'The Simpsons' Renewed for Season 26 by Fox

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October 4th, 2013

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via press release:

 

FOX EXTENDS YELLOW STREAK WITH

RECORD-SETTING 26TH SEASON PICK-UP OF “THE Simpsons

 

“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.

 

About THE SIMPSONS:

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.

 
  • Ultima

    @Steve
    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.

    Last season, FOX’s premiere week NFL doubleheader ran all the way to 7:56pm and had a 10.6 rating.

    This season, FOX’s premiere week NFL doubleheader only ran until 7:33pm and only had a 9.3 rating.

    Huge NFL lead-ins give big ratings, but can also make drops look more severe when they’re not around. Overall, The Simpsons averaged a 3.1 rating last fall for new episodes, so a 2.9 isn’t really down that much.

  • Ultima

    @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.

    Weren’t the original runs for shows like Friends, ER and The Office also indefinite up until their final seasons were announced?

    Not really sure what you’re complaining about at this point.

  • Jim

    The difference is that Friends lasted just 10 years and ER lasted for 15.

  • bluelp85

    Of the scripted shows for FOX for this past Spring (Fall vs Spring not the same but relevant nonetheless), The Simpsons were the 3rd highest after Family Guy and The Following. So that means it beat out New Girl, Bones, and Glee to name a few.

    So why is everyone so surprised it’s being kept around. It’s ratings are still consistent, roughly the same rate of decay for all of network TV. Now has a cable syndication deal which sometimes helps a show, brought back Family Guy and Futurama from the grave and gave Big Bang Theory a few more eyes.

    The only other issue has been its quality, which has been more or less the same just the audience watching it has changed. 25 years is a lot of time to mature. Watching the same episode at 12 compared to 32 one episode can almost be like a different show quality wise, but nothing changed except the viewer.

    So if it has an audience willing to continue to show up each week and it’s still making money then why end it? Just cause you may not watch it anymore or never did to begin with, doesn’t mean it needs to end. Especially when the new shows aren’t making the ratings or ad revenue worth taking over its spot.

    Written from someone who admittedly has seen every episode, so yes a fan.

  • Fake Me Out

    They need to stay on long enough so I have Treehouse of Horror XXXI in my Halloween collection. While I hope that means they’re on into the 30′s, I’ll accept a final season that has 4, 5 or 6 Treehouse episodes in October. And it is nice to see it continue, even at a lower level a lower quality Simpsons is still above a lot of other shows on air today.

    ymmv

    PS: 3 Simple words to end the shutdown … Call the vote … say it loud and often to the House Speaker & House Republicans … then remember who did this when you vote in November 2014 & 2016.

  • Ultima

    @Jim
    The difference is that Friends lasted just 10 years

    Because the cast didn’t want to do the show anymore (not that NBC could actually afford it either). I don’t understand what it is exactly that you think is unfair.

  • Phil

    #imlovingit

  • Jim

    @Ultima

    I’m not gonna listen to you anymore. I just wish they’d renewed Family Guy already.

    There are hundreds of active live-action shows out there (Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, New Girl) and they could wind up having come and gone during “The Simpsons”‘s tenure at anytime. Still wish that they could allow “The Simpsons” to have a proper send-off creatively and while its ratings are still good, though. Not a good idea to run for 30+ seasons even if people wanted it to or not.

    Besides, its departure from the airwaves as a first-run series would open up the opportunity to launch brand-new animated series on the lineup.

  • Ultima

    @Jim
    @Ultima
    I’m not gonna listen to you anymore.

    Isn’t it irritating when people ask you to clarify nonsensical arguments? :roll:

  • Igwell

    Steve,

    “I hear Twentieth TV’s pacts with broadcast stations have been gradually tweaked over the years to allow the carving out of a cable window that will not impact the broadcast syndie run.” (Deadline, “‘The Simpsons’ Eyes Financial Windfall With Cable Syndication Sale,” July 29)

  • Mathew

    So now family guy is the only animation domination show not renewed. That’s my favorite one so renew it!

  • Fake Me Out

    @Ultima

    Do you also picture Jim sitting at his computer, fingers in his ears going “La La La La I’m not listening! La La La”

    @Jim

    Not a good idea to run for 30+ seasons even if people wanted it to or not.

    Would you be mad if I said I agree, don’t let this happen ever again so to make sure it’s not even an issue, I call for the immediate cancellation of Family Guy … even if people want it to continue or not? After all, they can launch a brand-new animated series in it’s place.

  • Dan

    For those of you complaining that “Family Guy” hasn’t been renewed yet. Lets see

    American Dad was recently renewed by TBS for a 15 episode 11th season.

    Last week FOX renewed Bob’s Burgers for a fifth season.

    Today The Simpsons was renewed for a 26th season.

    I expect within the next 2 weeks maybe by November for FOX to renew Family Guy for another season. That show is in no danger.

  • Muffy

    “The Simpsons” lost the spark a long time ago. I use to be in love with this show, but not anymore. It’s lame and unfunny now. It’s been like that for some years now.

  • erwanfromfrance

    YAY ! Bst animated show ! And haters ? SHUT UP BIT**** !

  • KJ Styles

    The Simpsons will remain on the air until the original voice actors pass away. It’s ratings are always going to be good by Fox’s standards, so the voice actors dying is the only thing I could see ending the show. I agree that it’s quality has been sub-par post-2000, but it will go out on it’s own terms.

    I really don’t see why people are complaining though. If they don’t like then simply don’t watch. It’s not like FOX has a great deal of good shows anyway. I haven’t watched a FOX show since House ended. I may check out Sleepy Hollow at some point though.

  • bob

    simpsons hasnt been good for 10 years

  • Steve

    >>Huge NFL lead-ins give big ratings, but can also make drops look more severe when they’re not around. Overall, The Simpsons averaged a 3.1 rating last fall for new episodes, so a 2.9 isn’t really down that much.<<

    The operative word there is AVERAGE. Like I said, the premiere week tends to skew higher than the rest of the episodes. When you talk 18-49, however, the premiere last year was a 3.8. So in 18-49, the bleeding was even worse. The ratings in total viewers were down 21% and the 18-49 was down 23.7%.

    Most shows not called The Big Bang Theory tend to have the premiere episode rate higher than every other episode. Wait a couple of weeks and see what happens to the 18-49, it will probably drop at least 10% further to 2.6, and I'm being a bit generous.

  • Will

    I’m really looking forward to the Futurama/Simpsons Crossover episode for the Season 25 Finale. Now like other people have been saying this renewal was more than likely spawned due to American Dad moving to TBS and the FOX Sunday comedy block wearing thin. If this is really the case then why doesn’t FOX bring back Futurama? Are they just that arrogant that they refuse to bring back a show they previously cancelled? A block with The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Futurama would be amazing, makes little sense to me why they won’t pick it up

  • DM

    ‘The Simpsons’ will leave on ‘The Simpsons’ terms. It’s still the only show on network television that does not receive notes from their network. They run this thing, and they’ll leave when they’re ready.

    You just wonder how much more than can actually do.

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