The Simpsons has been picked up for its 26th season, but Fox left a lot of unanswered questions about the series and it this year will be its final. This will bring the episode tally for the animated comedy to 574.
The renewal is hardly a shock, as the show continues to perform well in the ratings. The season 25 premiere was the top-rated broadcast network entertainment program on Sept. 29 among 18-to-49-year-olds and grew 12 percent from the season 24 debut.
“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, Fox entertainment chairman, said in a statement.
“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,” Reilly added.
The show recently kicked off its 25th season and producer Al Jean told Sun News that a regular character will be killed off in the forthcoming series, but didn’t reveal any information about which character it will be.
“I’ll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won’t say who it is” Jean told the network.
The show’s annual Halloween episode, “Treehouse of Horror XXIV,” which airs Sunday, features an opening sequence created by horror/fantasy director Guillermo del Toro.
The network announced yesterday that it was ordering a second season of Sleepy Hollow.