The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom which was created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It is a satirical parody of the middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its titular family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield, and it lampoons many aspects of the human condition, as well as American culture, society as a whole, and television itself.
The Simpsons have come to terms with actor Harry Shearer, who voices iconic characters such as Ned Flanders and Montgomery Burns, to return for Season 27 and Season 28, two months after we reported that he left the long-running series. Entertainment Weekly confirms that he signed the same deal as the other main cast members, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Hank Azaria, to keep the show's original voice cast intact. The deals are reportedly for $300,000 per episode, which span four years and include options on Season 29 and Season 30, which haven't been officially ordered yet.
Fox renewed The Simpsons for Season 27 and Season 28 in early May, but just a few weeks later, Harry Shearer revealed he was leaving the show, because he "wanted the freedom to do other work." A few weeks later, the actor revealed on his Twitter page that "discussions are happening at a level where decisions can be made." Production on Season 27 started without Harry Shearer, who also voices Smithers, Seymour Skinner, Lenny, Dr. Hibbert, Kent Brockman, Reverend Lovejoy and Otto, so they could stay on schedule, but the animated show already had seven episodes in the can that were left over from last season and include his voices.Read More
Earlier this month, The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean dropped a bombshell, revealing that Homer and Marge Simpson will be getting 'legally separated' in the Season 27 premiere "Every Man's Dream", airing Sunday, September 27 on Fox. He went on to say that Homer ends up falling for his pharmacist, voiced by Lena Dunham. Many fans were left wondering if this separation is going to be permanent and result in divorce. To help clear the air, Fox has released a new video where Homer and Marge confirm that they will not be getting a divorce, as they sit underneath a "Together Forever" banner.
Many fans assumed that The Simpsons soul mates would get back together by the end of the season premiere. But because these divorce rumors persisted, this video was released. Al Jean had more to say on his Twitter account. His original interview was correctly quoted, but it was also misinterpreted. This video tease also features a few cameos from Bart, Lisa and Maggie, who offer some playful jabs at the media for running wild with the story.Read More
The Simpsons has already been renewed through Season 28, which means the 2016-2017 season will fall during the Presidential election. Al Jean added that Homer Simpson will get to vote once again. While the showrunner isn't sure who Homer will be voting for, he teased "whatever he wants it's not going to happen." What do you think about these new details regarding The Simpsons Season 27?Read More
Sideshow Bob was first introduced on the show in 1990, as a sidekick to Krusty the Klown's TV show. In his first few appearances, Bob's nefarious plans were foiled by Bart, resulting in him going to prison, but his quest to kill young Bart didn't begin until the 1993 episode "Cape Feare", after Bob was released from prison for the third time. Every time Sideshow Bob would re-emerge in Springfield and try to kill Bart, his plans would be foiled at the last minute.
In related news, The Simpsons producers also revealed that beloved The Simpsons Movie character Spider-Pig will be brought back for The Simpsons Season 27, although it isn't clear when he may show up. The show's producers also added they are trying to work out a deal to bring back longtime voice actor Harry Shearer, who recently announced he was leaving the show, but nothing is set in stone yet. What do you think about Sideshow Bob killing Bart, and Spider-Pig coming back?Read More
Disappointing news today for fans of The Simpsons. Longtime voice actor Harry Shearer has quit the show just as contracts were being signed for the upcoming Season 27 and Season 28. While Harry Shearer did not agree with the terms of his new FOX contract, that doesn't mean his characters are going away. It has been confirmed that they will all be recast.
In all likelihood, the series will not be able to find just one man to take over all the roles Harry Shearer left behind. There have been actor contract disputes in the past, but until now, the core cast has always worked out their differences and remained with the show. How do you feel about Harry Shearer talking a walk? Was he vital to the show? Or do you feel it will move on without much notice? Take a look at the voice actor's tweets:
from James L. Brooks' lawyer: "show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.". (1/2)— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015
This because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best. (2/2)— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015
Thanks, Simpsons fans, for your support.— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015Read More