'The Simpsons' renewed for 23rd season
The Simpsons, the longest-running television comedy series in history, has been renewed for a 23rd season and is set to continue airing until at least 2012.
The show, which depicts a family led by doughnut-loving, beer-guzzling overweight patriarch Homer Simpson, first aired in the late 1980s and has featured the voices of many celebrities and even world leaders.
Celebrities that lend voices in the current season of the animated sitcom include Halle Berry, Ricky Gervais, Rachel Weisz, Jon Hamm of "Mad Men", Alyson Hannigan of "How I Met Your Mother", basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Martha Stewart and pop singer Katy Perry.
"Like many 22-year-olds, "The Simpsons" is extremely happy remaining at home, on FOX, and hopes it doesn't have to go out into the real world for many years to come," l Jean, executive producer of the show, said in a statement provided by FOX.
The series, which has won 10 Emmys for "Outstanding Animated Program", has also often featured controversial themes and storylines. In October, a special title sequence created by UK graffiti artist Banksy depicted Asian workers, including children, working in a sweatshop to create stills and merchandise for "The Simpsons".
The Vatican said the show features recurring themes about Christian faith, religion and questions about God and declared Homer Simpson a "true Catholic". In June, Homer Simpson was named the greatest character created for television and film in the past 20 years by Entertainment Weekly magazine.
The series spurred a hit film titled "The Simpsons Movie" in 2007 as well as a ride at Universal Studios' theme parks in Florida and California