`The Simpsons` renewed for 26th season

Los Angeles: Fox has renewed animated comedy `The Simpsons` for a historic 26th season.

The show, which debuted in 1990, is the longest-running scripted show in TV history. The series has won 28 Emmy Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the short film `The Longest Daycare`, said the Hollywood Reporter.

"For more than a quarter of a century, The Simpsons has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures," said Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox.

"This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it `s one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I `m looking forward to yet another landmark season."

The news comes just days after it was revealed that an important character will be killed. The 25th season of the show began recently.


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