‘The Simpsons’ Season 26 Announced by Fox [+ Video]

The Simpsons will be staying put in Springfield for a record 26th season. Fox announced the news today, just a week after the 25th season premiere ranked as the number one entertainment program for the night among adults 18-29.

“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 Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company in a statement. “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.”

This Sunday’s episode marks the 24th annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode, and The Simpsons will prove one again it still has new tricks hidden up Krusty’s sleeves with a spectacularly creepy couch gag from director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth). The cool sequence serves as a who’s who’s for horror buffs referencing dozens of classic films, books and monsters including nods to H.P. Lovecraft and The Shining. Watch the sequence below, then tune in Sunday, October 6th at 8PM ET/PT on Fox for “Treehouse of Horror XXIV.”