Episode Fact File: Season 27 and 28: What We Know So Far! (Part 3: 2016 #2) [Contains SPOILERS]

Season 27 is almost to an end and news from Season 28 keep appearing. Today, in collaboration with The Springfield Shopper, Wikisimpson‘s blog, we’re going to analyze what we know so far of this ending season and the following, Season 28! Follow us right after the jump!

The following article contains the third part of the news, with all the news that come out in the second part of 2016. To follow the other posts click here: 2015, 2016 part 1, 2016 part 3, 2016 part 4 and 2017 part 1, 2017 part 2!

Note: This article will be updated with more news as they come out!
Attention: This post contains SPOILERS about future episodes!
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By clicking on the episode titles, you can access the page of that episode on WikiSimpsons, our great source of information about the show.


For Season 28 updated table please refer to Part 6.


Marge Will Prefer the Big House over the Simpson House in the Season 27’s Season Finale on May 22!

Information about the plot for the season 27’s season finale episode “Orange Is the New Yellow“, which will air on May 22, 2016; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 22nd and season finale episode of Season 27.

When Marge gets arrested for letting Bart go to the park unsupervised, she serves time only to realize that prison is a welcome break from the demands of her life as a mom and wife. In her absence, Homer struggles to manage all of the parenting responsibilities that Marge usually handles.


FIVE Promotional Images for “Simprovised” have been released!

FIVE Promotional Images for the upcoming 21st episode of season 27, titled “Simprovised“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 15, 2016.


Jay Leno returns as himself in “To Courier with Love”

Jay Leno returns to The Simpsons in the next episode of season 27, “To Courier with Love“, which will air on May 5, 2016.

In the episode, Homer will bring a top-secret briefcase to Paris, in exchange for a vacation discount for his family. In the basement, under some trash, Homer discovers a car, which Jay Leno ends up buying.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Al Jean, executive producer of the show, comments, “We just said, ‘He’s the one guy that this plot would make sense for. There is no one who is simultaneously as funny and who knows more about cars than Jay Leno.’”

Regarding the recording of the episode with Leno, Al Jean comments “We had a marble interior, and he goes ‘They didn’t have marble interiors in those cars, they had wooden interiors! Whoever did this didn’t quite know their cars!’”


A Teaser Trailer for “To Courier with Love” has been released!

A Teaser Trailer for the upcoming 20th episode of season 27, titled “To Courier with Love“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 8th, 2016. The trailer includes teasers for other series that’ll air that night.

The video has been made private and was removed.


SIX Promotional Images for “To Courier with Love” have been released!

SIX Promotional Images for the upcoming 20th episode of season 27, titled “To Courier with Love“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 8th, 2016.


A new promotional image and new details on the Live segment for “Simprovised” have been released!

A new promotional image and further details for the upcoming 21st episode of season 27, titled “Simprovised“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 15, 2016.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Al Jean, executive producer of the shows, talks about the realization of the live segment and how hard it’s going to be. “Well, it’s certainly us making it a lot harder on ourselves than we have to, but the interest in it has been so enormous, it’s definitely worth it. When you have a show like this that has so many things going for it, you gotta use that capital and do interesting things because you can.”

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Al Jean continues saying that the live segment animation will be different than what we normally see in Springfield. “There is less of a variety of motion, and after awhile, it might start to look a little repetitive. “That’s why we’re not doing any more than three minutes. You have a limited number of lip assignments and motions that Homer can make, and you see him run through those in the course of the three minutes. The reason I don’t think they’re going to be doing half-hour motion capture shows in the near future is because although it is much cheaper and you can just film it live, you can’t do the complicated set pieces that people want from animation. We do everything we can in the three minutes that’s possible.”


Another promotional image and new details on the Live segment for “Simprovised” have been released!

Another promotional image and further details for the upcoming 21st episode of season 27, titled “Simprovised“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 15, 2016.

