Episode Fact File: Season 29 and 30: What We Know So Far! (Part 7: 2017 #3) (Update: October 17th) [Contains SPOILERS]

Season 28 has recently ended and season 29 is building up nicely, with season 30 flowing now too! Today, in collaboration with almost all episodes revealed. The Springfield Shopper, Wikisimpson‘s blog, we’re going to analyze what we know so far of Season 29 and 30! Follow us right after the jump!

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

Note: This article will be updated with more news as they come out!
Attention: This post contains SPOILERS about future episodes!


By clicking on the episode titles, you can access the page of that episode on WikiSimpsons, our great source of information about the show.



Season 29 News: A new information on Frink Gets Testy was released!

A new information about the season 29 episode “Frink Gets Testy” was released.


Season 29 News: A new guest star has been revealed!

A new guest star for Season 29 has been revealed as Ed Sheeran joins the list in the episode Haw-Haw Land!


Season 29 News: A new information about 3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage has been revealed!

A new information for the season 29 episode 3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage has been revealed!


Season 28 News: The Town nominated for an Emmy Award!

The season 28 episode “The Town” has been nominated for an Emmy Award!


Season 29 News: New details on Haw-Haw Land have been released!

After revealing that Ed Sheeran will join the cast for Season 29 in the episode Haw-Haw Land, new informations for the episode, and Ed’s role, have been revealed!

In an interview wih EW, it has been announced that Ed will play the role of the musician Brendan.

Al Jean said: “He keeps alternating [between], ‘You’re not that great, but you could be fantastic,’ and she keeps falling for him because of his talent”. Nelson is also trying to impress Lisa with his singing and Al Jean is asked how is Nelson’s voice: “Well, you’ll hear. He sings ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ with new lyrics, and he kind of bullies those notes.”

Milhouse is not fond of this connection with Lisa, Al Jean says: “When Lisa meets Brendan, Milhouse comes in and he goes, ‘I’ve brought three kinds of waters — cold, warm, and lukewarm’. Lisa goes, ‘I’m not thirsty anymore,’ and ‘Milhouse goes, ‘Dammit!’ That’s the effect he has on somebody else…. The girls love him but he’s difficult.”

Producer Mike Scully brought Sheeran to the show, having heard he was interested in appearing in it, Al Jean explains: “We had a perfect part for him. So we said, ‘Oh, great, we’ll have him do this!’ And we recorded him over the phone from England.”

EW also adds that the episode is scheduled to air in late fall.


Season 29 News: Comic-Con 2017 panel this Saturday!

The Simpsons are going to be at the Comic-Con this Saturday July 22nd at noon. We’ll cover all the news regarding the panel, regarding Season 29, as soon as they’re released. A new poster for the event has shown up on IndieWire.


Season 29 News: A new Special Guest announced, plus a joke change?

A new guest star for Season 29 has been revealed as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau joins the list, in the episode The Serfsons!

Matt Selman in an interview with EntertainmentWeekly said about the episode as “a love letter to the fantasy genre of books and movies and TV shows.”

Regarding the character played by Nikolaj, Matt hints: “He plays a character not unlike Jamie. He has a surprising and sexy connection to one of the main characters.”

Matt says also regarding Game of Thrones and characters and actors appearances on the show: “We would love to have all of them — hopefully we don’t wait too long before they’re all killed. They’re all terrific. Peter Dinklage has an amazing voice. We’re just nerds who want to meet our nerd heroes.”

The episode airs on October 1st, with the start of Season 29.

On further note, a scene for an episode of Season 29 was going to have Sideshow Mel say that they want a female Doctor Who, with the crowd agreeing and chanting with him.

The scene would have appeared in the episode 5 “Homer Is Where the Art Isn’t”.

The joke is likely going to be changed in the episode though, as on July 16, 2017, Jodie Whittaker was announced to be the Thirteenth Doctor.


Season 29 News: Two new episode titles have been revealed!

The list of episodes continues to fill up, as the title of the tenth and eleventh episodes of the 29th production season (XABF10 and XABF11) have been revealed.

The title of the first episode is “King Leer“.

The title of the second episode is “Lisa Gets the Blues“.


Season 29 News: New informations have been revealed!

