Newsflash: FOX has renewed “The Simpsons,” the longest-running comedy in television history, for a 24th and 25th season, which will bring the series total to an astonishing 559 episodes.
In the words of Homer Simpson, “Woo Hoo! I outlasted Andy Rooney!”
The renewal follows a brief threat of cancellation after public renegotiation of contracts with the show’s producers and actors voicing the characters, some of whom made as much as $8 million a season.
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Per the network’s press release, “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. Matt Groening created the iconic family: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. In February 2012, “The Simpsons” will celebrate its historic 500th episode. The series has won 27 Emmy Awards, been the subject of a hit feature film, created “Krustyland” and a revolutionary virtual coaster – The Simpsons Ride – at Universal Studios, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, been honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by Matt Groening, and named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine.
“Following the MLB American League Championship Series and World Series games on FOX, “The Simpsons” returns with all-new episodes beginning with “Treehouse of Horrors XXII,” on Sunday, Oct. 30 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT). Make sure you don’t miss the the spooky opener – Homer takes a dangerous dive into an isolated canyon on Candy Peak, but when a crashing boulder traps his arm, he channels Aron Ralston (guest voicing as himself) to save himself – by adding the series to your queue here.