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Fox Entertainment Renews 'The Simpsons' For Its 26th Season

By Sam Lehman | Oct 05, 2013 10:11 AM EDT

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The first 24 seasons of 'The Simpsons' are headed to FXX. (Photo : Facebook)

Fox Entertainment has renewed its popular TV series, "The Simpsons", for a historic 26th season, the network announced in a statement.

Very few television series can boast more than 7 seasons. It seems a miracle when a series is renewed for even its 8th season. Popular television series "F.R.I.E.N.D.S" was one of the few series that got a 10th season.  "The Simpsons" can proudly boast of 25 seasons and now Fox Entertainment announced that the series has been renewed for its 26th season.

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"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," Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Fox Entertainment said in a statement, according to E!Online. "This groundbreaking 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."

"The Simpsons" season 25, premiered September 29, will feature some very prominent guests like Amy Poehler, Elisabeth Moss, Eva Longoria, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Bob Odenkirk and Daniel Radcliffe, according to the report. The actors won't feature in the series, considering the fact that it is an animation but will lend their voices to new characters that will be introduced during the course of season 25.

The Simpsons debuted in 1990 and is the longest running series in the history of television. It is produced by Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television, with Starz Media Co.'s Film Roman serving as the animation house. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers.

The series has won 28 Emmy Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the short film "The Longest Daycare."

Hollywood Reporter said earlier that the writers are currently working on a script where some characters in the show will die.

"We are doing this story for the same reason we do all others -- we think it has a good emotional through line," Jean explained. "The story will be produced this year, though it may air in season 26."

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