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30 Years of the World’s Most Beloved Family!


Today is April 19, 2017. It’s a special day. 30 years ago (April 19, 1987) from today, a father and a mother debuted on TV along with their three children. These parents appeared saying ‘good night’ to their children and they did that as bad as possible, though they didn’t notice it.

These parents were no other than Homer and Marge Simpson. Their children (Bart, Lisa and Maggie) also debuted on TV.

The Debut

It’s April 19, 1987. FOX is airing the third episode of The Tracey Ullman Show. During the episode, an animated short is shown.

“Good Night”

Good Night” airs and the Simpson family debutes on TV. No one could have imagined that 30 years after, that family would still be on TV. The airing of that short marked a milestone in the history of television.

30 years ago, a legend was born but, how did it all really start? Just keep reading…

The Birth of a (Yellow) Legend

In 1987, Matt Groening waits in the lobby of TV producer James L. Brooks‘ office. He has been asked an idea for a series of one-minute shorts that will be used to separate segments on The Tracey Ullman Show.

Adapting his comic strip Life in Hell seems the best option but, at the last moment, Groening is afraid of throwing his beloved rabbit Binky into the bonfire of television failure, so he thinks of an emergency solution and draws it on a yellow sheet of paper. He draws an american family. His own family: Homer, the father; Marge, the mother; and his sisters Lisa and Maggie. Finally, he renames himself Bart, an anagram of “Brat”. The Simpsons are born.

Two years after, the family got its own TV show, which is still on air.

Present and Future

The Simpsons family keeps on airing new episodes of its TV show on Sundays. Their show is currently on the final stages of its 28th season with 615 aired episodes (to date). The show was renewed for two more seasons (29th and 30th) in November 4, 2016. With more than 600 episodes aired, the show is still an icon all over the globe.

And remember,
Stay tuned for 30 years more!

Bye 2016, hi 2017! The summary of 2016!

2016 is gone and 2017 has arrived. Which means it’s time to recall what has happened during 2016 in the universe of The Simpsons.

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.

See also: Homer to Appear Live on May 15th in “Simprovised”!

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.

See also: Tapped Out: The final level of the game, Level 60, has been released!

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.

See also: The title of the 600th episode has been revealed!

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

See also: The Simpsons to Have a Virtual Reality Couch Gag!

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.

See also: Tapped Out: 4 Years Infographic released by EA

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.

See also: Former Writer/Producer Kevin Curran Dies, Aged 59

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!

See also: ‘The Simpsons’ renewed for Season 29 and 30!

Thanks for reading

Thanks for reading this post and let’s hope that 2017 will continue to bring more Simpsons-related news as 2016 and previous years have done.

Happy New Year 2017 from Wikisimpsons/The Springfield Shopper!

And don’t forget,
Stay tuned for more!

Bye 2015, hi 2016! The summary of 2015!

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.

MythBusters


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!

Harry Shearer

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!

“Barthood”


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!

Season 27 News: New Episode and more writers and directors announced!

It’s been a week since I last made a “big” post about lots of news about Season 27, so more news have come during this week so here’s a “little” summary:

(All the sources are in Wikisimpsons’ Season 27 article and in the episodes articles)

Season 27 in General

The most relevant news about Season 27(in general) this week have been that music editor Chris Ledesma has told in twitter that Season 27 will end in May 22, 2016!

So, we know lots of episode titles, writers and directors, and we also know the airdates of the Season Premiere and the Finale. What is still left to know??? Plots for lots of episodes and lots of airdates!

And remember that next week the “San Diego Comic-Con 2015″ will take place and The Simpsons panel will be in Saturday, July 11; at noon-12:45 p.m. in Ballroom 20. Creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike Anderson, longtime director David Silverman and Nancy Cartwright (Bart, Nelson and Ralph’s voice [among others]) will be in the show’s panel. The Springfield Shopper(this blog) will inform about it and we’ll [try to] post a summary of what happened during the panel.

