'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.

  • mike

    whoo-hoo 26th seasons

  • kul65

    Glad to see this, to be honest. I haven’t been watching that much lately, but since I read the inteview with Matt Groening “Guiness World Records” I’ve rooted for his goal achieval of 30 seasons.

  • ross robinson

    As Homer Simpson would say ‘Ha ha, in ya face cancellation’.

  • Steve

    Another year of stale jokes, male nudity and pop culture references that would be appropriate for a 4th grader. Stay classy, Fox.

  • Josh

    So wether it’s funny or not has nothing to do with anything. The genre as probably reached every category. The show is entertaing to alot,just because it isn’t funny doesn’t mean it can’t be entertaining. Do you expect a joke every second like Family Guy ? Then this show would be like “remember that one time” like family guy does all the time. The episodes are trying to tell a story,the jokes are put in where they could fit. But it’s not like “Hurry guys think of jokes” the writers are very bright and tell good stories. People just shut them down because there not funny. Anyways in conclusion this show still has higher ratings then lots of shows on and it will continue till they have a proper closing.

  • eelna

    why is this still on?!!!

  • TV Viewer Today

    Is this really a shock to anyone ? Wasnt it announced a couple months ago that Family Guy characters were going to appear on the first episode of season 26 of The Simpsons ?

  • Colin

    Do the people complaining that it stopped being funny after 10 season or whatever still watch the show? If so, you have a simple option if you don’t like it, change the channel.

    I don’t really find the simpsons all that funny nowadays, but it is still entertaining and while it no longer hits the heights that it used to, when an episode misses the mark they don’t do it as badly as the others do.

    For the person suggesting a return for Futurama, that would be a great thing to happen eventually, but the show probably needs a rest for now.

  • TV Viewer

    Congratulations to everyone associated with The Simpsons!
    It’s still worth watching.
    The 2007 film wound up being much better than Under the Dome series (the season finale got mostly bad reviews and I doubt if season two will be that popular. I for one will not be watching Chester’s Mill in 2014).
    As long as people are watching and the cast wants to do it, keep the Simpsons on the air.

    I agree w/Colin. Futurama was very funny, but, I think some people may have taken the show for granted being able to see it on a weekly basis on Comedy Central. It needs to take a break for a while, before returning in a special (either shown on cable, or direct to DVD).

  • Steve

    >>The show is entertaing to alot,just because it isn’t funny doesn’t mean it can’t be entertaining<<

    The lions who were fed Catholics were entertaining to the Romans. Your point is exactly what?

    The older Simpsons were actually funny. Now it's just appealing to the same people that want to watch the lions being fed the Christians, IMO. It's been on at least 10 seasons too long and the ratings are falling for it. 6.37M viewers is nowhere near where it was 10 years ago. 'tis all I'm saying.

    Several shows ended out "on top" such as Cheers, I Love Lucy, etc. because they knew when to go out with style. The Simpsons are just zombies now.

  • TV Viewer

    The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour ended in 1960 because Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were divorced in 1960. I Love Lucy ended in 1957, because the end of their marriage was in sight and they switched from a weekly half-hour show to a one hour program in a last ditch attempt to save their marriage.

    Last night’s (Oct. 6), Treehouse of Horror was an instant classic, as most Simpsons Halloween specials usually are. The opening scenes were great.

  • Sam

    This show hasn’t been good since at LEAST season 17.

  • mike

    the simpsons tree house of horror wasnt funny or interested this year sorry simpsons your getting tiring

  • mike

    rip marcia wallace edna krapable passed away at 70 breast cancer

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