Good news for fans of The Simpsons

Fans of The Simpsons can rejoice – two brand new series of the long-running animated hit have been commissioned.

Fox has confirmed that a 27th and 28th season are in the offing – meaning the show will boast a total of 625 episodes.

The Simpsons is now 26 years old, and has won multiple awards. A wide-range of merchandise is also attached to the brand, along with a feature-length film, numerous video games, and a Universal Studios theme-park ride.

The network’s announcement yesterday playfully stated that the show’s protagonist, Homer, had lasted so long because of his “costly 200-donut-a-day addiction".

Although some fans say The Simpsons, which was created by Oregan-native Matt Groening, is past its glory days, it still attracts solid viewing figures: Fox says 6.2m people are watching the current series.