‘The Simpsons’ Renewed for Another 2 Seasons

A cartoon family of world-class underachievers is set to burst an enduring TV record.

The Fox network has ordered the 29th and 30th seasons of “The Simpsons,” carrying it through the 2018-19 season. This takes the animated series to 669 episodes, breaking the previous record for a scripted series set four decades ago with the Western “Gunsmoke,” which produced 635.

Family patriarch Homer Simpson was quoted as commenting: “Take that, ‘Gunsmoke’! You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!”

The tale of mythical Springfield and the Simpson clan premiered in 1990 and recently aired its 600th episode.

It stars Dan Castellaneta as Homer and Julie Kavner as Marge, as well as Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer. It airs Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time. (AP)

Obama to Hand Over Social Media Accounts to New President

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What happens to President Barack Obama’s 11.1 million Twitter followers on Inauguration Day?

The White House says Obama’s official POTUS account will be taken over by the next president, who will start with a huge following but a clean slate of tweets. Obama’s tweets will move over to a new handle, POTUS44, by the National Archives and Records Administration.

The same will take place with Obama’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, along with other Twitter accounts including Michelle Obama’s FLOTUS and Joe Biden’s VP accounts.

The White House says thousands of hours of video and millions of photos are being transferred to digital archives. Eventually, they’ll be available to download in compact form like zip files.

Obama is leaving office with far more digital content to archive than any previous president. (AP)

Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam Lead Rock Hall of Fame Ballot

The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Nine of the 19 acts nominated are on the ballot for the first time, with Shakur and Pearl Jam in their first year of eligibility. More than 800 artists, historians and music-industry officials vote, with results announced in December and induction next April. Nominations were announced Tuesday.

Other first-time nominees are: Journey; punk pioneers Bad Brains; 1980s synth-poppers Depeche Mode; Jeff Lynne’s 1970s hit machine Electric Light Orchestra; Lollapalooza instigators Jane’s Addiction; 1960s folkie Joan Baez; and Steppenwolf, Canadian rockers of “Born to be Wild” fame. (AP)

Drake Shatters American Music Awards Nominations Record

Drake earned a record-breaking 13 American Music Awards nominations on Monday, shattering Michael Jackson’s mark of 11 nominations in a single year from 1984.

Rihanna got seven nominations and Adele and Justin Bieber tied with five each. Beyonce and The Chainsmokers each received four nominations. Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and The Weeknd earned three nominations each.

Nominees for artist of the year are Adele, Beyonce, Bieber, Drake, Selena Gomez, Adriana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd.

Nominees for the title of new artist of the year are Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, DNCE, Shawn Mendes and Zayn.

The awards show will air live Nov. 20 from Los Angeles on ABC (AP)

Beyonce and Bieber Lead the Nominations for MTV EMAs

MTV has announced the contenders for this year’s EMAs, with Beyonce and Justin Bieber coming out on top with five nods each for the music awards.

Bieber is up for Best Song for “Sorry,” while Beyonce is in the Best Video category for “Foundation.” Bieber also takes on Best Pop Act, while Beyonce is up for Best Live Act.

The pair go head to head for Biggest Fans and both artists will fight it out in the male and female categories respectively, where Bieber will compete against Calvin Harris, Drake, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd and Beyonce will face Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Adele.

Adele and Coldplay both have four nominations.

This year’s awards will take place in Rotterdam on Sunday Nov. 6. (AP)

Letterman, Aykroyd to Honor Bill Murray at Kennedy Center

Bill Murray was the first and last guest on David Letterman’s late-night show, and Letterman will return the favor by making a rare public appearance when Murray is presented with the nation’s top prize for humor.

On Tuesday, The Kennedy Center announced the lineup of performers for next month’s celebration of Murray, who’ll receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

In addition to Letterman, two of Murray’s “Ghostbusters” co-stars – Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver – will appear at the event on Oct. 23. Other performers include comedian Aziz Ansari; late-night host Jimmy Kimmel; actor Bill Hader; musician Paul Shaffer; author and humorist Roy Blount, Jr.; and Murray’s brother, Brian Doyle Murray.

The prize is awarded annually to a humorist who influences society in the tradition of Mark Twain. (AP)

Bob Odenkirk to Write Book of Essays About His Life

“Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk has nabbed a book deal to write essays about his life and comic journey.

Random House announced Wednesday that the still-untitled book will explore Odenkirk’s career working at Chicago’s Second City to writing and acting on “Saturday Night Live,” ”Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” ”Mr. Show,” ”Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”

Random House Executive Editor Ben Greenberg says the book will give Odenkirk’s TV fans who might not know the comedian’s past “a look at the remarkable writer and comedic mind hiding just beneath that character.”

Odenkirk arrived at “Breaking Bad” in its second season as welcome comic relief, then grew Saul into a full-fledged scene stealer and has become the star in the quirky prequel “Better Call Saul.” (AP)