In the follow up of the previous interview, EW asks Al Jean how long has he been working on the live idea for this episode. Al Jean answered: “It’s funny. We talked about doing a Homer-going-live thing on The Tonight Show for a promotion for The Simpsons Movie with motion capture. We discussed it as long ago as that [in 2007], but it didn’t seem like the technology was up to what we wanted. And then John Frink, who wrote the episode, said, “Hey why don’t we try to have Homer improv for real at the end of the show?” So we looked back at the motion capture [technology], which had advanced. Fox Sports had worked out a program from Adobe, and I thought it was much more convincing — at least for about three minutes, which is what we’re using it for at the end of the episode. The other thing that’s terrific is Dan Castellaneta does improv all the time. He’s one of the best improvvers there is. We couldn’t have somebody better to be doing it.”

Wondering why the segment is so short, EW asked if they thought of a longer segment or an entire episode revolving live. AJ answered “[Motion capture technology] used to have electrodes wired into the person. Now they don’t. The actor just speaks into a mic, and the camera records his motions, and transfers it to the character onscreen. However, you can only do that with one or at most two characters. The backgrounds don’t change and the character can’t really interact with somebody in the background. We have background jokes that are pre-set. For three minutes, that’s fine. For 30 minutes, I think people would get pretty tired of it. (Laughs) Anything’s possible in the future, but at the moment, three seemed like the perfect amount.”

About the idea of using two characters, EW asks why Al Jean didn’t use that idea, to which Al Jean answered “We thought about it, but then it was like, “Who would the other person be? Would we get a celebrity?” And we thought the better thing would be for Homer to interact with the fans.”

About the possibility for Homer to answer the questions with the rest of the family, Al Jean answered “Theoretically. Maybe we would do that someday. But for this, when you see the story of the episode, it’s all about Homer improvising, so the thematic part of the show is Homer conquering his fear of public speaking.”

EW asked whatever other characters will make cameos during the episode to which Al Jean answered “They appear in the background doing some stuff, but they don’t speak.”

To EW wondering if the crew had any problems or glitches with this live segment, Al Jean said “We haven’t had any glitches yet. I always feel — and this is the whole SNL philosophy: If there’s a little glitch, that’s fun, too. That’s the excitement of live television. And to my knowledge, no animated show has done this before… I think this is going to be really incredible — or incredibly terrible.”

EW next wonders what questions will Homer answer, expecially with the fact that Al Jean is quite recitent about breaking the fourth wall, and he commented “A question like, “What actor does what?”, that won’t get by. It would have to be a question to Homer, not a question breaking the fourth wall. I assume everyone is going to want to make it into this episode, so they’re going to try to think of questions that we would use, rather than get rejected. There’s still a wide variety of questions you can ask him.”

EW asked where Homer will be and he answered “He’ll be in a Fox secret bunker in an undisclosed location. That’s the background we’ve drawn.” The location was revealed in the last interview available above. EW asks if that breaks the fourth wall and he answeres “No, because we’ve always said that there is a connection with Fox and The Simpsons, but he doesn’t think he is an actor or a character.”

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Next question is about how they got Homer in the bunker. “The family is on the couch and Lisa says, “Now we’re going to do something that was first done on TV 50 years ago, and we’ve finally gotten around to it, and our dad will answer questions.” And Bart says, “Take it, Homer.””

How will Homer react to random people asking questions to him in the bunker is the next question. “Yeah… He just thinks: He’s been an astronaut. He’s done a lot of things. Why won’t people want to ask him questions?”

Next is Dan Castellaneta’s reaction to the idea: “He’s game for everything. He’s a very brave man and very funny and didn’t blink. He’s up for the challenge.” And how will the writers will help Dan out to answer the questions. “We’ll be there to screen questions and maybe think about [jokes] if there’s a big event that day. But the truth is, you want to have somebody funny who doesn’t feel like he’s got eight things to try to decide between, where he’s just going with his gut. So it really will be him. God only knows, if Donald Trump says something stupid, we might make a joke to lead off. But in general, it’s just going to be Dan. That’s what makes it live. That’s what makes it exciting.”

Of course, a question would be how to make it feel live, and not recorded. “We’ll do the equivalent of holding up today’s newspaper, where we talk about something that’s going on right then. It will be live, I guarantee it, and the way we set it up, it’s to make it very clear that this is really happening. It’s not a trick.”

