AceShowbiz - It's official! FOX has announced that it has picked up "The Simpsons" for two more seasons. The announcement of season 31 and 32 renewal was made on Wednesday, February 6 during its panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
With the renewal, the animated series will have impressive 713 episodes in total at the end of season 32. That makes "The Simpsons", which is currently airing its 30th season, the longest-running primetime scripted show in television history. The title was previously held by "Gunsmoke" which ran for 29 seasons.
The official Twitter account of the FOX comedy also announced the big news. "We've got some eeeeeexcellllent news... #TheSimpsons has been renewed for Seasons 31 and 32!" the account wrote alongside the show's poster for the new seasons renewal.
The news arrives after Variety reported last month that FOX broadcast network and 20th Century Fox TV were finalizing a deal to renew the series for two more seasons.
"The Simpsons" has won 33 Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, a 2016 People's Choice Award and a 2016 Environmental Media Award. Additionally, the series was the first animated series to nab a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for the theatrical short "The Longest Daycare" back in 2012.
The series is also one of those franchises that has been merchandised in just about every possible way, and has spawned comic books, video games, toys, clothes, a theme park attraction, and of course a very successful theatrical movie back in 2007. The movie, titled "Simpsons Movie", grossed over $527 million at the global box office.
What's more interesting from the renewal announcement was that the show actually predicted Fox and Disney's merger in a 1998 episode. Titled "When You Dish Upon a Star", the episode featured a scene of 20th Century Fox being forced to change their logo to include "A Walt Disney Company". Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger and Ron Howard guest-starred in the said episode.