Monday, March 20, 2006
In Nail Biter For Fans, "The Simpsons" Is Renewed
Fox sent out a press release this morning announcing that The Simpsons was renewed for two more seasons and King of the Hill renewed for one more season. Both shows are well past their sell-by date, but the TV geek in me can't help finding it exciting. The Simpsons will hit 19 seasons at the end of this renewal and of course it's already the longest running sitcom in history, the longest running animated show in history and the longest running show currently on the air. One more season and it will tie Gunsmoke as the longest running comedy or drama in TV history. (Dick Wolf has been gunning for that title with Law & Order but the yellow Simpsons will beat him to it.) The unheralded KOTH (which wil hit 11 seasons) was at one point the most realistic and touching sitcom on TV but of course those days are long gone. Unlike The Simpsons, they would have been smart to let their characters age a la the comic strip Gasoline Alley. Creatively, like everyone else I wish The Simpsons had called it a day oh a DECADE ago, taken some time off and delivered a really great movie. It bid fair to be considered the greatest sitcom of all time, but ten years of so-so shows tend to dim that legacy.