The Simpsons Coming to an End?
SALE TODAY: Learn Piano on iOS http://bit.ly/PianoAppSale Could it be true? Could the iconic, longest-running sitcom in the history of television be shutting down for good? It could be true if the financial negotiations between the cast and 20th Century Fox doesn't reach a conclusion soon. The Simpsons' six principal actors (Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardly Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer) are facing a rather stark ultimatum: take a 45 percent pay cut, or else -- the "or else" being that the show will end its run at the end of its 23rd season, which just premiered on Fox in September. The cast each earns about $8 million annually for about 22 weeks' work, but they don't get any of the ancillary money. Fox has the leverage, because it will continue to make billions from the show once it ends, while the cast members will make almost nothing. The show has had a long history of money disputes, and each has been resolved in the past without disrupting the series. Created by Matt Groening and on the air since 1990, The Simpsons has won 27 Emmy Awards and was named the "Best Show of the 20th Century" by Time Magazine. So what do you think? Will The Simpsons be cancelled over financial issues? Leave a comment below and let us know. http://www.hollywood.com/news/Will_The_Simpsons_Call_Quits_At_The_End_of_This_Season/7846447 http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/10/is-the-end-near-for-the-simpsons-show/1 http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2011/10/04/the_simpsons_fox_could_end_show_over_salary_dispute.html http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/10/04/doh-could-the-simpsons-be-coming-to-an-end/