ANIMATED sitcom The Simpsons has earned itself a place in the record books, after the Fox network renewed the show for two more seasons.
The 44-episode order will take the show through to the end of its 22nd season (and 493 episodes) which will make it the longest-running series in primetime TV history.
The previous record-holder, Gunsmoke, ran for 20 years.
THIS one goes down as a rumour, as it is yet to be confirmed, but Zap2It’s Korbi Ghosh is claiming that the excellent The Big Bang Theory and the very popular Two And A Half Men have been renewed by CBS.
Both shows are created and produced by Chuck Lorre. Ghosh says The Big Bang Theory (above) has been given a two-season order (which would take it through to the end of season four) and Two And A Half Men, currently airing its sixth season, gets another three.
The BBC has ordered an eight-part second season of supernatural horror comedy-drama Being Human.
The six-part first season of the well-received show – about a ghost, werewolf and vampire who share a flat and their struggle to fit into the normal world – ended at the weekend.
You can find some (very vague) hints about what is to come in the second season at creator Toby Whithouse’s blog at the official BBC site for the show.
Both shows will retain their original writers and production teams but will feature new casts, characters and settings unrelated to their first season stories.
The first, five-part season of Five Days, produced in association with HBO, aired in 2007. It told the story of the search for a missing mother and her two young children, focusing on the events of five key days during the investigation (days 1, 3, 28, 33 and 79).
Two of the characters from the first season of Five Days, a pair of dysfunctional detectives played by Hugh Bonneville and Janet McTeer, appeared in a spin-off called Hunter, which aired in January this year on BBC1.
Criminal Justice aired on five consecutive nights during Summer 2008. It took a critical look at the British justice system by following the story of a man accused of murder after a drunken and drug-filled night out, who has memory of the crime.
BBC series controller Kate Harwood said: “The first Five Days took a murder that blew apart a community and came down at five different points in time to look at the different pressures on characters. The new series will do the same but it’s set in the north of England.”
Regarding Criminal Justice, she added: “A murder takes place in the first episode, raising a whole different set of questions to the first series.”
Criminal Justive will air later this year, with Five Days expected in early 2010.
MEANWHILE, BBC Scotland has ordered a new, six-part season of Rab C Nesbitt, almost a decade after the show’s last season aired.
The sitcom stars Gregor Fisher as a philosophical unemployed Glaswegian drunk. The character originally appeared in a series of sketches in the show Naked Video before getting his own show, which ran for eight seasons (and 53 episodes) over the course of 11 years between 1988 and 1999.
The show returned to BBC2 for a one-off special aired at Christmas 2008 on BBC2 and attracted high ratings, leading the Beeb to commission a full new six-part series.
CABLE channel Lifetime has ordered a 20-episode second season of comedy Rita Rocks. The show stars Nicole Sullivan as a wife andmother who also fronts a rock band.