Several top level producers of “The Simpsons” have reportedly agreed to accept a pay decrease to keep the animated series on the air beyond its current 23rd season.
The voice cast, however, have yet to agree to terms with the studio who demanded a 45 percent pay cut and rejected their 30% cut and back end share counter offer.
The news comes are analysts revealed earlier this week that if the show were cancelled, it would open up around $750 million in additional revenue for News Corp. [Source: EW]
American Horror Story
Despite mixed reviews, FX’s new drama “American Horror Story” debuted to strong 3.2 million viewers in its initial telecast Wednesday night, and 5 million over three airings.
The show follows a married couple who move into a haunted house in Los Angeles and the premiere broadcast beat out various major network shows in the same timeslot. [Source: Variety]
Sky1 and Cinemax’s drama series “Strike Back” has been renewed for a ten-episode third season to air next year with filming to begin in South Africa in early 2012. Richard Armitage (“The Hobbit”) and Andrew Lincoln (“The Walking Dead”) starred in the first season in 2010 for Sky1.
Cinemax came onboard for the second season which starred Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton and aired starting in August with the premiere drawing in good reviews and 1.1 million viewers. [Source: ]
NBC has reportedly cancelled the Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn comedy “Free Agents”. The series pulled in a 1.0/3 rating and 3.1 million total viewers for its third episode.
The story follows co-workers who explore a relationship together after he’s divorced and her fiance dies. [Source: Reuters]