A dispute between producers of “The Simpsons” and one of the show’s main voice actors has a happy ending. Fox announced that Harry Shearer is back with the show for seasons 27 and 28.
Shearer, who provides the voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders and many of the show’s iconic characters, had been the lone holdout among the main cast members. Back in May it appeared that Shearer was off the show, as we reported at the time.
At the time, the issues reportedly included merchandising and the back end.
Fox did not address specifics in its announcement, but said: “Following the announcement of ‘The Simpsons” renewal for an unprecedented 27th and 28th seasons, Fox is proud to confirm that each and every member of the iconic series’ voice cast will be returning in the roles they’ve brought to life since the show’s beginnings as a series of animated shorts nearly 30 years ago.”
The announcement notes that all of the main cast members — Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria, in addition to Shearer — have won Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance during the show’s run. The network also notes that the two-season pickup will extend the show’s run to “an astounding 625 episodes … and counting.”