10/04/2013 06:13 pm ET

'The Simpsons' Renewed For Season 26


Fox has renewed "The Simpsons" for Season 26, the network announced Friday.

“For more than a quarter of a century, 'The Simpsons' has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures,” said Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly “This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it’s one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I’m looking forward to yet another landmark season.”

The show's annual Halloween special, “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” airs this Sunday, October 6 at 8 p.m. ET. In the spooky episode, director Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) resurrects monsters and classic characters from horror films throughout history for the opening couch gag. Then, in the first of three spine-tingling tales, Homer travels around Springfield wreaking havoc in a rhyming spoof of a popular children’s tale. In “Dead and Shoulders” Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and they must live together as one. The final frightening tale, “Freaks no Geeks,” features Mr. Burns’ traveling circus, The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which has stopped in Springfieldland in the 1930s. Trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer are performers, and things go awry when circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge.

Also ahead this season? The show is planning to kill a character that one of the voice actors won an Emmy for. Speculate away in the comments.

"The Simpsons" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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