"Simpsons" voice actors reach deal

The people behind the voices of The Simpsons have signed a new four-year deal to continue with the program. The deal means the voice actors will now make $400,000 per episode – considerably more than they were previously making.

The deal does not include Harry Shearer, who has reportedly clashed with producers of The Simpsons in the past. His fate is uncertain. Shearer voices Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders on the show.

Though the voice actors have a four-year deal, it does not mean Fox has picked up the series for that length of time – The Simpsons are only renewed until 2009.

This upcoming season – which ties Gunsmoke for the longest-running scripted series in prime-time history– is only scheduled for 20 episodes, same as this past season.

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