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Fox is cementing the future of Bob’s Burgers.
The network has handed out a two-season renewal, taking the animated comedy from 20th Century Fox Television into its seventh and eighth seasons.
The comedy, created by Loren Bouchard and Bento Box Entertainment has been a reliable performer opening the network’s Sundays live-action/animated comedy mix. The renewal means Bob’s and The Simpsons will likely be paired for the next two broadcast seasons as the latter was also handed out a two-season renewal recently. (Animated series tend to get early renewals due to their lengthy production process.)
The news comes as the series, which won an Emmy for outstanding animated comedy in 2014 and was nominated twice this year, prepares for its 100th episode in spring 2016.
“In a way your 100th episode should be almost like your pilot all over again. I think a good 100th episode shouldn’t be big and crazy. It should be the quintessential Bob’s Burgers episode,” Bouchard told THR in September ahead of the season six premiere.
“Six seasons in, the Belchers have become one of America’s most beloved TV families, and we are so happy to keep them in the fold for another two seasons,” said Fox Broadcasting Co. Entertainment president David Madden said in announcing the renewal news Wednesday. “Bob’s Burgers is hilarious, warm, smart, inventive — critics love it, and so do fans. Loren, [executive producer] Jim [Dauterive] and the brilliant voice cast continue to surprise us in the best ways, and we look forward to seeing what Bob and the family will cook up in seasons seven and eight.”
Like network and studio neighbor Family Guy before it, Bob’s Burgers is also poised for a healthy syndication run. The cartoon launched in syndication and off-net reruns during the week of Sept. 21 and averaged a robust 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. That’s stronger than recent syndicated entries 2 Broke Girls, Elementary and Person of Interest.
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