Fox CEO Expresses Confidence in Future of Long-Running Animated Shows

Fox Entertainment CEO Rob Wade expressed satisfaction with the network's long-running animated series, including The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob's Burgers. The shows will continue to air alongside new animated series in the 2024-2025 season, with a focus on balancing legacy series with new content.

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Fox CEO Expresses Confidence in Future of Long-Running Animated Shows

Fox CEO Expresses Confidence in Future of Long-Running Animated Shows

Fox Entertainment CEO Rob Wade has expressed satisfaction with the network's long-running animated series, including The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob's Burgers, stating that they have enough schedule time to fit them in alongside new animated series. In a recent interview, Wade discussed the future of these beloved shows and the network's programming strategy for the 2024-2025 season.

The Simpsons, now in its 36th season, will continue to air on Sundays at 8 p.m., followed by the premiere of Universal Basic Guys, a new animated comedy, at 8:30 p.m. Bob's Burgers, entering its 15th season, will air at 9 p.m. Family Guy, heading into its 23rd season, is being held for midseason, along with other shows like Alert: Missing Persons Unit, Animal Control, The Cleaning Lady, Crime Scene Kitchen, The Great North, LEGO Masters, MasterChef, Name That Tune, and Next Level Chef.

Wade emphasized the network's commitment to these long-running series, stating, "We talk a lot about looking at the schedule in a more modern way and rather than looking simply at the traditional time slots of shows, we look at our entire portfolio." He added, "I think we have enough schedule, enough time to fit them all in. The schedule has obviously been disrupted slightly in the last year because of the strikes, so that made things a little bit patchier but we love those shows, we have a great relationship with the creatives from those shows and we have a great relationship with Hulu and Disney."

Fox Television Network President Michael Thorn also highlighted the importance of balancing legacy series with new Fox-owned series. The network is focusing on attracting top talent and showcasing a diverse range of genres and programming. Wade expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming season, saying, "With outstanding original ideas and world-class talent across both new series and returning favorites, FOX's 2024-25 schedule is filled with unexpected, unforgettable entertainment in every genre."

The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob's Burgers have been staples of Fox's animated lineup for decades, garnering massive fan bases and critical acclaim. As the network continues to introduce new series and adapt to changes in the television landscape, Wade's comments reaffirm Fox's dedication to these beloved shows and their enduring popularity.

Key Takeaways

  • Fox CEO Rob Wade praises long-running animated series, including The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob's Burgers.
  • The Simpsons will continue to air on Sundays at 8 p.m., followed by new series Universal Basic Guys.
  • Bob's Burgers will air at 9 p.m., while Family Guy is held for midseason.
  • Fox commits to balancing legacy series with new shows, focusing on top talent and diverse genres.
  • Fox's 2024-2025 schedule prioritizes "unexpected, unforgettable entertainment" across all genres.