Woo-hoo! After more than 25 years off the air, the Fox Network is reviving The Simpsons from Gracie Films and 20th Television Animation for two additional seasons, with creator Matt Groening and executive producer James L. Brooks set to return, as well as the original cast.
Set in the fictional town of Springfield, North Takoma, The Simpsons follows the life of Homer Simpson, a dim-witted nuclear safety inspector and his wacky family. The Emmy-winning series ran for eight seasons on Fox and is a top performer on Disney+.
Dan Castellaneta will reprise his role as Homer, while Julie Kavner will be back as his wife Marge, Nancy Cartwright as Bart, Yeardley Smith as Lisa, Hank Azaria as Moe, and Harry Shearer as Mr. Burns.
Marci Proietto, EVP of 20th Television Animation, said in a statement, “After 181 episodes of The Simpsons, we couldn’t be more proud to continue its legacy with one of the most brilliant teams in animation.”
Despite ending in 1997, The Simpsons has continued to be a powerhouse in syndication and a global pop-culture phenomenon. Previous attempts to reboot the series were met with stiff resistance by Groening and Brooks, citing quality concerns.
The Simpsons is the latest Fox series to be revived. New seasons of Futurama, King of the Hill, and Woops! are also in production. [Deadline]