Wednesday, October 5, 2011

'The Simpsons' is in danger in 23rd year

"In its 23rd year on TV, "The Simpsons" could be on the endangered species list.

The show's producer said Tuesday the show can't continue under its current financial model, following a report that big pay cuts are being sought for the actors who provide voices for Homer, Marge and Bart Simpson and other characters.

"We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model," said Chris Alexander, spokesman for 20th Century Fox Television. He said producers hope a deal can be reached.

The animated series is a fixture on Fox's Sunday night schedule, and critics consider it one of the best shows in the medium. But like many programs that have been on the air for a long time, the cost of making it has become prohibitive.

The Fox network reportedly loses money each year on new episodes, even as all the old episodes run in perpetuity in reruns and are a cash cow for producers and creators.

The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that producers are demanding a 45 percent pay cut from the six voice actors, who reportedly make nearly $8 million each for a season. The website said the voice actors have offered to take a 30 percent pay in return for a portion of the show's syndication and merchandise revenue.

Allan Mayer, a spokesman for one of the show's voice actors, Harry Shearer, said he had no comment on the talks. The manager for Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, told The Associated Press she didn't know about the negotiations, and creator Matt Groening didn't immediately return a phone call.

"The Simpsons" is averaging 7.1 million viewers for its new episodes this fall, down 14 percent from last year. Back in the 1991-92 season, an average of 21.7 million people watched it every week, Nielsen said.

The median age of the show's viewers back two decades ago was 23, and this season it is still very young for a TV show - 32, Nielsen said. That's an indication of how the show has regenerated its audiences as the years go by.  (...)"


|sªMª®µ said...

best family ever :D

October 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM
Liaata said...

omfg! i pray to got they will go on and these actors dont be that greedy!!

October 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM
Dalf said...

You know what pissed me off? I'm from Chile, and the actors that dubbed the show were underpaid. The guy that did Homer won 60 bucks per episode! And after many seasons, they asked for a raise. And were promptly layed off.

So excuse me if I think the orginal VA's are being pretty greedy.

October 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM
worldofBrQ said...

I hope the greed for money wont kill "The Simpsons".

October 5, 2011 at 2:38 PM
Sub-Radar-Mike said...

I guess they will just have to sit back and enjoy the millions in merchandising licenses.

October 5, 2011 at 9:53 PM
Damon said...

the simpsons are the best serie :D

October 5, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Anonymous said...

aaah, the simpsons… tis been a while since I watched them. A good show nonetheless!

October 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM

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