'The Simpsons' Showrunner Al Jean on 26 Years of Success

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After 26 years on the air, The Simpsons continues to get tongues wagging and is, currently, enjoying "a moment" thanks to an epic 12-day marathon, a crossover episode with Family Guy, and the launch of a new, robust website which will feature loads of content. So how does such a long-running show manage to stay so current?

"We really take season 26 as seriously as we took season one, and there are a lot of really great and well-animated episodes," showrunner Al Jean tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The great thing about The Simpsons is no matter when you stop or start, it's pretty much the same show...I think no matter where you go in, we try to give you the same well-thought-out show on that basic premise. We've never done anything where people would quote on quote say, 'it jumped the shark' or it changed from what came before."

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