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Guinness World Records Honors Several Franchises at Comic-Con

27 Jul, 2009 By: John Latchem

"Simpsons" creator Matt Groening accepts an award from Craig Glenday of Guinness World Records.

Craig Glenday, editor in chief of Guinness World Records 2010, made the trip to San Diego Comic-Con International 2009 to present several franchises with awards.

Among them, “The Simpsons” earned “longest running sitcom” and “longest running animated TV series” as the Fox show heads into its 21st season with more than 460 episodes. Creator Matt Groening thanked the fans for the honor.

“There is no end in sight,” Groening said. “’Simpsons’ forever!”

“Doctor Who” was named “most successful sci-fi TV show,” based on the length of the show’s run (it began in 1963) and international sales data. Russell T. Davies, the producer who revived “Doctor Who” on television in 2005, accepted on behalf of the franchise.

“Most digital effects in a TV series” went to “Farscape,” which employed about 25 computer artists to create 40 to 50 effects shots per episode.

The Guinness world record book containing these and other feats debuts Sept. 17.

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