The voices behind The Simpsons have finally agreed to a deal that will allow them to “D’oh”, “Excellent..” and “Thank you come again” for another four years. The negotiating had caused the show to be delayed for a number of months, but the actors finally decided that $400,000 an episode would be enough for them.
As part of his deal, Castellaneta (Homer) has been named consulting producer on the series. He’ll now serve as a writer in addition to continuing as a voice performer.
However, although the voice actors are now locked through the next four years, it doesn’t necessarily mean The Simpsons will be back beyond season 20. Gracie Films’ deal with 20th expires at the end of this season, and Fox hasn’t renewed the show beyond this upcoming year.