Posts tagged as al jean

Al Jean Says There's a 50/50 Chance of Another 'Simpsons' Movie

It's been seven and a half years since The Simpsons Movie, but it turns out that a recent Simpsons episode was initially developed as a potential film sequel. Executive producer Al Jean recently revealed that the January 4 episode he cowrote with David Mirkin "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner" was originally set to air as the season 24 finale in 2013, but it was held back by Jean and James L. Brooks to instead use as a plot for a possible film sequel. The film idea was ultimately scrapped because the episode was set in space: "We were worried that people might think it’s an idea that’s [...]

A Chat with the Cast and Crew of 'The Simpsons'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

The Simpsons has been on TV forever. Over its long run, The Paley Center has done a number of Simpsons-centered events over the years [...]

Al Jean on 'Family Guy'-Style Cutaways Being 'Not as Fresh' Anymore

Co.Create has a cool interview with long-time Simpsons writer and showrunner Al Jean about the process of writing an episode of the legendary show and how the show has has been impacted by its rivals over the years.

We did quite a few [random cutaways] in season four (and on The Critic) but as they have been widely used by other shows (both animated and not) we have done fewer, as we feel the idea is not as fresh as it was.

He also talks about the elasticity of reality in Springfield, not using a formula, and the difficulties of working in a long production schedule. Jean was one of [...]

Al Jean Remembers the Time Roger Ebert Guest Starred on 'The Critic'

Longtime Simpsons writer/producer Al Jean reminisced to Vulture about working with the legendary movie critic Roger Ebert when he guest starred on an episode of The Critic, and it's a well-written tribute to the life and career of Roger Ebert – one of many well-written tributes to Ebert swirling around the internet this week.

Al Jean Calls the 'Simpsons' Season Premiere Character Death "Over-Hyped"

The Simpsons aired its 26th season premiere last night, and after nearly a year of anticipation around which character would be killed off, the result was decidedly non-climactic. While many speculated that Krusty would be the one to go during last night's episode "Clown in the Dumps," it was — and here comes the big spoiler — Krusty's father Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, voiced by Jackie Mason, who died and went to "Jewish Heaven." Last year Al Jean hinted that the character's voice actor won an Emmy for the role, which Mason did in 1992.

Speaking to THR, showrunner Al Jean reflected on what he called [...]

Fox Is Reairing Marcia Wallace's Emmy-Winning 'Simpsons' Episode as a Tribute to Her This Sunday

Fox and The Simpsons are making some programming changes Sunday to honor the life of Marcia Wallace, a voice actor on the series since Season 1 who passed away at the age of 70 last week. The show will be reairing a classic episode of the show, Season 3's "Bart the Lover," at 7:30 on Sunday just before a new episode of the show. The episode focused on Wallace's character Edna Krabappel, with Bart setting her up on a fake date only to feel bad about his prank. The episode won Wallace a voice acting Emmy. The new episode of the show that follows will conclude with a [...]

Watch Conan's 'Simpsons' Writers Roundtable Right Now

Conan O'Brien gathered a bunch of glory era Simpsons writers together to talk about their experiences working on the show for his web talk show Serious Jibber-Jabber. The writers present are Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jay Kogen, Jeff Martin, and, of course, Conan O'Brien, who wrote for the show himself in its fourth and fifth seasons. It's 81 minutes of Simpsons writers talking to each other, so enjoy!

Judd Apatow's 'Simpsons' Script from 1990 Is Being Made Now

The spec episode of The Simpsons that comedy kingpin Judd Apatow wrote 22 years ago is finally getting made next season, Apatow announced in a nice, long interview with former Simpsons writer Conan O'Brien yesterday. Apatow revealed onstage at a screening of his new movie This Is 40 earlier this month that the first thing he ever wrote was an unsolicited episode of The Simpsons during the show's first season in 1990, with the episode revolving around Homer acting like a kid again after a hypnotist has a heart attack in the middle of performing on him. Homer then becomes carefree and irresponsible and best friends with [...]

'Simpsons' Executive Producer Al Jean Teases Season 26 and the Show's Future

With the hit FXX Simpsons marathon and live Hollywood Bowl event now complete, the next source of Simpsons anticipation will be which character is killed off during the season 26 premiere as well as how long we can expect the show to keep churning out new episodes on Fox. In a recent interview with Deadline, executive producer Al Jean gave a few teases for the new season as well as his thoughts on the future of the show: As for which character will be killed off during the season premiere "Clown in the Dumps," Jean commented on some fans' prediction that Krusty will be getting [...]

'The Simpsons' Will Kill Off Another Character This Season; Who Will it Be?

The Simpsons premiered its 25th season on Sunday night, but the show hasn't completely settled in its ways. In a recent phone conference, executive producer Al Jean told reporters that another regular character will be killed off this year:

"I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is," Jean said cagily.

The show hasn't been shy about killing off characters in the past; most notably, Maude Flanders met her demise in 2000's "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily."

But Jean's clue doesn't give much away about the identity of the soon-to-be-deceased Springfield resident, as the show has [...]

Conan Reunited a Bunch of 'Simpsons' Writers for a Long Interview, Coming April 15th

Last year, Conan O'Brien launched his web series Serious Jibber-Jabber, a longform interview show that's seen him sitting down for hour-plus chats with the likes of Judd Apatow, Jack White, and Nate Silver. On Monday, he's debut a new episode that's a roundtable interview with a bunch of his fellow Simpsons writers. O'Brien, who served as a Simpsons writer/producer during its fourth and fifth seasons before leaving to become a talk show host, chose Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jeff Martin, and Jay Kogen to join him for the discussion, which, from the looks of this trailer, will be a rollicking good time.

Simpsons Executive Producer Talks About Banksy's Couch Gag

Longtime Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean on last night's Banksy couch gag: "We were thrilled. It was funny, I watched Mad Men last night and I wondered if this was my Don Draper letter to The New York Times. I knew just how he felt. But it was great to have a secret."