'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.

  • Jim

    It DID NOT beat Breaking Bad in 18-49. LIARS!!! Bryan Cranston’s show Malcolm in the Middle premiered to 23 Million in 2000. Why is The Simpsons still on the air?

  • danny94

    I know the simpsons hasn’t really been all that good since around season 10 and I rarely watch new episodes of the show I just feel more comfortable in a world where new episodes of the simpsons are still being made,

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Who is the “main character” they supposedly are going to kill off this season? (as reported by my local FOX affiliate on Weds)

  • Jon

    Murder Police I hope does well as it would be nice to have an animate comedy that isn’t family oriented is the Flintstones still in development or is that scrapped.

  • Marcus


  • jake3988

    Looks like completely painless negotiations this time around.

    I too thought that season 25 seemed like a nice round number to end at… now, might as well go to 30. And no, 25 was NEVER announced as the last, people just assumed it because it was a nice number.

    And, shepherd, as far as syndication is concerned… simpsons is selling syndication to cable very soon (as soon as they can find (a) buyer(s)). This is going to net them A LOT of money.

  • Ultima

    Personally, for a scripted primetime series, long runs just for the sake of it isn’t always a good thing.

    No, but in this case, The Simpsons still commands the 6th highest ad rates for regular primetime programming (as of last year, this year’s numbers aren’t available yet).

  • Shepherd


    Unless FOX was able to finagle themselves out of their contract, the last I heard was they they were prohibited from selling into syndication as long as the show continues to air new episodes. Of course I don’t really follow these things too closely.

  • Jagger Dagger

    And to all the Simpsons haters, Nelson points a finger and says “HA-HA!”

  • Dan

    @Shepherd – I heard somewhere that FOX might air The Simpsons on FXX. It might be a rumor but google The Simpsons FXX Syndication deal and around July 29, 2013 multiple sources like TV guide confirm this.

  • Dan

    @AllOfHerTw!st – The character has not been revealed but my money is on Side Show Bob. Many people think Grampa which I think seems stupid at this point and the only clue is that the actor one an emmy for the role. While virtually all of the cast has won voice over emmys, this clue seems very specific to Kelsey Grammer. Also Sideshow Bob isn’t a frequent character, he only appeared about 13 times so he wouldn’t be missed as much.

  • Ultima

    Have you seen any S.1 episodes lately? They’re almost painful to watch.

    Yes, FOX Chicago occasionally runs really old episodes in syndication. :)

    No one is going to argue that there aren’t some quality issues with season one, but remember it only makes up ~2% of the total episodes. There’s plenty of other shows that have similar issues.

    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.

    In order to have diminishing returns, the sell price for syndication would have to drop more than 15% going from 550 episodes to 650 episodes – assuming that FOX is currently breaking even. Given the strong performances in the male demos driving up the ad prices as well as FOX being able to go all out on repeat airings (they aired 22 originals and 44 repeats last season), I think it’s safe to say they’re still pulling in sizable profit on the show. Subsequently, the syndication value would have to drop well in excess of 15% to have diminishing returns. Maybe it will be different in a few years, but they are probably very safe from that for now.

  • Bitter Go On Fan (Former Bitter Ringer Fan)

    I started to follow the show again since last season (season 24). i don’t find it that funny anymore but i keep watching because it feels nice like something classic you need to keep watching if they keep making it.

  • alexjones

    will this show ever end?

  • Shepherd


    I’m not saying renewal was a bad decision, just that I’m a little surprised. It’s not so much the value for syndication, so much as it is finding buyers. I suppose FOX could always put their buyers on a payment plan, but I imagine CC or TBS contemplating the prospect of forking over a billion dollars knowing that they wont see any return on their investment for years down the road and just deciding to pass.

    And BTW, I’m not harking on the quality of S.1 so much as I was imaging how they would come across in 2025 when everyone has gotten used to ‘5D super ultra virtual reality TV sets’ (maybe not quite) and here comes Bart sporting his low-def, square box, stereo sound.

  • Ally


    There is no new contract with the cast yet. Hopefully negotiations will produce a multi-year contract (it’s usually for 2 years).

  • JD

    It’s still pretty solid, and they do churn out at least a few fantastic episodes each season.

    Oh, and I bet they’re going to 30+ seasons. Might as well. You knew it was good for at least another 10 years after the 2007 Simpson Movie got both critical acclaim and made a ton of cash.

  • Jim

    Also, other shows like Friends, ER, and The Office have had proper series finale episodes, yet this show’s original run gets to be an indefinite one. This is unfair.

  • Brian

    Next logical wrap up point is season 30 with a series finale as a sequel to the 600M drawing movie.

  • Steve

    >>And, shepherd, as far as syndication is concerned… simpsons is selling syndication to cable very soon (as soon as they can find (a) buyer(s)). This is going to net them A LOT of money.<<

    Someone approached Fox in 2011 asking to air a 24-hour a day Simpsons network and they were ready to pay $750M for it. BUT Fox has an exclusivity contract. It can't be nationally syndicated until the show is cancelled, they wrote that in 1994. I guess they didn't expect it would still be polluting the airwaves 20 years later.

    Syndication can be a double-edged sword. If you think about it, the good seasons (Seasons 1-10) will be more in demand than say seasons 20+ Where the ratings have been falling off a lot. The article didn't tell you the ratings were down 21% from last year's premiere.

    Remember: last week was a premiere week. Usually ratings are higher because new episodes haven't aired in a while. Season 24's premiere netted 8M viewers. This one netted about 6.3M.

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