Nov 04, 2016 03:08 PM EST

The Simpsons Breaks Record with 29th and 30th Season Renewals

The Simpsons Breaks Record with 29th and 30th Season Renewals
Fox has renewed The Simpsons for its 29th and 30th seasons, a move that now makes the show have the largest number of episodes for any scripted television series ever with 669 total. It will now break the record previously set by Gunsmoke, which had 635 episodes.

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, said, "This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series. The Simpsons has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt, Jim and Al. Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series - from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team - you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of Simpsons fans around the world, thank you for watching all these years. We're happy to tell you there's lots more to come." 

The cast of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria And Harry Shearer will all be returning for both seasons, as well.

The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening, has won 32 Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, a 2016 People's Choice Award and a 2016 Environmental Media Award. It has been called the "Best Show of the 20th Century" by Time magazine, and called the "Best TV Show Ever" by Vulture in 2016. 
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