What appealed to Al and if it’s the unknown of what’s going to happen is next. “Yeah — and I wanted to do it before any other animated shows did it. (Laughs)”

The difficulty of having to animate it in motion capture and how it will appear to the viewers is an interesting question, due to it being the first time it has ever been done in the show, to which Al answers “It shouldn’t look any different. The difference is, there is less of a variety of motion, and after awhile, it might start to look a little repetitive. That’s why we’re not doing any more than three minutes. You have a limited number of lip assignments and motions that Homer can make, and you see him run through those in the course of the three minutes. The reason I don’t think they’re going to be doing half-hour motion capture shows in the near future is because although it is much cheaper and you can just film it live, you can’t do the complicated set pieces that people want from animation. We do everything we can in the three minutes that’s possible. But there would be no way we would be doing a full show like this anytime in the near future.” Problems may arise with trying something new. “There could be a snafu where we don’t get the question to Homer, that there’s a little bit of a glitch. But as I say, that proves it’s live. We’ll have a seven-second delay, so it’s not going to be any Janet Jackson sort of thing. Homer’s not going to take off his clothes.” EW wonders if this would be more difficult than Grease Live and Al Jean promptly answers “A lot less danger to the performers.”

Something new and interesting is asked by EW next: how will the viewers interact, expecially how will the phone system work, a new tidbit of information revealed just now, and how will Homer interact with Facebook and Twitter. “The phone number will be released to the public in plenty of time. My guess is because you’re going to get on an episode of The Simpsons, we’ll fill up quickly and then we’ll just have people waiting… We’re going to have one tweet that he’ll answer and also a couple of writers will be tweeting and answer questions as Homer, one on Facebook and one on Twitter simultaneously. We’re trying to answer as many questions as we can.”

EW concludes asking Al what he would ask Homer. “Hmm, that’s a good question… “What does Marge possibly see in him?”” and advices for the viewers that are calling, to make their questions go through. “Just ask an interesting question about Homer, and his life and if it’s funny, we’ll try to get it in. We’re not looking for people to ask trivia questions about season 23.”


Three Sneak Peeks for “To Courier with Love” has been released!

Three Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 20th episode of season 27, titled “To Courier with Love“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 8th, 2016.

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A Sneak Peek for “Simprovised” has been released!

A Sneak Peek for the upcoming 21st episode of season 27, titled “Simprovised“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 15, 2016. This commercial aired during “To Courier with Love”‘s final commercial break.


SIX Promotional Images for the Season 27 finale have been released!

SIX Promotional Images for the upcoming season finale episode of season 27, titled “Orange Is the New Yellow“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 22, 2016.


Two new Sneak Peeks for “Simprovised” have been released!

Two new Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 21st episode of season 27, titled “Simprovised“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 15, 2016.


Two New Season 28 episode titles revealed: The Great Phatsby

A new script just revealed the title of the fifth episode of the new production series [WABFxx], the 28th production season. And the episode, which has the production code WABF05, is titled “The Great Phatsby: Part Two“!

Al Jean confirmed on his Twitter that the previous episode will be “The Great Phatsby: Part One“!

The WABFxx episodes will start airing during the next “broadcast” season, Season 28!


A new Sneak Peek for “Simprovised” has been released!

A new Sneak Peek for the upcoming 21st episode of season 27, titled “Simprovised“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 15, 2016.


New details on the Live segment for “Simprovised” have been released!

New details for the upcoming 21st episode of season 27, titled “Simprovised“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 15, 2016. Matthew Nastuk will direct this episode.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, showrunner Al Jean says “In terms of the anxiousness, I think this one’s very high. Admittedly, we always have a million safety nets. Now, we have far fewer.”

Al Jean and his team revealed that they’ll be using a software by Adobe called Adobe Character Animator that will capture the voice of Dan Castellaneta and create Homer’s mouth movement syncing it. Using the software, the team of animators will be able to control Homer’s movements.

David Silverman, producer and animator, adds “It’s not a computer drawing; it’s animation we’ve put in there that will be activated by these buttons, these triggers.”

