An All-‘Simpsons’ Channel in the Works
How does an all-Simpsons TV channel sound? According to Slice of Scifi, News Corp’s COO Chase Carey told attendees at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications & Entertainment Conference (the “BoAMLMC&EC,” for those in the know) that a digital channel dedicated to The Simpsons could be in the works. After a “number of meetings,” executives realized that the best way to capitalize on the absurd surplus of episodes (486 so far) would be to make an entirely new television channel.
/Film did the math to figure out what kind of repetition you could expect from an all-Simpsons channel: “Let’s say The Simpsons ends with its 500th episode. It won’t but this is hypothetical. Each episode is 22 minutes long, roughly, meaning there are about 11,000 minutes of show. There are only 1,440 minutes in a day. So, even if the channel ran commercial free, 24-7 (again – hypothetical and impossible) it would take more than a entire week before a repeat aired. Add in commercials and you’re looking at almost 11 days without a repeat.” It would take years for the channel to be made, however, as long-term syndication rights would need to expire and the show itself would have to end its record-setting run. By the time that happens, we guess an online streaming service would be a more likely option. While you may guffaw at the idea of an entire channel dedicated to a single show, keep in mind one already exists. They don’t call the Law & Order channel the “Law & Order Channel,” however. You know it as the USA Network.