Long-running animated sitcom celebrates yet another milestone.
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.”