Simpsons Not Cancelled, is that a Good Thing?

Phew, that was close! “The Simpsons” 23-season-run almost came to an abrupt end when FOX announced that it couldn’t continue the series with the current costs. Thankfully, some of the producers and actors took a pay cut, so the show will have at least two more seasons, and then I predict us being in the same situation. But at least we don’t have to worry about that yet.

The burning question I have is: What other plots can the writers possibly generate after 23 seasons? How these guys still have more ideas is beyond me. Can the writers really produce another season and live up to the high expectations of their loyal fan base?

I must say I’m on the fence with this one, but I’m leaning towards no. I think 23 seasons is overkill and while I admit I’m not a diehard Simpsons fanatic, I consider myself a pretty good judge when it comes to knowing when something should end.

While there is still some conflict regarding the actors and how much they will be paid, I would have said the hell with it and kissed the whole thing goodbye. What surprises me is that the actors actually want to keep giving their voices to this cartoon. I mean, I understand this has been their life for the last century, but all good things must come to an end. I would think they are ready to move on to bigger and better things. Maybe get a little face time? Change things up a bit.

Apparently not.

Due to this cancellation controversy, I think more people may be tuning in out of curiosity; to see what “The Simpsons” could possibly have in store for an upcoming season. FOX may benefit more than they thought if the ratings increase, but more eyes do not guarantee viewers will stick around.

Nielsen, a media ratings research company, reported that “‘The Simpsons’ is averaging 7.1 million viewers for its new episodes this fall, down 14 percent from last year. Back in the 1991-92 season, an average of 21.7 million people watched it every week.”

There was a significant drop, which I interpret to be a sign that it might be time for the show to hit the road. I apologize for being harsh, but someone had to say it. “The Simpsons” have overstayed their welcome and quite frankly they creep me out, but that’s beside the point. The show’s popularity reached its high point several years ago and before they start to become more unpopular, I suggest they throw in the towel.

Sarah is a regular TV and movie writer at USDish and can be found on Twitter at @sarahquesera.

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