With the Disney and FOX deal essentially a fait accompli at this time, it means the Mouse House will take control of all of FOX’s entertainment assets sometime next year – including its crown jewel “The Simpsons”.
With Disney also set to launch its exclusive streaming service next year, it would seem a great platform to include streaming access to all previous episodes of the show. That probably won’t happen though as FOX CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman have doubled down on FOX’s commitment to “The Simpsons” at the TCA press tour this week.
Speaking with IGN, Walden says: “Simpsons is so much a part of the brand. There’s been such an incredible halo effect of that show and the other animated series that are on our Sunday night. There are no plans for them to go anywhere other than Fox.”
There are also no plans to stop the show anytime soon: “We have a couple years of episodes already in progress on The Simpsons. So down the line, what kind of decision is made I can’t really speak to. But for the foreseeable future, there’s so much upside and benefit to having a great Emmy Award-winning, smart, provocative, quality show, that there’s no consideration of not ordering more.”
The thirtieth season of “The Simpsons” premieres Sunday September 30th.