A new detail about Season 29 has been revealed, regarding a featured couch gag, during Bob’s Burgers’ Comic-Con Panel!

Meanwhile the writers of the record-breaking 636th episode, Lisa Gets the Blues, have been revealed.


SD Comic-Con 2017: ‘The Simpsons’ panel!

The San Diego Comic-Con 2017 started last Thursday 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).

Entering its gravity-defying 29th season, The Simpsons celebrates with huge secrets, surprises, and clips from the upcoming year. Join creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike B. Anderson, and director of The Simpsons Movie David Silverman. Moderated by Mike Schneider.

The panel has started! Here’s the live report of the panel: (Time is local San Diego time)

11:58 – Al Jean announces a “big surprise” for the panel.

12:05 – The panel starts with a screening of the video “Donald Trump’s First 100 Days In Office”

12:09 – Live animation again! Only that this time Bart is donig a live Q&A!

12:15 – The Simpsons will be released on DVD again!

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12:23 – Al Jean confirms that commentaries for Seasons 18-20 have been recorded and the S20 ones will soon be available on Simpsonsworld.com!

12:26 – “How did you react to Homer being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?” “They must’ve lowered their standards.”

Note: Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart) and Joe Mantegna (voice of Fat Tony) are also panelists this year.

12:32 – “I’d tear the arms off that guy.” @nancycartwright on who would win in a fight between Bart and Stewie! #SDCC2017 #TheSimpsons

12:37 – A future episode could show a timeline where Lisa is married to a woman.

12:39 – Chants against Trump (“Lock Him Up”) are heard in the room!

12:43 – There will be a Futurama announcement at the end of the month!

12:43 – Lucky fans at #SDCC2017 panel are viewing an EXCLUSIVE first look at this year’s Treehouse of Horror! (Spoiler: Maggie gets possessed) The segment is called “The Exor-Sis”.

12:45 – And the panel is over for this year!


SD Comic-Con 2017: Panel Highlights

The Simpsons has just finished their panel at the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 and here are the highlights, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

The panel started with Matt Groening, turning the discussion to President Donald Trump, showing the “Donald Trump’s First 100 Days In Office” video.

He continues talking about how 21st Century Fox asking to taking it easy on Fox News after a joke that dubbed them “not racist, but No. 1 with racists.”

Matt adds “Then Bill O’Reilly called us pinheads and look what happened,” just before asking the crowd to chant a new take on the “Lock her up” chant used in reference to Hillary Clinton by the conservaties.

Matt Selman continues commenting on their take on Trump’s actions: “Our show holds up a Springfield mirror to society so that never fails to inspire us.”

Al Jean afterwards reveals they’ll do a Bob’s Burgers couch gag in Season 29, saying “Now you have no reason to turn your TV off between them and us anymore.”

Additionally, Groening revealed that artist Bill Plympton will be doing a second couch gag for the series.

They next revealed guest stars for the season, including Shaquille O’Neal, Martin Short, Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, whose character Al Jean teased “has a very inappropriate relationship with one of the Simpsons.”

David Silverman is working on an episode where the family travels to New Orleans for JazzFest, and Al Jean talked about an episode set in Lisa’s future “You see where she might wind up and she might end up with a woman,” and an episode where they’ll re-imagine Stephen King’s It but with Krusty.

The team was asked about Bartman and Matt Groening joked “We didn’t realize superheroes were so popular,” before saying “One day he’ll come back.”

Bart Simpson also appeared live, doing a Q&A with the crowd, answering his favorite curse word (“boosum”) and the City of San Diego’s recent less (“Screw the Chargers, am I right?”), just before Nancy Cartwright appeared and joined the crew.

Al Jean revealed the show will be back on DVD, starting with Season 18 on December 5th, including commentaries, extras and deleted scenes, revealing Season 18’s dvd cover, with a shot of Fat Tony, and just after the voice actor, Joe Mantegna, joined the panel.

Matt Groening gave away some gifts for the fans that asked questions, just before showing a preview of the Treehouse of Horror XXVIII segment “The Exor-Sis”, which closed the panel.


SD Comic-Con 2017: Panel Highlights Video has been released!

A highlight video of the San Diego Comic-Con has been released by Fox! Check it out for some highlights of the news we posted above!