Source:

Plots and Episodes
Writers and Directors

Knowing this, that episode table I did some posts ago would now be like this:

Episode Title
Written by
Directed by
Production Code
Guest starring:
‘Cue Detective
Joel H. Cohen
Timothy Bailey
TABF17
Unknown
Puffless
J. Stewart Burns
Rob Oliver
TABF19
Unknown
Lisa with an “S”
Stephanie Gillis
Bob Anderson
TABF20
Unknown
Friend with Benefit
Rob LaZebnik
Matthew Faughnan
TABF21
Kristen Bell as Harper
David Copperfield as Himself
Halloween of Horror
Carolyn Omine
Mike B. Anderson
TABF22
Unknown
Paths of Glory
Michael Ferris
Steven Dean Moore
VABF01
Unknown
Barthood
Dan Greaney
Rob Oliver
VABF02
Unknown
Gal of Constant Sorrow
Carolyn Omine
Matthew Nastuk
VABF06
Natalie Maines and Kate McKinnon as a homeless woman with an incredible singing voice. (Maines will be the singing voice)
Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4
John Frink
Mark Kirkland
VABF07
Unknown
Lisa the Veterinarian
Dan Vebber
Steven Dean Moore
VABF08
Unknown
The Marge-ian Chronicles
Brian Kelley
Matthew Faughnan and Chris Clements
VABF09
Unknown
Much Apu About Something
Michael Price
Bob Anderson
VABF05
Unknown

And Don’t forget,

Stay tuned for more info!

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Other posts about Season 27 news:

Season 27 News: Sideshow Bob will finally kill Bart!

BobSideshow Bob started his quest to kill Bart some years ago (In 1990, to be accurate) and he has tried it an uncountable number of times. This fall, he will finally fulfill his lifetime ambition. He will actually kill Bart Simpson. This plot will be one of the segments of this year’s Treehouse of Horror (XXVI). The plot of segment will be that Bob kills Bart and then won’t know what to do with himself after his life’s mission has been accomplished.

Bob trying to murder Bart

The Simpsons‘ showrunner Al Jean told it while at their ATX Festival panel in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. Jean said he always wanted to see the Coyote get the Road Runner in Looney Tunes. So Bob will actually execute Bart.

Remember that this episode (“Treehouse of Horror XXVI“) is a Treehouse of Horror episode, so it will be a “non-canon” episode, which means that the events in the episode don’t take place in The Simpsons‘ timeline, so Bart will be back just after the segment ends.

Other news about Season 27

*Al Jean also stated [at their ATX Festival panel in Austin, Texas] that a fan-favorite character from The Simpsons Movie will return during the upcoming 27th season. — Homer’s beloved (and favourite) pig will be back!

Plopper

*Kate McKinnon and Natalie Maines will guest star as homeless women with an incredible singing voice! (In episode titled “Gal of Constant Sorrow“)

And don’t forget:

Stay tuned for more!

Sources and Further Information:

All about Season 27… at this point.

Season 27
In May 17, 2015; the episode “Mathlete’s Feat” aired on FOX and concluded The Simpsons’ Twenty-sixth season. Now all the eyes are on the next season of the show, its Twenty-seventh season. Today is June 1st; since May 17th lots of news about season 27 have been announced. To make sure everyone interested in them knows them I’ll make a summary of almost every new announcement (or similar) about Season 27 that has been given until date:

Related to the Season Premiere:

Candace

  • The title of the season premiere is “Every Man’s Dream
  • The premiere is scheduled to air in September 27, 2015.
  • The plot of the season premiere is:
    Homer is diagnosed with narcolepsy — but instead of returning home with his prescription medication — he returns home drunk. He and Marge visit a marriage counselor and have a trial separation, during which Homer begins dating a 20-something.
  • The episode will guest star:
    Lena Dunham as Candace
    Allison Williams as Candace’s friend
    Zosia Mamet as Candace’s friend
    Jemima Kirke as Candace’s friend
    and Laura Ingraham as Therapist
  • The episode is written by J. Stewart Burns and directed by Matthew Nastuk.

