Apart from any behind-the-scene sadness, 'The Simpsons' still aims to kill off one of its most iconic characters at some point in the coming year, just like Maude Flanders and Fat Tony (briefly) before. Producers have been rather tight-lipped about which Springfieldian might face the axe, but iconic voice actor and star Hank Azaria isn't shy about crossing a few names from the death pool.
'The Simpsons' has made countless headlines over the last year with its tributes to famed artists, LEGO tie-ins and memorial content, but the biggest story won't hit until late 2014. Following the massive syndication deal struck with FX, all 530 episodes across 24 seasons of the long-running FOX comedy will be made available to stream via FXNow!
We've seen plenty of incredible 'Simpsons' tributes in the couch gags from recent years, but this Sunday, the animation staff behind FOX's long-running hit will spirit away to a much higher level. See the famous animated works of director Hayao Miyazaki paid tribute in a new clip from this Sunday's latest episode of 'The Simpsons'!
For 25 years, 'The Simpsons' has been an inescapable part of American culture, an omnipresent mirror of our world that reflects all of our greatest hopes, fears and idiosyncrasies. Naturally, something as prominent and marketable as that has managed to worm its way into every kind of merchandising opportunity available, but everyone's favorite yellow family has crossed into the final frontier.
Yep, Simpsons LEGOs are on the way.
Earlier this year, the passing of 'Simpsons' icon and Ms. Krabappel voice Marcia Wallace led to a few improvised tributes to the fallen actress, but the FOX animation staple may have saved the best for last in 2013. Find out how this past Sunday's couch gag for "White Christmas Blues" paid homage to both Wallace and late writer Don Payne right here!
FX's spinoff network FXX has proven something of a challenge for the company in its initial months, recently forcing 'Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell' into an early grave, but it seems the cable network offshoot will finally start turning some major heads. 'The Simpsons' has licensed their first 24 seasons to FXX in a major syndication deal that will also see America's favorite animated family available on demand for the very first time.
Fans of both 'The Simpsons' and the late Marcia Wallace had known that FOX would pay tribute to the fallen actress this past Sunday, both in re-airing classic Emmy-winning episode "Bart the Lover" and the placement of a credits card in new episode "Four Regrettings and a Funeral." But those aren't the only ways 'The Simpsons' mourned their fallen friend this past Sunday.
The news of 'Simpsons' voice actor Marcia Wallace's recent passing was made all the more sad by needed clarifications that Wallace's Edna Krabappel would not, in fact, be the peripheral character scheduled to be killed off next year. And while Wallace had recorded an additional year's worth of material for her character, FOX has plotted a special tribute to the actress for this upcoming Sunday.
A few weeks ago saw 'The Simpsons' giving rise to one of its most elaborate couch gags yet, tasking horror master Guillermo del Toro to craft a glorious 'Treehouse of Horror' homage, but this time 'The Simpsons' has in mind to go a bit more epic. See the Simpsons family reimagined as 'The Hobbit' in an unexpected adventure across the map to reach "The Comfy Couch" in the latest parody!
Over the weekend 'Simpsons' fans were distressed to learn that voice actress Marcia Wallace had tragically lost her battle with breast cancer, though producers of the long-running FOX series were left in the unfortunate position of having to explain that an upcoming character death wouldn't be that of Wallace's Mrs. Edna Krabappel. The character will now be retired, but how do producers plan to handle the exit?