TELEVISION ‘The Simpsons’ Gets Two More Seasons — Without Harry Shearer
In a seemingly perfect definition of good news-bad news, The Simpsons has been picked up for two more seasons, but they will be without the iconic voice of Harry Shearer, who left the program in a contract dispute.
The two additional seasons will the 27th and 28th for the long-running Fox series, which recently concluded its 26th season. The extension will bring the series’ episode count to a whopping 625 episodes.
Meanwhile, Shearer’s departure has the show’s producers saying they will re-cast the many iconic roles he voiced, including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and Smithers.
The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean wrote in an email to the press: “Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed. The show will go on and we wish him well. Maggie took it hard.”
The actor said over Twitter: “I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work.”