Despite reports to the contrary, the next season is looking to be a continuation of the death spiral that was the past two seasons, if the Simpsons panel at Comic-Con is any indication. A look at what's to come:
- Yet another Nelson episode: Really? Again? Who could have imagined that there would be so many goddamn episodes exploring the emotional life of the kid who says "haw haw?"
- Another slam at the on-screen FOX advertising bugs:
The panel was brought to a close with a clip from the upcoming season's Halloween episode. In it, Marge is decorating cupcakes that look like jack-o'-lanterns. She pokes fun at the fact that Halloween "was last week," but at the Simpsons' house they're still celebrating (a nod to the fact that the Halloween episodes never air on Halloween). While she's speaking, the American Idol "bug" pops up on screen. Marge is upset by this, grabs her Dust Buster and sucks the logo up. She tries to start speaking again, but the Fox Sports "bug" pops up and a bunch of mini-football players run out. Marge kills them with bug spray. Next, 24 (along with a mini-Jack Bauer), Family Guy (with mini-Peter Griffin) and House bugs (with mini-Dr. House) appear. Marge grabs Jack and sticks him to the fridge with a magnet. Next, she "blends" Peter to death with a cappuccino frother. Lastly, she grabs Dr. House, sticks him in the microwave, and blows him up. Cut to the family sitting at the dining room table and Marge walking in with fresh baked bread. "Dinner is served," says Marge. She slices off a piece of bread to reveal the various body parts of all these guys spelling out "Treehouse of Terror XVII." OK, it was kinda funny when Homer ate Joe Millionaire, but this is comedy cancer.
- More character returns: This time it's Lurleen Lumpkin, the country singer Homer managed, and Sideshow Bob's brother Cecil, following in the footsteps of such other pointless Jean-era returning characters as Homer's Mother, Bob the RV salesman, Artie Ziff, and The Guy Who Originally Owned The Dog.
- Al Jean is going to remain showrunner forever: Says No Homers Club poster elephant6rawk, who was there and asked them if they plan on replacing Jean as guy in charge of the show any time soon. There is no hope for The Simpsons.
Have you ever wondered what Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Democratic presidential candidate, would look like if he was a Simpsons character? Yeah, me neither, but here it is anyway. [MySpace via Wonkette]
Candy Addict is a blog that's completely crazy about candy - just look at its description: "Candy news, views, and reviews. All the candy that's fit to eat, and some that isn't. All candy, all the time. Addicted to candy." In honor of The Simpsons Movie, or so I assume, they compiled a list of the top 10 Simpsons candy moments, which one of the candy addicts thought I might be interested in and kindly e-mailed me about it. The Simpsons article is good and well, but I strongly advise looking at the rest of Candy Addict because it's delightfully insane. [Candy Addict]
Homer is supposed to appear on The Tonight Show during Jay Leno's monologue. In keeping with the show's spirit, Homer will not tell any jokes or be funny in any way. [Simpsons Channel]
Those crazy Pagans are at it again, complaining just because an image of a giant-donut-wielding Homer Simpson was painted next to a sacred 17th century image of the Cerne Abbas giant, a symbol of fertility. Don't have a cow, man! [Boing Boing]
From the franchise that brought you disturbing pictures of Marge Simpson in Maxim, here comes some pictures of the Simpsons interacting with caricatures of Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista and a number of fashion designers in Paris from the August issue of Harper's Bazaar.
"The Simpsons Go to Paris" depicts the Simpson family wearing outfits straight from the seasons' high fashion catwalks. The spread also features Simpson-ized versions of supermodel Linda Evangelista and designers like Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Just what the hell demographic are they trying to cater to here??? [LiveJournal via TV Squad]
Last week, Congressman Peter DeFazio, of Springfield, Oregon, sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez.
DeFazio was petitioning for an "investigation" of how Springfield, Vermont, could have won the right to host the movie premiere of "The Simpsons," over his own hometown.
I'm sure Gonzalez will get right on this as soon as he's done depriving everyone of their civil liberties [KTVZ]
The Simpson [sic] creator Matt Groening has snubbed new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown by insisting he'll never have a cameo on the hit animated series. While Brown's predecessor Tony Blair guest starred on a show in 2003, cartoon genius Groening is adamant there won't be another British statesman on the show for years. He says, "One Prime Minister per century is enough."
Could this lead to a British boycott of The Simpsons
??? Developing... [Starpulse]
"Voice acting god" and Simpsons recurring voice actor Frank Welker revealed in an e-mail to Simpsons fan Kenneth White why he hasn't appeared in The Simpsons since Season 13:
A few years back Dan "C" did Santa's Little Helper in a rehearsal and unfortunately for me ... did it a little too good. The producers thought ... "Hmmm, Dan barks pretty good, and we are already paying him and he seems to like doing the dog thing ... why do we need to pay Welker who comes in here, spends less than an hour, eats all the doughnuts, refuses to come to rehearsals ... let's just give the damn dog to Dan!" Bingo ... I'm out. I did do lots of shows that needed sound effects and weird sounds, but Santa is without this little helper.
I wanted a raise ... most of what they asked me to do was wild and wacky, but it also almost always hurt my throat. So, I asked for a raise ... that is why you haven't seen me. They are really great people over there, but they have a rule about "top of the show" for guest performers and I fell under that consideration.
Welker has played Santa's Little Helper, Snowball II, She's The Fastest, Fred from Scooby Doo, Megatron, Milhouse's monkey, Burns' canine executive vice president, Africa's wildlife, Lisa's pony, and a dozen zoos' worth of other animals. Life is ruff! [No Homers Club]