Al Jean confirms that “It’s not something you’d want to watch for the whole show.” and will last only three minutes.

Tests on how it’ll go on both east coast and west coast airing has been done by the crew of the show and Al Jean, and also talked about future possibilities to expand on this “It’s an incredibly fluid medium”.

Al Jean also remembers that the number to call on Sunday night is 1-888-726-6660 and remembers the viewers to bring something sharp in the conversation with Homer “Homer’s popularity is in no small way [related] to how funny Dan [Castellaneta] is. He improvised ‘D’oh’ — it had just said ‘annoyed grunt’ in the script.”

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In another interview, this time with YourTVLink, Al Jean remembers again about The Tonight Show “Early on, when we were doing ‘The Simpsons Movie,’ we had talked about Dan appearing live as Homer on things like ‘The Tonight Show,’ but the technology that existed then seemed too rudimentary, and you really couldn’t get very much range with the animation. So, John Frink — one of our writers — was doing an episode about improvisation and he said, ‘Why don’t we try having Homer live at the end?’

And some more details about the program used to make Homer go live: “We checked into (the technical aspect), and it’s greatly improved. Some guys at Fox Sports, working in tandem with Adobe, have come up with a (computer) program that I think is pretty convincing. It’s going to be Homer taking questions on the phone and talking live … and we’re doing it because we can.”

Then he talks about how Dan Castellaneta’s movements will work live. “We don’t know what he’s going to say, but there’s no one better to be doing this. Motion capture (with the character mirroring the actor’s movements) is really the key to it, and the improvements in it have made this possible.”

And at the end he talked about how the process will be permanent in the show’s history, “There’ll be baseball games that Homer could talk about, and developments on the political scene also would seem likely that day. We won’t really know what’s going to happen until it happens,’ but there will be only three minutes for it. It’s a new process, so I didn’t think you could do a full show with it, I think people would get tired of it, so three minutes is an optimal length.” Al Jean remembers to the callers that will go live that “You’ll be in the show forever, because it’s going into syndication that way. We’re not going to change it.”

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In an interview with ET Canada, Al Jean reports “Dan Castellaneta [who voices Homer] will be in a booth where he speaks into a mic, and obviously what he says goes out live. And he’s not hooked up by electrodes or anything, his motions are captured and translated into Homer’s moves, which will then appear in the animation. For viewers watching, it will look like the normal show. We have background animation that has been pre-animated with several jokes, but everything Homer does, the centre of it, is live.” As for why Homer was selected for this, Al Jean concludes “[Castellaneta] does improv all the time. He’s terrific at improv and it was just a natural fit.”


A Teaser Trailer for “Simprovised” has been released!

A Teaser Trailer for the upcoming 21st episode of season 27, titled “Simprovised“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 15, 2016. The trailer includes teasers for other series that’ll air that night.

The video has been made private and was removed.


A new Sneak Peeks for the Season 27 Finale, “Orange Is the New Yellow”, has been released!

A new Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 22nd, and final, episode of season 27, titled “Orange Is the New Yellow“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 22, 2016.

The video has been made private and was removed.


Al Jean talks about the production of “Simprovised”

An interview with Reuters with Al Jean talking about the production of the just aired 21st episode of season 27, titled “Simprovised“, has been released. The episode aired on May 15, 2016.

The video has been made private and was removed.


Learn how to build your own Couch Gag in the Season 27 finale this Sunday!

The Couch Gag for the upcoming 22nd, and final, episode of season 27, titled “Orange Is the New Yellow“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 22, 2016.


New season 28 episode title revealed!

A new script just revealed the title of the eight episode of the new production series [WABFxx], the 28th production season. And the episode, which has the production code WABF08, is titled “The Cad and the Hat“!

The WABFxx episodes will start airing during the next “broadcast” season, Season 28!


Two new Sneak Peeks for the Season 27 Finale, “Orange Is the New Yellow”, have been released!

Two new Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 22nd, and final, episode of season 27, titled “Orange Is the New Yellow“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on May 22, 2016.


Season 28 to Premiere September 25th!

