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TV’s longest-running primetime scripted series just got longer.
Fox has handed out a two-season renewal for animated hit The Simpsons, the network announced Monday. The renewal means the series from Al Jean and Matt Groening will extend through season 28.
This marks the latest multi-season renewal for TV’s longest-running hit. Following prolonged negotiations with its voice cast, the network reached new deals and picked up the show for two additional seasons in 2011.
With the additional season order, the animated family comedy following the misadventures of Homer, Bart and company will reach a staggering 625 total issues.
The early pickup also means there will be no interruption in the show’s production process.
Currently in its 26th season, The Simpsons is averaging 6.2 million total viewers per episode and a 2.9 among adults 18-49.
The Simpsons joins a roster of returning scripted programming that includes fellow animated entry Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy, as well as comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Last Man on Earth, New Girl and dramas Sleepy Hollow, Empire and Gotham. Additional series pickups, renewals and cancelations are expected to come this week ahead of Fox’s upfront presentation next week.
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