Related to THOH XXVI:

Related to Cast & Crew:

Harry Shearer

Related to Season 27 episodes:

  • Showrunner Al Jean stated on Twitter that Season 27 will have a total of 22 episodes.
  • This season won’t feature a Christmas-themed episode. But it will have a Valentine’s-themed episode in February (“Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4″).
  • The episode “Halloween of Horror” will be a “canon” episode taking place in October 2015.
  • The episode “Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4″ is going to be a Valentine’s Day-themed episode scheduled to air in February 14, 2016. (Exactly a Love-themed episode airing in Valentine’s Day). According to Al Jean, the episode won’t be about a “Homer and Marge marriage crisis”. It will involve Professor Frink.
  • Episode Title
    Written by
    Directed by
    Production Code
    Guest starring:
    ‘Cue Detective
    Joel H. Cohen
    Timothy Bailey
    TABF17
    Unknown
    Puffless
    J. Stewart Burns
    Rob Oliver
    TABF19
    Unknown
    Lisa with an “S”
    Stephanie Gillis
    Bob Anderson
    TABF20
    Unknown
    Friend with Benefit
    Rob LaZebnik
    Matthew Faughnan
    TABF21
    Kristen Bell as Harper
    David Copperfield as Himself
    Halloween of Horror
    Carolyn Omine
    Mike B. Anderson
    TABF22
    Unknown
    Paths of Glory
    Michael Ferris
    Steven Dean Moore
    VABF01
    Unknown
    Barthood
    Dan Greaney
    Rob Oliver
    VABF02
    Unknown
    Gal of Constant Sorrow
    Carolyn Omine
    Unknown
    VABF06
    Natalie Maines as Unknown
    Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4
    John Frink
    Unknown
    VABF07
    Unknown

    All the Sources can be found on the Wikisimpsons’ articles which the links in this post link to.

    And remember,

    Stay tuned for More!

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    UPDATE: Added Writer for VABF07 and news about its plot in the “Related to Season 27 episodes:” section.

A summary of news: March 2015

March 2015 saw a few new episode releases. However, it was also a very sad month for The Simpsons. Read on to find out why.

Episode news

Moe meets a new woman


On March 1st, “The Princess Guide” aired. The episode was written by Brian Kelley and directed by Timothy Bailey. Yaya DaCosta guest starred as Princess Kemi, Richard Branson guest starred as himself, Kevin Michael Richardson guest starred as the Nigerian king and Jon Lovitz reprised his role as Enrico Irritazio. The episode ended with a dedication to Leonard Nimoy who died a few days prior to the airing.

In the episode, Homer is charged with looking after Princess Kemi whilst her father makes a uranium deal with Mr. Burns. However, she escapes from Homer and spends time with Moe, who falls in love with her.

See also: Moe will plot revenge over Nigerian E-mail scam this March and 10 New Promotional Images for “The Princess Guide” have been released!

Chief Wiggum takes to the skies!


On March 8th, “Sky Police” aired. The episode was written by Matt Selman and directed by Rob Oliver. Nathan Fielder guest starred as Doug Blattner.

Chief Wiggum is mistakenly delivered a military jet pack. He uses this in his policing duties but eventually is found out and ordered to hand it back. He tries to escape and it crashes into the church. Several members of the congregation count cards at a casino to get the money for repairs.

See also: Chief Wiggum is mistakenly delivered a military jet pack this March and 5 Promotional Images for “Sky Police” have been released!

So You Think You Can Duff-man?


On March 15th, “Waiting for Duffman” aired. It was written by John Frink and directed by Steven Dean Moore. Cat Deeley guest starred as herself, Stacy Keach guest starred as Howard K. Duff VII and R. Lee Ermey guest starred as Colonel Leslie Hapablap.

Duffman injures himself during a parade and has to undergo hip replacement surgery. So, a reality show is invented to find the next Duffman, which Homer wins.

See also: So You Think You Can… DUFFMAN? on an all-new episode this March and 3 Promotional Images for “Waiting for Duffman” have been released!

Tapped Out news

Superheroes Issues 3 and 4


Issues 3 and 4 of the superheroes update were released on March 10th and 24th respectively. These carried in the superhero event which started in February. For all the details on the event and the issues, read the article.

Won’t somebody please think of the children?


