It’s a rare moment when an episode of the hit television show returns to its roots, but it happened last week.
In the wake of the series’ finale, which saw Bart and Lisa (Lisa Kudrow and Nick Offerman) leaving Springfield for the city of Los Angeles, the show’s return to its signature format of episodic episodes has been greeted with anticipation by viewers.
But in a recent interview with Variety, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who oversees the network’s original programming, said it’s not a given that The Simpsons will return to the series.
“It’s not something that we’re planning to do,” Saranders said.
“We’re not going to take that step just because we know it’s good.”
While it’s possible that the Simpsons will be returning to its more traditional format, Sarandres said it was a “mistake” for the series to do so.
If The Simpsons is going to return, it will need to take on the challenges of making that show more accessible, he said.
Saranders acknowledged that the show is “more complicated” than it once was, but noted that it is “a very smart show,” and that the series has become a “legendary” institution.
He said he hopes The Simpsons can help to revive its legacy, and added that the Netflix series will have to adapt to the show.
“I’m hoping we can do that for the show,” Saras said.
“It will be difficult.”
Saranos also said that the streaming service is “very committed” to keeping The Simpsons “relevant” even if it means that its creators can no longer direct the series themselves.
Netflix is not ruling out the possibility that the network will bring back episodes from the series that are no longer available on the service, but is sticking with its original programming model.
While Sarandes said the network is “confident” the show will be back for a second season, he acknowledged that Netflix’s original content “is really important.”
“If we do it in a way that makes sense for people, we’re going to do it,” he said of his plans for the upcoming season.
The Simpsons Season 3 premieres May 6.