SD Comic-Con 2017: Bart Live Q&A Video

A video of the Bart Simpsons Live Q&A at San Diego Comic-Con has been released by Fox! Check it out for Nancy Cartwright performance live at the panel!


Season 29 News: A new episode title has been revealed!

The list of episodes continues to fill up, as the title of the ninth episode of the 29th production season (XABF12) has been revealed. It is titled “Left Behind“!


Season 29: Change of plan: new season premiere announced!

With a surprise tweet, Al Jean announces the change of plans for October 1st’s Season premiere, as the episode is now “The Serfsons“!


Season 29 News: New table read and new writer announced.

The table read for the thirtheenth episode of the 29th production season (XABF13) was done thursday, with an unknown title at the moment.

And a new writer of the show has been announced: Megan Amram.


Season 29 News: New guest voices for Treehouse of Horror XXVIII have been revealed!

New guest voices for the next installment of the Treehouse of Horror series have been revealed!

The Exorcist (1973) director William Friedkin and The Exorcist (Current FOX Show) actor Ben Daniels will lend their voices in the upcoming Treehouse of Horror XXVIII episode!

Friedkin will voice Dr. Kenneth Humphries in a chapter titled “MMM… Homer,” which finds Homer cannibalizing himself after he runs out of food while Marge and the kids are away from home.

Ben Daniels will voice a priest in another chapter titled “Exor-sis.”


Season 29 News: Two new episode titles revealed!

The list of episodes keeps getting filled up, as the title of the fourteenth episode of the 29th production season (XABF14) has been revealed. It is titled “Flanders’ Ladder“!

A new episode title has been revealed by Al Jean. The episode, which is the thirteenth of the 29th production season (XABF13) is titled “Throw Grampa from the Dane“!


Season 28 News: A new couch gag for tonight’s repeat of Pork and Burns was released!

At the start of tonight’s air of Pork and Burns, a new couch gag was shown.

Referincing the August 21st’s eclipse and Game of Thrones, it was made available on youtube shortly after.


Season 29 News: A new upcoming episode title is revealed!

A new episode title has been revealed by Al Jean. The episode, which is the fifteenth of the 29th production season (XABF15) is titled “Heartbreak Hotel“!


Season 29 News: Lisa Uses Illegal Magic to Try and Save Marge’s Mother on the Season 29 Premiere in October!

Information about the plot for the episode “The Serfsons“, which will air on October 1, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 1st episode of Season 29 and its Season Premiere. In the episode, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will guest-voice as Marge-Like Man.

In a magical medieval world, Marge’s mother is turned into an Ice Walker and the only way for Homer to afford the cure is to force Lisa to use illegal magic. When the King discovers this, he kidnaps Lisa, and Homer must lead a feudal uprising to save her.


Season 29 and 30 News: Bob’s Burger’s cough gag moved to Season 30 Premiere!

A new detail about Season 30 has been revealed, as the announced Bob’s Burger couch gag,

was moved to the Season 30 Premiere instead!


Season 29 News: Lisa Writes a Pop-Culture Hit in October!

Information about the plot for the episode “Springfield Splendor“, which will air on October 8, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 2nd episode of Season 29.

Plot

Marge and Lisa turn Lisa’s sad experience into a successful graphic novel-turned-Broadway show, but they struggle with creative differences and ego.

Guest Voices

The episode will have the following guest voices: Martin Short as Guthrie Frenel, Roz Chast as Herself, Alison Bechdel as Herself, Marjane Satrapi as Herself and Rachel Bloom as Herself.


Season 30 and 31 News: A new upcoming episode title is revealed plus next year’s Treehouse of Horror too!

A new episode title has been revealed by Al Jean. The episode, which is the sixteenth of the 29th production season (XABF16), but will air during Season 30, is titled “Treehouse of Horror XXIX“!

Also confirmed for Season 31, the 30th installment of the series, “Treehouse of Horror XXX“!


Season 29 News: Promotional Images for “The Serfsons”, the Season 29 Premiere, have been released!

Promotional Images for the upcoming 1st episode of season 29, the Season Premiere, titled “The Serfsons“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on October 1, 2017.


Season 29 News: Promotional Images for “Springfield Splendor” have been released!

Promotional Images for the upcoming 2nd episode of season 29, titled “Springfield Splendor“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on October 8, 2017.


