December 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons. In honor of this momentous occasion, we are seeking submissions for a new collection of essays on the show. Formal proposals of 250-500 words (or completed articles), along with a brief biography, should be submitted by Dec. 1, 2013.
We look forward to hearing from you!
It is confirmed: The Simpsons has been renewed for a 26th season. Boy howdy!
Already looking forward to The Simpsons' 25th season? We are, and we'll be updating this list regularly when we get news or are able to verify rumors.
According to Variety:
Groening joins previous Caucus winners Al Jean, Mike Reiss, and Mike Scully.
Directed by David Silverman and shown before Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Simpsons' short The Longest Daycare has made the shortlist for an Oscar. Since Pixar didn't submit anything this year, there's substantial hope! The shortlist (of 3 or 5) will be released on January 13, along with the rest of the nominees. The Academy Awards will be on February 24.
When we Tweeted David Silverman congratulations, he responded: Thanks -- I hope it gets nominated at least! (One step at a time - - - )
The other shorts that made the first round of qualifications can be found at LA Times, over here.
. . . and I tweeted the link. And former Simpsons show runner Bill Oakley tweeted me to say they didn't look like MG's style. A current Simpsons writer, Mike Price, was able to ask MG within minutes if they were his and Price tweeted this:
and then this:
Remember, kids: always fact check. Tsk, tsk, Vulture.
We learn frequently of guest stars, but seldom do they warrant their own post.
Tom Waits warrants his own post.
Unfortunately, when Tom Waits guest stars on The Simpsons on January 6, 2013, he won't be singing. (But you know what? That's fine. Just having him on the show is wonderful. This is something my friends and I have talked about for years.) In the episode entitled "Homer Goes to Prep School," Waits will play a prepper who introduces Homer to a community of survivalists, according to Simpsons writer Michael Price, who also indicated that Mr. Waits was a "delight."
(I have not met Tom Waits, but how could he not be a delight? If you want to entertain yourself some evening, look at some of his talk show appearances, especially on Late Night. He's a complete delight. Take, for example, this interview, in which he explains why his youngest child was warned against getting his dad's help with homework.)
In the episode, as you might have guessed from the title, Homer will become a prepper. “We did a lot of research into the ‘prepper’ phenomenon, where people are convinced that some horrible catastrophe – like an electromagnetic pulse – is going to occur, and that people will have to survive without the grid,” Al Jean told TVLine. (TVLine is reporting that Waits will play himself, but Price told me that's not the case. I'm inclined to believe Price over TVLine).
UPDATE: Chris Ledesma showed me this, showing Waits' character is named Lloyd (and Chris is right, I am giddy).
Tom Waits and Simpsons fans know that the connection between the genius and the show actually predates the show by a decade. When in grad school at UCLA, David Silverman worked as an animator on the short film Tom Waits for No One, which won an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for its innovative use of rotoscope.
What? You've never seen it? What's wrong with you‽
When I learned of the news on Friday night, I tweeted a simple "damn."
In response, writer Michael Price said this to us:
and this:and Simpsons production planner Nikki Isordia said
It's a good one!! I was excited to work on it!
It's that time again--leaks about next season's guests have started. We'll be updating this list regularly as we are able to verify rumors.
Robert A. Caro
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)
Anika Noni Rose
Sarah SilvermanJennifer Tilly