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09.16.2011

At the risk of sounding like Comic Book Guy, I haven't watched a new episode of "The Simpsons" in a few years as they're just not very funny anymore. But when they were good, oh man was that some good stuff. Season 3 - Season 10 is probably among the best television ever produced. (I'm probably being a little generous as midway through Season 9 the show began deteriorating.) What frustrates me is that even the syndication repeats of the show all insist on showing episodes from 2009 - 2011. That could all change if Fox has their way and launches a brand new "Simpsons" channel that would show episodes 24/7.

Fox COO Chase Carey floating the idea of an all-"Simpsons" channel earlier this week as he spoke at the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference (God that sounds boring...). Carey mentioned that the studio is having internal discussions on how to continue revenue of the ever-popular series beyond just TV and DVD. One of those ideas would be to launch a channel devoted to the series that would air episodes of the series all day.

The only problem with this is that "The Simpsons" is currently under existing contracts for syndication and those deals won't expire until the show ceases production of new episodes (which doesn't look like it's happening any time soon).

I'm not sure how long an all-"Simpsons" channel could run but, if I'm playing armchair TV executive here, wouldn't it make more sense to launch a Fox Animation channel? That way you could include reruns of "Family Guy" and all those other crappy Seth MacFarlane cartoons plus anything else owned by Fox. Obviously "The Simpsons" would still be the lynchpin of the channel but would allow for some more diversity.

What do you think? Would you watch a "Simpsons" channel or do you think you'd get bored of it pretty easily?

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1:10PM on 09/21/2011
Won't it run out of episodes after like a week of straight programming?
Won't it run out of episodes after like a week of straight programming?
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4:13PM on 09/18/2011
Already have every episode. Gotta love dem torrents!
Already have every episode. Gotta love dem torrents!
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12:43PM on 09/18/2011
Frank Grimes Jr. would be so pissed off about this.. Grimey as he liked to be called. There are well over 150 episodes of the simpsons that could be considered classics. No other T.V. Show boasts stats like that,there are whole seasons where every episode was awesome. And over the past few seasons they have stepped there game up,not to forget all the classic characters that live in Springfield. We are truly blessed to have the Simpsons in our lives and it says a lot that one show has enough
Frank Grimes Jr. would be so pissed off about this.. Grimey as he liked to be called. There are well over 150 episodes of the simpsons that could be considered classics. No other T.V. Show boasts stats like that,there are whole seasons where every episode was awesome. And over the past few seasons they have stepped there game up,not to forget all the classic characters that live in Springfield. We are truly blessed to have the Simpsons in our lives and it says a lot that one show has enough clout to garner it's own station. Oprah Winfrey aint got shit on the Simpsons
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10:43PM on 09/17/2011

I already have an all Simpsons channel

It's called watching a 24/7 live stream on Justin.tv. But really, maybe it's because I never was really into the Simpsons but this doesn't seem like such a great idea. I get it that it's a long-lasting show but if that's the case, you might as well have a channel for SNL or All my Children. If they had an Animation Domination channel, that'd make sense but for now, I dunno.
It's called watching a 24/7 live stream on Justin.tv. But really, maybe it's because I never was really into the Simpsons but this doesn't seem like such a great idea. I get it that it's a long-lasting show but if that's the case, you might as well have a channel for SNL or All my Children. If they had an Animation Domination channel, that'd make sense but for now, I dunno.
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10:02AM on 09/17/2011

How about an all Star Trek channel?

There are more than a few channels that could be exclusively one show or genre. With digital cable, the skies the limit. I'd watch or at least tune in on occasion to a Simpsons only channel. As long as they jumble the seasons like a shuffle or something. A Star Trek channel would be cool too! Plenty of shows between all the series, cartoons and movies. C'mon Paramount and Fox.
There are more than a few channels that could be exclusively one show or genre. With digital cable, the skies the limit. I'd watch or at least tune in on occasion to a Simpsons only channel. As long as they jumble the seasons like a shuffle or something. A Star Trek channel would be cool too! Plenty of shows between all the series, cartoons and movies. C'mon Paramount and Fox.
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10:48PM on 09/16/2011

