'The Simpsons' Renewed for Season 26 by Fox

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October 4th, 2013


via press release:





“Treehouse of Horror XXIV” Airs This Sunday, October 6, on FOX


FOX has picked up THE SIMPSONS for a historic 26th season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.


“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 Reilly. “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.”


Last Sunday’s THE SIMPSONS’ 25th season premiere ranked as the No. 1 entertainment program of the night among Adults 18-49 and was up +12% from last season’s average.


On the next all-new episode, THE SIMPSONS’ annual Halloween special, “Treehouse of Horror XXIV,” airing this Sunday, Oct. 6 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX, director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) resurrects monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history for the opening couch gag. Then, in the first of three spine-tingling tales, Homer travels around Springfield wreaking havoc in a rhyming spoof of a popular children’s tale. In “Dead and Shoulders” Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one. The final frightening tale, “Freaks no Geeks,” features Mr. Burns’ traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers, and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge.



The longest-running scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Currently in production on its record-annihilating 25th season, THE SIMPSONS has won 28 Emmy Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short “The Longest Daycare.” It has been the subject of a hit feature film, created a revolutionary virtual coaster ride at Universal Studios, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by creator Matt Groening. Named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time magazine, THE SIMPSONS was also named "Greatest American Sitcom" by Entertainment Weekly in 2013.


THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers. Film Roman, a Starz Media Company, is the animation house.

  • cris

    Good for the simpsons :)

  • Dillan

    Wait what? I thought S25 was confirmed as the last? Guess I was wrong.

  • tommie

    I do wonder if they’ll try to keep it going until season 30 at this point to be honest.

  • Mathew

    Wow surprising lol

  • Grz12

    Train keep$ rolling. Good for them. May have gone downhill over the decades, but still (usually) high quality.

  • charmedcraft

    The Simpsons will go on for ever :)

  • The Original J

    This is odd. I thought that Fox had already announced that this season would be the show’s last.


    The Simpsons is such an institution (ie) Cash Cow, I can see this going on for more seasons to come

    @ charmedcraft

    You beat me to the punch!

  • Dan

    Why not just order two more seasons to get it over 600?

    And no they never announced this as the final season

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    How much did Tracey Ullman end up making off of this show?

  • DenverDean

    No way they are going to cancel TS, especially with the HUGE syndication deal they are putting out there worth close to $1B. They are going to keep cranking them out. TS is to FOX what 60M is to CBS.

  • Jon

    FOX don’t have anything to replace The Simpsons and with American Dad moving to TBS, the animation lineup is looking a bit thin.

  • CBSviewer

    Yeah ! The Simpsons will last forever :)

  • Charmed

    There was talk way back in October 2011 when it got renewed after all the fuss with the contracts that season 25 would be the last but it was never confirmed, and when The Simpsons is inevitably cancelled we will know at least a year in advance

  • danny94

    i always thought 25 seasons would be a great way to go out but now that its been renewed for season 26 it has to at least go on till season 30 now

  • Ultima

    Wait what? I thought S25 was confirmed as the last?

    @The Original J
    This is odd. I thought that Fox had already announced that this season would be the show’s last.

    FOX entered the season with ~30 episodes of The Simpsons ordered/produced, including two Treehouse episodes. Not sure how anyone could get the impression that the series was ending.

  • Ultima

    FOX don’t have anything to replace The Simpsons and with American Dad moving to TBS, the animation lineup is looking a bit thin.

    I think FOX just wants to premiere a new animated show next fall when they can support it with football (now that they’ll only lose one Sunday to baseball).

    Five shows in the fall simply doesn’t work, so they had to cut down to only three shows (if Murder Police hits, a second season wouldn’t be ready until winter 2015).

  • Jim

    Personally, for a scripted primetime series, long runs just for the sake of it isn’t always a good thing. Oversaturation of “The Simpsons” syndication package, here we come.

  • Shepherd

    I know I’ll get flamed for this, but I’m still a little surprised by this; not because TS isn’t still a money maker, but only because FOX agreed to no syndication deals as long as TS is still on the air. Even if they only sold the episodes for 1m each, which seems kind of low to me, it’s already more than a 1/2 billion investment for any network interested in the rights. Even though I believe that TS will continue to be considered ‘classic television’ for years to come, it takes a while to air ~600 episodes 3x each and I just think a number of networks might be hesitant to bet the future of their entire network on one syndication deal not knowing how replays are going to rate another 10 years in the future. Have you seen any S.1 episodes lately? They’re almost painful to watch.

    Basically, I think that Fox may be hurting the shows syndication value the longer they keep it on the air; i.e. they may be reaching/ have passed the point of diminishing returns.


  • Steve

    Wow. This show is still on the air 18 years after I stopped watching it. Fox always had a habit of putting shows on way too long (Married With Children, anyone?) and this is no exception.

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