I would like to propose an ongoing thread if I may, to discuss the Simpsons voice actor strike. I am interested in any new developments. All I can find is this from IMDb: Will 'Simpsons' Actors' Holdout Pay Off? The "strike" by the cast of Fox's The Simpsons has caused Fox to consider rejiggering its Sunday-night lineup for the fall season or replace the voice ensemble, USA Today reported today (Monday). The newspaper said that, given the network's commitment to post-season baseball and its backlog of six unaired episodes, no change is likely to be implemented until January. Nevertheless, the network must decide how to proceed before it can begin selling spots in the 8:00 p.m. Sunday time slot during the upfront sales market beginning May 20. While the newspaper observed that it was "highly unlikely" that Fox would replace the cast members since "new voices would seem jarring to fans," the voices of comic characters have often been recreated by others in the past. Henry Corden took over the voice of Fred Flintstone after the death of Alan Reed in 1977. Barney Rubble has been played by four actors. All of the voices of Looney Tunes characters created by the late Mel Blanc were recreated by others, principally his son Noel, after Blanc's death in 1989. Many of the voices of the Muppet characters created by Jim Henson were reproduced by Henson's son Bryan after Henson's death in 1990. At least four actors have imitated Clarence Nash's Donald Duck impersonation since Nash's death in 1985. Indeed, the voice of Mickey Mouse, originally provided by Walt Disney himself, has, over the years, been supplied by four other actors. -- My thoughts are that Fox doesn't need The Simpsons to survive anymore. They have four (presumably profitable) cable networks, American Idol, 24, The OC, and other network hits, making them #3 out of 6 broadcast networks. Writing quality has ranged from funny to out-and-out embarassing this year. Now would be a proper time to say your last "d'oh"'s and close up shop. On the other hand, the show is rated #36 in the Nielsens per: http://www.allyourtv.com/ratingsseason.html and money is money to Fox, so it could go either way.