Best Idea

A Simpsons channel would be all I would watch, this is great news
A Simpsons channel would be all I would watch, this is great news
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8:40PM on 09/16/2011
I might watch The Simpsons Marathon for maybe 4-5 hours straight but I don't think I'd watch just one single channel for the whole day.
I might watch The Simpsons Marathon for maybe 4-5 hours straight but I don't think I'd watch just one single channel for the whole day.
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7:05PM on 09/16/2011
I love The Simpsons but I couldn't watch any channel that showed the same thing all the time it would drive me mad.
I love The Simpsons but I couldn't watch any channel that showed the same thing all the time it would drive me mad.
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6:37PM on 09/16/2011
I wouldn't mind a channel for the Simpsons, as long as they play all of them, from the beginning to the present. I enjoy the Simpsons, even the non-funny episodes. It's always soothing to watch them when there's nothing on or knowing when it's on.
I wouldn't mind a channel for the Simpsons, as long as they play all of them, from the beginning to the present. I enjoy the Simpsons, even the non-funny episodes. It's always soothing to watch them when there's nothing on or knowing when it's on.
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5:43PM on 09/16/2011
I thought that channel was called Fox.
I thought that channel was called Fox.
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4:03PM on 09/16/2011
I've been collecting the first ten seasons or so of The Simpsons. I stopped watching the show, but when I found myself getting into the DVDs, I forgot how fucking great this show was. This show has been a big part of my life since I was like 5, and so long as they show all the classic episodes, I am all over the idea of a channel dedicated to the Simpsons. PS-my fave Simpson quote of all time? "Ah wash maself with a raaaag on a stick...huhuhhhh huh huh huhhhhhh"
I've been collecting the first ten seasons or so of The Simpsons. I stopped watching the show, but when I found myself getting into the DVDs, I forgot how fucking great this show was. This show has been a big part of my life since I was like 5, and so long as they show all the classic episodes, I am all over the idea of a channel dedicated to the Simpsons. PS-my fave Simpson quote of all time? "Ah wash maself with a raaaag on a stick...huhuhhhh huh huh huhhhhhh"
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3:39PM on 09/16/2011
Actually since 2009, the episodes have been pretty good, the best since 2000.
Actually since 2009, the episodes have been pretty good, the best since 2000.
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3:36PM on 09/16/2011

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3:00PM on 09/16/2011
What I wish is for the Simpsons to finally get some cable syndication like Family Guy and Seinfeld have. Between 7 and 12 midnight on any given night, you can't channel surf without running into a rerun of one or both of those shows.
What I wish is for the Simpsons to finally get some cable syndication like Family Guy and Seinfeld have. Between 7 and 12 midnight on any given night, you can't channel surf without running into a rerun of one or both of those shows.
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2:38PM on 09/16/2011
The all Animation Domination channel makes WAY more sense to me but I'm not gonna lie, I will always love and watch the Simpsons. Even if seasons 11-20 were a decade worth of crappy episodes. Its been said in this thread but they really did pick up steam post movie, which I would actually enjoy a sequel of more than this channel.
The all Animation Domination channel makes WAY more sense to me but I'm not gonna lie, I will always love and watch the Simpsons. Even if seasons 11-20 were a decade worth of crappy episodes. Its been said in this thread but they really did pick up steam post movie, which I would actually enjoy a sequel of more than this channel.
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12:47PM on 09/18/2011
You can't have ten years of crappy episodes and stay on T.V.and keep getting renewed for more,theymaynot be the same caliber as the first ten but definitely not crappy,they do need to focus on more than just the core family and go back to having other Springfieldians have meatier roles, groundskeeper willy,chief wiggum,and so many more who make a lot of episodes classics
You can't have ten years of crappy episodes and stay on T.V.and keep getting renewed for more,theymaynot be the same caliber as the first ten but definitely not crappy,they do need to focus on more than just the core family and go back to having other Springfieldians have meatier roles, groundskeeper willy,chief wiggum,and so many more who make a lot of episodes classics
2:10PM on 09/16/2011
This would be awesome. I've wanted a Seinfeld network for years, but this would be the next best thing.
Oh yeah, new Simpsons episodes have been hilarious and edgy for the last several seasons now. They've really upped their game since Family Guy took off. It seems that most of the people who call it "unfunny" also mention that they "haven't watched a new episode of 'The Simpsons' in a few years" so they don't actually know what they're talking about.
And other than Family Guy, Seth McFarlane
This would be awesome. I've wanted a Seinfeld network for years, but this would be the next best thing.
Oh yeah, new Simpsons episodes have been hilarious and edgy for the last several seasons now. They've really upped their game since Family Guy took off. It seems that most of the people who call it "unfunny" also mention that they "haven't watched a new episode of 'The Simpsons' in a few years" so they don't actually know what they're talking about.
And other than Family Guy, Seth McFarlane DOESN'T make crappy cartoons. American Dad and Cartoon Cavalcade are awesome. The ignorance and baseless declarations sunk this article.
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1:36PM on 09/16/2011

