's Sunday night NFL match-up -- the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Indianapolis Colts -- surpassed the rest of the prime-time line-up to win the Sunday night ratings war. The Steelers' last-minute win in a close game surely helped to goose viewership. FOX -- with the return of their animation domination Sundays -- and ABC -- with the debut of the retro-drama "Pan Am" -- managed respectable numbers. But if football wasn't part of the equation, CBS -- with a strong "60 Minutes," "Amazing Race," "Good Wife" and "CSI: Miami" line-up -- would have won the night.NBC led the night with 14.9 million viewers and a 8.9 rating/14 share in households. CBS followed with 10.9 million (6.9/11). Next up, FOX with 9.5 million (5.5/8). ABC landed last with 8.7 million (5.6/9).Not surprisingly, NBC also led the adults 18-49 demographic, with a 5.9 rating. FOX took second with... //

THE SIMPSONS “The Falcon and the D’Ohman” Season 23 Premiere

THE SIMPSONS  "The Falcon and the D’Ohman" Season 23 Episode 1 airs Sunday September 25 at 8pm on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  Homer befriends Wayne (guest voice Kiefer Sutherland), a reserved security guard recently hired by the nuclear power plant. Plagued by violent flashbacks from his past as a CIA agent, he must overcome his tortured nightmares to save Homer from a Ukranian terrorist. Meanwhile, Marge fantasizes about being a contestant on "Top Chef" hosted by Tom Colicchio (guest voicing as himself), and the future of Springfield’s hottest "it" couple Nedna, Edna Krabappel (guest voice Marcia Wallace) and Ned Flanders, will be revealed after months of online fan voting and speculation. Read More... //