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'Simpsons' Renewed for 23rd Season

Simpsons did it, again.

Fox has officially ordered a 23rd season of The Simpsons, ensuring that the animation hit will reach -- and go beyond -- its 500th episode.

Fox previously renewed the series in 2009, which gave the network and producer Gracie Films the chance to opt in for a 23rd season. Both sides have indeed opted in.

“Like many 22-year-olds, The Simpsons is extremely happy remaining at home, on Fox, and hopes it doesn't have to go out into the real world for many years to come,” said exec producer Al Jean.

The latest pickup will keep The Simpsons on the air through at least spring 2012.

Lassie and Gunsmoke are the only series that produced more episodes in primetime - with 588 and 635, respectively. ‬