10 Oct 2011

TV series to continue

12:13 pm on 10 October 2011

Fox TV has announced that The Simpsons will run for a further two series after a contract dispute with the cast was settled.

The terms of a new deal with voice actors has not been disclosed, but The Hollywood Reporter said they had accepted a 30% pay cut.

Producers warned last week that the animated show could no longer be produced "under its current financial model".

The actors reportedly earn $US8 million each per series. They were prepared to accept a deep cut in pay in order to gain a small share of the show's wider revenues.

The Simpsons is the longest-running comedy series on US television and is now in its 23rd series. It is broadcast in more than 100 countries and 50 languages.

However, the BBC reports that ratings for the current series in the United States have averaged 7.1 million viewers, down 14% from last year.