Fox has renewed The Simpsons for at 26th season, the network said on Friday. The premiere of the 25th season of the series, which aired Sunday, was the night’s top-rated entertainment program of the night among the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic with a 2.8 rating/8 share — down 28% from the previous season’s premiere, but up 12% from last season’s average.
For the animated series’ premiere, the show pokes fun at Showtime’s Homeland with an episdoe called ‘Homerland’ “Never in a million years did any of us think this would become as wildly successful as it has,” says Al Jean, EP of The Simpsons.
The Simpsons are finally headed to cable. Gary Newman, chairman-CEO of 20th Century Fox TV, told an investor confab Thursday that the studio is poised to shop a mammoth package of rerun rights to the enduring toon’s nearly 600 episodes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Payne, an Emmy-winning writer and producer for “The Simpsons” who also wrote the hit movie “Thor,” has died. He was 48. His friend and former writing partner, John Frink, tells the Los Angeles Times that Payne had bone cancer and died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home. Payne shared four […]
Others taking home trophies include Portlandia, The Simpsons, Mad Men, Modern Family, Hatfields and McCoys, Game Change, The Tony Awards, The Young & the Restless, Frontline and Nova.
The latest TV celebrity to come out in support of a presidential candidate.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the best-kept secrets in television history has been unmasked when “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening revealed the Springfield in Oregon as the basis for the hometown of his characters. The admission came in an interview with Smithsonian Magazine that was published online Tuesday. Groening says he was inspired by […]
The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” episode drew its usual strong ratings, but they didn’t carry over to new lead-out Allen Gregory. Gregory averaged a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating at 8:30 p.m. last night, losing 40% of Simpsons‘ 4.0 rating. The new animated show about a child genius was down 23 percent from the show that followed last year’s “Treehouse” episode, The Cleveland Show, which averaged a 3.1 last fall.
A contract dispute with the show’s voice cast had threatened to end the series, but Fox announced it will air through seasons 24 and 25.
The Simpsons voice actors have commissioned a study estimating the show has made $1 billion in profits as ammunition in their negotiations with 20th Century Fox TV over its demand that they agree to have their salaries cut nearly in half. The study projected that the studio will eventually make about $2.8 billion from the show through 23 seasons.
It looks like The Simpsons—20th Century Fox Television’s multibillion-dollar cash cow, the anchor of the Fox network’s Sunday primetime schedule and the longest-running sitcom in the history of television—might stop production after the current 23rd season ends next spring. The reason is a negotiating impasse between the studio and the six principal actors who voice the characters.
News Corp. COO Chase Carey said the company has “no immediate plans” for a “Simpsons” cable channel, despite reports to the contrary, which he attributed to the need of daily newspapers to fill space.But Carey didn’t rule out a possible channel dedicated to “Simpsons” content, either. “There are a lot of ‘Simpsons’ fans out there,” he noted, indicating that the company is considering what to do with the series library after the current syndication cycle runs its course.
Ready for a channel devoted to nothing but The Simpsons? Don’t laugh, it’s one idea News Corp. COO Chase Carey threw out when speaking Tuesday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills.