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‘The Simpsons’ Renewed for Two More Seasons

The Simpsons” is coming back for two more seasons.

The pickup for seasons 27 and 28, announced by Fox on Monday, will bring the series to 625 episodes total. The animated show already holds the title as the longest-running scripted series in TV history.

Expressing his excitement, Homer Simpson quipped, “I’ve outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and ‘McDreamy,’ because I have something they don’t: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction.”

The Simpsons” premiered in 1989 and has since won 31 Emmys, became the first animated show to win a Peabody Award, was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 for theatrical short “The Longest Daycare” and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.

Currently in its 26th season, the show has surpassed 570 episodes; another animated Fox hit, “Family Guy,” just hit its 250th episode this weekend. The latter series has yet to be renewed, though the season 14 order is a no-brainer. “Bob’s Burgers,” also part of the network’s animation slate, will be returning for its sixth round, consisting of 22 new episodes, in the 2015-16 TV season.

Other comedies renewed at Fox are “New Girl,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and Will Forte’s freshman laffer “Last Man on Earth.” On the drama side, breakout hit “Empire,” “Gotham” and “Sleepy Hollow” have been picked up, though Variety has learned Orlando Jones, who plays Frank Irving, will not be back for its third season.

“The Simpsons” hails from Gracie Films and 20th Century Fox Television, and is exec produced by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean.

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