The Simpsons are safe for two more seasons, which will bring them to a historic 25 years on network TV, longer than any other scripted series.
During the heated negotiations, the actors volunteered to lower their salaries but sought a share of back end profits from things like syndication and licensing. Shearer even said early Friday he would take a 70% salary cut in return for a share of the profits. The studio held firm and refused to pay them any profit sharing.
The actor’s do get extra pay when their voice is used as part of licensing but otherwise do not share in that revenue. Source say with this new deal they still will not have any cut of the back end profits.
Fox said in its announcement The Simpsons will return on Oct. 30 with new episodes, beginning with the “Treehouse of Horrors XXII.”