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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Could not decide whether to do this before or after Comic-Con, but I decided to do it before so I can get a head start on the new information.

    As you may or may not be aware of, I am a huge Simpsons fan. Yes, the quality has gone down significantly and it has lost the majority of its fans the longer it goes on, but I’ve stayed with it through thick and thin, and I am just going to go down with the ship. Besides in my opinion, The Simpsons was still very funny and watchable up until Season 23 (hell, I grew up watching Season 16-20 and became a fan of those).

    MAIN ACTORS

    • Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman and others
    • Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson, Patty and Selma
    • Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum and Todd Flanders
    • Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson
    • Hank Azaria as Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Comic Book Guy, Carl Carlson, Professor Frink, Dr. Nick Riviera and others
    • Harry Shearer as Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Julius Hibbert, Lenny Leonard, Principal Seymour Skinner, Otto Mann, Rainier Wolfcastle and others

    CONFIRMED GUEST STARS (not including recurring)

    • Nick Offerman
    • Jane Fonda as Maxine Lombard
    • Willem Dafoe as Mr. Lassen
    • David Hyde Pierce
    • Jeff Ross
    • Sarah Silverman
    • Matthew Sweet
    • Will Forte as King Toot
    • Billy West as Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, Zapp Branigan and others
    • Katey Segal as Leela
    • John DiMaggio as Bender and others
    • Phil LaMarr as Hermes Conrad and others
    • Lauren Tom as Amy Wong and others
    • Tress MacNeille as Mom and others

    CONFIRMED EPISODE PLOTS

    • Krusty the Clown plans on retirement and one of the prominent characters dies 
    • Marge opens a sandwich franchise
    • Mr. Burns gets a girlfriend
    • Bart schemes to bring down his new teacher who is a bully
    • A Futurama/The Simpsons crossover with the entire Futurama original cast
    • An episode written by Judd Apatow where Homer thinks he’s the same age as Bart.

    I will be chronicling this season on this thread giving my thoughts on each episode and figuring what the Emmy odds are for the series (figured it would be more efficient this way).

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    Macbeth
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    James L. Brooks also tweeted that they have a guest that is their biggest since Michael Jackson in 1991. In this day and age of celebrity, the only people that I could see as being as big and mythical as Jackson was in the 90s would have to be someone like Barack Obama (and why not – he’s clearly got a sense of humor, so why wouldn’t he guest star on The Simpsons)

    Also, Al Jean is very good to his followers on Twitter and will answer them as much as he can, so I asked him about of Willem Dafoe is going to be a recurring character as Bart’s new teacher, and while he didn’t directly answer, he said I would be very happy with the news coming out of Comic-Con. I hope Dafoe becomes a recurring character – it would be nice to have some new blood in Springfield that actually sticks around

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    James L. Brooks also tweeted that they have a guest that is their biggest since Michael Jackson in 1991. In this day and age of celebrity, the only people that I could see as being as big and mythical as Jackson was in the 90s would have to be someone like Barack Obama (and why not – he’s clearly got a sense of humor, so why wouldn’t he guest star on The Simpsons)

    Also, Al Jean is very good to his followers on Twitter and will answer them as much as he can, so I asked him about of Willem Dafoe is going to be a recurring character as Bart’s new teacher, and while he didn’t directly answer, he said I would be very happy with the news coming out of Comic-Con. I hope Dafoe becomes a recurring character – it would be nice to have some new blood in Springfield that actually sticks around

    I’m excited about the “big guest star”! If Obama does guest star, it’ll be astronomical. He’ll be the first U.S. President to guest star on the series, excluding pre-recorded footage. I heard that the teacher character will be different every week there would be no permanent teacher for Bart, giving the opportunity to have a different actor every week for Bart’s teacher, giving more writing opportunities. But it would be awesome to have Dafoe be recurring.