It was announced on Al Jean’s twitter that the next season of The Simpsons, Season 28, will start September 25th, with “Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus“.


The Simpsons family returns to Cuba in Season 28’s “Havana Wild Weekend”

In Season 28 of the show, returning in October, the Simpsons will travel back to Cuba! Al Jean revealed that the episode will feauture the whole family on Cuba and the streets of Havana.

Grampa is sick and he is going to be treated by the doctors there, using the great healthcare system of the archipelago.


Writers for Havana Wild Weekend and The Great Phatsby have been announced!

The writers for three episodes of the next season of the show, Season 28, returning September 25th, have been announced.

Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta and Peter Tilden are the writers of Havana Wild Weekend, Dan Greaney is the writer of The Great Phatsby: Part One, while Matt Selman is the writer of Part Two!


New season 28 episode title revealed: Kamp Krustier!

A new script just revealed the title of the ninth episode of the new production series [WABFxx], the 28th production season. And the episode, which has the production code WABF09, is titled “Kamp Krustier“!

The WABFxx episodes will start airing during the next “broadcast” season, Season 28!


Donald Fagen to appear in Treehouse of Horror XXVII

Al Jean revealed on his twitter that Donald Fagen will guest star in the next Treehouse of Horror during Season 28.

Treehouse of Horror XXVII, the 27th installment of the Treehouse of Horror series, will air in October 2016.


New season 28 episode title revealed: 22 For 30!

A new script just revealed the title of the ninth episode of the new production series [WABFxx], the 28th production season. And the episode, which has the production code WABF09, is titled “22 for 30“! It’s written by Joel H. Cohen. The WABFxx episodes will start airing during the next “broadcast” season, Season 28! Stay tuned for more!


Season 28 News: More titles revealed and changes in some prod. codes!

Two new episode titles for Season 28 have been revealed by Al Jean (through Twitter). The titles are the ones that belong to WABF03 and WABF06.

Originally, WABF03 had “Fatzcarraldo” as its title, but it seems the “Fatzcarraldo” episode was moved to WABF07 due to unknown reasons and now WABF03 is “The Last Traction Hero“. And WABF06 has been revealed to be titled “Pork and Burns“.


The Number of episodes on Season 28 has been revealed

The number of episodes for the next season that’ll start on September 25 with the episode Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus, Season 28, has been revealed to be 22!


Season 28 News: Writer for Kamp Krustier revealed

The writer for the Season 28 episode Kamp Krustier has been revealed Al Jean (through Twitter). The sequel to Kamp Krusty is written by David M. Stern.


The four fathers of comedy returns this fall!

A new trailer for the return of The Simpsons with Season 28, Family Guy with Season 15 and Bob’s Burger with Season 7, was just posted by Animation on FOX, adding a new show to the bunch, Son of Zorn. Debuting this september on Fox!

The video has been made private and was removed.


Season 28 News: The title of the 600th episode has been revealed!

The 600th episode of The Simpsons will air on October 16, 2016. Airing on that day it couldn’t be other than “Treehouse of Horror XXVII“, the 27th installment of the Treehouse of Horror series and the 4th episode of Season 28. The poster of the episode has also been revealed.

“We’re excited because it really is the 600th episode. It’s not one of those cheats where it’s really 602,” executive producer Al Jean jokes, referring to previous milestone celebrations that didn’t quite match the exact episodic number.

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The Episode

The Treehouse episode opens with a short segment in which Simpson foes, including Sideshow Bob, try to kill the beloved Springfield family.

The three main segments include a satire of dystopian movies in which evil Mr. Burns controls the only water in a Springfield gone dry; a story in which an imaginary friend (Sarah Silverman) from Lisa’s younger days returns to kill her real friends; and a James Bond-themed segment with accents of Kingsman: The Secret Service that features bartender Moe running a secret society that tries to keep order in the world. Uh-oh!

A Bond-like anthem, performed by singer Judith Owen (wife of Simpsons stalwart Harry Shearer), closes the episode, celebrating the episodic feat.

