The Simpsons is — and has been, since it passed Gunsmoke in 2009 — the longest running scripted primetime in the history of America. It will start its 26th season this fall and it honestly shows no sign of stopping. (Nor does Fox want it to, or they’ll lose a revenue pillar worth billions of dollars.)
And yet all things, good or bad, must come to an end, including The Simpsons. But how does one stick this particular landing?
If you ask executive producer Al Jean, you don’t.
@EverySimpsons My idea for last episode – ends w/arrival at Xmas pageant (beginning of first episode). Whole series a continuous loop…— Al Jean (@AlJean) August 21, 2014
And that right there is maybe the most elegant solution to an unsolvable problem. When Breaking Bad wrapped up last year — and with Mad Men careening towards its finale, along with Boardwalk Empire — it prompted a nigh-endless wave of articles about how to end a show in a way that both satisfies and surprises. Lists of best finales, cautionary tales that almost always included a jab at Lost, interviews with creators who’ve been-there-done-that…
But this kind of ouroboros — it would be the most delicious feedback loop ever. Welcome my friends to the show that never ends.
(Via The A.V. Club)