Will The Simpsons be Cancelled Because of Financial Troubles?
What will TV be like without the town of Springfield reeking havoc every week? The world might soon find out. It seems as if the producers of The Simpsons are in need of steep budget cuts. If this doesn't happen soon, production of the twenty-third season will come to an end.
The voices behind the Springfield clan could save the day but will they? According to The Daily Beast , the show's lead voices make $8 million a season, with Fox asking them to cut their salaries in half, to $4 million.
20th Century Fox Television recently released this statement: "Twenty-three seasons in, 'The Simpsons' is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world. We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model.We are hopeful that we 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."
Fox has even went as far as threatening to higher voice sound-a-likes in the past to cut cost but the actors didn't crumble then and they may not crumble now. The Simpsons is currently the longest running scripted series in history and has aired over 500 episodes.
The actors asked to take a pay cut include Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardly Smith and Hank Azaria. Is $4 million a season really that bad of a salary?