Longtime Simpsons voice actress Marcia Wallace, who voiced schoolteacher Mrs. Krabappel on the show, passed away at 70 last weekend, and yesterday night's episode of The Simpsons included a special tribute to her. The episode, which coincidentally was about the death of a Springfield resident (not Mrs. Krabappel), began with a modified version of the opening credits' chalkboard gag. Instead of writing the same phrase over and over on the chalkboard, Bart just writes, "We'll really miss you, Mrs. K" just once and looks very sad.
The episode's end credits featured a still image of Mrs. Krabappel sitting on her desk with the words "In loving memory of [...]
There's a widely-held belief among internet snobs that The Simpsons took a dip in quality in the late '90s/early '00s and has yet to fully recover. Nevertheless, TV's longest-running scripted show continues to roll along and to pull in a sizable audience every week as its landmark 25th season continues.
Simpsons showrunner Al Jean announced recently that the writers are killing off a character at the start of next season, but that's not the only change to the show in recent years. For those of you who stopped watching The Simpsons within the last decade or so and missed the most recent couple hundred episodes, we made a list of [...]
The Simpsons has been renewed for its 26th season, keeping the show on until at least 2015, the New York Times reported yesterday. The Simpsons debuted on the then-fledgling Fox network in 1989, and is the longest running scripted primetime show in US television history. Executive producer Al Jean recently let slip that a regular character will be killed off from the show, and The Times says this will occur in the 2014-2015 season.
There had been speculation that 20th Century Fox's decision to sell cable rights to the show could signify the end of the series, and that it may bow out after 25 years. But given that each episode could reportedly pull [...]
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 [...]