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When television's longest-running cartoon first hit the airwaves, most of its writers and producers gave it six weeks at best.Writer Mike Reiss was among those with little hope for the show's prospects when, for want of better options to advance his comedy career, he signed on in the late 1980s. A four-time Emmy winner who has been with "The Simpsons" for most of his career, Reiss gives readers a laugh-out-loud account of how the show came to be, the way episodes are developed, the voices behind the characters and a raft of Simpson trivia that may surprise the show's most loyal fans. While creator Matt Groening got the acclaim for the show's success, Reiss credits the late Sam Simon for assembling the writers and setting the tone of "The Simpsons".Half the production budget (about $2 million per show) goes to cast members.
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