Thursday, 6 October 2011

Simpsons Wage Row Threatens Show Cancellation?

We recently heard of this issue with 'Futurama' coming close to extinction due to the voice actors wages being in dispute with FOX... Now the same issue has arisen with The Simpsons!

The supposed reason for this dispute is a negotiating impasse between the studio and the six principal actors who voice the beloved characters on the animated series..

Difficult bargaining is nothing new for the show, which was created by James L. Brooks and Matt Groening. Fox studio execs have occasionally threatened to replace uncooperative cast members with sound-alike actors. But for the first time in nearly a quarter century of haggling, the executives have insisted that if the cast doesn’t accept a draconian 45 percent pay cut, The Simpsons will die an abrupt death as a first-run series.

Apparently Dan Castellaneta (Homer, Grampa Simpson, Krusty the Clown, and others), Julie Kavner (Marge and others), Nancy Cartwright (Bart and others), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria (Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon), and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, and others) were willing to take a cut of around 30% with "a tiny percentage of the show’s huge back-end profits", but that isn't good enough for Fox. Who knows what will happen but if the ultimatum holds we could well be looking at the end of tv's most famous family. :(

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