According to multiple media outlets it looks like the end may be near for the Simpsons. The show has been on air for 23 years but now budgetary concerns are forcing 20th Century Fox’s hand.
Another factor is the fact that Fox can’t make new deals for re-runs until they stop producing new shows. With ratings steadily falling News Corp. actually would probably make more money off the syndication.
I think the cancellation is inevitable. Twenty three years is a long time for any television show, let alone a cartoon aimed at adults. The Simpsons has become part of American culture and it’s impact will last much longer than new episodes, regardless of when it finally comes to an end.
The fact of the matter is that the copycats are doing it just as good if not better. They are edgier and appeal more to this generations target audience.
The Simpsons will always live on in Americana though. They are Generation X’s Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny. Merchandise and DVD sales continue to be good and there will always be a market for a new Simpsons movie. The voice actors don’t deserve a 40% pay cut, but at the same time 20th Century Fox won’t lose money.
It was a great ride, but it’s getting close to closing time. If not this season or next, definitely within five years.
Another piece of my childhood, being pushed over the cliff.
Getting old sucks, and I’m not just talking about my posts on this blog.