Ah, “The Simpsons.” It is an indelible part of American TV culture, and probably one of their memorable exports to televisions around the world. One cannot help but marvel at their journey from animated shorts on a variety show, to its own animated sitcom series that holds several awards and records. In its episodes the future was predicted, including how its production studio is now part of the Disney umbrella. Years and decades on, the show still keeps churning out new seasons. And while there was a bit of a lull in the latest announcement of renewal, Fox network finally confirmed it; twice over too.
Deadline tells us that the Fox Broadcasting Company is not yet of a mind to see one of its programming institutions come to a close. They just renewed “The Simpsons” for not just one, but two more seasons. That makes it S33 and S34 on Fox. Judging from the average season episode count, the animated sitcom is good for up to episode 757 on Fox, a year or two on. But another milestone is close enough this month to begin celebrating for. Season 32 will include the whopping series episode 700, a spoof of Netflix series “Stranger Things” (theirs is “Manger Things”), coming March 21.
Series creator and executive producer Matt Groening is naturally happy to see the show go on for even longer. “Everyone at The Simpsons is thrilled to be renewed once more, and we are planning lots of big surprises,” says Groening. “Homer will lose a hair, Milhouse will get contact lenses, and Bart will celebrate his tenth birthday for the thirty-third time.” That last one was of course a nice sendup to the stasis that the setting of “The Simpsons” has been in for three decades, even as it gleefully satirizes contemporary topics season by season.
It is interesting to note that “The Simpsons” is over 30 years old. Add the two-season renewal and the series run is now closer to matching the unchanging age of Homer, the Simpson family patriarch.
In a press statement, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier noted how pleased they have been at the Fox network to give two more seasons to “The Simpsons.” “We keep hoping that, eventually, they’ll get it right,” he adds cheekily. “Profound respect for and congratulations to Matt, Jim, Al and the many other wonderful partners working really hard to finally elevate ‘The Tracey Ullman Show.’ As they say, ‘practice makes perfect.’”
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