, which, despite airing on CBS, is produced by Warner Bros. Television. It’s also worth noting that a Disney/Fox deal for a TV show isn’t out of the ordinary, as ABC’s long-running comedy series Modern Family is actually a 20th Century Fox TV show licensed by Disney. Continuing, Walden says: “The Simpsons generates lots of revenue and opportunities off network through consumer products and otherwise, and I feel confident that Disney and FOX are going to find a way to both have an interest in that show, and I anticipate it continuing to stay on the FOX network.”
With those precedents of networks airing other companies’ productions in mind, the idea of The Simpsons staying on Fox seems like a no-brainer. Walden and Newman are likely only receiving such questions because of the still-nebulous and unspecific nature of the Disney-21st Century Fox deal. With the asset acquistion still far from being concluded, all outside parties are still speculating on how Disney will handle Fox properties, specifically where they will end up. It is hard to imagine The Simpsons airing on the Disney-owned ABC instead – that network is not nearly as synonymous with edgy and adult-orientated animated shows the same way Fox is. It is likely that Walden is only expressing bullishness on keeping The Simpsons to let the press know that the future home for The Simpsons has not been finalized, but if there is any conflict, Fox is ready for a battle.
And it is reasonable that The Simpsons is the only show in this conversation; it is certainly more revered and popular than any of the aforementioned animated shows that Fox also airs. Assuming that the show remains on Fox, the experience of viewers at home will remain uninterrupted, blissfully unaware that its fate on Fox was put into question in the first place.