Simpsons Might Be Saved Thanks To Producer Pay Cuts
Yesterday our very own Chris Greenhough reported that the Simpsons cartoon series may be going off the air after 23-seasons due to demands by Fox that the shows voice actors take major pay cuts of 45% and now we’ve learned that show producers have been stepping up to take pay cuts of their own in a last ditch effort to save the cartoon.
According to sources several of the shows top-level producers have agreed to take the cuts in place of actor fees. At this time not all of the shows producers are on board and cast members have not yet reached an agreement of their own.
According to Variety it’s very likely that producer pay cuts will not come close to the 45% reduction in voice actor salaries that Fox executives would like to see. We reported yesterday that voice actors Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright and Julia Kavner each earn $8 million per year and have said they would be willing to cut a quarter of their paychecks to keep the show running.
There is a little bit of good news regarding the situation, Entertainment Weekly says all sides want to keep the show running for years to come and they are expected to reach some sort of tentative deal by Friday.
While I don’t find the show to have the same must-see humor it once offered the Simpsons still bring political and pop satire to our nations TV sets, something that would be missed by millions. Would you be sad to see Fox TV pull the plug on a cartoon that has been around for nearly two and a half decades?