Threat averted: Fox renews "Simpsons"

'The Simpsons' pose in front of their home. From left, Lisa, Marge, Maggie, Homer and Bart Simpson.
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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Fans of "The Simpsons" can breathe a "d'oh" of relief: The animated series has been renewed for two more seasons.

A contract dispute with the show's voice cast had threatened to end the series, but Fox announced Friday it has been renewed for another two years, through season 25. Further details were not provided.

The animated series about the Simpson family, including dad Homer and his familiar "D'oh!" is the longest-running scripted series on TV.

Earlier, it was reported that the cast that provides the voices for characters were prepared to take a pay cut to keep the Fox hit on the air.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the salary deadlock that had put the animated show's future in jeopardy has ended with actors ready to accept less than the $400,000 per episode they have been making since 2008. Sources tell THR the pay cut is not as much as the 45 that Fox reportedly had demanded.

Producers already have agreed to lower compensation.

The cast includes Dan Castellaneta (Homer, Grampa Simpson, Krusty the Clown, and others), Julie Kavner (Marge and others), Nancy Cartwright (Bart and others), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria (Moe, Chief Wiggum and Apu), and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, and Ned Flanders, among others).

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