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If "The Simpsons" were to end its run for good

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    Jim856796

    [1]Jan 5, 2013
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    The issue on whether or not "The Simpsons", the longest-running aninated series in American television, is a very ocntroversial one. Some want the run to continue, some want the run to end, even badly. It is a multibillion-dollar cash cow, and is part of the FOX Network's Sunday animated line-up. It is hard to imagine the FOX Network without "The Simpsons". If many long-running scripted TV series (such as M*A*S*H, Cheers, Seinfeld, and Friends) have ended their runs with a special series finale episode, maybe "The Simpsons" can as well. The writers would probably have difficulty coming up with an idea for a series finale. If there was an announcement that "The Simpsons" is going to conclude its long run as a first-run series for good, what kind of publicity would it generate?

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    Raccoon1459

    [2]Jan 7, 2013
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    I believe it would be some kind of late April Fool's Day joke.
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    [3]Jan 7, 2013
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    I meant if the series ending announcement were for real, and therefore not a joke? The Simpsons probably doesn't have many more seasons left under its belt (1 or 2 perhaps) after the current (24th) season.

    Should I go into detail about how the six voice actors had to accept pay cuts last season or FOX had to abruptly shut down the series? Okay.

    Back in October 2011, the six principal voice actors were asked to take a 45% pay cut, or the "Simpsons" TV series would abruptly stop production after the current (23rd) season had finished the following spring. Difficult bargaining is nothing new for the show and the actors were at one point threatened with replacement with sound-alike actors. The six actors have had their salaries increased a few times, but that, time, the salaries had to be cut, and the overall production costs had to be cut because future seasons couldn't be produced under the current financial model. Eventually, the voice actors did agree to take the pay cut, and "The Simpsons" was renewed for two more seasons (a 24th and 25th). The renewal could provide an opportunity for the series to conclude its run on a high note. The six actors do other jobs, and it isn't a tremendous amount of work. The studio has insisted that the defecit to produce the series has now risen to a point where it is unacceptable to them. The 25th season was probably made possible because if the pay cuts were only 25 to 30%, there would have been only one more season of the program (the 24th one).
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    Raccoon1459

    [4]Jan 7, 2013
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    Insightful.
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    Jim856796

    [5]Mar 7, 2013
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    It is stated that The Simpsons is worth more having finished its run altogether than continuing to produce new episodes indefinitely. A deal was signed in 1994 that limits syndication of episodes of The Simpsons to local TV stations. At the time, cable was an insignificant contributor to major off-network syndication revenues, but over the ensuing years, cable grew to be as big an opportunity as local broadcasts. If the show wraps up its run for good, the restriction evaporates and Fox can offer reruns to cable channels or online services like Netflix. The company can easily get $1 million to $2 million per episode for the 550-plus episode library.


    If the Simpsons closes as a regular series for good, what kind of new show will take its Sundays at 8e/7c timeslot? If The Simpsons is syndicated on cable, what cable channels will air reruns of the show? Due to its long run, will Thhe Simpsons have to be divided into separate syndication packages?


    Personally, I feel that The Simpsons should really go out together and the cast and crew can do their best to make an artistic ending to the show that pays off a lot of the stuff that matters most to fans with the core characters. How do you conclude the run of a venerable quarter-century-old animated series with a sliding timescale and no continuing story arcs? It'll be really difficult, but I guess they'll try their best.


    If a decision to end the series is made, the company can avoid another round of troubling contract and salary negotiations like in October 2011. A move to a cable network for new episodes is unlikely. It's all going to come down to a business decision.

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