American author and journalist Tom Wolfe died yesterday, May 14th, aged 87.
The Simpsons guest start R. Lee Ermey died today, April 15th, aged 74. He died today due to complication of pneumonia.
Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:
It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb
— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018
In 1963, Hawking was only given a few years to live due to his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which gradually paralyzed him over years and could only communicate via a voice synthesizer. He passed away peacefully in his home in Cambridge on March 14th.
Hawking first guest starred on the show in the season 10 episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain“. His daughter, Lucy Hawking, knew one of the scriptwriters for The Simpsons who was interested in writing an episode involving Stephen Hawking, and she convinced him to guest star.
The year 2017 has brought lots of news related to The Simpsons. It’s been a long year, and lots of events have taken place. There have been good news and bad news, milestones to celebrate, Tapped Out updates to play with (and connection issues to get mad with), and much more. In conclusion, here’s a summary of the most relevant Simpsons-related news from 2017!
The Simpsons airs its first one-hour episode, “The Great Phatsby”
On January 15, The Simpsons aired its first one-hour episode, “The Great Phatsby“!
In the episode, Mr. Burns tries to relive his glory days, and crosses paths with a mysterious music mogul. After being conned by him and reduced to bankruptcy, Mr. Burns seeks revenge on the music producer with the help of Homer, Bart, rapper Jazzy James and the mogul’s ex-wife, Praline. Also, Lisa is courted by the richest kid in town, Smithers begins a perilous journey and Marge opens an obscure boutique store.
“Kamp Krustier”, the sequel of “Kamp Krusty”
On March 5, the episode “Kamp Krustier” aired as a sequel of the season 4 episode “Kamp Krusty”.
In the episode, when Bart and Lisa return home abruptly after a traumatic incident at Kamp Krusty, they put an end to Homer and Marge’s romantic encounters. Without sex to distract him, Homer becomes a more productive worker and caring husband, but Marge misses the old Homer. Then, Bart and Lisa return to camp to confront the source of their trauma.
“Embiggen” becomes a perfectly “cromulent” word
On April 12, the Oxford English Dictionary added the words “embiggen” and “cromulent”. The words were both made popular in The Simpsons episode “Lisa the Iconoclast“.
30 Years of the Simpson family
DVDs are back!
The ‘Simpsons’ panel on Comic-Con 2017 brought a huge surprise for the fans: DVDs are back. After FOX cancelled the production of Simpsons DVDs and Blu-Ray back in early 2015, showrunner Al Jean announced during the 2017 panel that S18 was going to be released on DVD on December 5.
See also: SD Comic-Con 2017: Panel Highlights!
Alf Clausen got ‘fired’
In late August, Alf Clausen, long-time composer for The Simpsons, was “fired” from the show after 27 years composing music for the show. ‘The Simpsons’ producers said that he would continue to have a role on the show.
He is currently being credited as “Compositor Emeritus”.
See also: Alf Clausen Fired from ‘The Simpsons’!
Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson
On October 22, a documentary about the episode “Homer at the Bat” aired on FOX Sports. The documentary was titled “Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson”.
Disney to Acquire Rights to ‘The Simpsons’
In early December, Disney announced that they plan to buy a majority of 21st Century Fox‘s assets.
It is currently unknown what impact, if any, this deal will have on The Simpsons (apart from the fact that Princess Kashmir would technically become a “Disney Princess”).
Among the Simpsons-related people who left us during 2017 are:
*Sooan Kim, age 62, on January 20.
*Dan Spiegle, age 96, on January 28.
*Chuck Berry, age 90, on March 18.
*Adam West, age 88, on June 9.
*Martin Landau, age 89, on July 15.
*June Foray, age 99, on July 26.
*Dell Hake, age 73, on August 10.
*Jerry Lewis, age 91, on August 20.
*Len Wein, age 69, September 10.
*Hugh Hefner, age 91, on September 27.
*Tom Petty, age 66, on October 2.
