The Simpsons was confirmed on October 7, 2011 as being renewed through its 25th season. This occurred as part of the negotiations with the show's main actors over their salaries as a means of keeping the show going. Season 24 will air during the 2012-2013 television season.
Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons, has said he views the two additional seasons as a beginning and that it is a goal to complete thirty seasons by the end of the decade.
Fred Armisen, a star of Portlandia and a cast member of Saturday Night Live, will be the husband of a "cool" couple who move next door to the Simpsons from Portland in the episode "The Day the Earth Stood Cool"
Zooey Deschanel will reprise her of Mary, a girl who Bart dated, in the episode "Moonshine River." She will have the largest role of the five girlfriends. Zooey will also take part in the Valentine's Day episode "Love is a Many-Splintered Thing".