Hmm… an interesting one today and it concerns the long-running animated show, The Simpsons. So, what’s the story?
Well, you may or may not have heard, but news has began to circulate that The Simpsons is possibly being cancelled. But is the news true?
Let’s discuss what is being said – and by who.
Why are people saying The Simpsons is being cancelled?
The Simpsons has been on the air continuously since 1989, running for 31 seasons, and clocking up more than 670 episodes (and counting). This is pretty rare for a television series, as most shows only run for a finite amount of time.
Due to its longevity, many news sites have speculated that The Simpsons is getting closer to a conclusion, as they don’t believe it will air forever. There have also been many discussions, even from fans of the show, that the series is not as strong as it once was.
This week, the discussion continued when Danny Elfman made a comment which suggested The Simpsons could be cancelled next year. This comment has been picked up by various news sites and re-reported.
Who is Danny Elfman?
Danny Elfman is a prolific composer who has worked on many iconic film and television scores, from Batman (1989) and Edward Scissorhands (1990) to Spider-Man (2002) and Dumbo (2019). Elfman is also the composer responsible for the theme tune to The Simpsons.
Yep, the ‘daa da da… da daa da da, duh-duh duh duh duh…’ from the opening theme to The Simpsons is all Elfman’s work.
What has Danny Elfman said about The Simpsons being cancelled?
In a recent interview with Joe, Elfman was asked if it was time to pull the plug on The Simpsons, as many people claim it is past its prime. To this, Elfman responded with:
“Well, from what I’ve heard, it is coming to an end. So, that argument will also come to an end. […] I don’t know for a fact, but I’ve heard that it will be in its last year.”
This comment was then picked up by various news sites as the basis for stories that The Simpsons could be coming to an end.
Is Danny Elfman sure about The Simpsons being cancelled?
So, is Elfman correct about The Simpsons being cancelled? Does he have the inside scoop?
While Elfman suggests he has heard The Simpsons could be coming to an end, he openly admits he might be wrong. In the quote above he says, “I don’t know for a fact.”
In the same interview – literally the next line in Joe’s story – the website also wrote:
‘We told him that we were surprised to hear that, and he said that he could be wrong.’
So, while Elfman has suggested The Simpsons could be coming to an end, he openly admits that might not be the case.
If Danny Elfman isn’t sure about The Simpsons being cancelled, why do people believe the show might be coming to an end?
As mentioned above, The Simpsons has been dogged by cancellation stories for years, so it is an ongoing point of discussion, and one that will resurface if/when the series does come to an end.
Within the last year, 20th Century Fox – the owners of The Simpsons – was bought out by Disney, which led many to speculate the show would get cancelled as part of the change in ownership. As of writing this post, The Simpsons is currently available to stream on Disney+ and Disney has made no suggestions that it plans to end the show.
Has anyone said The Simpsons isn’t being cancelled?
Within days of Danny Elfman’s comment, The Simpsons’ showrunner, Al Jean, dismissed reports that the show is coming to an end. Speaking to The Metro, Jean said:
“No disrespect to Mr. Elfman but we are producing season 32 starting next year and have no plans to end after that.”
So The Simpsons is staying on air. Great for fans of the show, right?
Well, yes. But without dragging out the story even further (sorry), it’s still worth considering what has been said before putting this to bed.
So, is The Simpsons ending?
According to Al Jean, The Simpsons is continuing for at least another year – and this is true. In February 2019 it was confirmed that The Simpsons had been renewed for seasons 31 & 32, taking the show up to at least 700 episodes.
So, if you’re a fan of The Simpsons, you can rest assured that the show has not been cancelled yet and it will continue to air this year and next year.
However, this does not mean the series will exist beyond season 32. And here’s why.
Al Jean has said he is producing Season 32. This is true.
He also said he has “no plans to end after that”. While this might be true on his part, ultimately the decision may not be in his hands, as the show could be cancelled by Disney after this current arrangement.
Disney may (emphasis on ‘may’) decide to end the show after Season 32. It’s pure speculation, but it is possible as the show has not been renewed beyond this point.
And bear in mind that Elfman said he heard that the show was “in its last year”. Season 31 is airing at present, which is this year – so he could be referring to Season 32 (next year) as being its last year, as in ‘it is in its last year of production’.
It’s possible that both Elfman and Jean are telling the truth and only time will reveal the full details. If you are a fan of The Simpsons this may not be what you want to hear, but it is something to at least be aware of.
Until there is an official confirmation of Season 33, the future of The Simpsons is still up in the air. However, until the plug is officially pulled just assume it is business as usual and enjoy every new episode as they come.