On April 9, Variety reported that the longest running American sitcom in television history, "The Simpsons," will debut on FXX, FOX's digital cable and satellite channel, in August of this year. To celebrate this momentous occasion, FXX is set to premiere the series on its' network with a 12-day marathon of the series' 522 episodes.
America's favorite family from Springfield joins the FXX lineup later this summer, as part of an agreement with the producers of the series, allowing FXX the exclusive cable rights to all seasons of the show will kick off its' newest series with a marathon that starts near the end of August and goes through Labor Day weekend. “It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” said Jon Landgraf, chief executive of FX Networks.
Along with joining the FXX lineup this summer, the $500 million agreement reached with “Simpsons” producers also gives FX Networks the rights to digital syndication, including the use of video-on-demand services, like the FXNow app. Viewers will be able to watch an entire season of the series through the FXNow app, making it the first time “The Simpsons” would be available in a VOD fashion. “Think of it as a comprehensive, beautifully curated digital library of all things ‘Simpsons,’” Landgraf said. “I’m absolutely blown away by what I’ve seen. This could well be the best app I have ever seen.”
In the twenty-five seasons the series has been on the air, “The Simpsons” has won twenty-seven Primetime Emmy Awards, thirty Annie Awards, and a Peabody Award. In 2000, the series was also awarded its’ own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fans who don't get FXX need not to worry, as all-new episodes will continue to air on the original home for "The Simpsons," on the FOX network.