It’s the 600th episode

Showrunner Al Jean says that the annual THOH episode is always very special.
“It’s a big show people look forward to,” he says. “Even though it’s (number) 600, it’s still exciting for me. I never feel like this is an old show. I feel that if this was a show that started last year, people would be excited about everything that’s going on.”


SD Comic-Con 2016: ‘Simpsons’ panel in a week!

The San Diego Comic-Con is back in July 2016! The ‘Simpsons’ panel will take place on July 23 at 12:00pm – 12:45pm (San Diego Timezone, which is GMT-8:00). Our intention is to do the same we did last year: we’ll try to do a live-report of the panel together with WikiSimpsons!

The Simpsons is heading into its 600th episode. Creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike B. Anderson, Oscar-nominated director of The Simpsons Movie David Silverman, and voice of Bart Simpson Nancy Cartwright offer some juicy tidbits on the 28th season and beyond!


SD Comic-Con 2016: ‘Simpsons’ panel is in 2 hours!

The San Diego Comic-Con 2016 has started and today will take place most of the panels of FOX’s shows, including The Simpsons. The panel will take place between 12pm and 12.45pm (San Diego time).

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We’ll try to do what we did last year: a live-report of the panel. What we’ll do for sure is a post with the highlights of the panel after the event. If the live-report of the panel happens, it will consist on us creating a post at the start of the panel (or a couple of minutes before) and we’ll update it constantly; so to follow it live, just ‘refresh’ the page every minute.


SD Comic-Con 2016: ‘The Simpsons’ panel highlights!

Today is July 23, 2016.

In San Diego [California, USA] this week takes place the “San Diego Comic-Con International” of 2016. And, as always, The Simpsons panel has taken place in noon-12:45 p.m. in Ballroom 20.

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Who will be in the panel?

The Simpsons is heading into its 600th episode. Creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike B. Anderson, Oscar-nominated director of The Simpsons Movie David Silverman, and voice of Bart Simpson Nancy Cartwright offer some juicy tidbits on the 28th season and beyond!

The Simpsons SDCC 2016 Panel Highlights:

Upcoming guest stars

Upcoming plots

  • There will be a crossover with Adventure Time!
  • The first segment of Treehouse of Horror XXVII will have a “Hunger Games”-theme.
  • There will be another ‘Robot Chicken’ couch gag!

Watch The Simpsons cast live recording on Facebook now!

Watch The Simpsons crew live from the San Diego Comic-Con International recorded on Facebook by clicking on the link below!

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https://www.facebook.com/FOXTV/videos/10153823782472993/

Present at the stream: Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike B. Anderson, Oscar-nominated director of The Simpsons Movie David Silverman, and voice of Bart Simpson Nancy Cartwright! Presented by Shira Lazar.

A new info for Season 28 has been revealed: Spider Pig will return!


Homer at the green room at Comic-Con!

Watch Homer at the green room at Comic-Con International 2016, video sketch shown live at the Comic-Con panel early.


A new parody and a cross-over will feature in Season 28!

Two new Season 28 details were revealed by Al Jean during Comic-Con, during the live segment and afterwards:

There will be a crossover with Adventure Time. The Adventure Time opening will be Simpsonized as “Simpsons Time,” sung by the creator of Adventure Time, Pendleton Ward.

The Simpsons last feautured Adventure Time at the end of the episode “The Others” of Treehouse of Horror XXV.

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Last saturday, Animation on Fox posted a video of Homer playing Pokémon Go at the zoo, ignoring Bart and Lisa.

Al Jean today revealed that there will also be a Pokémon Go parody episode. He says he’s “fully confident that it’s still going to be a big thing.” and that the storyline will be that “Homer and Lisa are playing all the time and they’re wasting all the money.”


A Sneak Peek for the 600th episode of The Simpsons, Treehouse of Horrror XXVII, shown at Comic-Con!

Al Jean just revealed that the clip shown at the Comic-Con is a preview of the 600th episode of The Simpsons, the 27th Treehouse of Horror episode, Treehouse of Horror XXVII, which will air on October 16th, 2016, as the 4th episode of Season 28. The video was posted together with Homer’s clip early on Animation on Fox on youtube. The theme was sung by Judith Owen, wife of Harry Shearer.