On March 4th, Level 50 was released. This update came with the long awaited characters Helen and Jessica Lovejoy. Two new friend point prizes were also made available with this update. For all the details, read the article.

The Homer arrives!


On March 11th, the car Homer designed, “The Homer“, arrived in Tapped Out as a new Gil deal. The car cost 82 donuts and came with a new questline, which also teased the introduction of Herb Powell as a character, who will be coming to Tapped Out at some point in the future. Read the update article for more details!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


On March 16th, only 5 days after the last update, a small St. Patrick’s Day update hit. This update re-released all the previous St. Patrick’s Day items and came with a new Gil deal for Blarney Castle and two new decorations. Read the update article for more details.

The Beach House arrives late


On March 31st, the Beach House arrived in Tapped Out. This was supposed to arrive on the 29th but for unknown reasons, it never arrived. It was purchasable for 120 donuts.

Comic news

Simpsons Comics #219


Simpsons Comics #219 was released on March 18th.

After a run-in with the paparazzi, Krusty the Clown hires Homer to stand in for him, or rather, stand next to him — because Homer makes Krusty look good by comparison. Meanwhile, Lisa becomes a stand-in studio musician for Bleeding Gums Murphy‘s sister, Flossy Murphy. But Homer and Lisa soon discover that the life of a second-hand, stopgap, stand-in celebrity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

See also: Simpsons Comics #219 now available!

Bart Simpson #95


Bart Simpson #95 was released on March 25th.

In order to earn enough money for some tickets to a professional wrestling match, Bart gets a job at the Kwik-E-Mart. And then, in order to put food on the table Otto the Bus Driver offers his own services (as well as the Springfield Elementary bus) as an “Uber”-type driver. Plus, a Bart/SpongeBob SquarePants mash-up.

See also: Bart Simpson #95 now available!

Miscellaneous news

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.

In Lisa Simpson’s Guide to Geek Chic, Springfield’s most sensitive student reveals the secrets of being a misunderstood geek goddess. The geeks have inherited the earth . . . And Springfield’s most outspoken and overlooked middle child, Lisa Simpson, is here to tell you why! So what does it matter that you don’t run with the popular crowd? You control the trends and tastes of popular culture. Who cares if you aren’t part of a clique? Your idiosyncratic style is now très chic. So what if you’re not very social? You’re tech savvy drives all social media. There’s no need to lay low in nerd anonymity. You are the smartest person in the room, and it’s time to fulfill your dork destiny!

See also: Lisa Simpson’s Guide to Geek Chic now available!

A summary of news: February 2015

This is the summary of all The Simpsons news from February, in case you missed anything.

Episode news

Springfield gets a new town anthem


On February 8th, “Walking Big & Tall” aired. The episode, written by Michael Price and directed by Chris Clements, guest starred Pharrell Williams as himself and Kevin Michael Richardson as Albert. Springfield learns that the town anthem they had used for 30 years was bought from a salesman and lots of other towns used it. So, Bart and Lisa help write a new town anthem. Meanwhile, Homer becomes proud of being fat.

See also: “Walking Big & Tall” promotional images released!, Pharrell Williams to guest star and Pharrell invites 2.8m

Marge and Moe get new jobs


My Fare Lady” aired on February 15th. Rich Sommer and Christopher Lloyd guest starred in an episode written by Marc Wilmore and directed by Michael Polcino. In the episode, Marge becomes a driver for a transportation app service to earn money. Meanwhile, Moe’s Tavern is destroyed by Homer when he watches over it for Moe and Moe becomes a janitor at the Nuclear Power Plant.

The episode also had a special couch gag by Australian animators Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon. The couch gag was created and released onto YouTube by them and was found by the producers who liked it and added it to the episode.

See also: “My Fare Lady” information released, “My Fare Lady” promotional images released and Simpsons wins Fox’s night – with second-least watched episode ever

Tapped Out news

The Stonecutters return


The Stonecutters made a return on the 5th February. This update was just a resale of items from the previous Stonecutters event. This update had no new content at all and was a resale of most of the old Stonecutters stuff.

See also: Who is EA’s cheap(-ish) replacement for a Valentine’s event? They are, they are!

