A new report in Variety indicates Disney is considering the possibility of ending one of the most famous cultural institutions still on the air – “The Simpsons”.
The animated series, the longest-running scripted primetime program in television history, is currently in the midst of its 30th season. A deal will also soon be locked in place to keep the show going till at least season 32.
After that though, its time may be up and the reason is all down to syndication money and the soon to finalise Disney/Fox deal. In 2013, FX secured cable and streaming syndication rights for the series for $750 million with that deal set to stay in place until 2023.
Afterwards, and only if Disney ends the show, the studio would be free to negotiate a new deal or deals covering broadcast, cable and streaming – a deal that could be worth potentially multiple billions of dollars thanks to their being a huge library of episodes which will number over 700 by the end of a thirty-second season.