FOX has announced that The Simpsons has been renewed for its 33rd and 34th seasons and that the network is expanding animation to Mondays this summer. The Simpsons renewal will carry the series to 2023 and a total of 757 episodes!
“Woo Hoo! With any luck the show will soon be older than I am,” noted Homer Simpson. “My biggest move was in the very beginning when I decided to never uncross my fingers,” said executive producer James L. Brooks.
Matt Groening, creator and executive producer of The Simpsons added, “Everyone at The Simpsons is thrilled to be renewed once more, and we are planning lots of big surprises. Homer will lose a hair, Milhouse will get contact lenses, and Bart will celebrate his tenth birthday for the thirty-third time.”
“It’s a sincere pleasure to announce the Season 33 and 34 pick-ups for THE SIMPSONS. We keep hoping that, eventually, they’ll get it right,” said Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment. “Profound respect for and congratulations to Matt, Jim, Al and the many other wonderful partners working really hard to finally elevate ‘The Tracey Ullman Show.’ As they say, ‘practice makes perfect.’”
“Original, brilliant, outrageously funny, prophetic…there aren’t enough positive adjectives to describe this genius comedy which continues to entertain viewers of all ages,” commented Dana Walden, Chairman of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. “Jim Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean lead a team of all-stars who hold such a high bar for themselves and leap over it with each spectacular episode. On behalf of everyone at our studio and the millions of fans of The Simpsons around the world, I want to thank our wonderful partners at FOX for making this a truly great day.”
The longest-running primetime scripted show in television history, The Simpsons exploded into popular culture in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith) and Maggie are instantly identifiable television icons.
Rounding out this cast of characters are many beloved Springfield residents, including tavern proprietor Moe Szyslak (Hank Azaria) and nuclear power plant owner Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer). The Emmy Award-, Annie Award- and Peabody Award-winning animated comedy began its 32nd season this past September and will celebrate a landmark 700 episode with the all-new episode, “Manger Things,” airing Sunday, March 21 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT).
On the next all-new episode, “Yokel Hero” airing this Sunday, March 7 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), Cletus becomes a singing sensation, while Homer becomes a new man. Then Cletus turns on his fans, ruining everything. Albert Brooks makes a guest-voice appearance.
The Simpsons is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean and Matt Selman are the executive producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series.
This summer, FOX is also expanding animation to Mondays, with the series premiere of all-new pet paws-itive comedy Housebroken on May 31 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), followed by Season Two of Duncanville (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). A special two-episode second season debut of Duncanville will air Sunday, May 23 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT and 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), after which the series moves into its Monday time period.
Featuring the voices of Lisa Kudrow, Tony Hale and Will Forte, animated comedy Housebroken follows a group of neighborhood pets and stray animals as they work through their issues inside and outside their therapy group. Honey (Emmy Award winner Lisa Kudrow, Friends, The Comeback), a standard poodle, opens her living room for the group to come and support each other through the misery, mayhem and majesty that is being a pet. Honey also struggles with her own problems, such as her arranged (by her human) marriage with Chief (Nat Faxon, The Way Way Back), a sloppy St. Bernard who enjoys eating socks and licking himself.
The group includes Shel (Will Forte, The Great North), a sex-positive tortoise with intimacy issues and a knack for choosing unconventional partners; Tabitha (Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe), an aging Persian cat beauty queen, trying to adjust to life off the cat show circuit; and The Gray One (Jason Mantzoukas, The Good Place), a street smart cat who lives with about thirty other cats and has his one eye on Tabitha.
The characters also featured are Chico (Sam Richardson, Veep), a chonky, co-dependent and very naive cat; and the group’s newest member, Diablo (Emmy Award winner Tony Hale, Veep, Arrested Development), an anxious, sweater-wearing terrier whose OCD causes him to hump everything twice.
Among the group’s other members are Elsa (Clea DuVall, Veep), a power hungry, know-it-all Corgi, and fake service dog, who drives Honey crazy; Nibbles (guest voice Bresha Webb, The Last O.G.), a psychopathic hamster who is mourning the loss of her mate (whose face she ate…and everyone knows it); and Max (Hale), George Clooney’s pig, a former actor and current status obsessed a-hole.
The group is rounded out by Bubbles (guest voice Greta Lee, Russian Doll), a horny, teenage goldfish who lives with Honey and Chief, and heckles the animals any chance she gets; Tchotchke, a silent, and possibly magical, slow loris with a mysterious past, who uses a tiny cocktail umbrella to express his emotions; and Jill (guest voice Maria Bamford, Big Mouth), Honey and Chief’s human owner.
Housebroken is an irreverent look at human behavior, but told through the filter of an offbeat group of neighborhood pets. Throughout the series, the show centers on the pets’ dysfunctional relationships and their skewed world view, while exploring relevant societal issues in fun and unique ways.
From Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler and Emmy Award winners Mike and Julie Scully, Duncanville follows a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, his family and friends. In the series, DUNCAN (Poehler) can see adulthood on the horizon: money, freedom, cars, girls…but the reality is more like: always being broke, driving with your mom sitting shotgun and babysitting your little sister. He’s not exceptional, but he has a wild imagination in which he’s never anything less than amazing.
Poehler also voices Duncan’s mother, Annie, and Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell voices Duncan’s father, Jack. The series also features the voices of Emmy Award nominee Riki Lindhome as Duncan’s 12-year-old sister Kimberly; Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Rashida Jones as Mia, Duncan’s on-again, off-again crush; Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Wiz Khalifa as Mr. Mitch, the universally loved teacher/guidance counselor, occasional gym coach and school nurse; Joy Osmanski who voices Jing, Duncan’s six-year-old sister; and Betsy Sodaro, Yassir Lester and Zach Cherry as his friends Bex, Yangzi and Wolf, respectively.
The adventures continue in the Season Two premiere of Duncanville airing Sunday, May 23 (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), when the Harris family takes their first vacation. The episode features Parks and Recreation stars Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Retta and Nick Offerman making guest voice appearances.
Housebroken is produced by Kapital Entertainment and FOX Entertainment. It is created and executive-produced by Gabrielle Allan, Jennifer Crittenden and Clea DuVall. Sharon Horgan, Clelia Mountford, Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor also serve as executive producers. The series is animated by Bento Box Entertainment.
Duncanville is produced by 20th Television; Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group; and FOX Entertainment. Mike Scully, Julie Scully and Amy Poehler co-created and executive-produce the series with executive producer Dave Becky. The series is animated by Bento Box Entertainment.