Life in the Slow Lane

February 26, 2009

‘The Simpsons’ renewed for two more years

Filed under: Television — pauljlane @ 2:33 pm

Fox announced today that “The Simpsons” has been picked up for two more seasons, ensuring the show will be on for a total osimpfamily_vertical2ff 22 seasons and bringing it near the 500-episode plateau by the end of the extension.

This season, while not comparable to the seasons 4-8 glory years, has been better than several recent seasons. The jokes remain funny, the commentary relevant and Homer a baffling buffoon – really, no reason to stop things. Among the highlightsleft to come this season are an episode written by “Superbad” scribe Seth Rogen (Comic Book Guy creates a superhero named Everyguy, and Homer is recruited to play him in the film adaptation, with Rogen featured as Homer’s trainer) and a parody episode of “Prison Break.”

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“BEST. NEWS. EVER.”


FOX RENEWS HIT ANIMATED SERIES “THE SIMPSONS”

FOR TWO ADDITIONAL SEASONS


FOX has ordered two additional seasons of THE SIMPSONS, which will bring the longest-running series in primetime television history through its 22nd season. The 44-episode pickup ensures the series will reach an astounding 493 episodes. THE SIMPSONS airs Sundays (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.


Since its debut on January 14, 1990, THE SIMPSONS immediately struck a chord with viewers across the country as it poked fun of itself and everything in its wake. With its subversive humor and delightful wit, the series has made an indelible imprint on American pop culture and has become one of television’s most iconic families.


“Best. 20 Years. Ever.,” a year-long global celebration honoring all things THE SIMPSONS, launched in January 2009 and will culminate on January 14, 2010, the 20th anniversary of the series’ debut.


The critically praised series has been bestowed with numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, 24 Emmy Awards, 23 Annie Awards, four Genesis Awards, nine International Monitor Awards and seven Environmental Media Awards. THE SIMPSONS holds the Guinness Book of World Records titles for Longest-Running Primetime Animated Television Series and Most Guest Stars Featured in a Television Series. Recognized as a pop culture icon, Homer Simpson’s annoyed grunt – “D’oh!” – is an official word in the Oxford English Dictionary, and THE SIMPSONS has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With record-breaking retail sales, THE SIMPSONS reigns as one the best-selling TV DVD properties of all time. In 2007, THE SIMPSONS celebrated an unprecedented 400 episodes, and the long-awaited “The Simpsons Movie” was released and went on to gross $526 million worldwide to date. Additionally, “The Simpsons Ride” opened in May 2008 at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, and Hollywood, CA.


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 is the animation house.

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