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Fox renews 'Simpsons,' secures record as longest-running prime-time show

Fox renews 'Simpsons,' secures record as longest-running prime-time show

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Fox renews 'Simpsons,' secures record as longest-running prime-time show
Fox renewed "The Simpsons" for two more seasons on Thursday, which will secure its spot as the longest-running series on prime-time TV at 22 seasons. "Simpsons" is currently tied with record-holder "Gunsmoke," which ran for 20 seasons.

LOS ANGELES - Fox says it's renewing "The Simpsons" for another two seasons, which will secure its place as TV's longest-running prime-time series. Now in its 20th season, "The Simpsons" already had tied record-holder "Gunsmoke." The Western drama series aired for two decades on CBS before it ended in 1975.

"The Simpsons" will pass that mark next season. The two-year, 44-episode pickup announced Thursday by Fox will bring the total number of "Simpsons" episodes to 493.

The animated comedy about Homer and Marge Simpson, their children and the town of Springfield is not only enduring but much-honored: It's received a Peabody and 24 Emmys among other awards.

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