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    Macbeth
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    [quote=”EmmyFan123″]James L. Brooks also tweeted that they have a guest that is their biggest since Michael Jackson in 1991. In this day and age of celebrity, the only people that I could see as being as big and mythical as Jackson was in the 90s would have to be someone like Barack Obama (and why not – he’s clearly got a sense of humor, so why wouldn’t he guest star on The Simpsons)

    Also, Al Jean is very good to his followers on Twitter and will answer them as much as he can, so I asked him about of Willem Dafoe is going to be a recurring character as Bart’s new teacher, and while he didn’t directly answer, he said I would be very happy with the news coming out of Comic-Con. I hope Dafoe becomes a recurring character – it would be nice to have some new blood in Springfield that actually sticks around

     If Obama does guest star, it’ll be astronomical. He’ll be the first U.S. President to guest star on the series, excluding pre-recorded footage. I heard that the teacher character will be different every week there would be no permanent teacher for Bart, giving the opportunity to have a different actor every week for Bart’s teacher, giving more writing opportunities. But it would be awesome to have Dafoe be recurring.[/quote]

    I heard about the teacher situation too, but it was never really official (I think it was only speculation on NHC). Dafoe is a good friend of the show (having guest starred before), so I think he’ll be recurring 

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    CONFIRMED EPISODE PLOTS

    • Krusty the Clown plans on retirement and one of the prominent characters dies 
    • Marge opens a sandwich franchise
    • Mr. Burns gets a girlfriend
    • Bart schemes to bring down his new teacher who is a bully
    • A Futurama/The Simpsons crossover with the entire Futurama original cast
    • An episode written by Judd Apatow where Homer thinks he’s the same age as Bart.

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    They’ve already done very similar episodes to the first three listed here in the past. Sigh. But the Futurama thing sounds potentially awesome.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    [quote=”tyman21″]
    CONFIRMED EPISODE PLOTS

    • Krusty the Clown plans on retirement and one of the prominent characters dies 
    • Marge opens a sandwich franchise
    • Mr. Burns gets a girlfriend
    • Bart schemes to bring down his new teacher who is a bully
    • A Futurama/The Simpsons crossover with the entire Futurama original cast
    • An episode written by Judd Apatow where Homer thinks he’s the same age as Bart.

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    They’ve already done very similar episodes to the first three listed here in the past. Sigh. But the Futurama thing sounds potentially awesome.

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    Yeah, it is kind of early, but these were the best plots I can come up with for the time. The Marge story about her opening up a sandwich franchise is strikingly similar to “The Twisted World of Marge Simpson” where she opens a pretzel stand, so I can totally see how you could think that, as well as Burns getting a girl and Krusty retiring have been done before (but as the Bible says “there is nothing new under the sun”) but I am excited for the Futurama episode and the Apatow-penned episode. 

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    I think they need to do a parody of Orange Is the New Black with Marge having to do a stint in prison for something that happened years ago. I just saw my first episodes of OItNB this weekend and it’s ripe for mockery.

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    Macbeth
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    I think they need to do a parody of Orange Is the New Black with Marge having to do a stint in prison for something that happened years ago. I just saw my first episodes of OItNB this weekend and it’s ripe for mockery.

    Marge in Chains  

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I think they need to do a parody of Orange Is the New Black with Marge having to do a stint in prison for something that happened years ago. I just saw my first episodes of OItNB this weekend and it’s ripe for mockery.

    Oh, dude. That would be awesome! I hope the Simpsons writers do take that opportunity, there’s lots of ripe material for satire in that episode, and could be a prime showcase of Julie Kavner’s talents and for possible OITNB stars to guest voice. 

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    Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall

    The Simpsons

    Credit: FOX

    Press tour: FXX unveils Simpsons World portal to drooling critics

    Website and app will offer easy access to view and share your favorite ‘Simpsons’ episodes and clips

    By Alan Sepinwall  | Monday, Jul 21, 2014 2:41 PM 

    One of FXX’s promos for the channel’s upcoming premiere of every “The Simpsons” repeat ever — not to mention a new website/app called Simpsons World that will allow fans to watch any episode, or clip, at any time — features a post-apocalyptic America where the world has fallen apart because people are too busy watching old “Simpsons” scenes to do anything else.

    By the time FXX executives and longtime “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean got done explaining all the features of Simpsons World, that promo seemed less parody than prophecy, at least for the “Simpsons”-loving TV critics at the press tour panel, all of whom seemed to be drooling like Homer Simpson contemplating the thought of free goo.

