They certainly have enough episodes to pull it off. One of News Corp.’s greatest pieces of entertainment could eventually become a franchise all its own. With the series likely to pass the 500-episode mark with its upcoming 23rd season, Fox is reportedly talking about a long-term plan for the franchise, involving a cable network of its own. Obviously, they wouldn’t be able to do this right away — most of the series is embedded in long-term syndication deals — but once those expire, a single network approach might prove to be more financially sound as the series reaches its point of quarter-life crisis. So how would this work, anyway? Let’s do a quick number breakdown:
245length, in hours, of the series’ current 486 episodes, plus “The Simpsons Movie,” with commercials
10.2number of days that would manage to fill up, including commercials, before you’d run into a show repeat
35.7number of times the network would cycle through every single episode, plus a movie, in a single year source
» So, what do you guys think? Is a network built around a single show, even one as diverse and far-reaching as “The Simpsons,” something you’d watch? Or would it be like the original MTV — where everyone loved the idea of it, but didn’t necessarily stick with it? We’re not sure, but there are probably some pretty killer OWN Network jokes they could make if Fox did this.
Fox News’s coverage of the phone-hacking scandal is unbelievable. Fucking unbelievable. Thousands (millions?) of people will watch this and believe that the News of the World were victims of the scandal rather than the criminals that perpetrated it. I could not be more shocked to see this on a news station. (Via James Fallows)
This is disgusting. This scandal isn’t some group of wackos hacking into the “news” organization (tabloid or other) this is about the “news” agency hacking into private citizen’s lives for a story.