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After 27 seasons, The Simpsons will air their first hour-long episode

08.08.2016

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When The Simpsons return to television this fall it will be for their twenty-eighth season. We're dangerously close to having three decades of The Simpsons under our belts, and while there are some who wish that the show had gone off the air years ago, it seems there are still plenty of Simpson fans out there keeping Matt Groening's animated saga chugging along.

The upcoming season will bring with it two different milestones, one will be the series' 600th episode, and the other will be its first hour-long episode ever. Even as a big Simpsons fan I had to scratch my head for half a second before I realized "oh yea, they haven't done that yet." The news was revealed at the Television Critics Associations summer press-tour and Simpsons executive producer Matt Selmann said that the upcoming episode, titled "The Great Phatsby", wasn't even intended to anything more than a regular episode, at least at first.

This was just going to be a regular episode, but the table read went so well, in a fit of passion and excitement and ambition and excess, we decided to supersize it. And we haven’t done a huge amount of stories in the world of hip-hop and rap culture, so we just went for it.

"The Great Phatsby" chronicles the destruction of a friendship between Mr. Burns and a hip-hop mogul named Jay G. Selman added that "Burns is an old-school Gatsby and Jay G is a new-school Gatsby and their mutual Gatsbyism brings them together.” After seducing Mr. Burns with the excesses of the hip-hop lifestyle, Burns ends up bankrupt with Jay G taking over the nuclear plant. “It’s a tale of greed, excess, betrayal, revenge, and ruthlessness,” says Selman. “And there’s a hilarious goose in it. The goose is really funny.” Taraji P. Henson and Keegan-Michael Key will lend their voices to the episode.

The hour-long episode, which will air in January, will also feature Lisa being wooed by a wealthy boyfriend and Marge opening a boutique store. I'm still waiting on Marge becoming a robot or maybe even the often rumoured episode in which Moe get's a cell phone!

Source: EW
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9:01AM on 08/09/2016

Enough....

I love the Simpsons. Loved watching them as a kid. But its time for them to just admit its over and shut it down. The actors to take pay cuts every year to keep it on the air. Enough, it was great, shut it down because its really sad every football season to be reminded they're still on when really their audience isn't around anymore.
I love the Simpsons. Loved watching them as a kid. But its time for them to just admit its over and shut it down. The actors to take pay cuts every year to keep it on the air. Enough, it was great, shut it down because its really sad every football season to be reminded they're still on when really their audience isn't around anymore.
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7:39AM on 08/09/2016
Almost three decades of The Simpsons is quite a feat. I still use quotes and one liners from that show everyday, the first twelve seasons have stuck with me and I'm happy to see other generations enjoy it like I have.
Almost three decades of The Simpsons is quite a feat. I still use quotes and one liners from that show everyday, the first twelve seasons have stuck with me and I'm happy to see other generations enjoy it like I have.
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12:46AM on 08/09/2016
I still think the show is good. Is it as good as when i was a kid, no, but its still good enough to watch. I usually watch it when i do my weekly catch up and rarely rewatch an episode unless its in the background of something else im doing. I wouldnt mind the longer episode, they are starting to do more and more gimmichs, but this one isnt that bad. If it goes off the air i'll be sad, but ill get over it pretty quickly.

Maybe the show has turned into an institution, like SNL, Sesame Street,
I still think the show is good. Is it as good as when i was a kid, no, but its still good enough to watch. I usually watch it when i do my weekly catch up and rarely rewatch an episode unless its in the background of something else im doing. I wouldnt mind the longer episode, they are starting to do more and more gimmichs, but this one isnt that bad. If it goes off the air i'll be sad, but ill get over it pretty quickly.

Maybe the show has turned into an institution, like SNL, Sesame Street, and 60 Minutes, it'll just keep evolving and never go away completely
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12:53AM on 08/09/2016
You've got a point it really could just keep evolving and never go away. New generations come along, long time fans may still like to watch occasionally or like you do, have it on in the background. I guess if it's still doing well I could really see it happening.

You've got a point it really could just keep evolving and never go away. New generations come along, long time fans may still like to watch occasionally or like you do, have it on in the background. I guess if it's still doing well I could really see it happening.

11:01PM on 08/08/2016

Hip hop/rap???

Isn't there a show on fox about that shit? Nobody wants to see Simpsons spoof that garbage. Last time they made fun of rap they jumped the shark with that rapping dog...
Isn't there a show on fox about that shit? Nobody wants to see Simpsons spoof that garbage. Last time they made fun of rap they jumped the shark with that rapping dog...
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10:45PM on 08/08/2016
Like many, I've stopped watching it regularly. When I did I was always sorry when the episode was over. I don't think an hour is enough time to ruin the momentum (although I might count the Who Shot Mr. Burns 2-parter as an hour episode). I can still come back to it and be surprised when occasionally they hit a joke out of the park, even if it doesn't happen as frequently as it used to, and isn't talked about the same way.
Like many, I've stopped watching it regularly. When I did I was always sorry when the episode was over. I don't think an hour is enough time to ruin the momentum (although I might count the Who Shot Mr. Burns 2-parter as an hour episode). I can still come back to it and be surprised when occasionally they hit a joke out of the park, even if it doesn't happen as frequently as it used to, and isn't talked about the same way.
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9:46PM on 08/08/2016
The Simpsons will always be a part of my life. Hell, I was 6 when I started watching it and now am 33. It is part of my childhood and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. So much of my humor and wit comes from that show. The first ten season are flawless...absolutely solid entertainment with something to say. That said, I just can't anymore. The show has lost what made it special. The movie was too late too. It should've happened in the 90's or early 2000's at least. I
The Simpsons will always be a part of my life. Hell, I was 6 when I started watching it and now am 33. It is part of my childhood and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. So much of my humor and wit comes from that show. The first ten season are flawless...absolutely solid entertainment with something to say. That said, I just can't anymore. The show has lost what made it special. The movie was too late too. It should've happened in the 90's or early 2000's at least. I will still be there though when it throws in the towel though.
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10:13PM on 08/08/2016
That's how I feel oscar. I wasn't a kid, rather mid 20s when it started, but I loved it back then. I think after 5-6 years I stopped. No interest anymore but for those years I did really enjoy it.

It's so hard to believe it's still going and I can't really imagine what it's become by now and an hour long episode?
That's how I feel oscar. I wasn't a kid, rather mid 20s when it started, but I loved it back then. I think after 5-6 years I stopped. No interest anymore but for those years I did really enjoy it.

It's so hard to believe it's still going and I can't really imagine what it's become by now and an hour long episode?
9:38PM on 08/08/2016
"We're dangerously close to having three decades of The Simpsons under our belts..."

You forgot about The Tracy Ullman Show, so technically, we already have 3 decades of The Simpsons under our belts.
"We're dangerously close to having three decades of The Simpsons under our belts..."

You forgot about The Tracy Ullman Show, so technically, we already have 3 decades of The Simpsons under our belts.
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