Friday, October 04, 2013

Simpsons #26

Another season beyond the one now in production.

Fox has renewed “The Simpsons” for at 26th season, the network said on Friday. ...

We heard about this yesterday from Simpsons staffers. And my first impulse was: Hey, let's put this up on the blog!"

But then I thought about the angry studio phone calls I've gotten through the years for blatting out information here that our fine, entertainment conglomerates didn't want blatted, and thought better of it.

But now the news is released, and it doesn't surprise me. The Simpsons has been doing well in the ratings, and whether or not it's the ballsy, cutting-edge show it was fifteen or sixteen years ago really isn't the point. Ratings and profits and cash flow are the point. First, last, always.

So congratulations to all the hard-working artists and writers on the Yellow Family crew. I have every confidence you'll all get to Season #30 before The Simpsons has run its course.

Add On: The official announcement:

“For more than a quarter of a century, THE SIMPSONS has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures,” said Reilly. “This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it’s one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I’m looking forward to yet another landmark season.”

Last Sunday’s THE SIMPSONS’ 25th season premiere ranked as the No. 1 entertainment program of the night among Adults 18-49 and was up +12% from last season’s average.

On the next all-new episode, THE SIMPSONS’ annual Halloween special, “Treehouse of Horror XXIV,” airing this Sunday, Oct. 6 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX, director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) resurrects monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history for the opening couch gag. Then, in the first of three spine-tingling tales, Homer travels around Springfield wreaking havoc in a rhyming spoof of a popular children’s tale. In “Dead and Shoulders” Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one. The final frightening tale, “Freaks no Geeks,” features Mr. Burns’ traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers, and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge.

The longest-running scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Currently in production on its record-annihilating 25th season, THE SIMPSONS has won 28 Emmy Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short “The Longest Daycare.” It has been the subject of a hit feature film, created a revolutionary virtual coaster ride at Universal Studios, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by creator Matt Groening. Named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time magazine, THE SIMPSONS was also named “Greatest American Sitcom” by Entertainment Weekly in 2013.

THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers. Film Roman, a Starz Media Company, is the animation house.


Alex Dudley said...

It's interesting that a show that everyone claims should've ended long ago, keeps on going!

Not that I mind, I love the Simpsons.

Steve Hulett said...

The crew at Film Roman/Starz works its backside off to make the show as good as it can be. The fact that the ratings hold up, year after year, is testament to the quality of the work.

Congrats to everybody who works on the Yellow Family. You DESERVE another season.

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