The Simpsons, the beloved animated series that has been on Fox for more than a quarter-century, is coming back.
It’s set to return to the airwaves on March 19, 2019.
But how did it end up on the network that spawned the Simpsons?
Fox News spoke with Fox’s chief creative officer, Mike Nathanson, about what made The Simpsons a success, and what it takes to get to the top.
The Simpsons was a hit in its original incarnation.
How did that happen?
We went from an idea that was very basic in its initial form, which was to have the Simpsons go on and play out a day-to-day routine, to the more sophisticated, day-of-the-week sitcom, which is the model we’re taking for The Simpsons.
And the first thing we did was have a few episodes that were not scripted at all.
And we put those episodes out to people.
We were very, very, focused on the story and what’s happening.
We had a very limited amount of time to tell the story, but we wanted to get it out there.
The thing that surprised us, though, was the sheer number of people who wanted to watch it.
They wanted to see it in the same way that we do, in a more polished way.
They didn’t want to watch the first episode.
They just wanted to know, what’s going on?
And that’s what the show has become.
It became the most popular show in history, the most loved show on television, and has sold more than 50 million episodes to date.
The number of shows that are out there on the streaming service is staggering.
How does the Simpsons look now?
In the early days, we had to make the Simpsons a show that was actually for kids, but it’s grown and evolved into something that people who grew up on it or who are fans of the show or those who are interested in the history of the characters will find incredibly engaging.
We don’t want it to be for people who just want to see the Simpsons for a laugh.
It was the most fun we had, and we’re not going to stop making fun of it.
The Simpsons is a show about a group of people, and I think people love that.
And it’s a show where there are all kinds of things happening.
It has been an absolute success, I think, and it’s great to be able to do that.
What do you look for in an animated series?
We have to look at the stories, and also the characters.
I look for an authentic feeling, and not just for a look, because it’s hard to do.
I’m not looking for a bunch of CG images of cars and explosions and robots.
What I look at is that there’s a story here, and a character.
We want to get away from the clichés.
I think we’re doing great with our characters.
And in terms of the visuals, we don’t look at a lot of animated stuff.
We just want something that looks like it should be there.
How do you decide which characters to have?
Well, we have a list of some of our favorite characters.
We’ve got the Simpsons family, the Simpson twins, the famous family.
We also have the great Lisa Simpson.
It all starts with that.
The other characters that are on the list are those that are real, who are real people.
They are real life people who actually exist in our world.
And those are the characters that we really want to bring back.
Are there any other characters you’re not including?
We’re not trying to be restrictive with the characters, because we want the audience to see all of them.
The characters are not the only things that are going to be on the air.
We have so many other things going on in our lives, too.
You know, the show is a work of fiction, and they are fictional people.
There’s not going be a single, singular character.
The Simpson family is a family.
And there’s the Simpson brothers, who we’ve created the Simpsons franchise after all.
They’re not really part of it, but they’re real.
We love to have a little bit of fun with our shows.
Do you have a favorite character?
I don’t think there’s any.
But the family is so rich, and the Simpson family was so diverse.
We know a lot about them, so we have lots of fun.
And if we had any real character out there, we would be proud.
How many other characters are on your list?
We haven’t put a list out yet.
But there’s characters that have appeared on the show that we want to come back.
We would love to do them again.
What does the series mean to you?
It’s just the most important thing.
There are a lot more characters than we have now.
I want to make sure