Jiminy Jillikers! Valentine’s Day was later than usual!


A week after the Stonecutters event, Valentine’s Day came around. The last two years, this was a major event. However, this update was a small update with very little new content. This was because something new and big was coming…

See also: Homer’s running late for Valentine’s…and so is EA!

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!

Comic news

Simpsons Illustrated #15 was released


Simpsons Illustrated #15 was released on February 4th. The description of the comic is:

“The Simpson family embarks on a globetrotting adventure that not only takes them around the world but, literally, into orbit around the Earth with everybody’s favorite, eternally optimistic, moonraking megalomaniac, Hank Scorpio! And when Bart finds himself living the dream after landing a gig as the new Radioactive Man comic book writer, Comic Book Guy finds himself living his worst nightmare. Then, Lisa applies her deductive skills to discovering the identity of her anonymous valentine.”

See also: Simpsons Illustrated #15 now available!

Simpsons Comics #218 was released


Simpsons Comics #218 was released on February 18th.

Comic Book Guy falls asleep during a Sci-Fi DVD marathon and dreams up three thrilling astronomical adventures. First, Bart is recruited by a battle school, where he and a ragtag crew of cadets are trained to fight an alien war. Then, Lisa finds herself set adrift in space when the satellite she is tethered too is destroyed by Krusty-themed space junk. Finally, no one is safe when Homer and yet another ragtag band of misfits become Protectors of the Planets.

See also: Simpsons Comics #218 now available!

A summary of news: January 2015

Each month, we will have a summary of the news from the past month, with all the episode airings, comic releases, Tapped Out updates and anything else you can think of.

Episode news

The Simpsons Movie 2?


January 4th saw “The Man Who Came To Be Dinner” air after a two year wait. It was originally supposed to be the season finale of season 24. No explanation for this was given, until recently. The episode was intended to be the second Simpsons Movie. The producers intended to make it a sequel, but eventually decided to make it an ordinary episode.

Al Jean stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:

“Two of the allures were exploring the rules of the new world and the cinematic nature of doing something in space,” says Jean. “But then we were worried that people might think it’s an idea that’s not canonical—it doesn’t really happen, unlike all of other 560 episodes that really ‘happened’—so the ultimate decision was to air it as an episode,” Jean explains. “It just got to the point where if we were unsure about it as a movie, then it would be good to air the episode. And then if we do a movie, we’d just think of something else…. So if you want to know what was thought of a possible Simpsons Movie 2, we just aired it—for free. You can see it for free!”

The episode saw the Simpsons heading to the homeworld of Kang and Kodos where they were to become their next meal.

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.

Elon Musk comes to Springfield


January 25th saw inventor Elon Musk come to Springfield. He and Homer become fast friends and together attempt to revolutionize the Nuclear Power Plant. However, when Musk goes too far, Homer has to break off his friendship with Musk.

See also: “The Musk Who Fell To Earth” promo images released and Two New Promotional Images for “The Musk Who Fell To Earth”

Tapped Out news

Queen Helvetica of Equalia!


Christmas was taken down on January 14th and the snow had all melted away. The next day, Gil came along with a limited time offer for a castle and a new costume for Lisa, for the low, low price of 175 donuts. Read all about what happened here.

See also: A Royal Welcome

Willie Becomes a Slave


A tie-in update for the upcoming episode “The Musk Who Fell To Earth” was released on January 21st. This saw a new costume for Willie come with a new questline tying into the upcoming episode. It’s too late to get any content from it now, but read about it in our article.

See also: Willie’s slave laboring – technically – in a new tie-in!

The Mafia Returns


On January 28th, Level 49 hit. This update came with two new characters, three new buildings, three new decorations and… a new strip of land! Read all about the update in our article.

See also: The Springfield Mafia returns and Land, Glorious Land!

Comic news

New comic releases



Simpsons Comics #217 was released on January 21st. Bart Simpson #94 was released on January 28th.

Comic stories for these issues will be added before this is published.

See also: Simpsons Comics #217 now for sale! and Bart Simpson #94 now available!

Miscellaneous news

MythBusters


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.

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