Cries of “Woo-hoo!” must be ringing throughout Springfield after the Fox network announced today it was renewing “The Simpsons” for two more seasons — which will bring the longrunning animated comedy to an unprecedented 30 seasons.
Not only is this fantastic news for “Simpsons” fans, it will also place the show in the record books, toppling “Gunsmoke” as the longest-running scripted series in TV history (“Gunsmoke” aired 635 episodes, while by the end of its 30th season “The Simpsons” will have aired 669).
“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, in a joint statement. “’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 Matt [Groening], Jim [Brooks] and Al [Jean]. Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series – from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team – you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of ‘Simpsons’ fans around the world, thank you for watching all these years. We’re happy to tell you there’s lots more to come.”
Added star Homer Simpson: “Take that ‘Gunsmoke’! You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!”
“The Simpsons” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.