‘The Simpsons’ News & Update: Renewed for Season 29 & 30, Show Set to Make History as Fox TV’s Longest Running Animation
"The Simpsons" continues to be on broadcast and it looks like there is no stopping it from being on television. Now on its 28th season, FOX will still renew the show for two more seasons. This means, it will keep on rolling until the 30th season.
According to Variety, the renewal until the 30th season is a record-breaking feat because the show has been running for nearly thirty years now. "The Simpsons" will be going past the record set by "Gunsmoke" which dominated the primetime telecast in the U.S. from 1955 to 1975.
"Gunsmoke" completed 635 episodes throughout its run and "The Simpsons" is close to breaking this record as it will register 669 episodes once the 30th season concludes. The popular animation also surpassed the "Flintstones" as the longest-running animated series.
While "The Simpsons" has been closed to being canceled many times before, it is apparent that Fox TV made the right decision to keep the show on air as many viewers still watch it regularly. Now, with the renewed contract for season 29 and 30, the story of hilarious family consisting of Homer, Lisa, Bart, Marge and Maggie will continue in Springfield.
"The Simpsons" still features the original voice cast members since it first aired in 1987. This is probably one of the reasons why viewers remained loyal to the show, they love the characters as they are since the beginning.
Of course, "The Simpsons" has its share of awards too. With over two decades on TV, it has collected 32 Emmys, 34 Annie Awards and recently it was recognized at the 2016 People's Choice Award and 2016 Environmental Media Awards. Its most valued recognition is an award for animation at the Peabody Award in 1996.
Finally, commenting on the show's renewal, Deadline quoted Dana Walden and Gary Newman, CEOs of Fox TV. "This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series," they said. "'The Simpsons' has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt, Jim and Al."