Good news for fans of past-their-prime sitcoms: Harry Shearer will return to The Simpsons next season. Shearer, who voiced Mr. Burns, Flanders, Skinner, and others, announced on Twitter in May that he was leaving the show over a contract dispute that appears to have been resolved.
Shearer has signed the same contract as did the other five primary voice actors—Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria—keeping the show’s original cast fully intact, EW has learned. These deals, which run for four seasons (including a network option for seasons 29 and 30), are estimated at more than $300,000 per episode. Fox recently renewed The Simpsons for a 27th and 28th season, which will bring its episode tally to 625.
The 27th season of the animated sitcom will debut on September 27.