The Simpsons renewed for record breaking 26th season
Story by Jack Foley
THE Simpsons has been renewed for a record-breaking 26th season.
Fox announced its intention to pick up the long-running animation on Friday, confirming its position as the longest-running scripted show in TV history for a little longer.
In a statement, Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox, said: “For more than a quarter of a century, The Simpsons has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures.
“This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it ‘s one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I ‘m looking forward to yet another landmark season.”
Over the course of its illustrious run, The Simpsons has won 28 Emmy Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the short film The Longest Daycare.
The renewal news follows the surprise revelation earlier this month that the new series would feature the death of a much loved character.
Producer Al Jean revealed that he, James L Brooks and Matt Groening were “working on a script where a character will pass away”.
He didn’t reveal who, merely teasing: “We are doing this story for the same reason we do all others – we think it has a good emotional through line.”