Pardon the pun, but this leaves me……..speechless.
Fox is threatening to pull the plug on history’s longest-running sitcom after the current season—its 23rd—if its core voice actors won’t accept a whopping 45% paycut, sources tell the Daily Beast. The cast had offered to take a 30% cut in exchange for some of the show’s massive backend profits, but Fox demurred.
“The show has made billions in profits over the years and will continue to do so as far as the eye can see down the road,” one insider said. “Now Fox is basically saying, ‘If you don’t take this deal, we’ll shut down the show,’ and they’ll continue to make a ton of money.” — Newser
On reflection, it’s just business as usual. And very trendy, too: it’s a pure management-driven initiative to maximize company profits at the expense of labor. Management figures shutting down the show would simply terminate creation of new episodes. But there’s 23 years of inventory stockpiled in the cellar. Why produce more costly product when there’s adequate supply on hand?
I was a very big fan of the Simpsons for a long while — and of creator Matt Groening’s comic Life In Hell before that — and I still laugh like hell on those very rare moments when I catch a few minutes, but I haven’t sat down and watched an entire show for years. Still, this troubles me, and not just for nostalgic reasons. The show consistently presented a valuable satirical perspective on contemporary American society, flavored with edgy wit and belly laughs. I can’t say the same about Sex In The City, the first show since Mister Ed to feature a talking horse.
Screw the workers. Take the cash. The tiny slice of market share we lose will be more than made up for by the savings in payroll. It’s not like we’re talking about art or culture or eternal truth here. It’s just product. Like Duff Beer.
Cold dope, yo. But that’s the ‘Mercan Fuckin Weigh.