Wednesday, February 6, 2019

FOX Renews 'The Simpsons' for Seasons 31 and 32

During its presentation at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Fox Entertainment renewed its original animated comedy series The Simpsons for two additional seasons - bringing the long-running show through Season 32. 

The renewal comes after the broadcast network was able to negotiate a reduced licensing fee for the series from producers 20th Century Fox Television - which will no longer be vertically integrated with the network following the sale of Fox assets to Disney. That merger will close soon meaning Fox Entertainment - casually known as New Fox - won't have a production company associated with its business.

In its current 30th season, the animated comedy is averaging a 1.9 rating in the key Adults 18-49 demographic when factoring in seven days of delayed viewing.

In its 29th season, the show surpassed Gunsmoke as the primetime scripted series with the most episodes. Gunsmoke made 635 episodes across 20 years. By the close of its 32nd season, The Simpsons will have produced an unprecedented 713 episodes.

James L. Brook, Matt Groening and showrunner Al Jean currently executive produce the comedy.