Gone are the days of being able to watch The Simpsons in syndication every single evening. The show has been on the air for so long (25 seasons) that many of the original syndications deals have sputtered out. Cable TV companies saw that as an opening and, in recent months, a bidding war began for the rights to air the classic cartoon. A winner has now emerged, but it wasn’t cheap.
FXX, the Fox-owned spin-off channel of FX, will end up paying about $750 million for the rights to air The Simpsons in syndication on their network over the next ten years. The deal also includes the ability to make all seasons available on demand on their soon-to-launch VOD app, FXNow. Read More »
Please Recommend /Film on Facebook
Pumpkins, costumes, candy and horror movies have long been Halloween traditions. One of the newer traditions, over the past few decades at least, is The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror. Sick, twisted, and hilarious spins on Springfield’s most famous family referencing gothic film, literature and so much more.
To commemorate these incredible episodes, which now have 24th reincarnations, Acme Archives and artist Dave Perillo have collaborated on a poster. It’ll be release November 13 and you can see it below. Read More »
The Simpsons producers are starting to key in on what brings extra viewers to the show on Sunday nights of late: long couch gags that recruit famous contributors or parody notable films. The guest appearance for the couch gag is hardly new — Bansky’s crazy opening was done in 2010, for example. But this is the second big one we’ve seen in a month. Guillermo del Toro just did a great horror one, and now we’ve got an appropriately long extension of the Simpsons couch gag opening based around The Hobbit. Watch it below. Read More »
Briefly: We’ve had a good amount of chatter about The Simpsons this week, thanks to the show’s tease/promise of killing off a major character, and Guillermo del Toro’s wonderful opening for the latest Halloween-themed episode of the show. Now we’ve got some significant news: while the show doesn’t seem to be one that many people actively watch at this point, it still gets lots of viewers. Far more than you’d guess, in fact, as the show’s recent season premiere saw a ratings jump of more than 10% from last season.
And so Fox has renewed the show for a 26th season. The show became the longest-running animated series by a long shot many years ago, it is the longest-running sitcom, and in 2009 it became the longest-running scripted American prime time series. With a 26th season, the show will have close to six hundred episodes in the can. The Simpsons has long been a staple of pop culture, and Fox is clearly interested in keeping that going. Now let’s hope this energy could lead to a renewed creative spirit for the show. [Variety]
Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s way, way too early to guess what the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them might look like, but it’s never too soon to fantasize with producer David Heyman. Also after the jump:
- Sandra Bullock isn’t interested in The Heat 2
- New Fast & Furious 7 pic shows lots of cars, extras
- Night at the Museum 3 will shoot in London and Vancouver
- Futurama returns again, this time in The Simpsons
- Is Mad Max: Fury Road actually awesome?
- See more pics of Michael Bay hard at work on T4
Read More »
Yesterday when I posted the Guillermo Del Toro directed opening of The Simpsons‘ 24th annual Treehouse Of Horror halloween anthology series, I jokingly asked readers to try to spot all the movie, horror, sci-fi references and list them in the comments. Of course, no one took the time to try to do that. But thankfully a site called MoviePilot has attempted to do that for all of us lazy geeks. So now you can watch the opening with a spotlight on many, if not all, of the geeky references. Watch it now embedded after the jump.
Read More »
Guillermo Del Toro directed the opening of The Simpsons‘ 24th annual Treehouse Of Horror halloween anthology series. The three-minute long extended opening sequence is crammed full of movie references from the world of horror, sci-fi and even Del Toro’s own filmography. How many movie references can you spot? Watch the opening after the jump and leave your list in the comments below.
Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Though The Simpsons continues to cement its place in TV history, it’s not really a show people talk about anymore. Sure, a steady stream of guest stars, both on-screen and behind the scenes, keeps the show in the press, and devoted fans still tune in. But the buzz of the ’90s, from story lines like “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” and through-the-roof ratings, is long gone.
Back in 2000 the show earned a blip of new attention for killing a series regular, Maude Flanders. Now, for the show’s record-setting 25th season, another Simpsons character will bite the dust. This one could be even more prominent.
Read More »