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FOX extends yellow streak with record-setting 26th season pick-up of 'The Simpsons'

by jmaloni


Fri, Oct 4th 2013 08:25 pm
`The Simpsons`: Bart in the all-new `Treehouse of Horror XXIV` episode airing Sunday, Oct. 6 (8 p.m.), on FOX. (FOX photo ©2013 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)
"The Simpsons": Bart in the all-new "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" episode airing Sunday, Oct. 6 (8 p.m.), on FOX. (FOX photo ©2013 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

"Treehouse of Horror XXIV" airs this Sunday, Oct. 6, on FOX

FOX has picked up "The Simpsons" for a historic 26th season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

"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," Reilly said. "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."

Last Sunday's 25th season premiere ranked as the No. 1 entertainment program of the night among Adults 18-49 and was up 12 percent from last season's average.

On the next all-new episode, "The Simpsons" annual Halloween special, "Treehouse of Horror XXIV," airing this Sunday, Oct. 6 (8 p.m.), on FOX, director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro ("Pacific Rim," "Pan's Labyrinth") resurrects monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history for the opening couch gag. Then, in the first of three spine-tingling tales, Homer travels around Springfield wreaking havoc in a rhyming spoof of a popular children's tale. In "Dead and Shoulders" Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa's body and they must live together as one. The final frightening tale, "Freaks no Geeks," features Mr. Burns' traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers, and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances toward Marge.

About 'The Simpsons'

The longest-running scripted show in television history, "The Simpsons" exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Currently in production on its record-annihilating 25th season, "The Simpsons" has won 28 Emmy Awards, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short "The Longest Daycare." It has been the subject of a hit feature film, created a revolutionary virtual coaster ride at Universal Studios, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, and has been honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by creator Matt Groening. Named the "Best Show of the 20th Century" by Time magazine, "The Simpsons" was also named "Greatest American Sitcom" by Entertainment Weekly in 2013.

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