Homer and Marge finally hit the lottery. “The Simpsons”, the nation’s longest running television series, will be sold to off-network cable syndication in a deal that could reach as much as a billion dollars. When the series was initially sold by Fox to networks in 1993, cable syndication was not as sophisticated and networks could claim exclusivity. Over the intervening years, Fox has tweaked those early deals made with broadcast networks and put together a cable syndication plan that will not affect those deals nor the current season running on Fox. Adult Swim and TBS – which both run large blocks of adult-oriented animation – are the main cable stations expected to be in the bidding process for the 530 episodes [and counting] of the seminal series when it goes on the block later this year.
“The Simpsons” began in 1989 and is currently in its 24th season on Fox.