Michael Cera to guest on 'The Simpsons' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Here’s a promising Development: Michael Cera is coming to Springfield! EW has learned that the star of screens small (Arrested Development) and big (Juno) has recorded a guest role for an episode of The Simpsons. Cera voices Nick, a seemingly gallant boy who becomes a potential love interest for Lisa. “He starts quoting Hemingway and she says, ‘You’re not a product of the Springfield public schools, are you?’ And he goes, ‘No, I come to Springfield for the food and the women,’” says executive producer Al Jean. “So he talks a good game. [But]

she starts to realize that he’s less than expected.” Cera’s episode, titled “The Daughter Also Rises,” is scheduled to air next season, which will be the animated Fox comedy’s 23rd.

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  • Peter

    Pretty sure I saw this episode already. A few times.

    • Gash

      Are you from the future? Tell us more about it. Do we ever elect a black president? Will The Biggest Loser and American Idol ever team up to create a new show about obese people who sing called “The Biggest Loser”?

      • Jake

        Actually, the team-up show is called “The Biggest Idol.”

      • Rita

        EW is a joke.
        First they publish articles about how dead and unfunny The Simpsons now is.
        Now they think anybody cares about a B-list star doing a voice on a show that won’t be on for months.

        This mag and its writers are awful.

      • Matt

        Rita, what are you talking about? Describe why 1)criticizing the decline of the show and 2)Still reporting on the show are somehow mutually exclusive?
        The mag has critics, who – yup, you guessed it! – provide criticism on media, which includes tv shows, which includes the simpsons. The mag also provides news stories (small and large in scope), and the Simpsons was/is a pop culture touchstone.
        WHY DOES EVERYONE ACT LIKE THEY’RE AN MSNBC/FOX ANCHOR!
        You’re not Daniel Ellsburg because you’re flaming AN ENTERTAINMENT news source! It takes more critical-thinking to find the value in something, then to automatically flame it.

    • Peter

      Yes to all.

      • Bob

        It’s OK, Peter. I knew what you meant, and I completely agree with you.

  • Sandy Mulberry

    I think he means it sounds just like the plot from the episode when Frankie Muniz guest starred. I’d look it up but, eh

    • Wha’ever

      I think the movie featured something similar, although I don’t really remember how the character was.

  • Dante Ellis

    It’s been done before. At least twice. The writers should try to be a little more effort into a decent plot. I know they’ve been busting their backs, but they should come up with plots that are a little more surreal and not too realistic.

    • Peter

      I disagree on that. The show was best around seasons 3-6, when it was mostly character-driven. Even surreal ones like the space coyote one were, at the core, about Homer and Marge. The Scorpio one was hilarious, but that’s about the time it became hard to tell the Halloween episodes and the regular episodes apart.

  • Doriann Orengo

    I love you so much everytime I see a movie with you in it makes my day lol ur awesome!!!!!!!

    • Really?

      You do know that Michael Cera didn’t actually write this article, don’t you?

      • Nio Soso

        Shhhh… Don’t break their fragile minds.

      • Hanover

        He didn’t? Nooooooooo!

  • JAM

    Hey we haven’t done this story line in 4 years. Let’s try it again, only this time we’ll use Michael Cera’s voice. South Park had an episode called The Simpsons Already Did It, now I’m waiting for them to do The Simpsons Already Did It, Again.

    • Grumpster

      That’s just precious! I’d watch that one…again.

  • MarcHon

    I grew up on the Simpsons and I am a HUGE fan, but can they focus on the story, NOT THE GUEST STARS.

  • captain obvious

    Simpsons already did it.

  • nt

    i used to really like celebrity guest stars on the simpsons, but nowadays they suck.

    every season we get 4 to 6 episodes with some hollywood actor who plays some springfield resident we havent seen before and will never see again. at least 2 times every season its some 30-something playing a love intrest for lisa or bart, and its never funny, they never add anything to the story, just a famous name to the credits.

    the simpsons universe has 100+ awesome characters, they dont need alyson hannigan as a music teacher or jon hamm as fbi inspector or jonah hill as some kid , just stick to the regular voice cast and creat funny storylines.

  • AV

    ‘You know, I like his films except for that nervous fellow that’s always in them.’ – Ned Flanders

  • Joker’s Lady

    As Lisa Simpson has said in an episode I can’t remember,(I think it’s the sherry bobbins one)
    “Been there, done it.”
    Why can’t she have a steady boyfriend already? I don’t think it would hurt, it made some fresh ideas to the show.

    • Jen

      COLIN!!!

    • Milhouse

      What about me? The house always wins!

  • deedeedragons

    Bored now.

  • dee123

    We can complain about the writing as much as we want but as long as The Simpsons still earns the big $$$ for Fox, Springfield ain’t going anywhere.

  • Joe

    I wonder if Michael Cera’s performance as Michael Cera will be as Micheal Cera-ish in animated form as it is in live action Michael Cera roles?

  • Jason

    They should make Michael Cera a regular. He’d be a shoo-in for an emmy. His Oscar will soon come as well. Can’t wait for his acceptance speech at the Oscars!!!!

  • Grumpster

    Simpsons should be as quick with things as South Park. They should do a Springfield Tornado episode. SP is way too on top of stuff, and Simpsons writers are just counting the days to a layoff or retirement.

    • Bobby’s Robot

      Yeah ’cause real-life deadly tornadoes are hilarious! And they way they do their animation is completey different than South Park so it would be impossible get episodes out that quick.

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