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Future Of The Simpsons In Doubt Amid Cast Pay Dispute

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2011/oct/05/future-simpsons-doubt-pay-dispute

The future of the US cartoon series the Simpsons is in doubt after 20th Century Fox Television said it could no longer afford to produce the show without its voice actors taking a huge pay cut.

The company issued a statement after a report said it had threatened to end the cartoon unless the actors accepted a 45% pay cut.

"We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model," the statement said.

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The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy series on US television, is currently in its 23rd season on Fox. The show generates billions of dollars through global syndication as well as DVD and merchandise sales.

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The report, quoting an unnamed insider, said the cast had tried unsuccessfully to negotiate a 30% pay cut in return for a portion of the show's profits. Fox did not dispute the report.

So Fox is struggling to produce a series that generates billions! Surely a share of the profits will end up costing them more?

Can't see them ending such a profitable show unless it's popularity is declining.

Wage deflation coming?

Although surely they could hire other actors with similar voices to cut costs?

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So Fox is struggling to produce a series that generates billions! Surely a share of the profits will end up costing them more?

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Although surely they could hire other actors with similar voices to cut costs?

Presumably they'll hire non-union Mexican equivalents.

I'm puzzled... I can only assume that either the 'billions' are on previous series, and the new stuff isn't generating so much revenue, or this is a scare tactic*.

* see "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang"

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IMO it hasn't been funny since the eighth or ninth series.

Agreed, it's a bit too self-referential now. 'King of the Hill' was much better and should have been kept going!

American serials just tend to keep going until everyone begs them to stop...

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I would hope, having had 23 seasons and currently earning £5m per season, that the staff members voice-over actors can afford to walk away. jingling the small change in their pockets as they walk. :lol:

Edit: WORST pay deal ever!

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When The Simpsons first launched I was the same age as Bart Simpson.

I'm now 33 and I don't care.

Eat my beige corduroys.

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

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No, not the Simpsons it's all I have left. :(

First it was Steptoe and Son

Then, Only Fools and Horses

and now it's the Simpson.

Why can't something shit like the state funded AntiquesRoadshow and property porn be cancelled.

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Never seen it before....have got it to look forward to....nothing better than enjoying something second time round.....costs less but the benefits are the same. ;)

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Never seen it before....have got it to look forward to....nothing better than enjoying something second time round.....costs less but the benefits are the same. ;)

I knew a guy who liked old motor racing. Used to tape current F1 and let it "age" for 10 years+ before he would watch it. Mental.

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I knew a guy who liked old motor racing. Used to tape current F1 and let it "age" for 10 years+ before he would watch it. Mental.

Simpsons can be watched anytime.....last weeks football match is yesterdays news. ;)

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I knew a guy who liked old motor racing. Used to tape current F1 and let it "age" for 10 years+ before he would watch it. Mental.

:o

That's just nuts. It's like saying you like old TV shows and taping current ones to watch in 10 years time.

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IMO it hasn't been funny since the eighth or ninth series.

I'd rather watch an episode from seasons 2-9 that I've already seen loads of times than one of this year's episodes that I've never seen.

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