American actor and Simpsons guest star Garry Marshall died yesterday, July 19th, from complications of pneumonia after suffering a stroke.
Marshall, who guest starred on two separate occasions, as Larry Kidkill in the season 11 episode “Eight Misbehavin’” and Sheldon Leavitt in the season 22 episode “Homer the Father“. He was also the brother of actress Penny Marshall, who has also guest starred on the show.
An unfortunate tragedy has struck today, as after the news of David Bowie’s death just 5 days ago, and Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister’s on December 29th, another great man comes to pass, as Alan Rickman, best known for his work as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies has passed away.
We’d like to pay tribute to a great man with the video Fox posted on the Animation Domination channel, from the 12th episode of Season 24: Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing.
A video where Winston Churchill, Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, Isaac Newton, Severus Snape and Alfred Hitchcock (coming out of Doctor Who’s T.A.R.D.I.S.) appear.
A very sad beginning of the year, rest in peace to all three great men.
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.
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
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. ”
“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”.
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.
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.
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.
Monorail comes to Tapped Out
In August, the Monorail finally came to Tapped Out in a huge event.
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!
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.
Reagle died yesterday, on August 22nd, after being hospitalized with acute pancreatitis.
Simon was diagnosed in late 2012 and was given 3-6 months left to live. However, he defied the odds and continued to fight long after that time frame. As well as working on The Simpsons, which he left after season 4 due to creative difficulties, Simon is well known as a member of PETA and his involvement with The Sam Simon Foundation.
Sayonara, Sam Simon! You will be missed!
Nimoy had been diagnosed with the illness and had been in and out of hospitals for months. He was admitted to hospital on February 19th following severe chest pains and passed away today in his home.
He will be missed.