News Briefs: Is The Simpsons in Danger of Ending?

BIG NEWS

... The Simpsons is in danger of going off the air after 23 seasons on it. The issue, of course, is money. Fox is asking the six main voice actors to take a 45 percent pay cut to make the show financially feasible, but the actors are only willing to give up 30 percent. Fox makes billions off the show once merchandising and licensing fees are factored in, and the voice cast currently earns about $8 million a year to spend 22 weeks saying lines they don't even have to memorize. Meanwhile, the Korean children who actually draw the show will still only get three cents a day. [The Daily Beast]

... Showtime's Dexter is also in trouble, and the issue, of course, is money. Lead actor Michael C. Hall is negotiating next year's contract, and he's asking for more than Showtime wants to pay him. Showtime is willing to shell out $20 million for two more seasons, but Hall's camp is asking for $24 million. This reminds me of that time I needed to find a dollar in change in my couch cushions but I could only dig up 83 cents. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kristen Wiig might make the current season of Saturday Night Live her last, and this time it isn't directly about money. She's just too good for the show. [Showbiz411]

... Terra Nova's ratings for Episode 2 were... steady? Wow, that doesn't happen often. The Fox sci-fi drama maintained the 3.1 rating it earned during its premiere—a surprising feat, since new shows almost always lose a huge portion of their audience in their second outing. [TV By the Numbers]

... Ugly Betty showrunner Silvio Horta has been tasked with adapting the website Texts From Last Night into a show. Umm, good luck, dude. [Deadline Hollywood]


BIG CASTING NEWS

... When Burn Notice returns in November, it'll have to wash a few towels because it's having guests! Dean Cain, Eric Roberts, and Kristanna Loken will all drop by the spy drama at some point during the half-season. [Sun Sentinel]

... Will Arnett will return to 30 Rock to reprise his role as Jack Donaghy's rival, Devon Banks. No word yet on when he will appear. Arnett is currently starring on NBC's Up All Night. [TV Line]

... The Wire's Chris Bauer will guest-star on Hawaii Five-0 as the manager of an off-shore oil rig. You don't know who Chris Bauer is? He was Frank Sobatka! In the critically acclaimed series The Wire! You know, the balding guy. Fine, he's also Andy Bellefluer on True Blood, but we should really try to forget that. [Vulture]


BIG STUPID NEWS

... Ladies, Leonardo Dicaprio is single! He and Gossip Girl star Blake Lively have split up, apparently. But in not-good news for you fellas, it appears that Lively has already moved on to Ryan Reynolds. Let's see, Dicaprio and then Reynolds... if this trend continues, I should be next. [NY Post]


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Why can't Fox begin cutting the "The Simpsons'" budget by getting rid of the copious A-list guests who dominate more episodes than they should? They don't contribute much to the show and probably cost a lot to bring on board. Also, perhaps Fox could replace Al Jean and staff with younger writers with fresh talent who are willing to work for less (you know, like the show's writing staff from the golden years). Such a move might convince longtime fans who have given up on the show to give it another chance.
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It's Rugrats all over again :(
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Sometimes it happens and always over money, the simpsons though should go out with a bang they've been on for 23 years, They're as old as me for god's sake! so i say one more season, a good season that ties up all loose ends

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NO WAY!!!!!!!
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simpsons is not going to end no matter what these jackasses say
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Michael C. Hall should take the $20 million - dude doesn't have much of a movie career to fall back on.
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I don't think The Simpsons will be cancelled. Michael C. Hall more than deserves the amount he is asking for. If Showtime doesn't give it to him and he leaves the show, they might just as well cancel it because it won't work without him. Hell get rid of Jennifer Carpenter and there is some extra cheese they can send his way.
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BTW, The Cleveland Show is the worst of MacFarlane's animations by far. Family Guy and American Dad do have their moments, but noone can take those shows seriously, as once upon a time The Simpsons could be.
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You must be joking. The Cleveland Show is on par with Family Guy and American Dad. Also American Dad has been getting funnier as of late.
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The Simpsons was cancelled in my head years ago. Like many, I stopped watching circa season 12 or 13, when it became a parody of itself. It should be cancelled, and instead of new episodes, they should reair the old episodes from season 1, so the people who watch the show now can see how much better it was ten years ago.
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They a re-airing on one my local tv stations for the past week.
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The simpsons is the only animated show that isn't on a cartoon channel that is still somewhat appropriate. South park, American dad, Family guy etc etc just rely on racism and harassment of minorities to get viewers. The Simpsons remain consistent and well fox would lose i would say 50% of their profits if they cancel The Simpsons as that is its main money maker
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Why is everyone for the cancelation of the simpsons? Nothing can replace it, and its my go to series when theres nothing else to watch. Its something different from your weekely dramas, sci fi, action...its something unique in its own way. So i would say NO to the cancelation.



