2015 is gone and 2016 has come. It has been a year full of news related to The Simpsons and here’s the summary of the most important “Simpsons News” that have happened during 2015:
A 25 year old script finally becomes an episode!
Back in season one of the show, a fairly new comedy writer wrote a script for The Simpsons which was filed away and lost. 25 years later, that episode, written by the now famous Judd Apatow, finally aired. “Bart’s New Friend” sees Homer get hypnotized into thinking he’s a 10 year old kid, who then becomes friends with Bart.
January 10th saw a special The Simpsons special episode of MythBusters air. This special sees the presenters attempt to find out whether a cherry bomb dropped in a school toilet make others act like geysers, in reference to a prank Bart pulled in “The Crepes of Wrath”, and whether placing someone between a wrecking ball and a building protect the building, in reference to the scene from “Sideshow Bob Roberts”. Read about what happens here.
Help, Sky Finger! Criminals have overrun Springfield!
February 18th brought a new event… Superheroes! This event, scheduled to end on March 23rd, added 3 new character collections; Superheroes, Vigilantes and Criminals. The update is split into four parts, called issues, and there is a comic book theme to the music, text, text bubbles and other parts. For full details, read our article.
See also: Homer’s leading the charge in an all-new Tapped Out event!
RIP Sam Simon
On March 8th, co-creator of The Simpsons Sam Simon sadly passed away after a long battle with colorectal cancer. Simon left the show in season 4 but continued to be credited as an executive producer for the show.
See also: RIP Sam Simon
Lisa Simpson’s Guide to Geek Chic
On March 17th, Lisa Simpson’s Guide to Geek Chic was released. This was the fourth book in the series of Vault of Simpsonology.
See also: Lisa Simpson’s Guide to Geek Chic now available!
FOX cancels “The Simpsons” …DVD production
On April 10, FOX announced that seasonal DVD releases of The Simpsons were being discontinued.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “A distribution source close to the series confirmed seasons of The Simpsons will no longer be released on DVD now that nearly every episode of the animated sitcom is available online at the touch of a button. ”
See also: DVDs are not Forever! – FOX to End ‘The Simpsons’ Seasonal DVD Production!
“The Simpsons” is renewed for Seasons 27 and 28
On May 4, FOX announced that the show had been renewed for a 27th and 28th Season.
According to FOX’s Press Release, Homer stated: “I’ve outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and ‘McDreamy,’ because I have something they don’t: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction”.
See also: The Simpsons renewed for two more seasons!
On May 14, it was announced that Harry Shearer would leave the show after the TABFxx production season. Shearer is the human that provides the voices of Mr.Burns, Smithers, Flanders, Skinner, … In an interview with CNN Money, Shearer said “Stay tuned” when asked if there was a possibility he could be back.
And in July 7, he returned to the show.
See also: Harry Shearer leaving The Simpsons; The Harry Shearer Situation; Harry Shearer Returns to The Simpsons!
Marge and Homer are not breaking up
In the Season 27’s season premiere Marge and Homer did not break up. Showrunner Al Jean said in an interview that Marge and Homer would have a trial separation (Not a divorce).
However, there was a misunderstanding with that statement and lots of people thought that they would divorce. FOX published a video in YouTube to stop those rumors.
See also: Homer and Marge Are NOT Breaking Up For Good!!!; FOX publishes a video to stop Marge and Homer’s break-up rumors
Sideshow Bob finally kills Bart (in THOH XXVI)
In the annual Treehouse of Horror special‘s first segment we saw Sideshow Bob fulfilling his lifetime ambition (and he did it about twenty times in the segment.
See also: Season 27 News: Sideshow Bob will finally kill Bart!
Monorail comes to Tapped Out
In August, the Monorail finally came to Tapped Out in a huge event.
See also: Tapped Out: The Monorail is cruising through our cities!
Wikisimpsons turns 10!
On September 24, Wikisimpsons celebrated its tenth anniversary. And in honor of that event, a new skin for the Wiki was released on that day.
See also: Wikisimpsons: The Ten Year Wiki!
On December 13, the episode “Barthood” aired for the first time. The episode is a Bart-centered parody of the Oscar-nominated film Boyhood.
See also: Bart Goes From “Boyhood” to Manhood in December!
Maggie arrives to Tapped Out for Christmas
On December 9, the Winter 2015 event of Tapped Out was released. And it brought Maggie to the game. The event is still running and will do until early January.
See also: Tapped Out: Christmas arrives early as EA finally brings us Maggie!