The Simpsons is coming to FXX in 2014.
The acquisition of the long-running animated comedy today, which was announced today, marks one of the biggest off-network deals in history, according to FXX, which is currently home to original episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League.
“The Simpsons is indisputably one of the greatest shows in television history,” said FX president John Landgraf in a statement. “We are honored to have it associated with FX Networks and FXX.”
FXX, sister network to FX, landed the award-winning animated program after a reported bidding war that sources say included five other cable nets.
The networks would comment on the specifics of the negotiations, but to give you an idea of how much money we’re talking about, consider that Big Bang Theory and Modern Family were rumored to have sold for somewhere around $1.5 million per episode to TBS and USA, respectively. And each of those shows has 100-plus episodes to its name. Even if The Simpsons scored a fraction of the Modern/BBT figures per episode, that’s still a number you’d have to multiply by 530, the number of episodes the show had produced as of the end of their 24th season, which wrapped up in May. In other words: ¡Ay, caramba!
Episodes will begin airing on FXX and on FXNOW, the upcoming mobile app, in August 2014, but the deal excludes seasons airing in their first run on FOX. Episodes from the current 25th season, for example, will be available once Fox begins airing the 26th season.