You might want to block out some time for this episode of The Simpsons: On May 4, the long-running animated Fox comedy will journey into the world of Lego, as Homer finds himself transported into another yellow dimension. Will it be a snap for him to return to his old world? What happens when things like Kwik-E-Mart become the Brick-E-Mart? And how will this episode stack up against The Lego Movie, which has earned more than $250 million at the box office? “I think it’s just as good and it’s free,” quips executive producer Al Jean, who adds: “If anyone out there has an idea for a new material that the Simpsons can be made out of, please write to us. Cardboard? Yarn? Anything is up for grabs.” To learn more about the show’s 550th episode, titled “Brick Like Me,” read the following Q&A with Simpsons co-executive producer Brian Kelley, who wrote this unconventional installment, and executive producer Matt Selman, who oversaw the project. READ FULL STORY
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Do you and your eyeballs have what it takes to watch every episode of The Simpsons in a row? FXX has essentially issued that challenge, announcing Wednesday that it will air all 552 installments of the animated Fox comedy over a 12-day period, from Aug. 21 through Labor Day. In case you’re wondering, yes, there is an actual world record for longest continuous television viewing, and it’s held by a pair of California residents, who consumed 86 hours and 37 minutes of Springfield high jinks during a Fox-sponsored event two years ago. READ FULL STORY
When Marcia Wallace passed away last year after a 28-year battle with breast cancer, fans of The Simpsons mourned the loss of the series’ beloved, wisecracking teacher Edna Krabappel — whom Wallace had voiced for 24 years.
Executive producer Al Jean promised that the character would be retired, and The Simpsons has since paid homage to Wallace in a few brief instances: in a November episode, Bart remembered his teacher in a somber opening chalkboard gag, and a holiday opening credits sequence featured Krabappel sporting angel wings in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.
But at the end of the March 10 episode “The Man Who Grew Too Much,” the show dedicated its tag to what appears to be Mrs. Krabappel’s final appearance. The scene finds Ned Flanders — who married Bart’s perennial fourth grade teacher in a 2012 episode — wearing a black armband and tenderly remembering his late wife. And naturally, we hear her signature laugh echo one last time.
Fans of The Simpsons are on edge this year, as executive producer Al Jean teased back in October that the axe will fall on a character in the season 26 premiere. The only clues? The character has appeared more than twice on the show and is voiced by an actor who won an Emmy for playing the role (or roles).
While everyone scrambles to place their bets on the identity of the unlucky victim (the latest in a long line of offed characters including Maude Flanders, Fat Tony, and Bleeding Gums Murphy), Hank Azaria dropped a major clue about the Springfield resident who will kick the bucket in next fall’s season premiere.
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Eva Longoria may have given a speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of Barack Obama, but on the next episode of The Simpsons, she’s taking the stage as a Republican.
Longoria plays the role of Isabelle Gutierrez, who becomes Lisa’s new best pal. However, the glow of new friendship may flicker out quickly as liberal Lisa discovers that Isabelle’s political animal is an elephant, not a donkey. Worse yet, they are opponents in the campaign for second-grade class rep. You can preview the Lisa-Isabelle debate from “The Kid is All Right” (Fox, 8 p.m., Sunday) in the clip below. Longoria isn’t the only famous voice in the episode; Anderson Cooper plays himself in a flashforward. READ FULL STORY
The Simpsons is coming to FXX in 2014.
The acquisition of the long-running animated comedy today, which was announced today, marks one of the biggest off-network deals in history, according to FXX, which is currently home to original episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League.
“The Simpsons is indisputably one of the greatest shows in television history,” said FX president John Landgraf in a statement. “We are honored to have it associated with FX Networks and FXX.” READ FULL STORY
Before Elisabeth Moss returns to Manhattan, she’s making a pit stop in Springfield: The actress who stars as Peggy Olson on Mad Men is lending her voice to Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons (Fox, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.). Moss will play a pregnant woman named Gretchen whose baby Homer winds up delivering in an elevator. (Spoiler: It’s not Pete’s.) But when she names the baby Homer Jr. to recognize his good deed, Homer gets a little too attached to the little tyke. EW asked this unabashed Simpsons fan all about her big guest spot — and tossed in few Mad Men questions as well.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Is this your animated debut?
ELISABETH MOSS: I have done a few things, but when I was really young. There was a Batman show. And I did a Hanna-Barbera film called Once Upon a Forest.
Was this something that you’d been hoping they’d ask you to do for awhile? How would you assess your level of Simpsons fandom?
I’m 31. It’s been on for 25 years. It’s been on for most of my life. It’s so a part of my world that I don’t remember a time when The Simpsons wasn’t on television. For my generation, it’s a huge part of our upbringing. It’s just a staple. [Being asked to guest-star] is not even something I would necessarily even dream of. Obviously that’s something you’d love to do but you think, “Oh, that’s really cool and important. Nobody’s ever going to ask you to do it.” I couldn’t have been more excited. You would have thought I had won an award or something. It really was such a honor, honestly, and it was one of those moments in your career, like being on Saturday Night Live and those things that aren’t technically a part of your day job that are such a stamp of approval, you know? It’s just one of those legendary things that I’ll be able to show to my kids. READ FULL STORY
Get ready for more Seth MacFarlane on Fox.
The network, which is already home to MacFarlane’s Family Guy and Dads, announced today it has picked up 13 episodes of a new animated comedy called Bordertown, which comes from MacFarlane and Family Guy producer Mark Hentemann. The show will center on two families living in a Southwest desert town on the U.S.-Mexico border.
While no debut date is officially set, the show will likely land on Sundays as part of the Fox animation block that currently consists of The Simpsons, which was recently renewed, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad, which is moving to TBS in 2014.
The announcement comes one month after Fox pulled the plug on Murder Police, the midseason animated project starring Jane Lynch, before it aired a single episode.
As Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, Marcia Wallace may be the only 4th-grade teacher to have the same student for 24 years. Before that, she was beloved as Carol Kester, the lovelorn, wisecracking secretary on The Bob Newhart Show.
Wallace, who was a breast cancer survivor for 28 years, has died at age 70, according to the showrunner of The Simpsons. “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” producer Al Jean said in a statement to EW. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”
Simpsons executive producer Al Jean turned a few non-animated heads recently when he mentioned that the long-running comedy is planning to kill off one of its characters. His big clue? He/she is voiced by an actor who won an Emmy for this role. (That seems to limit our victim pool to a character played by Anne Hathaway, Kelsey Grammer, Marcia Wallace, Jackie Mason, or any of the series regulars with the exception of Harry Shearer. Yes, Shearer — the voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman and Reverend Lovejoy, among others — has never won an Emmy for his Simpsons work. Express your outrage below.) READ FULL STORY
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