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Simpsons stick around

Simpsons News — Posted 17 Aug, 2005 by Scott

When he started work on the first season of The Simpsons, Mike Reiss thought the show would last six weeks. "We thought we were just doing it to amuse ourselves and six weeks was about the lifespan of a quirky, offbeat show," he said.

Reiss didn't tell anyone what he did because he was ashamed to be writing for cartoons. Seventeen seasons later, Reiss is still part of the Simpsons' fraternity. Twenty-five writers now work on episodes costing $US2 million ($2.59 million) to $US3 million each, with stars who get $US250,000 a week for their character voices.

Reiss, as one of the producers, has won four Emmys for what Time magazine voted the greatest TV show of the 20th century. With more than 350 episodes, The Simpsons has become the third-longest-running show on American television behind what Reiss calls "those other two comedy classics, Lassie and Gunsmoke".

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