Monday 23 April 2018

Good news for Simpsons fans: Ned Flanders and Mr Burns are returning

Mr Burns in The Simpsons
Mr Burns in The Simpsons
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COMIC actor Harry Shearer and his many voices are returning to The Simpsons following a contract dispute.

Duelling tweets in May between Shearer and Simpsons executive producer Al Jean suggested Shearer might be leaving the Fox cartoon series, where he has voiced numerous key characters since its debut in 1989.

But Fox announced that he will return alongside fellow cast members Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria for the series' 27th and 28th seasons.

Shearer voices characters including the Simpson family's neighbour Ned Flanders, billionaire Mr Burns and his kowtowing aide, Smithers.

Shearer, 71, has enjoyed a diverse career on numerous projects as an actor, writer, musician and producer - including a memorable role as bassist Derek Smalls in the cult mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap - both before and since becoming part of the Simpsons troupe.

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