D'oh! Simpsons drawing to a close?

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Doh! Simpsons Creator Says Series End Is Nigh

By REUTERS

Filed at 2:47 p.m. ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Cowabunga, dude! Could the end be near for cult television cartoon family ``The Simpsons?''

``I think we are closer to winding it up,'' the television show's creator, Matt Groening, told the Financial Times in an interview published Tuesday.

``Although what happens generally if we win the Emmy for best animation show is that that gives us another couple of years to run it into the ground,'' he said.

Groening has earned millions for media baron Rupert Murdoch's Fox channel since the series featuring Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and baby Maggie first entered the lives of television viewers in 1989.

Its appeal has spread far beyond its American setting and its dysfunctional characters have become globally recognized symbols of mid-life crisis and childhood rebellion.

TV Guide recently placed the animated show eighth on its list of the 50 greatest television shows of all time.

Its power to attract audiences is such that in February Britain's Channel 4 was said to have paid up to $1 million an episode to show the series, outbidding the BBC, which had been broadcasting it for the past six years.

And it retains its ability to cause upset. When a recent episode depicted Rio de Janeiro as teeming with rats, monkeys and street crime, Brazilian tourist officials were outraged and the show's executive producer was forced to apologize.

But Groening admitted to weariness with the formula of the show, now in its 13th series.

``It becomes increasingly difficult as the years go by to keep on not only surprising the audience, but surprising ourselves,'' he said.

However, he said he doubted his creative angst would overly concern the television accountants.

``I think Fox will wring every last penny out of the show before they call it a day.''
 

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Interesting. Especially after the most recent episode made reference to sticking around for years to come.
 
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<< Interesting. Especially after the most recent episode made reference to sticking around for years to come. >>



I especially liked their derogatory remarks about running a clip show, the week after they did just that. I would have no discomfort with the Simpsons chugging along for another 10 years, but all good things must come to an end eventually. The Simpsons is the only TV show I regularly watch, so that will save me a half-hour per week!
 

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<< Interesting. Especially after the most recent episode made reference to sticking around for years to come. >>



I especially liked their derogatory remarks about running a clip show, the week after they did just that.
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yeah, that joke was funny the first time they ran a clip show. Now, 2 or 3 clip shows later (and 2 or 3 clip show jokes later) it's not very funny anymore...


Lethal
 

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i wish american shows would do like the japanese and take shows off the air while they're still in their prime, and not play it until they ruin the show ^_^
 

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<< Interesting. Especially after the most recent episode made reference to sticking around for years to come. >>

I took that as pretty blatent sarcasm implying the exact opposite.
 

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i wish american shows would do like the japanese and take shows off the air while they're still in their prime, and not play it until they ruin the show ^_^
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i'll always hate them for taking Iron Chef off the air....
 

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<< Interesting. Especially after the most recent episode made reference to sticking around for years to come. >>

I took that as pretty blatent sarcasm implying the exact opposite.
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Damnit I knew I took that show too literally. I should have got that one but missed it.

If it does come to an end it will ruin my two hours of TV a week. Futurama, King of the Hill, Simpsons and Malcolm.
 

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The Simpsons happens to be one of the only bits of T.V. I watch. Period.

Having said that, and being a very big fan, I agree. It's over.

The new writers SUCK. This whole season has been horrible with one or two exceptions.

End it. :(
 

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Unfortunately, i feel if they continue to make Homer even more stupid, his character will become an animated sack of goo...

I still watch religiously, but definitely find myself enjoying ancient episodes that i've seen a million times a LOT more than the new episodes....
 

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The best seasons were in the middle. Reruns around here are like season 9 - present and I want to see some season 3 - 7 :(