Comic-Con Panel Special Guests Announcements, Spoilers and Highlights!

Highlights from the Comic-Con Panel were uploaded on the Animation on Fox channel.

The first announces many special guests, some of which we listed in the previous post:

The following special guests will feauture in the 600th episode, Treehouse of Horror XXVII:

Two additional SPOILER informations were also added regarding the first episode of Treehouse of Horror XXVII: Sideshow Bob and Frank Grimes will both be present!

The second video highlighed some questions from the public present at the panel.


New Season 28 Episode Title Revealed: Looking for Mr. Goodbart!

A new script just revealed the title of the thirteenth episode of the new production series [WABFxx], the 28th production season. And the episode, which has the production code WABF13, is titled “Looking for Mr. Goodbart“! The WABFxx episodes will start airing during the next “broadcast” season, Season 28!

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New Season 28 Episode Title Revealed: Moho House

A new script just revealed the title of the fourteenth episode of the new production series [WABFxx], the 28th production season. And the episode, which has the production code WABF14, is titled “Moho House“! The WABFxx episodes will start airing during the next “broadcast” season, Season 28!

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Season 28 News: New plots and guest stars revealed!

The official ‘synopsis’ of Season 28 has been released by FOX. It basically reveals more plots and guest stars.

The Synopsis

As THE SIMPSONS gears up for an unprecedented 28th season, it continues to break barriers. This spring, Homer Simpson appeared LIVE – for the first time on television – to answer fan questions. Next season, the beloved annual “Treehouse of Horror XXVII” episode will be the series’ phenomenal 600th episode. In it, Mr. Burns introduces a “Hunger Games”-style contest in which Springfield’s children must fight each other; and Lisa’s imaginary best friend becomes jealous of Lisa’s real best friends. Additional storylines include the Simpsons’ hometown of Springfield burning to the ground, Homer getting roped into coaching the kids’ lacrosse team with Milhouse’s dad; and Homer paying Choremonkey Matt Leinart to play catch with Bart, the two of whom form a strong bond, much to Homer’s chagrin. In addition to Leinart, guest voices next season include Patton Oswalt, Drew Carey, Sarah Silverman, Allison Janney, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Magnus Carlsen, Dan Rather, Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen.

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New Plots

  • The Simpsons’ hometown of Springfield burning to the ground
  • Homer getting roped into coaching the kids’ lacrosse team with Milhouse’s dad
  • Homer paying Choremonkey Matt Leinart to play catch with Bart, the two of whom form a strong bond, much to Homer’s chagrin

More Guest stars

In addition to the already known guest stars, more guest voices for season 28 include Dan Rather, Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen.


Season 28 News: More Special Guests announced

More informations regarding Season 28 has been revealed.

Amy Schumer will guest star on the season 28 premiere, Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus, as well as the season premiere for Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy, on September 25, 2016. Fox CEO Dana Walden told reporters at the Television Cirits Associations summer press tour, : “She recorded all shows at once and they were very accommodating and they can pretty much record someone in any city. It was just very lucky and fortuitous. It was always designed for the same actor. That was our goal and what the shows anticipated, that there would be connective tissue throughout the night.”

She’ll play different characters in each of the show.

In the episode, Springfield is burned to the ground, and the family asks Mr. Burns to fund its rebuilding. Burns will only agree on one condition: if he get to put on a variety show at the Springfield Bowl.

Dana Walden also announced that in the one-hour special episode set to premiere in January 2017, The Great PhatsbyTaraji P. Henson and Keegan-Michael Key will appear as special guests.

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The episode sees Mr. Burns trying to relive his glory days crossing paths with a music mogul. After the mysterious person cons him and reduces him to bankrupt, Mr. Burns seeks revenge with the hekp of Homer, Bart, Jazzy James and the mogul’s ex-wife, Praline.

The rapper Jazzy James will be interpreted by Keegan-Michael, while Praline will be interpreted by Henson, in a take on Empire.

Joking about the 600th episode, Treehouse of Horror XXVII, executive producer Al Jean also told: “I just pray it won’t be the last thing people see before a Trump inauguration.”


