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.