Fox has renewed “The Simpsons,” the longest-running scripted prime time series in history, for two more seasons. With 26 seasons under its belt, the two new seasons will bring the show to a total of 625 episodes, a record unmatched by any other.
“The Simpsons” is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division handles the series’ content. Film Roman, a Starz company, is the animation house, while James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean serve as executive producers.
Homer Simpson was quoted by The Wrap, saying, “I’ve outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and ‘McDreamy,’ because I have something they don’t: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction.”
With 22 episodes in each season, the renewal came just in time to make sure the airing schedule for the next season would not be held up. Currently, the show has seven holdover episodes.
The show, which aired for the first time in 1989, has dominated the world of television for nearly three decades. During that time, it has bagged 31 Emmy Awards, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The two most popular animated television shows after “The Simpsons” are “South Park,” which aired its 250th episode last year, and “Family Guy,” which accomplished the same feat last week.
The series’ popularity is also highlighted by its theme park rides, collectibles and merchandise. “The Simpsons Movie,” released in 2007, grossed in excess of $500 million globally, according to CNN.
An online video site, Simpsons World, came out last year hosting all the episodes of the comedy series.
In August last year, FXX conducted the “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon, which broadcasted all the episodes of the series over a period of 12 days.
On the next episode of “The Simpsons,” Bull-E, Bart (Nancy Cartwright) becomes a subject of bullying at the school dance. Marge (Julie Kavner), in response, persuades the town to pass an anti-bullying legislation. Meanwhile, Homer (Dan Castellaneta) is arrested for bullying and is sent straight to rehabilitation, where therapist Dr. Raufbold (guest voice Albert Brooks), a reformed bully, treats him.
The episode will air on May 10 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the roster for scripted shows making a return includes “Bob’s Burgers” and “Family Guy,” in addition to comedies “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Last Man on Earth” and “New Girl.” “Empire,” “Gotham” and “Sleepy Hollow” also appear on the roster of returning dramas.
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