July 22nd, 2014
During a Fox Comedy panel at the Television Critics Association press tour this week, a few big things were revealed by Al Jean, writer and producer for The Simpsons. In fact, if you consider yourself a Simpsons fan and you’ve already heard about the following news, you’re probably still in the process of putting your mind back together after being blown away. It’s okay, we’ll give you a few moments…
Here’s a breakdown of everything Jean revealed:
The Simpsons to finally do a crossover episode with Futurama
Although the two hit animated shows have crossed over in comic form, The Simpsons and Futurama have actually never really crossed over into each other’s worlds before with the exception of a brief Bender cameo once. “We recorded it with the full Futurama cast,” Jean assures, when questioned about a potential crossover episode making it on air soon. “It’s going to air in November.”
The 26th season premiere will finally reveal which character gets killed
Late last year, we placed our bets on which beloved Simpsons character will be axed from the show and we will finally find out who on the show’s season premiere on September 29. Jean admittedly didn’t realize speculation would run so wild, though, adding that it “turned into a much bigger deal than we expected. So I hope you know it’s not going to be this bloodbath where they all just, like, get murdered.”
As you’ll see, we had guessed Krusty The Clown’s dad Rabbi Hyman Krustofski as a potential victim, but many are now suspecting Krusty himself. If that is the case, prepare to say goodbye to one of TV’s most entertaining clowns ever. And he’s already faked his death once, so no chances of a fake-out this time around.
We’re gonna need this…
If your American friends disappear, this might be the reason why
Soon, all 522 episodes of The Simpsons will be available via the cable network company FXX, who struck a deal to obtain exclusive rights to the long-running TV show. The archive will be available online — only in the US — and on August 21, they will also host the longest TV marathon ever, showing all 25 seasons in a row. For those doing the math, that’ll take you straight to September 1. With no breaks. All. Day. Long.
And finally, SIMPSONS WORLD
This is basically The Simpsons’ very own Internet world. With FXX’s Simpsons World, an app available on iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Apple TV, Samsung, XBox1 and XBox360 (again, only in the US), fans will be able to:
- Watch every episode ever
- Browse and search for specific episodes easily
- Search for specific jokes, scenes and moments
- Curate your own episode or scene playlist
- Be provided with an extensive episode guide that can be opened up next to a running episode
- Be given all references included in an episode
- Be given Behind-the-scenes information
- Be given each episode’s script rolling alongside a running episode
And that’s just the beginning. Jean reveals that there will be more features built in, but the initial roll out will include all of these amazing features. “Basically, with this, I think there’s no reason to do anything else but do this app 24 hours a day,” he says.
Um, yeah. Are you as overjoyed and overwhelmed as we are right now?
This is pretty much how we feel: