“The Simpsons” producers have decided to submit “The Town” as their paid entry on the TV academy’s FYC website, Gold Derby has learned exclusively. Directed by Rob Oliver and written by Dave King, “The Town” first aired on October 9, 2016 as the third episode of Season 28. It marked the show’s mammoth 599th episode overall for TV’s longest-running scripted series that began airing on Fox way back in 1989.
While the FYC website is updated frequently, as of this writing only “The Simpsons,” “South Park” and “Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special” have made episodes available in the Best Animated Program race for voters to watch on their laptops, tablets and phones. “The Town” may not necessarily be Fox’s official Emmy submission following the nominations, but it’s one they feel strongly enough out of the gate to present to voters and begin the awards conversation.
The plot of “The Town” centers around the titular Simpsons family taking a visit to Boston, Mass., which is either right next to Springfield or far away from Springfield, depending on where their city actually resides within the U.S. While the characters initially decide to spend a “hatecation” in Boston rooting against the local football team, they soon find themselves loving it, particularly after they go candlepin bowling.
But don’t just take the producers’ word for it that “The Town” is a stand-out episode. TV reviewers also praised the half-hour, including Dennis Perkins (AV Club) who wrote, “While ‘The Town’ is another in the long line of ‘Simpsons’ travelogue episodes, it’s at least an exceptionally lived-in one. The Boston that that show visits tonight is dense with nearly every Massachusetts stereotype and reference that you can imagine.” And Tony Sokol (Den of Geek) noted, “The family’s Hatecation is part of a new American trend, like hate voting, but the Simpsons have long known that there is nothing like the delicious rage that comes from attacking the unfamiliar just because it is unfamiliar.”
Among the notable guest cast, “The Town” welcomed Bill Burr as Townie, Michael Chiklis as Handsome Quarterback, Rachel Dratch as Bostonian Doctor, Doris Kearns Goodwin as herself and Dana Gould as Murphy.
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