Broadcasting company, FOX has renewed classic animated sitcom, The Simpsons for Season 33 and 34, concluding with its 757th episode. It is the longest-running primetime scripted show in television history and was honoured with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.
Speaking about the renewal, creator and executive producer, Matt Groening said “everyone at ‘The Simpsons’ is thrilled to be renewed once more, and we are planning lots of big surprises. Homer will lose a hair, Milhouse will get contact lenses, and Bart will celebrate his tenth birthday for the thirty-third time”.
CEO of FOX Entertainment, Charlie Collier said it is “a sincere pleasure” to announce the renewal of The Simpsons. “We keep hoping that, eventually, they’ll get it right. Profound respect for and congratulations to Matt, Jim, Al [Jean] and the many other wonderful partners working really hard to finally elevate The Tracey Ullman Show. As they say, ‘practice makes perfect.’”
Currently in its 32nd season, The Simpsons has won 34 Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, 9 Environmental Media Awards, 7 People’s Choice Awards, 13 Writers Guild of America Awards, and was the first animated series to win a Peabody Award (in 2016). By 2019, it had won an Institutional Peabody Award.
The show was also nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short The Longest Daycare, which currently streams on Disney+. The Simpsons Movie premiered in 2007, grossing just under €440million at the global box office.
Walt Disney Television’s Dana Walden said The Simpsons was “original, brilliant, outrageously funny, and prophetic”. Disney’s Chairman of Entertainment said that “there aren’t enough positive adjectives to describe this genius comedy which continues to entertain viewers of all ages”.
The landmark 700th episode of The Simpsons will be titled Manger Things, which will air on March 21st. The renewal of The Simpsons follows on from the show’s decision last summer that white actors would no longer play non-white characters on the show.