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'The Simpsons' gets Fox renewal for 26th season

By CNN Staff
October 4, 2013 -- Updated 2253 GMT (0653 HKT)
  • Animated hit just started its 25th season
  • It's already longest-running scripted show in television history

(CNN) -- 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.

CNN's David Simpson and Denise Quan contributed to this report.