Prospects For New Deal With ‘Simpsons’ Actors Looking Good

By | Friday October 7, 2011 @ 2:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The reports of The Simpsons‘ imminent death were once again greatly exaggerated. It happens during every cast renegotiation — the voice actors and the producing studio 20th Century Fox TV go through a very public standoff, triggering a slew of headlines about the certain end of the beloved animated series, before the two sides ultimately reach an agreement. This seems to be the case again this time as people close to the negotiations are optimistic that there would be new contacts with the the cast that will seal The Simpsons’ renewal by Fox for a 24th and possibly 25th season. The deals are not done and may or may not close today as talks continue, but it looks like the actors would return with a pay cut in the 30% range they offered the studio but sans the lucrative back-end participation they were seeking. One of the cast members, Harry Shearer, even proposed to take a pay cut of more than 70% in exchange for points on the show, but I hear that the option of giving the actors any profit participation was a non-starter for the studio. Read More »

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‘Simpsons’ Co-Star Speaks Out On Contract Negotiation Stalemate

By | Friday October 7, 2011 @ 8:16am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Until now, the voice cast of Fox’s animated comedy The Simpsons had not addressed publicly the ongoing salary dispute with producer 20th Century Fox TV, which threatens to end the run of the veteran series. This morning, co-star Harry Shearer, who voices several supporting characters on the show, broke the … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Big Uneasy’

Mike Fleming

Here is a trailer for Harry Shearer’s The Big Uneasy, the scathing documentary that plays one night only in 150 theaters on Monday, August 30. It certainly puts a different spin on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the notion that the death toll could squarely be blamed on … Read More »

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Harry Shearer’s 1-Night-Only Documentary

Mike Fleming

Harry Shearer is best known for his iconic comic work in The Simpsons and This is Spinal Tap. His documentary directing debut, The Big Uneasy, is the least funny film I’ve seen in a long time. In it, Shearer … Read More »

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