'The Simpsons' renews through Season 30, putting a TV record within reach

Mr Burns and the Simpson family in the Season 28 premiere of The Simpsons. Photo / Fox
Mr Burns and the Simpson family in the Season 28 premiere of The Simpsons. Photo / Fox

"The Simpsons" director/producer David Silverman told The Washington Post last month of the show's long run: "We don't want it to end."

Now, "The Simpsons" is scheduled to break the record for the longest-running prime-time scripted series in TV history.

Fox has renewed the show -- now in its 28th season -- for two more of them, meaning that the legendary animated series would break the Western drama "Gunsmoke's" record of 635 episodes in Season 30.

"Take that 'Gunsmoke!' You lost a race you didn't even know you were running!" Homer Simpson said Friday in a statement.

As a Fox series, "The Simpsons" debuted in 1989, launched by producers Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and the late Sam Simon.

This season, the show averages 7.2 million viewers across all platforms.

- Washington Post

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