‘The Simpsons’ Renewed Two More Years

Despite reports this week that it had a shaky future, Fox announced lat Friday it would go ahead with at least two more seasons of “The Simpsons.”

Already the longest running comedy in TV history, it will now be back for a 24th and 25th season, bringing the series total to 599 episodes.

Earlier reports said the network needed to cut costs on the show, where its top voice talents of Harry Shearer, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria each make a reported $8 million a year. The network had demanded a 45 percent reduction in pay; they ended up with a 30 percent cut, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“The Simpsons” won’t be back again this season until after postseason baseball concludes. But at least the “Treehouse of Horrors XXII” will be able to play before Halloween for once, on Oct. 30.

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