The Simpsons Will Be Back for Yet Another Season

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The Simpsons Will Be Back for Yet Another Season

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The animated mainstay will officially reach and surpass 500 episodes.

This morning, Fox officially picked up The Simpsons for renewal, thereby ensuring the show's run through 2012. During season 23, the show will mark its 500th episode; this puts the series just behind Lassie (588 episodes) and Gunsmoke (635 episodes) for the most episodes ever produced for primetime television.

The decision was not solely in the hands of the Fox Broadcasting Corporation; Gracie Films (James L. Brooks' production company) also had to agree to the renewal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer Al Jean was pleased with the prospect of a twenty-third season, saying "like many 22-year-olds, The Simpsons is extremely happy remaining at home, on Fox, and hopes it doesn't have to go out into the real world for many years to come."

Many (myself included) think that the series has stretched far past its prime, but today's announcement suggests that the denizens of 742 Evergreen Terrace are still reaching a sizable audience. After all, as Troy McClure reminded us in "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular," "The Simpsons have come a long way since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbit characters to pay off his gambling debts. Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable?"

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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I continue to be glad I don't have cable. There's something disheartening about watching new episodes of a show that I started watching while both it and I were in the single digits. I mean, I've heard of stagnation, but Jesus, give me a break.

Happy to hear it's continuing. While I can agree that the show is past it's prime, that doesn't mean the show is bad now.

Ugh, why can't you just let them die already Matt? I know they're still making money, but they've been spiritually dead for about 10 years already and they're starting to smell.

Ugg....

Let them DIE ALREADY. They are not funny anymore.

Pay more attention to Futurama instead. MUCH better show.

Stop trying to be 'Family Guy' with random, nonsensical jokes. The Simpsons movie was pure gold and had very little of that.

This cash cow's not completely dead yet, keep milking!

A bad Simpson's episode is still better than most of the things on TV... I'm not sure if Simspons is ever going to die but I'm not sure that is a bad thing.

The Simpsons will outlive me.

I can feel it in my soon to be withered bones.

Some of the new episodes are surprisingly good. Especially when Mr. Burns is around.

thenamelessloser:
A bad Simpson's episode is still better than most of the things on TV... I'm not sure if Simspons is ever going to die but I'm not sure that is a bad thing.

There is a lot of worse stuff, though The Simpsons has been getting continually worse and worse and worse, as, I think, a lot of good T.V. is getting better (NBC is realizing that Hiro Nakamura saying 'Yata!' and Sylar dramatically cocking his head is not an episode of tv, and Fox continues to astound me with how good their shows are despite their narrow-minded news station). However, that doesn't mean The Simpsons can't eventually get better from here...I mean...how much worse could it get?

Really ain't nothing wrong with them continuing. The show is a staple of primetime and animated series, and as long as the cast enjoys it, they should keep on chuggin'.

superdeeduper51:
Ugh, why can't you just let them die already Matt? I know they're still making money, but they've been spiritually dead for about 10 years already and they're starting to smell.

You just said it, it makes money. I wouldnt be surpised if Fox kept it going long after Matt Groening dies/leaves the show.

but I wanted Futurama! there is nothing wrong with the simpsons but I prefer Futurama (aslong as its not preachy like the final season)

This is news?
Wouldn't real news be them stopping?

Im not really surprised. I think theres a video interview with Matt Greoning on sky.com somewhere, when asked about the future of the Simpsons he said something along the lines of 'As long as the world is in chaos, we will have something to wirte into our shows'

While its true the quality has fallen over the years i find it still has its moments.

More futurama instead of this shit please.

kthxbye!

I just finished a rant on another forum on why The Simpsons must end. You can find it here.

This show is nothing more than a corpse possessed by a Network that only aims to milk out enough profit from its shows till they're bone dry. Look at the new episodes, they're humorless, the animation lacks the cartoonish simplicity that made the show look so attractive, and its content is only compiled of cultural references, recycled slapstick humor and a unnecessary amount of guest stars. Sure, I still like the Simpsons, but only the classical episodes are any good. The new post-Season 19 episodes have not a single hint of charm and soul from its classic episodes.

In other words: End the goddamn show.

As always, the Simpsons continue their ways of milking money. We all know that their quality has declined over the years and yet, some of us watch it.

Also, bring back Bart Simpson making prank calls with pseudo names like Hugh Jazz.

Well, at least it managed to be funnier for longer than Family Guy.

I still think it should be forced into its coffin and welded shut however.

To Fox Network:

1) Remove pants

2) Remove underwear (if currently being worn).

3) Insert penis into auditory canal.

4) Commence pelvic thrusting.

Season 21's actually been quite good! In my opinion, anyway. I agree, it was crap for a long while, but it seems to be recovering! Also, I'm so used to it being there that I would be more than a little confused to not see new episodes appearing on TV from time-to-time.
The show is a little older than me, but not much.

