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In the words of the immortal Homer Simpson, "woo hoo!" Everyone's favorite cartoon family has been a staple on television for almost thirty years and it certainly does not show any signs of slowing down.
With its renewal of seasons 29 and 30, The Simpsons has officially surpassed CBS' Gunsmoke in the largest number of episodes for any scripted television series ever. The Simpsons will have 669 episodes compared to Gunsmoke's 635 episodes.
The long running Fox series is still beloved by many and hugely profitable for Fox. Its milestone 600th episode that aired on October 16th, 2016 registered its largest rating and seven-day multi-platform audience since January, boasting 9.9 million viewers. It also garnered 1.3 million viewers on Hulu and FoxNow, which was its "largest seven-day average streaming audience in more than three years."
Main Cast Set To Return
For anyone who was losing sleep wondering whether they would replace the veteran voice actors, rest assured, we will have them for the next two seasons.
- Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson + 31 others, including Krusty The Clown and Barney;
- Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson);
- Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson);
- Yeardley Smith, (Lisa Simpson);
- Hank Azaria, the voice of Moe Syszlak + 27 others, including Comic Book Guy and Apu;
- and Harry Shearer, Mr. Burns + 33 others, including Ned Flanders and Otto are all confirmed to return.
Watch This Clip Of The Voice Cast On Inside The Actors Studio:
Is The Ending On The Horizon?
Back in 2014, Deadline interviewed long-time executive producer Al Jean about when the series will come to an end. His response:
"We could last two more years, maybe four, maybe more... No one has talked to us about wrapping the show.”
This was when season 26 was about to premiere. Fast forward to the future 2016 plus the news of the renewal and that equals the "maybe four" Jean mentioned. Could The Simpsons end at 30? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, let's gorge on some purple donuts and hang out with Duff Man!