The Simpsons

Jun 2, 2003  •  Post A Comment

The Simpsons-prime time’s longest-running animated series and longest-running sitcom currently on the air-managed to stay fresh in its 14th season by returning to its roots, executive producer Al Jean said. “We tried to go back to the reason why people like the program.” We addressed problems besetting families in a satirical way.”

The Simpsons, whose 300th episode aired this season, also adopted new animation technology. “We are now using digital animation, which takes us to the next level and we can make changes more easily,” Mr. Jean said.

While the half-hour show continues to frequent “favorite comedy” lists and remains a ratings powerhouse, serving as Fox’s top-rated comedy this season, the show is not being submitted in the best comedy series category. Rather, it’s up for an outstanding animated series nomination.

It has been sumbitted in the comedy category in the past, but the academy has perceived it otherwise, Mr. Jean said.

“Emmy voters see it as an animated series,” he said. “They take a traditional view of the program. We submitted the show in seasons four and five in the comedy categories and did not garner a single nomination.”