FXX is about to out-D’oh themselves. In 2014 they aired 552 episodes of “The Simpsons” over 12 days, making it the longest-running marathon in TV history. But records were made to be broken. The cable net announced today that a new 600-episode marathon will begin at noon ET on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 and conclude at midnight ET on December 6. This 300-hour, 13-day run will feature every episode of the Fox hit series and will now, officially, be the longest TV marathon ever.
“The first ‘Every. Simpsons. Ever.’ marathon was truly so special and landmark in its cultural relevance and impact,” said FX Networks President and COO Chuck Saftler. “The unprecedented feat of reaching 600 episodes deserves something of that caliber to mark it and celebrate it. Doing this is an act of true fandom, honoring Jim Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, all the writers, artists, directors, people behind the scenes and the ridiculously talented voice actors who have brought this series to life and kept it at the pinnacle of artistic excellence these past 27+ seasons.”
In similar news, Fox will debut the show’s 28th season this Sunday, September 25 at 8 p.m. ET. In the premiere, Emmy winner Amy Schumer is featured as the week’s guest-voice. Fox reports: “When Springfield is burned to the ground, the Simpsons beg Mr. Burns to fund its rebuilding. Burns agrees — with one condition: he gets to put on a variety show at the Springfield Bowl, on the all-new ‘Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus.'”
FXX is the cable network home for all seasons of “The Simpsons,” excluding seasons airing in their first run on Fox. According to the TV academy, “The Simpsons” has earned 85 nominations over 27 years, with 32 wins in the bank so far. Its most recent victory was in 2015 when long-running cast member Hank Azaria won the category of Best Character Voice-Over.