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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:
Sideshow Bob is probably the greatest guest character that The Simpsons ever created, and the casting of Kelsey Grammer is the biggest part of what makes this character so enduring. His voice, so rich and lyrical, brings Bob to life time and time again. His character appeared in the very first season and has gone on to appear in eleven more episodes…well…twelve actually but one of those wasn’t really a proper Bob episode…so we wont count that one.
As we approach the premiere of the 25th season of The Simpsons, I thought it would be fun to go through all those classic Sideshow Bob episodes…and rank the crap outta them! So here we go, we’ll start from the worst and work our way up to…the very best Sideshow Bob episode ever.
Seeing as how this is Simpsons Week, I thought it would be fitting to make this volume of Poster Friday Simpsons themed as well. Not much more to say about that so…continue reading to look at some fantastic Simpsons posters!
Even with a title like “Our Favorite Simpsons Episodes Ever”, we are still reluctant to say that the following episodes are in fact our favorites or even the best episodes. There is no scale for these things as you know. Kevin and I took our time and each came up with our top 10 Simpsons episodes.
Do you have a favorite Simpsons episode or moment or list to share? Comment below.
Last season the folks behind Robot Chicken got the chance to craft a couch gag for The Simpsons. The gag in question appeared in “The Fabulous Faker Boys“, the 20th episode of the 24th season and the 528th episode overall. Good Grief.
Anyway, Fox released a trio of videos that show just how much work went into crafting this minute of hilarity. They’re well worth a watch (they’re short) so click below to view them!