The long-running animated Fox series The Simpsons was renewed through its 34th season in 2023, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Currently in its 32nd season, The Simpsons’ pickups were often “no-brainers” until Disney took control of the series during its $72 billion deal with Fox.
The show was last renewed in 2019 and has generated sizeable profits for the network prior to that. Having officially launched in 1989, and currently being streamed on Disney+, the two-year renewal allows Disney leeway to determine whether the show should move to another network or platform. Members of both companies spoke out regarding the renewals, with Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier stating, “It’s a sincere pleasure to announce the season 33 and 34 pickups for The Simpsons. We keep hoping that, eventually, they’ll get it right,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, referencing The Simpsons breaking barriers as the longest-running primetime scripted show in television history, Chairman of Entertainment at Walt Disney Television claimed, “Original brilliant, outrageously funny, prophetic…there aren’t enough positive adjectives to describe this genius comedy which continues to entertain viewers of all ages. Jim Brooks, Matt Groning and Al Jean lead a team of all-stars who hold such a high bar for themselves and leap over it with each spectacular episode. On behalf of everyone at our studio and the millions of fans of The Simpsons, around the world, I want to thank our wonderful partners at Fox for making this truly a great day,” as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
News of this renewal was announced months after Fox and Disney gave two-season renewals for network animated favorites Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers. These animated shows will also continue throughout the 2022-2023 broadcast season.