Season 28 News: More news on The Great Phatsby have been revealed

More news on the one-hour special episode, set to premiere in January 2017, The Great Phatsby, have been revealed.

The plot will follow the one from the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Homer will be the Nick Carraway of the episode as a narrator. Matt Selman, the show’s executive producers says: “Burns is an old-school Gatsby and Jay G is a new-school Gatsby, and their mutual Gatsbyism brings them together. Part 1 of the show I would subtitle as ‘The Betrayal,’ and Part 2 I would subtitle as ‘The Revenge.’ It’s kind of like a two-part rap album.”

The Empire music producer Jim Beanz created the songs for the episode.

Matt Selman adds: “This was just going to be a regular episode, but the table read went so well, in a fit of passion and excitement and ambition and excess, we decided to supersize it. And we haven’t done a huge amount of stories in the world of hip-hop and rap culture, so we just went for it.”

Much of the episode is set at Burns’ summer mansion in the Springfield Hamptons, and later in the episode Henson joins in. Selman continues saying: “She plays a Simpsons version of Cookie. She teams up with Burns and Homer and Bart and our all-star team of rappers to help get revenge on Jay G.”

Subplots to the episode feautures a rich boy trying to date Lisa, Marge opening up a boutique shop and Smithers being on a perileous journey.

Selman concludes “It’s a tale of greed, excess, betrayal, revenge, and ruthlessness, and there’s a hilarious goose in it. The goose is really funny.”


Season 28 News: Two new episode titles revealed

Two new episodes for Season 28, starting September 25, 2016, has been revealed on Twitter by Chris Ledesma: A Father’s Watch, production code WABF11, and The Caper Chase, production code WABF12!


Season 28 News: Details about “The Caper Chase” have been revealed

More news have been revealed about the Season 28 episode “The Caper Chase“.

The story’s plotline is a satire of Donald Trump and Trump University.

The personal financial guru Suze Orman, the American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and the creative writing instructor Robert McKee will teach at Mr. Burns’ new school.

Al Jean says to TVLine: “We have a great episode where Burns goes to Yale and discovers, much to his horror, how politically correct it is, so he starts his own college, Burns University, which is similar to another billionaire’s university you might have heard of lately.”

Al Jean also mentions Trump is aware of his Simpsonised version: “There’s a photo of him signing a poster which was [made from] the first spot we did on him a year ago, which was not so flattering, but he’s autographing it for somebody. I think his problem is that he doesn’t like criticism, but of course, he’s opened himself up for more than any human will ever get in all of history.”


Season 28 News: New details on Friends and Family and The Caper Chase revealed

New details on two episode from Season 28 have been revealed.

In Friends and Family, Allison Janney will appear as a Special Guest. The episode is scheduled to air on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 as the 2nd episode of the season.

In the episode The Caper Chase, Al Jean revealed to EW that Jason Alexander will play as Bourbon Verlander, an inventor of for-profit colleges who graduated at Yale University. Al Jean reveals that “He has a very evil scheme that is a little reminiscent of the film Ex Machina, where he has an army of androids built to capture all the student loans that the government is giving out.” Ken Jennings will also guest star in the episode.

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Season 28 News: New episode title announced “Dogtown”

A new episode for Season 28, starting September 25, 2016, has been revealed on Twitter by Yeardley Smith: Dogtown, production code WABF15!


Mr. Burns Will Hire the Simpsons to Be His Live-in Family in October!

Information about the plot for the episode “Friends and Family“, which will air on October 2, 2016; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 2nd episode of Season 28.

Mr. Burns hires the Simpsons to play his live-in virtual reality family, but excludes Homer so that he may play dad. Now alone, Homer finds a new best friend in girl-next-door Julia, who eats, drinks and thinks like him.

The episode will feature Allison Janney (‘Mom’) as Julia. Also, Pendelton Ward sings the couch gag theme.


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As always in collaboration with WikiSimpsons, we’re going to post the Episode Fact Files of Season 27 and Season 28 too. I’d like to thank the staff for the original posts on The Springfield Shooper:

Join us for more next time, Happy tapping!

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