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We told you that FXX acquired The Simpsons, but now it’s getting real. They have the syndication rights to all episodes of the animated series, and announced that it will kick off its syndication of The Simpsons by showing all 25 seasons (that’s 552 episodes) in chronological order, plus The Simpsons Movie (airing after episode 400), starting on August 21st. The episodes will run 24 hours a day until the series is up to date on September 1st, making it the longest-running marathon in TV history.
Wow. I know there is a good chance if you turn your TV on at any time of any day you will find The Simpsons on, but this just made it a lot more convenient.
FXX will also make all Simpsons episodes available on demand through the FXNOW app—available on smart phones, smart TVs, and game consoles—and SimpsonsWorld.com starting in October. Fans will have complete access to every full-length episode of The Simpsons, just like that.
Read the full press release below and tell us what you think in the comments!
Last July we told you about The Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode that was going to happen, well Fox has confirmed the episode titled “The Simpsons Guy” will air in September 2014. The Griffins end up in Springfield and pair off with their Simpsons counterparts. Stewie becomes obsessed with Bart. Lisa befriends Meg. Marge and Lois bond. Peter and Homer fight over which beer is better: Pawtucket or Duff. So it’s basically the obvious stuff you can probably find in some online fan fiction.
Family Guy will enter season 13 while The Simpsons have doubled that returning for an amazing 26th season in the fall.
Official episode synopsis:
Peter (Seth MacFarlane) and the Griffins get out of dodge and end up in Springfield, where they are greeted by a friendly stranger named Homer Simpson (guest voice Dan Castellaneta), who welcomes his new “albino” friends with open arms. The families get along famously: Stewie (MacFarlane) becomes obsessed with Bart (guest voice Nancy Cartwright) and his old-fashioned pranks; Lisa (guest voice Yeardley Smith) takes Meg (Mila Kunis) under her wing and is determined to find something – anything – at which she excels; Marge (guest voice Julie Kavner) and Lois (Alex Borstein) ditch housework for a little bonding; and Peter and Homer fight over the best beer in town – Pawtucket vs Duff.
Check out the two images below (click to enlarge) and let us know what you think about the crossover:
Last week we shared with you a short TV spot and images from the upcoming 550th episode titled “Brick Like Me”. The Simpsons will turn into LEGO on May 4th when Homer wakes up in a LEGO Springfield, and he must figure out how he got there and how to get back to the safe confines of his yellow 2D world. Count me in.
It plays like a real movie trailer, so that’s awesome. I will be checking this one out as it airs, which I haven’t done with The Simpsons in years.
Check out the trailer below:
If you drooled over the 2,523 piece Simpsons house that LEGO released earlier this year, you should prepare yourself for the show’s 550th episode “Brick Like Me”. The Simpsons will turn into LEGO on May 4th when Homer wakes up in a LEGO Springfield, and he must figure out how he got there and how to get back to the safe confines of his yellow 2D world. Count me in.
Check out the short TV spot and images below for the episode:
Remember that time we told you that FXX had acquired the syndication rights for the first 24 seasons of The Simpsons? Well it turns out they are going to celebrate with a marathon to end all marathons. FXX paid $750 million for “the exclusive cable and VOD/non-linear rights” to The Simpsons, which gives them the right to show any episode on TV or streaming (site/app), which means good things.
FX president John Landgraf announced today that an app is coming soon, and FXX will start the episodes this August with a 12-day marathon of all of the show’s 522 episodes. Per Variety:
“It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” said Jon Landgraf, chief executive of FX Networks, at an upfront presentation held in New York Wednesday. A new app is expected to debut in coming weeks, and while executives at the presentation suggested the name “Simpsons World” had been bandied about, FX Networks spokesman John Solberg said a name for the digital outlet was “not formalized yet.” The app would be distinct from FX’s “FXNow” mobile-viewing application already available.
Well, having a job was fun.
Animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away) announced is his last animated feature, The Wind Rises. Now, The Simpsons has paid tribute to the legendary artist in this weekends episode with a scene bringing together some of his most famous films and characters.
There’s Catbus (Otto) from My Neighbor Totoro, the scarecrow Turnip-Head (Moe) and the castle (the Kwik-E-Mart) from Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki the witch from Kiki’s Delivery Service (Patty and Selma), and, if you look closely, the tree spirits from Princess Mononoke (Martin Prince and fellow nerds, hiding in a bonsai). There might be some others in there for you to catch in the video below, let us know in the comments!
Long live the king of animated television.
The longest running animated series of all time just landed one of the biggest syndication deals ever. FX’s new spinoff network FXX has acquired the syndication rights for the first 24 seasons of The Simpsons. All 530 episodes are expected to be in heavy rotation starting next August! This means if you’re missing the classic seasons of The Simpsons, which a rare find on TV these days since most local Fox affiliates will only show the latest three seasons, you should be happy about this.
The deal also calls for The Simpsons to be available to stream on demand for the first time ever. FXX subscribers will be able to watch The Simpsons anytime courtesy of the soon-to-launch FXNOW mobile app.
The Simpsons 25th season is going to be a strong one if the fantastic couch gags reflect the work going into the stories. The November 3rd episode “4 Regrettings and a Funeral” will include the spoof couch gag of The Hobbit which you can watch below. Obviously Moe is Gollum and Mr. Burns is Smaug.
FYI: Did you see Guillermo del Toro’s Halloween special opening? Watch it here.
This has been a conversation that Graham and I have had a few times over the years; when should The Simpsons end? In our fantasy (I don’t know if fantasy if the right word but…if you’re nude when you think it up…it’s a fantasy…there we go) we pictured The Simpsons ending at 25 seasons then producing a movie every few years or so.
Well our dreams are shattered because it was announced that The Simpsons will indeed be back for at least one more season. Fox President Kevin Reilly said:
“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. 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.”
As someone who still watches the show…I’m happy, although I’m sure many people out there are rolling their eyes and wondering why the show is still going. But be honest…even if you stopped watching the show years ago…it will be a strange time indeed when it finally goes. It’s been there for most of our generations adult lives, like a comfy blanket you never washed.
Our Simpsons week comes to a close today, we hope you enjoyed all the fun as much as we did. If you were playing our Screenshot-o-rama on our Facebook page then you know how hard it was to stump Kevin who put it all together, thanks Kevin.
We now look to the future and what will inevitably a great 25th season for our favorite cartoon family. Here is a trailer for this Sunday’s episode “Homerland” where an FBI agent helps Lisa find out why Homer suddenly becomes polite after attending a nuclear power convention. Guest star: Kristen Wiig: