Fox has renewed The Simpsons for two more seasons, bringing the longrunning animated show through seasons 29 and 30. After Season 30, there will be 669 episodes in all, surpassing Gunsmoke (635 episodes) to become the most for any scripted TV show in history.
“Take that Gunsmoke! You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!” Homer Simpson said in a celebratory statement yesterday.
“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” said Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “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, Jim and Al. 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.”
“The Simpsons” have produced a movie that made more than $500 million, theme parks, countless yellow merchandise, and an online video site that showcases each and every episode.
It has also been dubbed the greatest TV show ever, has been studied in universities, and has won 32 Emmys.
The half-hour series premiered on December 17, 1989, with “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”. “Some Enchanted Evening” was the first full-length episode produced, but it did not broadcast until May 1990, as the last episode of the first season, because of animation problems.