The Simpsons renewed for two more seasons

It was revealed this week (begs03Oct11) that the longrunning series faced being axed next year (12) because it is becoming too expensive to produce.

The key castmembers, including Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith, each receive around $400,000 (£259,000)-per-episode, which executives at Fox wanted to reduce by 45 per cent.

Harry Shearer, who voices characters including Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders, spoke out about the dispute, accusing Fox network bosses of refusing to “share in the show’s success” by granting the cast a portion of the cartoon’s profits in exchange for taking the pay cut.

However, talks appear to have been successful – a spokesperson for Fox confirmed on Friday (07Oct11) that The Simpsons has been renewed for a 24th and 25th season.

The terms of the new deal with the actors and producers was not revealed.