The Simpsons: musical episode kicks off season 33

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

It’s Comic-Con @ Home weekend, and while, for the most part, news out of the con has been pretty slow on the movie side, some of your favorite TV shows have gotten juicy panels. Of course, one of the most enduring shows of all time, at this point, has to be The Simpsons, with them kicking off season thirty-three on September 26th. And now, through the Comic-Con panel, it’s been revealed that the season is starting on a musical note, with them doing a full-blown musical episode. That’s cool, I guess???

The episode, called “The Star of the Backstage,” is being described as having wall to wall music, with none other than Kristen Bell stepping in as the singing voice for Marge, which strikes me as a waste, as I’d much rather hear Julie Kavner sing in Marge’s actual voice, but I digress. Another episode, called “A Serious Flanders,” pays tribute to streaming TV and (I assume) the Coen Brothers, with appearances by none other than Timothy Olyphant and Brian Cox. There’s also going to be a super-sized episode of “Treehouse of Horror,” with them showing one of the segments during the panel. It featured the legendary Maurice LaMarche (Pinky & the Brain) doing Vincent Price reading Maggie a bedtime story.

While I must admit that I tapped out of The Simpsons long ago, I’m still happy the show has managed to hold on to a devoted following more than thirty years in. Of course, I still watch classics from the first decade or so on Disney+, but I think I’m a traditionalist in that sense. It’s the longest-running American animated series, the longest-running American sitcom, and the longest-running American scripted primetime series, and it’s hard to imagine anyone, even Family Guy, will ever challenge their record.

If you want to watch the whole panel, it’s embedded below! 

Source: Deadline

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