Long-running animated sitcom celebrates yet another milestone.

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The Simpsons has been renewed for another two seasons by Fox.

The animated sitcom, now midway through its 28th season, will be returning for a 29th and 30th season, the network announced yesterday (November 4).

During its 29th season, The Simpsons will surpass the record 635-episode run of US western drama Gunsmoke to become the longest-running scripted series in US TV history. By the end of its 30th season, it will have racked up a massive 669 episodes.

“Take that Gunsmoke! You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!” Homer Simpson said in a celebratory statement yesterday.

Fox’s CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a statement: “This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series.”

They added: “The Simpsons has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of [executive producers] Matt, Jim and Al.”

Executive producer James L. Brooks (“Jim”) recently spoke about the possibility of making a second Simpsons movie.

“Fox very much wants us to do another one, and maybe we will and maybe we won’t – that’s where it is,” he said. “How do we divide our labours, and do we believe in the idea we have? We may go into a more active exploration of a second movie soon.”

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