20th Century Fox TV has told TheWrap that even though the voice talent and producers have agreed to a pay cut for this upcoming season, the show “is no longer profitable for the network.” Reuters reports that the network has made over $1 billion in its 23 season.
From Entertainment Fix:
An unnamed executive from US network Fox reportedly told The Wrap that the broadcaster wants to make just one more season of the increasingly expensive animated sitcom, and only if it can slash production costs by around 30 per cent.
(For those playing along at home: “just one more season” would equal season 24, which would end around May 2013.)
Regarding the pay cuts taken by the voice talent and producers The Sun Times reports that the voice talent took a reported 30% cut. Voice talent Harry Shearer said he was willing to take cut of 70% for a “tiny” share of the profits gained through licensing and reruns. That suggestion was turned down. Right now only Matt Groening and James L. Brooks profit from licensing and reruns.