Like most of you, I have been watching and am still stuck with The Simpson since the first episode aired in 1989. It’s the longest TV show ever, and will continue to reign for years to come. However, will its audience dwindle with age? As more and more of the Y Gen starts to grow into watching reality TV shows and more up-tempo shows, who will remain to continue watching The Simpson?
Also, what kind of audience, race and gender, will The Simpson continue to attract? I am not currently aware of the breakdown of its audience by gender and race, but I can guess that in order for The Simpson to continue with its reign on TV rating, the producers need to look elsewhere, to be more creative, and definitely go out of their production-comfort zone.
By saying this, I mean, they have to do something, unthinkable, in order to attract more young people, especially the Hip Hop generation. The Simpson’s producers have to think of a better way to bring the show more to the mainstream, urban community. And the only way they can do so, is to incorporate urban characters, geared toward the hip hop community, both blacks and whites, just look at Madea’s movies ratings and box office income.
There’s not any other character, which can help fill the void within the show, and attract more black audience than Tyler Perry’s Madea. Imagine, cartoonizing Madea into its current character, attitude and behavior, and move her in to Springfield to be the new neighbor of the Simpson’s. She can be made either to be one of Bart’s school teachers, grocery store owner, or a nosy, irritating and annoying neighbor.
She and Mrs. Simpson can even end up being friends; they can go work out together, get their hair done together and just hang out. She will be rallying the kids in Springfield with her disciplinary wit and her loud voice.
Madea is the definite solution for The Simpson, she will help to raise The Simpson’s audience exponentially, and it won’t just be the young adult of the African American community who would be watching the show, but you will see more and more older black folks watching the show. I am not sure how its current audience will perceive the show, but the producers can always do a pilot with Madea and see how it turns out.
I only have one request, if it turns out that you decide to experiment this hypothesis, that I’d appreciate you reaching out to me and just give me a shout out. Just try it, it won’t hurt. With Madea moving in Springfield, I assure you that the show will turn out and will continue to be one of the highest shows rated on TV.