Composer Danny Elfman had fans seriously worried by claiming The Simpsons is ending soon. But now one of its producers wants to reassure everybody that this isn't the case. On the Thanksgiving holiday, producer Al Jean took to Twitter to officially respond to the headlines generated by Elfman's comments that the show was preparing to enter its final year. "We are all thankful the following article is NOT TRUE," Jean says in a tweet, accompanied by an article about the show's rumored cancellation. Now, fans of The Simpsons can breathe just a little bit easier again.
The source of this fiasco comes from an interview with Elfman where he spoke about when The Simpsons could possibly be wrapping up its time on television. "Well, from what I've heard, it is coming to an end," Elfman claimed, adding that his unnamed source told him the show will soon be "in its last year."
This had many fans worried that 2020 would be the final year for new episodes of The Simpsons, but in any case, the show is guaranteed to be on the Fox network until at least the first half of 2021, as The Simpsons was already renewed for 2 more seasons earlier this year. This will also bring the series past the 700 episode mark, as if the show's longevity wasn't already impressive enough.
Created by Matt Groening, The Simpsons began as a series of cartoon shorts which aired on the comedy series The Tracey Ullman Show starting in 1987. After three seasons, Fox developed the show as a half-hour animated series with its premiere episode airing in 1989. Three decades later, the show has established itself as one of the most successful TV programs of all time, animated or otherwise. It is the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American scripted primetime television series, and its many prominent achievements include wins for 34 Primetime Emmy Awards.
The voice cast of the Simpson family has been the same since the very start, which includes Dan Castellaneta as Homer, Julie Kavner as Marge, Nancy Cartwright as Bart, and Yeardley Smith as Lisa. Also performing a variety of characters of their own, the voice cast also includes veterans Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden, and Tress MacNeille. Sadly, not every original voice actor remains on the show as some have since passed away. This notably includes Phil Hartman (Troy McClure) and Marcia Wallace (Edna Kraboppel), along with Russi Taylor (Martin Prince) who passed away just this year.
You can catch new episodes of The Simpsons when they air Sunday nights on the Fox network. Older episodes of the series can also be streamed anytime on Disney+, albeit in an altered aspect ratio for the first 19 seasons. Hopefully, the show will remain on the air for many years to come, but no matter when it ends, The Simpsons has created a legacy which may never be matched. This news comes to us from Al Jean.