Published Sep 28, 2015Despite Harry Shearer's best attempts to derail it, The Simpsons recently launched its 27th season with a dreadful episode where Homer and Marge get divorced, then Homer sleeps with Lena Dunham. These kinds of plot lines will need to be endured for at least four more years if show runner Al Jean is to be believed.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jean confirmed that the show has been renewed through season 28, with an option for season 30. He added that they may even stop after the 28th season.
"It's quite possible that we don't have to go through the whole negotiation for 30," he said. "I wouldn't be stunned if we stopped at 28 but my bet is on at least 30. But then you'd have to resign them again. If you made me pick one, I'd say the likeliest is ending after 30, but I've been wrong before. I thought five seasons was good when I got there."
If the show does come to an end at 30 seasons, that'll already mean it's been on for an impressive 20 seasons since most people stopped thinking it was good.
Further, Jean said that he hopes the inevitable finale makes reference to the show's first-ever episode. "I had an idea, I thought it'd be cool if the last episode ended with them getting ready for the Christmas pageant that appeared in the first episode, so that the whole series was a loop that didn't have any beginning or end," he said. "That's my two cents — but no one has approved that or anything."
Jean also opened up about this year's Treehouse of Horror Halloween episode. It'll include parodies of Chronicle and Godzilla, as well as a segment where Sideshow Bob finally kills Bart. "I was always the kind of kid that wanted Coyote to eat the Roadrunner, so this made me very happy," he said.