Earlier this week, The Simpsons made waves with news that Homer and Marge would legally separate in the Season 27 premiere “Every Man’s Dream,” but the internet being the internet, well, outrage was had. Now, producers would like to assure you that one of animation’s most iconic couples aren’t calling it quits after all.
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They’ll never stop The Simpsons, so have no fear, they’ve got stories for years, but did you know America’s favorite animated family was thought up in the lobby before a pitch meeting? Or that Matt Groening based most of the characters on his own family? These are just some of the Springfield kwyjibos populating the tenth episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?,’ which pays a visit to The Simpsons’ home state of … uh, somewhere!
Apart from a few burning cast questions, The Simpsons has plenty lined up for Season 27 this fall, including a premiere plot with Girls star Lena Dunham that sees Homer and Marge hitting a new low in their marriage. Now, EP Al Jean explains the cause of their separation, as well as a role for SNL favorite Kate McKinnon, and an episode devoted to Bart’s Boyhood.
Early fans of The Simpsons will recall any of several iconic Sideshow Bob episodes, though the character’s menace has diminished somewhat over the years. Now, producers confirm that Kelsey Grammer’s dulcet tones will return in Season 27 as Bob finally accomplishes his decades-long dream of killing one Bart Simpson.
Summer winds blow west to Comic-Con 2015, and while 20th Century Fox aren’t the first TV holdings to confirm their presence, they’re certainly the biggest yet. American Horror Story, The Simpsons, The Last Man on Earth and many more have all thrown in their hats for the San Diego madness of Comic-Con 2015.
The Simpsons dealt a shocking blow the other night when mainstay series voice Harry Shearer implied his departure over Twitter, leaving behind a crucial stable of fan-favorite characters. Now, Simpsons boss Al Jean has opened up on the departure, feeling “baffled” by the actor’s demands, and considering potential replacements.
The Simpsons have some dark days ahead if Harry Shearer follows through on plans to quit, though none so dark as the opening of Sunday’s Season 26 finale. Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty drop by the latest couch gag to gruesomely get everyone killed, because what else would you expect from Rick and Morty?
The Simpsons isn’t just a television show — it’s a cultural institution. It’s hard to imagine the pop culture landscape without Fox’s venerable animated sitcom, which has stuck around for nearly 30 years despite losing its satiric fangs about 14 years ago.
The Simpsons has gone on long enough that fans will inevitably face cast departure or a potential end to the series, but despite the recent renewal for Seasons 27 and 28, that end may already be in sight. Iconic Simpsons mainstay Harry Shearer appears to have revealed his exit from the long-running FOX animated series, and not even Ned Flanders could find the optimism here.
Amid the myriad of FOX’s pickups and surprising cancellations, the network has also taken its 2015 Upfront presentation to file out Mulder and Scully’s TV return. Not only will The X-Files formally return in January 2016, but so too has the network put the truth out there with its full future lineup.