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Comic writer Len Wein died today, September 10th, aged 69. Wein served as a writer for Bongo Comics, writing several The Simpsons comic stories. His exact cause of death is unknown at this time.
Wein is most famous for his role in co-creating Swamp Thing in DC Comics and Wolverine in Marvel Comics, as well as co-creating several other X-Men characters. He has also written for Futurama comics.
Adam West had multiple roles on The Simpsons, voicing himself in the season 4 episode “Mr. Plow” and reprising his role as Batman in the season 14 episode “Large Marge“. He also voiced Mayor Adam West in Family Guy, a role which he reprised in the Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover episode, “The Simpsons Guy“.
West is survived by his wife Marcelle, his six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The year 2016 has brought lots of news related to The Simpsons. It’s been a long year, and lots of events have taken place. There have been good news and bad news, milestones to celebrate, Tapped Out updates to play with (and connection issues to get mad with), and much more. In conclusion, here’s a summary of the most relevant Simpsons-related news from 2016!
Homer appeared live on TV and answered questions to fans!
On May 15, during the last three minutes of the episode “Simprovised“, the world saw Homer Simpson answering questions to fans in a LIVE segment! Dan Castellaneta voiced Homer LIVE. This was a never-before-done thing in animation.
The final level of Tapped Out was released!
On May, level 60, the final level of The Simpsons: Tapped Out, was released. It’s the last level update of the game to the date, but not the last content update. Lots of non-level content updates have also been released since then.
The Simpsons reaches its 600th episode!
One of the most outstanding Simpsons-news of 2016 has been that the show aired its 600th episode on October 16. The episode which had the honor to be the milestone 600th episode of The Simpsons was “Treehouse of Horror XXVII”, the 2016 installment of the annual Halloween-themed episodes.
FXX ran a 13-day marathon featuring all the first 600 episodes of the show!
The Fox-owned TV channel FXX aired every episode again, the first 600 of them. The thirteen day marathon started on November 24th and ran until December 6th.
See also: FXX to Air Every Episode Again!
The Simpsons has a Virtual Reality couch gag!
Still as part of the celebration of the milestone 600th episode, that episode (the 600th episode) had a special couch gag that could be viewed in Virtual Reality using a Google Cardboard. The couch gag was titled Planet of the Couches
4 Years of Tapped Out!
It’s almost 5 years now, having the game being released for the first time in February 16, 2012 in Europe on iOs, and have reached more than 140 Content Updates.
RIP Kevin Curran
There have also been bad news for The Simpsons in 2016, as former writer and producer Kevin Curran died on October 25th, aged 59. He died in his home in Los Angeles after a battle with a long illness. Al Jean reported his death via Twitter.
The Simpsons renewed through Season 30!
Finally, one of the best (if not the best) Simpsons-related news of the year 2016: the show’s renewal for two more seasons!
On November 4, FOX released a press release announcing that The Simpsons had been renewed for two more seasons (for a S29 and a S30)! The press release also stated that this renewal will bring the show up to 669 episodes, which will break the record of the highest number of episodes for any [US] primetime scripted TV show, currently held by Gunsmoke with 635 episodes!
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Former US Attorney General Janet Reno died today, aged 78, following complications from Parkinson’s disease, which she was diagnosed with in 1995.
Reno guest starred as herself, alongside her sister Maggy Reno Hurchalla, in the season 24 episode “Dark Knight Court“. Due to the difficulty in speaking longer sentences due to Parkinson’s, Janet’s sister helped out with recording some lines. They donated the money they made for the role to Innocence Project.
Reno served as the Attorney General of the United States from 1993 until 2001, under president Bill Clinton. She was the first woman to serve in the Attorney General role and was the second longest serving Attorney General.
Former The Simpsons writer and producer Kevin Curran died today, October 25th, aged 59. He died today in his home in Los Angeles after a battle with a long illness. Al Jean reported his death via Twitter.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) October 25, 2016