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The voice cast of Fox's long-running The Simpsons - Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer - have inked a new four-year deal that elevates their pay to about $400,000 an episode, marking a raise of some $50K per.

The months-long negotiations between the actors and 20th Century Fox TV delayed production on Season 20, which as a result will deliver just 20 (versus 22) episodes. The gang reported for their first table read on Monday.

As part of his deal, Castellaneta has been named consulting producer and will serve as a writer in addition to voicing Homer and others. - MWM

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