Bart’s a real Nancy boy

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86. Long live The Simp­sons!’’

On Oc­to­ber 7, Fox an­nounced The Simp­sons would be re­newed for a record 24th and 25th sea­sons. The ac­tors will get about $300,000 an episode.

The deal takes the se­ries — al­ready the long­est-run­ning prime-time com­edy in TV his­tory — through to a to­tal of 559 episodes.

Cartwright knows it could have been very dif­fer­ent. The 54-year-old au­di­tioned to voice the part of Lisa Simp­son.

‘‘ I had mostly done boy voices. I saw a pic­ture of Lisa in the re­cep­tion area (be­fore meet­ing cre­ator Matt Groen­ing) and noth­ing re­ally in­di­cated to me a sound. But next to her was the pic­ture of Bart — a 10-year-old school-hat­ing un­der­achiever. ‘‘ I said to Matt, ‘ Do you mind if I do Bart, in­stead of Lisa?’ and he said, ‘ No, that’s fine’. I started speak­ing like Bart (and Groen­ing said), ‘ Oh my God. That’s him. That’s Bart’. He hired me on the spot.’’ The Simp­sons, Eleven, Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Sun­day, Tues­day, 7.30pm

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