The Simpsons Renewed for a 23rd Season

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At this point, it’d be a much bigger surprise if The Simpsons wasn’t renewed than that it was, but here we go: The Simpsons has been renewed for a 23rd season, meaning that at the end of the 2011-2012 season, it will have aired a dizzying 515 episodes. Insert mandatory comment about how the quality of the series has declined since Season 11/Season 6/”The Principal and the Pauper“/it left the Tracey Ullman Show.

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From the press release:

“Like many 22-year-olds, THE SIMPSONS is extremely happy remaining at home, on FOX, and hopes it doesn’t have to go out into the real world for many years to come,” said Al Jean, Executive Producer, THE SIMPSONS.

This season, America’s favorite family continues to entertain us with their wild and outlandish adventures as Maggie goes missing, Homer becomes a premier hairdresser, Moe’s Tavern is converted into an ultra-trendy bar and the family debates the best way to spend the holiday season. Guest stars paying Springfield a visit in upcoming episodes include actors Halle Berry, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais, Rachel Weisz, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Alyson Hannigan and Joe Mantegna; basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; lifestyle guru Martha Stewart; and pop sensation Katy Perry, who appears in a live-action sequence alongside SIMPSONS puppets. Additionally, the World Broadcast Premiere of “The Simpsons Movie” will air Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX.

Side note apropos of the release: Seriously, how many times has Moe’s Tavern been revamped at this point? Family restaurant, speakeasy, English pub, sushi bar, another hip and trendy lounge…

(via The Futon Critic)

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