    Just from a traditional (or linear) standpoint, FXX will have access to all 552 episodes of “The Simpsons” so far, and will marathon them all in order from August 21 through September 1, 24 hours a day for 12 days. (“The Simpsons Movie” will even air in between seasons 18 & 19, just like it was released in theaters.) From that point, FXX will have the repeats in heavy rotation, will do themed marathons — a “Treehouse of Horror” marathon on October 26, or perhaps a run of Krusty episodes on Sunday afternoon if that night’s new episode on FOX features Krusty — and otherwise cycle back and forth through the whole series.

    But the mind-blower of the panel was Simpsons World, which will launch in October, and which promises (and we will see if it can deliver) to be everything any “Simpsons” fan has ever dreamed of from an online portal. (Al Jean joked, “I don’t want to overpromise, but I do think this website will provide you with affordable healthcare.”) Among other features:

    * Every episode ever, in an order that’s easy to browse, but also easy to search. (The original “Simpsons” clips from “The Tracey Ullman Show” are not currently part of the package, but FX is talking to Matt Groening about it; “I know Matt has a very open mind to that,” said FX COO Chuck Saftler. “The Simpsons Movie” will appear intermittently on the app, but won’t be available constantly.)

    * A search function that allows you to quickly find — and share across social media — your favorite “Simpsons” joke or scene. At the moment, I cannot show you the “free goo” scene, or Homer contemplating the excitement of floor pie or waffle runoff; with Simpsons World, I can do it easily. I can also find every Disco Stu scene in one shot, or any story where Marge gets a new job, etc.

    * Ability to curate your own playlists of episodes and/or scenes, and a learning function that will then recommend similar ones for you to try or revisit.

    * An exhaustive episode guide that can be opened up to run parallel to the episode, featuring historical references, behind-the-scenes info, quotes, etc. You can also have each episode’s script scrolling along as you watch it, and you can excerpt and share parts of the script, as well.

    Most of that functionality should be ready for the October launch, and even more should be introduced in January. (FX’s president of marketing Stephanie Gibbons told me after the panel that the goal was to get the episodes and the ability to search for and share clips up immediately, and follow with more bonuses later.)

    Now, Simpsons World will, like FX’s FXNow service, require cable authentication, and for your provider to have a deal with FX, at least to watch full episodes. (People will be able to see clips — both on the site and across social media — without authentication.) At the moment, FX has deals with about 60 percent of the country’s providers, including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox and Time-Warner, and Saftler sounded very confident that they will close deals with the other 40 percent in the next year or so. (Customers demanding access to Simpsons World will certainly give FX leverage in negotiations with providers.) The app will be available on iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Apple TV, Samsung, XBox1 and XBox360 as of now.

    “Basically, with this, I think there’s no reason to do anything else but do this app 24 hours a day,” Jean said, only half-joking.

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    [quote=”AdamBeck”]I think they need to do a parody of Orange Is the New Black with Marge having to do a stint in prison for something that happened years ago. I just saw my first episodes of OItNB this weekend and it’s ripe for mockery.

    Oh, dude. That would be awesome! I hope the Simpsons writers do take that opportunity, there’s lots of ripe material for satire in that episode, and could be a prime showcase of Julie Kavner’s talents and for possible OITNB stars to guest voice. [/quote]

    I dunno – this seems too similar to Season 4’s “Marge in Chains”  

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    [quote=”tyman21″][quote=”AdamBeck”]I think they need to do a parody of Orange Is the New Black with Marge having to do a stint in prison for something that happened years ago. I just saw my first episodes of OItNB this weekend and it’s ripe for mockery.

    Oh, dude. That would be awesome! I hope the Simpsons writers do take that opportunity, there’s lots of ripe material for satire in that episode, and could be a prime showcase of Julie Kavner’s talents and for possible OITNB stars to guest voice. [/quote]

    I dunno – this seems too similar to Season 4’s “Marge in Chains”  [/quote]

    Well, yeah, I would be lying if I said it wasn’t similar to “Marge to Chains”, but I think the temptation of having a parody of OITNB could be too much. Maybe I could see them making an exception if they write really good jokes in the episode and have the primary focus of Marge’s relationship with the other inmates, then the writers could justify having the existence of the episode. 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Harry Shearer is now an Emmy-winner and finally, FINALLY every primary The Simpsons actor has at least one Emmy. I can now die a happy man.

    Discuss. 

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    Oooo Congrats to Mr. Shearer! It’s about damn time…

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