Post by CMF Newsman on Feb 16, 2012 8:14:19 GMT -5
“The Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean said he had no idea how long the series would last when he signed on in 1989. And now, after 500 episodes, he still has no idea how long it will run.
“We’re definitely going to do a total of 559, that’s what the new deal is,” Jean told reporters Thursday in a call to tease Sunday’s 500th episode airing on Fox at 8 p.m. “I don’t know where the end is. Why not a thousand?”
There have been some close calls, moments when the cast threatened to walk or budgets didn’t work out, putting the show in jeopardy. Late last year, there were reports the cast wanted more money — or a bigger slice of the licensing sales — at the same time officials at Fox were saying the price it paid for the show needed to be lower