The Simpsons has been on the air for twenty-nine years now and its thirtieth season is scheduled to begin at the end of next month. While it’s commonly agreed that the iconic television show lost a lot of its magic touch somewhere around the late Nineties, FOX has kept the show chugging along after all of this time. And according to them, the upcoming FOX-Disney merger won’t be changing that any time soon.
FOX CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman recently spoke at the Fox TV Critics Association press tour to explain why the show won’t be going away anytime soon.
“We have a couple years of episodes already in progress on The Simpsons. So down the line, what kind of decision is made I can’t really speak to. But for the foreseeable future, there’s so much upside and benefit to having a great Emmy Award winning, smart, provocative, quality show, that there’s no consideration of not ordering more Simpsons.”
When Newman was asked a similar question, he called out the reporter for “trying to get a different answer” and elaborated that “there is no difference between The Simpsons on FOX and The Big Bang Theory on CBS,” referring to how the latter show is produced by Warner Bros, rather than CBS’ parent company Viacom.
Walden also commented, “The Simpsons generates lots of revenue and opportunities off network through consumer products and otherwise, and I feel confident that Disney and FOX are going to find a way to both have an interest in that show, and I anticipate it continuing to stay on the FOX network.”
I’m not surprised that The Simpsons doesn’t appear to be going anywhere in the near future. The show has been around since before I was born and the fact that it’s still going today means that it’s doing something right to keep people coming back enough to justify renewing it time and time again.
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