I already have an All-Simpsons-Channel

...it's called owning "The Simpsons" Seasons 1-20 on DVD. Love 'em all.

Now a un-edited commercial-free channel that ran nothing but Batman: The Animated Series, Firefly, X-Men: The Animated series, Family Guy, Fringe, 24, The X-Files, Futurama & That 70's Show...plus FOX movies like Fight Club, Aliens, Die Hard, The Star Wars Saga, Predator, Revenge Of The Nerds, Kiss Kiss-Bang Bang..."THAT" would be the SHIT!
...it's called owning "The Simpsons" Seasons 1-20 on DVD. Love 'em all.

Now a un-edited commercial-free channel that ran nothing but Batman: The Animated Series, Firefly, X-Men: The Animated series, Family Guy, Fringe, 24, The X-Files, Futurama & That 70's Show...plus FOX movies like Fight Club, Aliens, Die Hard, The Star Wars Saga, Predator, Revenge Of The Nerds, Kiss Kiss-Bang Bang..."THAT" would be the SHIT!
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1:19PM on 09/16/2011
That channel would be everyone's go-to when there was nothing new on. Sounds brilliant to me.

And anyone still complaining about the show's decline should check out the last two seasons. Season 20 was absolutely unwatchable, but they've really started to pick up steam again in 21 and 22. I have really high hopes for 23.
That channel would be everyone's go-to when there was nothing new on. Sounds brilliant to me.

And anyone still complaining about the show's decline should check out the last two seasons. Season 20 was absolutely unwatchable, but they've really started to pick up steam again in 21 and 22. I have really high hopes for 23.
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11:59AM on 09/16/2011

How do you know?

Mr. Sampson,

If you haven't seen a new episode of "The Simpsons" in a few years, how can you say they are not very funny anymore?

I love "The Simpsons" even the so/so episodes but I find the very early ones a little rough, animation wise and when they hadn't perfected the voices yet.

As for an all-Simpsons channel, hell, my brother and I thought of doing that ourselves somehow.
Mr. Sampson,

If you haven't seen a new episode of "The Simpsons" in a few years, how can you say they are not very funny anymore?

I love "The Simpsons" even the so/so episodes but I find the very early ones a little rough, animation wise and when they hadn't perfected the voices yet.

As for an all-Simpsons channel, hell, my brother and I thought of doing that ourselves somehow.
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11:44AM on 09/16/2011
That souns exceptionally boring. The same show over and over.
That souns exceptionally boring. The same show over and over.
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11:14AM on 09/16/2011

All McFarlane channel

I love the idea of an all McFarlane channel. Put all that unfunny garbage on it's own channel.That way I could watch Adult Swim all the way through.
I love the idea of an all McFarlane channel. Put all that unfunny garbage on it's own channel.That way I could watch Adult Swim all the way through.
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9:47AM on 09/16/2011
There was another new channel coming, but I cant recall what it was
There was another new channel coming, but I cant recall what it was
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4:18PM on 09/16/2011
Jeez youd think I said fuck the simpsons
Jeez youd think I said fuck the simpsons
9:40AM on 09/16/2011

Yes

I would probably watch it for the same reason you mentioned above. The new ones just plain SUCK but a whole channel would mean they played the classic stuff. Plus there's just nothing good on TV in general anymore.
I would probably watch it for the same reason you mentioned above. The new ones just plain SUCK but a whole channel would mean they played the classic stuff. Plus there's just nothing good on TV in general anymore.
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9:35AM on 09/16/2011
I've already got seasons 1-12 in dvd so I'm good. But if they did in fact create that channel I'd probably tune if nothing else was on at the time.
I've already got seasons 1-12 in dvd so I'm good. But if they did in fact create that channel I'd probably tune if nothing else was on at the time.
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