The Simpsons is done. I don't think i've ever cringed so much at such bad writing and bad jokes then i have done with recent Simpsons episodes.

None of the jokes are funny.

The plots are constantly repeating themselves (Homer and Marge have an argument and their marriage is put to the test, Lisa gets addicted or exposed to something bad, Bart makes a new friend, or Moe gets a new character trait...those are the only plots recently)

Every episode has a god-awful musical montage that is neither funny nor original

They've started doing cutaway gags in the style of Family Guy

And the only good episode are either the Treehouse of Horror or a Sideshow Bob episodes, but even those are dipping in quality.

It breaks my heart to admit this (i've been watching the show since i was born and loved it until the past 5/6 years), but the Simpsons sucks...so bad.

Although I haven't gotten around to watching the Simpsons for quite a long time, I'm pleased to hear its still kicking.

For the first eighteen years of my life, I watched the simpsons at 6pm on channel ten every weeknight.
The show is central to who I am, and as I grow older and wiser, and have more experiences in my life, I often find myself looking back on old episodes I saw as a child with a whole new meaning behind them.

Just knowing that somewhere, its still going on, well that just warms my heart.

personally, I felt that the simpsons have got better over the years. I don't get why people would constantly praise the first few seasons when they simply sucked. Granted, the new episode mostly have unfunny jokes but the show still provides a chuckle.

Cool. I like that the show keeps going! Sure, I find its not as funny as other shows, but I at least find it watchable. After all, The Simpsons has done pretty much everything they can do(besides ending the show).

Plus its nice having one show that isn't Family Guy, American Dad, or The Cleveland Show. I watch those shows, and sometimes I wonder why I even watch them(especially Family Guy for the most part).

Hope The Simpsons keeps on going!

MentalMyles:
personally, I felt that the simpsons have got better over the years. I don't get why people would constantly praise the first few seasons when they simply sucked. Granted, the new episode mostly have unfunny jokes but the show still provides a chuckle.

I think you are the only person in the world who thinks the early stuff sucked.

I've lost complete interest in these types of "FOX Mature animation" shows. They all seem to meld together into one ugly, tepid, gelatinous mess with different characters and backgrounds to keep things different enough to avoid being confused with one another. I have no bloody clue what allows the continuation of all of these shows when there is only so much to parody.

Nevertheless, I still support more Simpsons and FOX animated company, even though I don't watch them anymore, if we can see all of these miserable crime/hospital dramas and reality TV shows drop off the face of the earth into the deepest reaches of hell.

Im glad to hear it. I think the show has evolved, and logically it has evolved and matured to follow the maturation of its generation. In its early days, it appealed to kids who saw it as something rebellious and brash, now, its evolved into a more wholesome family sitcom. which compared to seeing the first simpsons skits on Tracy ulman when my age was still in single digits, and comparing that to the episodes now at my age of 30 something which is the right age to start having a family, its been a logical progression.

Sure its not cutting edge, and hasnt been for a while, but its evolved into something better and more lasting than trying to remain edgy.

I would think they should shoot for the 25 year mark before they consider calling it quits.

adam5396:
Happy to hear it's continuing. While I can agree that the show is past it's prime, that doesn't mean the show is bad now.

I agree with this statement. Something past it's prime doesn't mean that it's bad, just that it's best was before the current time. No-one can deny that the Himalayas are all incredibly tall mountains, but when you take a cross-section then the highest will always be Everest's peak. It doesn't mean the other mountains aren't high. And likewise for The Simpsons. While the peak has been passed, the shows now are still good, and you never know, they could always peak again (unlikely, but possible...) :P.

I'm very glad of this news, I can't wait to see the new episodes and I wish people would stop bitching about it, fuck, all I hear now is *annoying voice* "oh the simpsons, well past their prime, bleh bleh bleh"

Yes, the Simpsons are past their prime (their prime being the movie), but it's still a good show. It's still entertaining. That's all the justification I need.

Mr. Omega:
Yes, the Simpsons are past their prime (their prime being the movie), but it's still a good show. It's still entertaining. That's all the justification I need.

Yeah I'll agree with that. The show hasn't really been bad (save for a few terrible episodes) but it's still be fun to watch.

I'll admit that the earlier episodes were much funnier though.

You know what? Good! Great! I want this show to break Gunsmoke's number. I just won't be around for the ride; I got off that train looong ago.

superdeeduper51:
Ugh, why can't you just let them die already Matt? I know they're still making money, but they've been spiritually dead for about 10 years already and they're starting to smell.

Just 10? I lost my love for the show around season 8, a full 13 years ago.

Well alright! I hope they get to 700 so they can finally be the longest tv show ever!!!

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