Season 29 News: Homer Discovers Maggie’s Secret Talent in October!

Information about the plot for the episode “Whistler’s Father“, which will air on October 15, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 3rd episode of Season 29. Nick Fascitelli will guest-voice as Prof. Whistler and Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony.

Homer discovers that Maggie is a whistling savant and launches her baby-celebrity career. Meanwhile, Marge impresses Fat Tony with her interior design taste, and he hires her to style his brothel.


Season 29 News: A new guest voice for Treehouse of Horror XXVIII has been revealed!

A new guest voice for the next installment of the Treehouse of Horror series has been revealed!

Neil Gaiman will appear in the episode, voicing the silent cat Snowball! He confirmed the news on his Twitter account.

He hints it as a spoof to his 2002 novella Coraline, with Lisa as Coraline Jones, and Snowball will be Coraline’s sarcastic black cat, both adventuring in and out of a parallel dimension.

Gaiman also retweeted a tweet about another British celebrity voicing a character that have never spoken before, referencing Elizabeth Tailor voicing Maggie’s first word in the 1992 episode “Lisa’s First Word“.

Gaiman’s segment is the third announced after The Exor-Sis and MMM… Homer. He has voiced himself in the past in the 2011 episode “The Book Job“.


Season 29 News: Promotional Images for “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII” have been released!

Promotional Images for the upcoming 4th episode of season 29 and 28th annual Halloween-themed episode, “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on October 22, 2017.


Season 29 News: The plot and a returning guest voice for Treehouse of Horror XXVIII have been revealed!

Informations about the plot and a returning guest voice for the episode “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII“, which will air on October 22, 2017; have been released by FOX. The episode will be the 4th episode of Season 29. Mario Batali will guest-voice as Himself.

Maggie becomes possessed by an ancient demon, Lisa discovers a creepy/perfect version of her family in an alternate universe, and Homer cannibalizes himself.


Season 29 News: A Sneak Peek for “The Serfsons” has been released!

A Sneak Peek for the upcoming 1st episode of season 29, the Season Premiere, titled “The Serfsons“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on October 1, 2017.

The video has been privated and was removed.


Season 29 News: New informations have been revealed!

New informations on two of the Season 29 episodes have been revealed!

In Lisa Gets the Blues, The Simpson family will go to New Orleans for Jazzfest.

In the episode where Kelsey Grammer will return to voice Sideshow Bob, Bart gets lost in an abandoned missile station from the sixties. Sideshow Bob sings songs from Gilbert and Sullivan.


Season 29 News: Promotional Images for “Whistler’s Father” have been released!

Promotional Images for the upcoming 3rd episode of season 29, titled “Whistler’s Father“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs on October 15, 2017

On a secondary note, Ben Daniels’s role in the Treehouse of Horror XXVIII episode has been announced to be of an Irish Priest.


Season 29 News: A new upcoming episode title is revealed!

A new episode title has been revealed. The episode, which is the seventeenth of the 29th production season (XABF17) is titled “My Way or the Highway to Heaven“!


Season 29 News: New information and guest stars have been revealed!

New information and guest stars of Season 29 have been released in interviews with Entertainment Weekly.

Season 29

Al Jean stated, regarding surpassing Gunsmoke’s record on Tv’s longest-running scripted primetime series, “It’s a tribute to everybody that’s worked on the show, and how hard they’ve worked. It used to be an unthinkable number and here we are!… I don’t even know if [the Gunsmoke producers and actors] were aware that they were establishing a record when they went off the air, or I don’t remember anybody saying, ‘Take that!’ but we’re beating it.”

The Serfsons

In the season premiere, the family will be trasported to a fantasy-themed world, paying tribute to movies, shows and books of that genre.

In an interview with EntertainmentWeekly, Matt Selman said: “It’s a sprawling epic fanatsy episode that’s worthy of a 9-hour movie trilogy — 10-and-a-half hours after you count the extended edition. Setting an episode in a fantasy world allowed us to tell a deeper, more emotional story that had huge surges of emotion and feeling but also is really silly. It has a lot of satire and asks interesting philosophical questions — and makes fun, pointed political commentary.”

In the episode, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones star, will make an appearance. Selman continues: “The part is more Needle than Longclaw, but no less deadly.” About the role he adds: “He has a very Jaime Lannister-type relationship with one of the Simpsons. It is an acceptable level of disgusting.”

