The Simpsons

Sunday, November 14 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

When the Simpsons visit Marge’s childhood home and discover a box of her old belongings, Lisa is surprised to learn that Marge was once a stellar A+ student. After discovering that a distraction caused Marge’s grades to slip in high school, Lisa fears that she will end up just like her mom unless she pledges to focus solely on academics. Meanwhile, Bart puts Nelson and his bullying ways in place and unintentionally claims the title of School Bully.

‘The Simpsons’ will celebrate its 500th episode next series.

The animated series – which focuses on the exploits of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie – has been commissioned for a 23rd season which will start in autumn 2011.

The landmark episode will be broadcast in 2012 and the next run of episodes will extend ‘The Simpsons’ record as the longest running American primetime entertainment series.

Executive producer Al Jean: “That you get to keep doing it is the greatest thing. That we got to do 50 of these, much less 500, is a thrill.”

Jean insists one of the biggest challenges facing the team now is trying to keep the storylines fresh and original after 500 shows.

He added: “Part of my job is being the grumpy guy who says, ‘No, we did that, we did that.’ Once you hit on something you haven’t done, we’ve got these great characters and voices and this terrific production that turns it into something really special.”

‘The Simpsons’ is one of the best-loved TV shows in the world and has featured numerous celebrity cameo appearances over the years, creating animated versions of Sir Paul McCartney, Sting and Simon Cowell. 

Source: Bang!

Sunday, November 7 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Worried about the effects of violent video games, Marge encourages Bart and Milhouse to play board games instead. Meanwhile, Lisa becomes smitten with a new student, a vampire; and while on a second honeymoon, Homer and Marge rescue a castaway who escaped from his ship.

Prolific graffiti artist Banksy has left his mark on the famous title sequence of The Simpsons.

The British artist has directed a special extended edition of the sequence at the beginning of the latest episode to air in the US, which features his tags scrawled across Springfield and a controversial sweatshop sequence at the end.

The sweatshop scene is said to a response to reports that the Fox network has outsourced the bulk of its animation to a company in South Korea.

The dark, forlorn sequence shows workers grinding away in a depressing factory producing Simpsons soft toys, DVDs and other merchandise.

Source: Digital Spy

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe will make an appearance on The Simpsons this year.

The English actor will voice a character on the cartoon’s Halloween special entitled Treehouse of Horror.

Radcliffe will help parody the Twilight saga on the show, along with poking fun at other well-known movies and TV shows. He will voice a vampire called Edmund.

The segment will be entitled Tweenlight and will feature Radcliffe’s character attending Springfield Elementary where he meets Lisa.

Source: Digital Spy

Sunday, October 10 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

**Baseball Great Mike Scioscia Guest Voices**

Lisa coaches Bart’s little league team and leads them to a record-winning streak by putting her book smarts in statistics and probability into play. But when Bart questions Lisa’s coaching tactics and confronts her for taking the fun out of baseball, Lisa benches him from the championship game. Hoping to lift his spirits, Marge spends the day with Bart at an amusement park where MLB manager and former catcher Mike Scioscia (guest-voicing as himself) gives Bart sound advice, and reminds him of his genuine love of the sport.

Sunday, October 3 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

When Grampa gives each member of the family a portion of his savings, Lisa invests in Nelson’s brand-new business venture, but soon realizes that her friend’s instant success might lure him away from the classroom. Worried that his judgment might be clouded, Lisa introduces Nelson to the well-educated and successful creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg (guest-voicing as himself), only to find out that he too dropped out of school. But when the soaring business suddenly takes a sharp turn, Lisa teaches her friend that education is invaluable.

Sunday, September 26 – 8pm ET/PT *Season Premiere* on Global

** Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Amber Riley (Glee) Guest Voice**

When Krusty the Clown is announced as the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Homer invites Bart to accompany him on a trip to Oslo for the ceremony. Sensing that Lisa would feel left out, Marge surprises her with a week-long retreat at performing arts camp, where she is greeted by her artsy counselors and fellow musically inclined campers (Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Amber Riley), who inspire her to embrace her creative side.

Comedian Ricky Gervais will return to Springfield for his second appearance on The Simpsons later this year.

The Office and Extras star will join actress Halle Berry on the cartoon in an episode in which Homer and Bart attend the Academy Awards.

The pair will bump into Gervais while out and about in Los Angeles.

The comedian first appeared on the show back in 2006 where he co-wrote an episode called Homer Simpson, This is Your Life in which he lent his voice to a character.

Gervais is one of many stars set to appear this year on the show, with others including Daniel Radcliffe, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, kiwi Flight of the Conchords duo Bret and Jermaine and Hugh Laurie.

Source: TV Squad

 

Mad Men’s Jon Hamm has announced he will be making an appearance on the upcoming season of The Simpsons.

The actor who plays Don Draper in the drama series will lend his voice to the cartoon in order to play a FBI agent who is chasing mobster Fat Tony.

The character will be an alter-ego of himself who teams with Homer as an undercover agent in order to collar Fat Tony and his gang.

Executive producer Al Jean said of Hamm’s recording session: “You gave [John Hamm] one note and he immediately did 12 great things with it,” adding, “He was really funny. And handsome. He had it all.”

It is understood there will be no referenced to Mad Men in the episode.

Source” Buddy TV