For the FXX Network, it seems that The Simpsons is life. As the mea-popular “Every. Simpsons. Ever” marathon enters its last weekend, the network has announced that the show will continue on in large daily chunks that FXX is calling “Block Parties.”
According to the schedule released this week, The Simpsons will air nearly every day in four and six hour blocks, keeping the “Every. Simpsons. Ever.” moniker in place. As laid out by FXX, Monday will have a six hour mini-marathon of episodes from 6 pm to Midnight eastern. Tuesday the block will run from 8 pm to midnight. Wednesday, the family takes the night off as FXX has original programming to air such as The League and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. On Thursdays, the marathon resumes from 8 pm to midnight and on Friday, we go back to the 6 pm to midnight block. Saturday is another day to rest from Simpsons fatigue before starting up again on Sundays for a four hour block between 4 pm and 8 pm.
The advertising of the blocks, which began yesterday during the “Every. Simpsons. Ever.” 12-day event, allude to the fact that the blocks will be themed and not necessarily in chronological order. The biggest question mark on FXX’s decision to essentially become the “All-Simpsons, All the Time” network is if fans will stick around and re-watch episodes that just aired during the unprecedented marathon. While it has been nice to watch the older episodes — even with distorted aspect ratios — most of the early seasons have been run and re-run and re-run-run for the better part of a decade in syndication and may not have the prolonged drawing power that FXX hopes.
As was previously announced by The Inquisitr when the billion-dollar deal was first struck to move the entire Simpsons catalog to FXX, all episodes will also be available on demand on-line through the Fox Now app and website. With every The Simpsons episode on demand to a vast majority of fans, will they still tune into a six-hour block on the network to watch? The “Every. Simpsons. Ever.” marathon is a cultural event and something that has never been done before. Not like this, at least. Once this event has completed its run on midnight of September 2, the draw may not be there and FXX’s incredible ratings numbers could very easily slip back into pedestrian territory.
What do you think? Does The Simpsons still have the draw to make it worthy of so much prime airtime post-“Every. Simpsons. Ever” marathon? Will you still tune in?