Regarding the plot, Selman states: “Homer Serfson has to lead a rebellion against what he loves most: feudalism itself. If you thought one Milhouse was annoying, imagine dozens of goblin Milhouses. Krusty has a uniquely magical venereal disease. And Moe’s bar is, if anything, a little nicer.”

Springfield Splendor

The story is inspired of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, where Lisa and Marge creates a graphic novel of Lisa’s life (Lisa says the words, while Marge draws them.)

Tim Long, the co-writer of the episode, says: “It becomes an unexpected hit and it takes Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con, which is our version of Comic-Con, by storm. Everything is going great, but an eccentric theater director played by Martin Short turns it into a musical extravaganza, à la Fun Home, and ends up sewing chaos and driving a wedge between mother and daughter. Maybe, just maybe, those bonds can be repaired by the end of the episode, but tune in to make sure.”

In the episode Rachel Bloom guest stars as an intelligent, highly neurotic student psycohologist. Long adds: “The Simpsons send Lisa to her to deal with her neuroses because they’re both loving parents and incredibly cheap. It’s her idea to get Lisa expressing her feelings through art therapy, which sets the whole graphic novel part in progress.”

There will also be a subplot with Boom: “There’s a funny, very small subplot where it turns out that Rachel’s character has a complicated relationship with her academic supervisor, so if you love comedy about academic supervision, you’re going to love this episode.”

Treehouse of Horror XXVIII

There will be laughters more than fright screams, but the last segment, according to Al Jean, will change that: “We have what I think is the scariest segment we ever did. I don’t want to say more. I’ll give you the title: ‘Mmmmmmm, Homer.’ We actually put a disclaimer on it again like we used to — a warning to the audience.”

The second segment’s title is also revealed to be a 3D parody of Niel Gaiman’s Caroline, titled “Coralisa”. Al Jean says: “Lisa finds a perfect world, except that they make you sew buttons on your eyes.”

Regarding the first segment, The Exor-Sis, Al Jean says: “Maggie says, ‘You’re all going to die,’ and Marge is excited, because it’s Maggie first words.”

Regarding the candy bars opening, Al Jean says “Bart is Barterfinger, so nobody takes him.”

Fears of a Clown

Jon Lovitz returns as Llewellyn Sinclair in another episode. Al Jean says “Bart pulls a prank using clown masks, and that makes everybody horrified of clowns, so Krusty loses his job and tries to come back as a dramatic actor and Llewellyn Sinclair is his director. They don’t get the rights to Death of a Salesman, so the play is called The Salesman’s Bad Day.”

Haw-Haw Land

In the episode will feature a love triangle. Long states: “It fulfills many of my longheld Simpsons dreams, which include hearing Nelson sing. Nelson is a deceptively soulful character. About 12 years ago, he was lamenting the fact that his father wasn’t around and he sang, ‘Papa, Can You Hear Me?’ from Yentl, and I remember thinking, ‘This is a crazy thing,’ and also thinking, ‘I’m incredibly moved.’ There’s a lot of pain inside that sleeveless vest that we tried to draw upon.” Ed Sheeran will play as the musician Brendan whom Lisa falls for, and Brendan will sing. Al Jean adds “He’s a great musician and he’s a little condescending to Lisa, but also thinks she could be great. So it’s a choice that she makes between Nelson and him. At one point he goes, ‘Why is this even a choice?'”

Lisa Gets the Blues

In the episode, the family will go to New Orleans during the Jazz Fest. The start of the episode sees Lisa’s music teacher telling her she’s just a big fish in a small pond, and that’s she’s not a good musician. Al Jean says: “She gets the yips and she can’t play, so she’s really heartbroken.” She’ll also have a nice moment with Louis Armstrong’s statue.

Frink Gets Testy

In the episode, Burns will be the center of it. Al Jean states: “There’s an episode where Burns sees an old Orson Welles show where he talks about Nostradamus, and Burns believes that the end of the world is near. He wants a test to determine who should go on a spaceship with him, and Fring comes up with a new way of testing everybody in town.”

