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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 [...]

'MythBusters' Will Air a 'Simpsons'-Themed Episode Next Month

The Discovery Channel's hit series MythBusters returns for a 13th season next month, and hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the premiere will be dedicated to busting some myths from the world of Springfield. "Several people were like, 'This is a cartoon! What can you do with this?'" Savage said. "We looked through many, many, many different bits on The Simpsons, but I think that we found stuff that really is entertaining and not totally outside the realm of physics — unlike, say, Wile E Coyote stuff might be. We reached out [to The Simpsons producers], and they were totally into it."

So which Simpsons [...]

FX's "Simpsons World" App Launches Tomorrow

After a long wait, FX Networks announced today that its comprehensive Simpsons app called "Simpsons World" will finally be made available to fans tomorrow. The app (which requires a cable subscription login) will include clips, trivia, and access to all 552 Simpsons episodes including current episodes made available the day after they air on Fox, not to mention a bunch of other goodies the network revealed at TCA back in July. Said Simpsons showrunner Al Jean: "Hello 'Simpsons World,' goodbye free time! Seriously."

Check out the full list of "Simpsons World" features below:

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 [...]

Watch Conan O'Brien Sing "The Monorail Song" with the Los Angeles Gay Mens' Choir

The live Simpsons event took place at the Hollywood Bowl in LA over the weekend, and thankfully there are plenty of clips online for those of us not lucky enough to attend. Above, check out Conan O'Brien's performance of "The Monorail Song" with the Los Angeles Gay Mens' Choir — which O'Brien respectfully dedicates to the great Phil Hartman — then click through for a YouTube clip of nearly the entire show, with appearances from Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, Hank Azaria, Jon Lovitz, Weird Al, and more. (via Uproxx)

Here's a Sneak Peek of the 'Simpsons'-Themed 'MythBusters' Episode

MythBusters returns to The Discovery Channel tomorrow, and the new episode follows Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman tackling some classic Simpsons myths from the world of Springfield. The network released the first sneak peek today, which has everything from toilet cherry bombs to a life-size Homer. The episode airs on Discovery tomorrow night at 9:00pm.

Behold This Year's Christmas-Themed 'Simpsons' Couch Gag

This year's Simpsons holiday episode "I Won't Be Home For Christmas" airs on Fox this Sunday, and the network released a clip of the very Christmassy couch gag featuring all the best things about winter, which apparently are polar bears, snowboarding, hockey, Festivus, and obligatory Frozen references.

Watch the Simpsons Meet a Bunch of Other Simpsons

Here's a clip from last night's Treehouse of Horror Simpsons episode, which ended up including a lot more than just the Tracey Ullman Simpsons — turns out it had Simpsons inspired by everything from Adventure Time, Archer, and South Park to Lego, Despicable Me, and Triplets of Belleville (as seen in a couch gag earlier this year).

Former 'Simpsons' Showrunner David Mirkin Explains the Importance of Timeless Comedy

"A policy that I always try to follow — and that really everybody does— is that you’re really trying to write something that’s going to be funny 20 years from the time you write it … We always think of not dating the show. And therefore it can become timeless. And that’s what classic things are. It’s not fun to see something 20 years later that’s laden with references that no longer work."

- Former Simpsons showrunner David Mirkin explains how to create comedy that's timeless in a new interview with Vulture.

'The Simpsons' Are Crossing Over with 'The Simpsons'

In addition to the upcoming Family Guy and Futurama crossover episodes of The Simpsons, Entertainment Weekly reports that there's also another crossover in the works — a Simpsons/Simpsons one. Set to air on October 19th as this year's Treehouse of Horror episode, the crossover will be a parody of The Others and follow the Simpsons as they "are haunted by another ghostly family living in the house," played by the original 1987 version of the Simpsons from The Tracey Ullman Show.

While the Ullman version Simpsons have made a few cameos in recent years, next month's crossover will be the first to prominently feature them, [...]

Judd Apatow's 25-Year-Old 'Simpsons' Episode Airs This Sunday

Back in 2012, Judd Apatow revealed that the first script he ever wrote was a 1990 Simpsons spec script about Homer acting like a 10-year-old kid again and becoming best friends with Bart after a hypnotist dies of a heart attack in the middle of performing on him. The news led to Simpsons producer Al Jean reaching out to Apatow to turn the script into a real episode, which finally airs on Fox this Sunday. Apatow told TV Guide that the script — titled "Bart's New Friend" — was reworked from the original, which he wrote when he was 22:

It's a pretty rough script — [...]

Here's the Couch Gag for This Sunday's 'Simpsons'/'Futurama' Crossover

The Simpsons has yet another crossover episode planned for this Sunday, which will see the Simpsons paired up with the world of Futurama in a mashup show Fox is calling "Simpsorama" (with the honest tagline "A Show Out of Ideas Teams Up with a Show Out of Episodes"). In the meantime, Fox released the couch gag this week as a sneak peek, which perfectly combines the worlds of both shows.

Check Out Don Hertzfeldt's Trippy 'Simpsons' Couch Gag

More interesting than the character killed off on last night's Simpsons premiere was the delightfully creepy couch gag by animator Don Hertzfeldt, which reimagines the Simpsons — or the Sampsons — in the very distant future. Be warned that this couch gag may cause nightmares and disturbing revelations about how television will utilize our exo-skulls in the years to come.

'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 [...]