‘The Simpsons’ Renewed for Season 26 by Fox

The Simpsons Renewed

'Simpsons' also planning lucrative cable syndication deal

The Simpsons” has received another record-setting renewal from Fox.

The network has ordered a 26th season of the venerable toon series, it was announced this afternoon. Renewal continues “The Simpsons” streak as the longest-running American sitcom and animated program.

“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,” said Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. “This ground-breaking 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.”

Despite its more-than-veteran status on Fox’s lineup, “The Simpsons” is still a solid ratings performer. Its season-25 premiere last Sunday ranked as the top entertainment program of the night in adults 18-49 and was up 12% from last season’s average. The program has also managed to remain in the pop culture dialogue, as creatives announced plans last month to kill off a character, stirring up Web chatter with speculation about who will get the ax.

Renewal news follows word that Fox is indeed planning a cable syndication push for the series. With a library of nearly 600 episodes at 20th Century Fox TV’s disposal, the syndie deal for cable reruns is poised to be vastly lucrative for the studio.

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  1. L.A. Jones says:

    Damn Martha, did you aee the electric starter on that Harley Davidson ?

  2. Mark Coleman says:

    “This ground-breaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, ?

    How is this correct , show like “Neighbors from Australia ” started in 1986 and currently on episode 6741 or even Dr Who from England first aired in1963 and is on series 33 and 750+ episodes , the Simpsons isnt even close to being the longest

    • Jay says:

      Come on Mr. Coleman… at least you can do is read… “longest running scripted primetime series.”
      For all accounts that is true. It is also Longest-running animated series, longest running sitcom.

      All in all it does deliver what was said.

      • T.Franks says:

        I think you need to re-read the comment, it clearly states: “This ground-breaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history…” nothing about prime-time and even for prime-time (as it’s about the whole of television history and not just American) Coronation Street in England has been running a LOT longer as has Doctor Who. As for the longest running animated series that award goes to Sazae-San in Japan which has been running since 1969 and is still on today. The longest running sitcom goes to England again with last of the summer wine, although it ended in 2010 it was on the air for 37 years.

        All in all, it may be a long running series but in no way is it the longest anything in terms of “TV history”

  3. Rena Moretti says:

    It would be nice if Variety indulged in a lot less chatter about demo numbers, which are meaningless.

    That said, it’s good news, as this is one of the few current shows that are still enjoyable and thanks tots afterlife still brings in money for FOX to make more shows.

  4. cadavra says:

    Half-correct. SIMPSONS, at roughly 550 episodes, is the longest-running scripted show by the calendar. But GUNSMOKE still holds the record for most episodes (635) because it aired back in the days of 39-episode seasons. Though it does seems likely that SIMPSONS will eventually pass it.

    • T.Franks says:

      It’s not about how many episodes have been made, the running time of a series is determined by how many years the show has been on the air. You could have 100 epsiodes per year of something but if that show gets cancelled after 1 year, it doesn’t mean it’s been running longer than something that’s been on for 4 years with only 88 episodes, it just means they made more episodes

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