Mr. Lisa’s Opus

The plot of Mr. Lisa’s Opus has been also revealed, Lisa’s version of Barthood. Al Jean states: “You see her as a little precocious kid where Homer first discovers how smart she is, and you see her in college wondering if she’s going to fit in, and finally getting out of Springfield and being really scared. You also see Flanders try to cure Homer of his alcohol problem.”

Valerie Harper will play as Lisa’s teacher, and Norman Lear will appear as a cameo.

More episodes

In another episode, Daniel Radcliffe returns to play as himself, and Bart will use Sun Tzu (voiced by Silicon Valley star Jimmy O. Yang)’s The Art of War to destroy Homer. Al Jean says “They go to a Minecraft-like convention and Daniel is there wearing a costume. That’s how people like him go to conventions without being seen, and Homer unmasks him, and he gets torn to shreds.”

In one episode, Marge and Homer have memories of the fun before forming a family, with Marge working on a newspaper, J.K. Simmons playing her editor, with Al Jean stating he’s “Gruff and loud”.c

In another episode, there’ll be an art heist, in the style of a ’70s detective show, with Bill Hader guest starring as the detective investigating the case and all the eyes are on Homer. Selman says “He falls in love with a painting and when it goes missing, he’s the main suspect.” Cecily Strong will guest star as one of the other suspect.

The last teased episode will feature Moe’s family backstory. Selman concludes: “It’s a Shakespearean family drama, set against the backdrop of a fading mattress store empire.”


Season 29 News: Three new Sneak Peeks for “The Serfsons” have been released!

The new Sneak Peeks for the upcoming 1st episode of season 29, the Season Premiere, titled “The Serfsons“, have been released by FOX. The episode airs next!


Season 29 News: A Sneak Peek for “Springfield Splendor” has been released!

A Sneak Peek for the upcoming 2nd episode of season 29, titled “Springfield Splendor“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs on October 8, 2017!

The video has been privated and was removed.


US ratings: ‘Simpsons’ returns steady, but with lowest premiere viewership

You mention October 1st and one thing dawns on everyone’s minds – how on earth is it autumn already? But with autumn, comes “The Simpsons”, and with October 1st came its second-ever season premiere in October; the last time that happened was with season 2 in 1990, the premiere episode of which had ten times the viewership of this season’s premiere. Moving on…

Sunday night’s premiere, which saw Homer and co go medieval on our… screens, scored a 1.4/5 demo rating – steady with last year’s premiere – and drew 3.261 million viewers – down from last year, and is the lowest-ever viewership for a season premiere. (55% of the episode’s viewers were aged 18-49 – around 1.8 million)

Furthermore, unlike last year, “The Simpsons” was not the highest-rated show of Fox’s (post-football) night – it had to share the honour in 18-49 ratings with, and come second in viewership to, new comedy “Ghosted”, which accrued a 1.4/5 figure and 3.58m viewers. On a positive note, “Simpsons” and “Ghosted” tied second for the night on broadcast TV among non-sport shows in the 18-49 demographic!

Despite some little negatives, “The Simpsons” returned to an OK demo figure on Sunday, which is somewhat surprising after some shaky figures towards the end of last season (multiple fractional ratings) – plus, Sunday’s episode had broadcast TV opposition of around 25 million, the predominance of those viewers being from overrunning and pre-match football coverage.

On an additional note, those watching Sunday’s episode may have seen the appeal at the end for donations for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. One wonders if they’ll air it again this coming Sunday, where it will receive more exposure (the show has a football lead-in this time).


Season 29 News: A new special guest for “Springfield Splendor” has been announced

A new Special Guest for the upcoming 2nd episode of season 29, titled “Springfield Splendor“, has been released by FOX. The episode airs this Sunday, October 8, 2017.


Season 29 News: A scheduled Air Date and the Writer for “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me” have been announced

A scheduled Air Date and the Writer for the upcoming episode of season 29, titled “Grampa Can Ya Hear Me“, have been announced. The episode is scheduled to air on November 5, 2017.


Season 29 News: The Writer for “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII” has been announced

The Writer for the upcoming 4th episode of season 29, titled “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII“, has been announced. The episode is scheduled to air on October 22, 2017.


Season 29 News: The Writer for “Gone Boy” has been announced

The Writer for the upcoming season 29 episode titled “Gone Boy“, has been announced.


