“The Simpsons” is heading to China. Thanks to Sohu Video for closing a multi-year deal with 20th Century Fox TV Distribution. Read on to learn more about this scoop.
According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox TV Distribution has made a pact with Sohu Video to air the Chinese premiere of Season 26 of “The Simpsons” beginning on Sept. 28, 2014. The animated sitcom has been licensed to over 180 countries and has been reaching over 190 million weekly viewers. However, it will be the first time to be available throughout China, which will be subtitled in Mandarin.
“The Simpsons” is the longest-running series in TV history, broadcasting 552 episodes since its debut on Dec. 17, 1989, with its 25th season which started on Sept. 30, 2013. It is the longest-running American sitcom as well as the longest-running American animated program, and by 2009, the longest-running American scripted primetime television series, surpassing “Gunsmoke.”
The series is a satirical depiction of a middle-class American lifestyle epitomized by the dysfunctional Simpson family, consisting of Homer — a crude, overweight, incompetent, clumsy, thoughtless and a borderline alcoholic — who works as a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant; Marge, the well-meaning and extremely patient wife of Homer and mother of Bart, Lisa and Maggie, whose notable physical feature is her distinctive hairstyle; Bart, the mischievous, rebellious, disrespectful and sharp-witted eldest child and a frequent trouble maker; Lisa, the middle child who’s extremely intelligent for an eight-year-old girl, as well as socially liberal activist; and Maggie the youngest. “The Simpsons” is set in the fictional town of Springfield, tackling (and making parodies) American culture, society, television, and many aspects of the human condition. Aside from the family, the show has also featured an array of quirky supporting characters including co-workers, teachers, family friends, extended relatives, townspeople and local celebrities.
“The Simpsons” was created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. Alongside the television series, the characters of the show have been featured in a variety of media, including books, comic books, a magazine, musical releases and video games. “The Simpsons Movie,” a feature length film, was released in 2007 and was the eighth highest grossing film of the year, which generated $2 billion in revenue of merchandises such as T-shirts, DVDs, board games and action figures.
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