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Animated comedy series The Simpsons, a mainstay of American television since 1989 with 530 episodes set over 24 seasons to date, may be sold by Fox to a cable network in what would could become a billion dollar deal.
'Analysts have long said that once The Simpsons ends its run on Fox, Twentieth (Television, syndication arm of the show's producer 20th Century Fox Television) will be able to sell… more than (it's) 530 episodes to a cable network for as much as $1.5 million per show,' stated a report in TV Guide, who broke the news.
'That would add nearly another $1 billion to what's already a multi-billion dollar franchise. The Simpsons is believed to have generated billions of dollars in licensing and merchandising alone.'
Speculated channels in the running of securing the rights to air the lucrative show include FX, who are reportedly readying the launch of FXX which could have it's viewing numbers bolstered with the addition of The Simpsons as it's flagship.
Elsewhere, Turner, Viacom, NBC Universal, CBS Corp and Lionsgate have also all been linked.