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NEWS - The Simpsons Renewed For 26th Season
Reported by Michael Nguyen at 8:50 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013

The Fox network has renewed The Simpsons for a 26th season, extending the show's already record-setting spot not only as the longest-running American sitcom, but also animated program. Despite being on the air for what has clearly been a handful of generations, The Simpsons still brings in solid ratings for Fox. This was backed up by the 25th season premiere last Sunday, where the program was up 12% from last seasons average for the 18-49 adult demographic.


Even though the show still lives among modern day pop culture dialogue, to keep viewers further interested, the creators announced their plans to kills off one of the characters. Speculation will surely keep The Simpsons stirred around the Internet pot.


Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly has this to say:
"For more than a quarter of a century, The Simpsons has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures."
"This ground-breaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it’s one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I'm looking forward to yet another landmark season."

Further financial success for the studio includes it's plan to push the show toward cable syndication, which will include reruns of nearly 600 episodes.

Source: variety.com
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PurpleWarrior13
said at 8:21 AM on Thu Oct 10 2013
The show has gotten a BIT better, but still nowhere near where it was 15+ years ago.

They've killed off characters permanently before like Flanders' wife. I don't think it will be one of the leads though.
Gatch
said at 9:01 AM on Fri Oct 11 2013
@PurpleWarrior13
They kept saying how they wanted to kill off Mr Burns in previous episodes but they never did i wonder who they will get rid off? They also killed of Dr Marvin Munroe/Monroe w/e his name was but then he suddenly came back to life in another episode and just said... "I have been very sick". I think people are forgetting that the old Simpsons was in a world of the 90's which is very different from today and for the Simpsons to keep up with this world they had to adapt.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 7:49 PM on Mon Oct 14 2013
@Gatch They also retired Troy McClure when Phil Hartman passed away, and for a while did the same with Lunch Lady Doris after Doris Grau died (she came back years later with Tress MacNeille as her voice).

I think if a show has to go so far as to kill off a character like this (and announce it ahead of time), they're desperate. Isn't Family Guy doing a similar thing?

The Simpsons has long run it's course, but if it improves to it's former glory (like it did for the movie), then I'd be cool with it. It's hard to make a show's writing last a while, and The Simpsons relys to heavily on this, even though it's animation and voice acting are still spectacular. Family Guy's gone down hill for a similar reason. The only animated comedy shows I still enjoy are South Park and American Dad (the latter of which I think has gotten BETTER in recent seasons).
VctrBnsn
said at 8:09 AM on Thu Oct 10 2013
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Killing off one of the characters, huh. It has to be Flanders.
SalaComMander
said at 7:45 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
Way to go, Simpsons. Even if a lot of people hate you for reasons I don't believe, I still admire you.
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