“Simpsons” Renewal Breaks Major TV Record

FOX has given the order for a 29th and 30th season of the animated series “The Simpsons,” an order that pushes the show’s run up to a total of 669 episodes.

That makes it the longest-running scripted show in television history, breaking the record previously set by “Gunsmoke” at 635 episodes. In a statement, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group said:

“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series. ‘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. Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series – from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team – you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of ‘Simpsons’ fans around the world, thank you for watching all these years. We’re happy to tell you there’s lots more to come.”

Over the course of its life so far, “The Simpsons” has won 32 Emmy Awards and 34 Annie Awards along with being the first animated series to win a Peabody Award. The current season is averaging 7.2 million total multi-platform viewers in Live + 7 with the recent 600th episode garnering 9.9 million viewers and a 3.6/11 rating in Live + 7.

Source: FOX