The first effects of Disney's purchase of Fox have already begun to take shape, as it's been announced that reruns of The Simpsons will begin airing on the Freeform network in the fall.
The veteran animated comedy will move to its new syndicated home in September 2019, according to Variety. Currently, reruns of the show air on the Fox and FXX channels, with the latter having landed full library rights in 2013. As such, FXX airs The Simpsons marathons five days a week, in addition to hosting the streaming site Simpsons World. The streaming rights will also be transitioned to Disney, as the company announced earlier plans to make the entire library (including 2007's The Simpsons Movie) available on the new Disney+ platform in November.
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This transition of ownership comes as no surprise, given Disney's recent acquisition of Fox and all of its subsidiaries. Considering how The Simpsons, the record-holder for the highest number of episodes for a primetime scripted show, has been a tentpole for Fox ever since the 1990s, Disney has not paused showing off its newest commodity. In fact, images of the groundbreaking family showed up on Disney's homepage soon after the deal officially went through, and the show itself posted a clip both congratulating and lampooning its new corporate overlords.
The Simpsons was created by Matt Groening and developed by James L. Brooks, Groening and Sam Simon. Brooks, Groening and Al Jean are executive producers of the series from Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television.