Thumbs up if you agree :D
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it's been on 20 years or so yeah time for it to end. Never been a fan of the show but a show usually runs out of juice after 7 seasons so I can't really see the Simpson being intresting.

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Let Simpsons' TV series end and do more movies!
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I haven't really watched The Simpsons since season 13. But for those first 10+ seasons, it was easily my favorite show of all time. So, I'm kind of on the fence about the possibility of it ending. On the one hand, I don't watch it anymore, so it doesn't really matter to me if it ends. On the other hand, it WAS a fantastic show for so long that I kind of don't want it to end.
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FOX could easily get away with a couple seasons of "The Best of The Simpsons" with all the episodes that are out now. There's no need to make more.
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showtime should pay michael c hall what he is askings, he deserves it
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I agree The Simpsons isn't as funny as it once was but I still find it funny, it's still a lot funnier than the other cartoon's (American Dad, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show etc).
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no The Simpsons cant end i don't want it 2 end.
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Please let the mindless drivel END!!! and I don't care what the reason for killing it is! this crap has not been 'funny' since day one!!
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The Simpsons and Family Guy are no longer funny. Fox knows that and have the upper hand over the voice actors.
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I pray that the Simpsons is done. It hasn't been funny for nearly a decade.
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Hey, TV.com. You have sometimes written articles about which actors could replace existing actors in a TV show. You for example did one piece on True Blood. So now my nomination for replacing Michael C. Hall as Dexter is Peter Krause. Just give Michael the boot and hire Peter. Another option is to just write Dexter out of the show completely. He dies on a routine hunt for some petty thief, the others mourn, but then life goes on for another five seasons with the rest of the cast living a relationship drama a la 90210. If needed, they could put a sci-fi spin on it by having Dexter's mind somehow transferred into Masuka's brain. Then Masuka would continue Dexter's dark hobby. The third option is a prequel. They seem to be preparing a few of them for TV, so it could work for Dexter too. I nominate Angus T. Jones, from Two and Half Men, to play a young Dexter. A fourth option is to have Harrison grow up and take over Dexter's work, after Dexter retires and moves to some cottage in Colorado.
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Never gonna happen lol.
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Let's hope the Simpsons figures out some sort of compromise. I'll admit I haven't watched it devotedly since season 14, but it is nice to know that when I do want to watch, it is there.
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Yoy forgot to mention that Chris Bauer was on Third Watch for 6 seasons!
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I don't want Simpsons to end yet, even though it's been going on for 23 years now.

It just doesn't feel like the show's really finished yet.
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I first saw a Simpsons cartoon in a movie theater and I hated it. Never wanted to see it again, and I haven't.
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That is no way to see the simpsons for the first time you have to go old school

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The best way for the show to end would be one of two things... Either they could all sit on the couch in a normal pose... or get rick rolled...
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barts a girl?
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The Simpsons isn't going anywhere no time soon.
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But I love Andy... And poor, poor voice over actors. MCH gets only 2 million more for all the pants that he acts off... Also, Good for Kristen! Bad for SNL...
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If "The Simpsons" ends, I will be very sad. :(
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OH GOD I hope the statement about The simpsons ending isn't just giving me false hope, That show has given me the creeps for years - Seriously no one ages so they're all in a permanent state of childhood or adulthood with no in-between and as far as I can tell only 1 character has actually died and stayed dead. It needs to go and now.



I think MCH is being just a tad greedy but the fact is that while SHOWTIME might b*tch and moan for a while eventually they'll give him what he wants because they won't want to risk losing Dexter.
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That's an awesome reason to get rid of it and Scooby Doo should follow. It's been on for over 40 years and nobody's aged in it either. No dog can live that long. No deaths, as far as i can remember, not even that wee **** - Scrappy ****in Doo,
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There have been a few character deaths. Doctor Marvin and Bleeding Gums Murphy are two that come to mind. I swear there was a fat lady that died as well lol.
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You do realize it's a cartoon right?
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No one ages in cartoons. Look at Family Guy, many people die, we have seen Stewie celebrate one birthday and he's still the same age.
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