Season 29 News: The Director for “3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage” and the Writer for “Homer Is Where the Art Isn’t” have been announced

The Director for the upcoming season 29 episode titled “3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage“, and the Writer for “Homer Is Where the Art Isn’t“, have been announced.


Season 29 News: Two Sneak Peeks for “Springfield Splendor” have been released!

Two Sneak Peeks for the 2nd episode of season 29, titled “Springfield Splendor“, have been released by FOX. The episode is airing right now!


US ratings: ‘Simpsons’ returns steady, but with lowest premiere viewership

You mention October 1st and one thing dawns on everyone’s minds – how on earth is it autumn already? But with autumn, comes “The Simpsons”, and with October 1st came its second-ever season premiere in October; the last time that happened was with season 2 in 1990, the premiere episode of which had ten times the viewership of this season’s premiere. Moving on…

Sunday night’s premiere, which saw Homer and co go medieval on our… screens, scored a 1.4/5 demo rating (1.36 unrounded) – steady with last year’s premiere – and drew 3.261 million viewers – down from last year, and is the lowest-ever viewership for a season premiere. (55% of the episode’s viewers were aged 18-49 – around 1.8 million)

Furthermore, unlike last year, “The Simpsons” was not the highest-rated show of Fox’s (post-football) night – it had to share the honour in 18-49 ratings with, and come second in viewership to, new comedy “Ghosted”, which accrued a 1.4/5 figure and 3.58m viewers. On a positive note, “Simpsons” and “Ghosted” tied second for the night on broadcast TV among non-sport shows in the 18-49 demographic (in rounded figures of 1.4 each; in unrounded figures, ‘Simpsons’ pipped ‘Ghosted’ by 0.01)!

Despite some little negatives, “The Simpsons” returned to an OK demo figure on Sunday, which is somewhat surprising after some shaky figures towards the end of last season (multiple fractional ratings) – plus, Sunday’s episode had broadcast TV opposition of around 25 million, the predominance of those viewers being from overrunning and pre-match football coverage.

On an additional note, those watching Sunday’s episode may have seen the appeal at the end for donations for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. One wonders if they’ll air it again this coming Sunday, where it will receive more exposure (the show has a football lead-in this time).


Season 29 News: The Director for “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me” has been announced

The Director for the upcoming 5th episode of  season 29, titled “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me“, has been announced. The episodes will air on November 5, 2017.


Season 29 News: The Writers for “Whistler’s Father” have been announced

The Writers for the upcoming 3rd episode of  season 29, titled “Whistler’s Father”, has been announced. The episodes will air this Sunday, October 15.


Season 29 News: A Sneak Peek for “Whistler’s Father” has been released!

A Sneak Peek for the 3rd episode of season 29, titled “Whistler’s Father”, has been released by FOX. The episode will air this Sunday, October 15!

The video has been privated and was removed.


Season 29 News: Sideshow Bob return date moved to December!

In april we  heard Sideshow Bob would have returned in 2018. However it was just announced by Al Jean that the episode he’ll return will air in December!


Season 29 News: More info on the cast have been announced

The Writers for “Whistler’s Father” (October 15), “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII” (October 22), “Gone Boy“, “Homer Is Where the Art Isn’t“, “No Good Read Goes Unpunished” and “Singin’ In the Lane” have been announced.

The Directors for the episodes “3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage“, “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me“, “Mr. Lisa’s Opus” and “Gone Boy” have been announced.


Season 29 News: Grampa Can Finally Hear Again in November!

Information about the plot for the episode “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me“, which will air on November 5, 2017; has been released by FOX. The episode will be the 5th episode of Season 29.

Grampa gets a hearing aid and finally hears what everyone has been saying about him. Meanwhile, Mr. Skinner discovers that his mother has kept the ultimate secret from him.


Season 29 News: Sneak Peeks for “Whistler’s Father” and “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII” have been released!

A new Sneak Peek for season 29‘ 3rd episode, titled “Whistler’s Father“, that aired tonight, and two Sneak Peeks for the 4th episode, titled “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII“, airing next week, have been released. The 2nd Treehouse of Horror XXVIII sneak peek includes scenes from other shows of the night.


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As always in collaboration with WikiSimpsons, we’re going to post the Episode Fact Files of Season 29 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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