The Simpsons’ animated series is not, as some media outlets and some fans have claimed, a cartoon TV network.
The network’s chief creative officer, Jon Rosenbaum, addressed the rumors at a panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
“I can tell you that the Simpsons is not in the business of making cartoon shows,” Rosenbaum said.
“It’s a real network that has a real commitment to the quality of its programming.
We make a lot of good programming, and we have the ability to make a ton of really good shows, but we don’t have a cartoon studio to make it.
The Simpsons is a network that takes great risks, and I think that’s the only way we can continue to do what we’re doing.”
When The Simpsons ran for six seasons on Fox, Rosenbaum was executive producer on “The Simpsons: Tapped Out,” but when he took over, he found himself working on the show.
“We took over when ‘The Great American Baking Show’ ended and then we took over ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ and then ‘Springfield Foxtrot,'” Rosenbaum continued.
“We’re just not at a point where we want to be making more animated TV shows.
I think we have to continue to try to make the best product that we can.”
The network’s animated offerings have generally done well, though Rosenbaum didn’t rule out the possibility of doing more with the network in the future.
“One of the things that we’re really proud of is that we’ve had some really great animated programs,” he said.
“In the long run, we’re going to have to be able to find new ways to get our content to more people.”
Rosenbaum said he expects to make “a few more announcements” at the TCA press tour, but did not give any details on what those announcements might be.
The Simpsons airs on Fox at 8 p.m.
Sundays on Fox.