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What’s Going to Come After The Simpsons?

What's Going to Come After The Simpsons?

It’s
the great unknown question of the last 10 years or so that remains unanswered despite
mutliple attempts. The Simpsons is far and away the most successful TV
show let alone animated TV show, ever, but what will come after it’s
departed to the great big TV in the sky?

With
25 seasons under its belt, the show, it’s aknowledged, cannot continue into
eternity despite the best wishes of FOX executives. Even the realities of the
economy were enough to force producers and stars into a pay cut in 2011 in lieu
of potential cancellation.

The
Simpsons remains the bedrock of FOX’s Animation Domination Sunday night block
of programming that includes Family Guy and American Dad. Those shows are
capturing a different audience however and filler shows masquerading as
potential replacements like Sit Down, Shut Up were quickly shunted off
the air after dismal ratings.

With
FOX hunting for a replacement for over a decade at this point without much
success, their options are starting to wither.

So
what will eventually take the place of the Simpsons, and more importantly, will
it even be animated?

Whose
taking bets on a spin-off?


Charles Kenny writes prolifically on his own blog, The Animation Anomaly.

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Comments

Robert Fiore

Why, Poochie, of course.

Jeff

What they SHOULD do is get Futurama and The Critic back on the air.

Kurtis Findlay

I think Family Guy was always meant to be the Simpsons replacement. It came at a time the Simpsons seriously looked like it was going to be canceled. In 1998 all of the principle actors threatened to walk if they didn't get a sizable pay raise. FOX threatened to replace them all with other actors. Everyone was unsure of the future of the show and with 10 seasons already under its belt it wouldn't be a surprise if it ended. Family Guy debuted shortly after and FOX pushed it hard. It just so happened that the Simpsons didn't go away and now FOX has two wildly successful shows.

Roberto Severino

Brubaker is on to something. They might as well make new Simpsons episodes for another 20 years if they have to. The original Doctor Who lasted for about 26 years and the revival series continues to go strong to this day! Simpsons has been on for approximately 23 or 24 years, so they're at least going to continue the series for a couple of more years at least. Then if they do decide to cancel this show, there will be many more imitators until someone comes up with an idea that breaks the mold and starts a new trend in adult animation.

GersonK

If S25 is the end, then Family Guy will (gasp) probably get the 8 PM spot and together with Bob's Burgers, some combination of the most prime time ready material from ADHD, American Dad! (if it survives), and reruns of all of the above (and maybe even of recent Simpsons), they'll keep the two hour animated block alive at least another season. If I could tell you how well that would work, I'd be well ahead of most of the people scheduling tv for a living.

If it keeps going past 2014, then all bets are off.

Note of course, nothing is going to "replace" The Simpsons any more than there was a band that replaced the Beatles. It's just something will get their timeslot.
If they pull out another renewal past the 2013-14 season, then you may as well ask "what will I be eating for lunch the day The Simpsons gets cancelled?" It's difficult enough predicting one season ahead, but guessing what FOX will have going at the as yet undetermined point when the Simpsons ends is nearly impossible.

Suffice it to say, it won't actually be replaced, any more than the Beatles were replaced. There's just going to be a show that gets Sunday 8 PM and the unfavorable comparisons that will come with it.

Dillon Harris

I think The Simpsons will always replace itself.It has before.A lot of the shows writers today are younger and I feel that it will go in forever,like Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes.It's easy to hire new writers and the characters are easy to impersonate for new voice actors when the current ones are too old.The show has that kind of everlasting feel,people can happily watch it as a family and laugh,and no one wants someone like that to leave.

Charles Brubaker

Honestly, I can imagine that Fox will continue to have new "Simpsons" airing for another 20 years.

I mean, "Sazae San" has been airing in Japan for more than 40 years. It's definitely possible.

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