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Simpsons producer Al Jean reckons the end is near for the yellow family. Oh, and Smithers is coming out as gay to Mr Burns.

October 1st, 2015 by Marc Comments

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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.


Source: TheIndependent

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….