Homer Simpson has a green light for a record 26th season of nuclear near-misses, fatherhood foibles and tavern tantrums.
Fox Broadcasting Co. announced Friday that “The Simpsons,” already the longest-running scripted show in television history, has been renewed.
The animated show’s 25th season debuted Sunday. Fox said ratings were up 12% from last year’s average.
‘They don’t know yet,’ he said of the cast member whose character will bite the dust – and stayed similarly tight-lipped when it came to revealing further details about the episode, saying only that the person’s exit would be both ‘emotional’ and ‘funny’.
He added: ‘It’ll be bigger than “who shot JR”? but not as big as “Who Shot Mr Burns”?’
While Jean had originally indicated that the character in question would meet their demise during the 25th series – which began on US TV last month – further reports suggest that the death will now occur in the first episode of the 26th series, due to air in 2014.