While we at FTN Love The Simpsons, we have felt for a while now – as have many others – that it’s run its course. In fact, it ran it a number of years ago.
And it looks like the end may actually be in sight for the world’s biggest cartoon family.
Showrunner Al Jean has been talking about the show’s upcoming 30th anniversary – the show is currently in on its 27th season! Wow, do we feel old?: “It’s quite possible that we don’t have to go through the whole negotiation for 30. I wouldn’t be stunned if we stopped at 28 but my bet is on at least 30. But then you’d have to resign them again. If you made me pick one, I’d say the likeliest is ending after 30, but I’ve been wrong before. I thought five seasons was good when I got there (laughs).
“It looks like 28 seasons is the minimum we’ll get then and 30 – a nice round number – is likely when it’ll stop, bar a late boost in interest.”
While we do feel the show should wrap up soon, it’s hard to imagine a world without The Simpsons, heck, it’s been around longer than a large amount of our writers and readers! We’d imagine there’ll not be a dry eye in the house when Marge and Homer close the front door for the final time.
In other Simpsons news, it seems that Smithers, Mr Burns’ put upon assistant, is finally set to come out as gay to Mr Burns.
Al Jean, again, said: “In Springfield now, most people know he’s gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t. We deal with that in two episodes. We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options.”
It will be interesting to see what way they take this story… at a guess, we imagine Burns will shun him at first then learn just how important Smithers is and take him back. Just our guess.