Thursday, May 14, 2015

Harry Shearer Quits The Simpsons!

Three central characters from The Simpsons. Flanders, Mr. Burns and Principal Skinner. They were voiced by comedian/talk radio host Harry Shearer. He announced on social media that he's bouncing from the show.

This comes as a major blow to the long running animated sitcom.

Harry Shearer, the voice of twelve central characters on The Simpsons announced that he's departing before the next season.Show producer Al Jean stated that they're working on solutions to this. But if Harry doesn't want to continue, they press on.

The remaining cast signed on for extended contracts that continue them into Season 29.

Dan Castellaneta (Homer, Krusty the Clown, Kudos and others)
Julie Kavner (Marge, Patti and Selma)
Nancy Cartwright (Bart, Nelson, Ralph and Maggie)
Yeardley Smith (Lisa)
Hank Azaria (Apu, Chief Wiggim, Moe, Karl and others)

Harry is best known for playing Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Rainier Wolfcastle, Kent Brockman, Scratchy, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Otto, Rev. Lovejoy, alien Kane and Principal Seymour Skinner.

With Harry stepping down, it may have imploded The Simpsons.

Fox greenlights The Simpsons for two more seasons. The sitcom established in 1987 has been a focal for the struggling Fox network. This along with Family Guy, Bob's Burgers and the now cancelled Animation Domination Saturday were the only animated shows on a major network.

These are adult cartoons. You can't forget that.
Harry Shearer contributes to The Simpsons, The Huffington Post and hosts Le Show.
But they have a strong following among young and old. Back in the 1990s the George H.W. Bush years, The Simpsons were target one for the Family Research Council, Bill Cosby, Tipper Gore and C. Delores Tucker. Many criticized the focal characters Homer and Bart as bad role models to the American family.

The Simpsons survived 573 episodes. The sitcom has nosedive throughout the years. When it was introduced in 1987 it started with a mere 2 million viewers. Then they moved it to Thursday at 8pm. During the 1988 to 1996 years The Simpsons seen its ratings in the 12 millions.

Since the movie, the sitcom has declined in quality and often times have become repetitive and boring. Even I must admit some of the episodes were sleepers (i.e. boring).

Harry Shearer is also a contributor to The Huffington Post and is the host of Le Show, a political talk and satire program. He is a comedian, musician, author, and jack of all trades.

He was the co-writer and producer of cult rock comedy This is Spinal Tap.
The central figure of many characters of The Simpsons is leaving. Harry Shearer departure hits the long running sitcom. 
Fox continues with Empire, New Girl, Bones, Gotham, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Last Man on Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Sleepy Hollow.

American Idol will end after Season 16. Glee ends gracefully.

Weird Loners, Backstrom, The Following, Red Band Society, Mulaney, Utopia were cut from the list.

It's coming to an end for the world's longest running animated sitcom.

Do you believe that Harry's departure will certainly end the sitcom?

Here's one from Hulu/YouTube. The Tree House of Terror episode where Skinner is planning on eating Bart and Lisa.

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