Late last week, Fox announced plans to honor the passing of Simpsons
voice actress Marcia Wallace by airing the classic Season 3 episode "Bart the Lover," for which she'd won an Emmy.
However, viewers on Sunday were instead presented with the Season 22 travesty "The Nedliest Catch," the stunt episode where viewers got to decide the fate of Mrs. Krabappel and Ned Flander's relationship, also known as "Nedna."
Entertainment Weekly, which had announced the news, updated their story to explain the switcheroo:
The network originally announced plans to re-air Wallace's Emmy-winning episode from the show's third season, "Bart the Lover," but "technical issues" clearing the 20-year-old episode prevented the last-minute switch and a newer episode featuring her character had to be chosen instead.
Apparently, Fox is now literally incapable of broadcasting quality Simpsons episodes.
If you missed out on the historic twenty-third season of TV's The Simpsons, have no fear! This handy recap will get you up to speed in no time.
America was now discovered in 1942 by... [consults paper] "Some Guy." And our country isn't called America anymore. It's Boehnerland.
Al Gore would be proud: so far, Season 21 is the most environmentally-friendly season of The Simpsons yet. What makes this season so green? Each episode is made from a recycled plotline from an earlier episode:
Homer the Whopper: Radioactive Man but with Homer instead of Milhouse
Bart Gets A 'Z': Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song but with Mrs. Krabappel instead of Principal Skinner
The Great Wife Hope: The Homer They Fall but with Marge instead of Homer
Congratulations on reducing your carbon footprint, Simpsons writers! [Simpsons Archive]
In an interview with Digital Spy, producer David Mirkin stated "next year, there'll be no Homer," "all other animated shows ever are crap," and that he "would love to do Kate!" [Digital Spy]
Simpsons producers are supposedly hoping to get U.S. celebrity Barack Obama to lend his voice to an upcoming episode. According to a script obtained by rubbercat.net/simpsons, the episode involves Ralph Wiggum competing in the Special Olympics. [Simpsons Channel]
In an episode that's sure to be controversial, The One-Eyebrowed Baby attempts to assassinate the president in order to win Maggie's affections. [Entertainment Weekly]
...in addition to the usual ~20 other episodes that season. Also, Superbad screenwriters Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen will write one. [Empire]
Hey girls, it's okay to a geek! Just look at the many upstanding role models such as Ada Byron, Marie Curie, and.... a fictional character?!? [CNET]
Comics legend Alan Moore will be playing the role of the hitherto unseen "Uncle Gareth," a creepy uncle who will take Bart aside during a family reunion to show him some disturbing x-rated drawings of Wendy from Peter Pan, Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, and Alice from Alice in Wonderland. [Northants News]