Although you never see their faces, and they never have to wear costumes, the top voice actors from The Simpson's are now the highest paid actors on television. With the recent conclusion of contract negotiations with 20th Century Fox TV, the actors will receive $400,000 an episode. That surpasses the actor Charlie Sheen, who was receiving $350K a show.
HA-ha! Hey Charlie Sheen: Eat my shorts!
The Simpsons, which is already the longest running prime-time cartoon, has been extended for a 20th season, with options for three more years. The actors Dan Castellaneta (Homer) Julie Kavner (Marge), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa) and Hank Azaria (Moe) -- were slated to begin work on the upcoming 20th season last Tuesday. The contract for Harry Shearer, who voices Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders, among other characters, is still pending.
I know I can speak for Family Don Dees, when I say they will be thrilled to hear that another year of The Simpsons is coming, well all except for Mrs Don Dees who can barely stand the show. I find it rather ironic that Mothers tend to sort of hate The Simpsons (probably because they tend to be the totalitarian rule enforcer of the house) and the Fathers, like me (my kids call me Mr. Fun), find The Simpsons hilarious. Here in a perfect sample of the subtly of the humor is a scene from "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington" [Season 3 Episode 02]:
- Homer: [reading `Reading Digest'] Hey, a cartoon!
- [a woman tries to explain a pile of metal that used to be a car to her husband with "Well, dear, you always wanted a compact..."
- Homer: [laughs] Ain't it the truth!
- Marge: No, it's not the truth, Homer. It's well-documented that women are safer drivers than men.
- Homer: Oh, Marge, cartoons don't have any deep meaning. They're just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh.
- [Homer gets up from the seat showing significant cleavage. Bart laughs.]