Before we get into a discussion about the news that after 23 years on the air, the future of The Simpsons is up in the air, let me tell you with full disclosure: I’m on a classic Simpsons trivia team. (Go Team Bake ‘Em Away, Toys!… Go Apple! Go Orange! Go Banana!) Yes, I’m one of those kind of Simpsons nerds. I have special place in my heart for the ’90’s era of The Simpsons, and a place in my brain where basic knowledge should reside, but Simpsons trivia does instead. (Or maybe that’s just a crayon?)
That said, The Simpsons could soon become a part of the past, for all of us. As reported earlier today, 20th Century Fox TV has asked The Simpsons voice actors to take a 45 percent pay cut, in order to renew their contracts and ensure more seasons. The studio says that in order for the show’s survival, the actors must oblige. “We cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model,” 20th Century Fox said in statement. “We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows The Simpsons to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come.”
It’s hard to know how to feel about this news. Since nothing is set in stone yet (for all we know this whole thing could be settled soon enough and we’ll continue to watch this until the end of time when Kang and Kodos take over the planet), I can’t imagine saying goodbye to The Simpsons. Then again, like so many other purist Simpsons nerds such as myself, we bid the series adieu — at least the obsessive, pick-up-on-every-small-detail aspect of it — a few years ago.
Sure, the golden era of The Simpsons is long gone (“In those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on them!”). But the longest running show on television has still has its moments of being the funny, star-filled (this season alone has featured guest stars like Lady Gaga, Bryan Cranston, and Kiefer Sutherland) and unconventional (how about that Banksy opener?) show we’ve all loved — and quoted — for the past 23 years of our lives. Me get through life without The Simpsons? That’s unpossible!
But how do you feel about the possibility of The Simpsons ending because of financial reasons? Is the burden falling too heavily on the show’s voice actors to keep the series alive for fans? (There’s no way even the most occasional of Simpsons fans could watch the show if they chose to replace the iconic, recognizable voices from the current actors.) Or have the most devoted fans already put the show in the past? Is it time to make way for other animated series to surpass them or could The Simpsons go on forever? You don’t share your thoughts in the comments section below? That’s a paddlin’.