New York Magazine blog Vulture reported this morning that “The Simpsons” is being renewed for a 23rd season, which will bump its total episode count over 500.
Vulture has learned that Fox has renewed The Simpsons for a 23rd season of animated adventures, taking it through its landmark 500th episode (specifically, it takes the show up to episode 515). Word of the show’s continued production comes as The Simpsons is having a particularly buzzworthy season, what with that recent Banksy open, a Mark Zuckerberg cameo, and an upcoming Katy Perry segment with the Muppets. Longtime Simpsons show-runner Al Jean, while psyched about the renewal, said he can’t claim to be the most excited one about the good news: “The happiest of all was the unicorn who pokes in all our DVDs,” Jean told us. “He’s getting extra hay out of this.”
If I was interested in retaining any sort of blogger credibility (Who are you calling a Oxy moron? I use Proactive), this is where I would say something like, “Remember when this show was good?” or “Great. Keep bastardizing my childhood memories, Groening & Co.” But, I come to praise “The Simpsons,” not to bury it. I’m all for this decision. The show has a place in the cultural zeitgeist that is unmatched. If for no other reasons than it’s influence on pop culture and the television landscape, it deserves this last bump to get it to 500 episodes. Yeah, this next season won’t be as awesome as seasons 2-7. But you know what is as awesome as seasons 2-7? Nothing. For my money, that was the pinnacle of television, not just comedy. And even on a bad, especially lazy day, I’ll take a new episode of “The Simpsons” over “Two and a Half Men” and “Outsourced.”
So instead of viewing this as a past-its-prime, not always relevant TV show getting picked up for another season, look at it as a victory lap. A celebration of a great run. Like a happy 100th birthday party for an illness-riddled grandparent before you have the uncomfortable discussion about pulling the plug.*
*p.s. Yo, FOX. After this season. Seriously.
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