TV's "Simpsons" renewed for 23rd season

Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:00pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - "The Simpsons" have plenty more adventures to go on.

Fox television said on Thursday it was renewing the subversive animated TV show about America's favorite TV family for a 23rd season. The show is already the longest-running comedy on U.S. television.

"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 executive producer Al Jean.

The outlandish tales of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have won a total of 27 Emmy awards since they began lampooning American culture in 1989. Homer Simpson's annoyed grunt "D'Oh!" has entered the Oxford English Dictionary and the family has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The renewal for another TV season will bring the total episodes for the series to 515, Fox said.

"The Simpsons" is broadcast in more than 100 countries and 50 languages. It has even been praised by the Vatican, whose official newspaper last month declared that Homer and Bart Simpson were both Catholics.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney)

<p>Characters (from L-R) Lisa, Bart, Homer, Marge and Maggie stand are shown in Santa Monica, California in this October 18, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>