The Simpsons are staying on Fox for at least another two seasons as the network announced the renewal on Monday, not like anyone was truly worried about the show’s future. Seasons 27 and 28 will push the longest-running sitcom to 625 episodes. “I’ve outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and ‘McDreamy,’ because I have something they don’t: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction,” Homer Simpson commented.
At this point, The Simpsons are simply an assumed entity on television. As long as the show runners want to make the show, Fox is happy to have its cash cow on air. The only thing that has ever been an uncertainty has been the show’s cast of voice actors, who have become multi-mega-absurd rich after over two decades on air. Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer have gotten into some tussles with Fox executives over salaries. It seems like there were few nasty spats during this round of negotiations.
Fox has continued to benefit greatly from <em>The Simpsons</em> over the past 25 years of production through its 20th Century Fox Television company. They made a landmark deal with FXX to put Homer, Lisa, Bart, Marge and Maggie into syndication on cable for the first time ever in 2013. Its Family Guy crossover episode was a hit and celebrities continue to get excited about making a cameo on the animated series. Despite co-creator Sam Simon’s death earlier this year, The Simpsons seem no closer to death than before.