TCA 2014: “Simpsons” producer Al Jean also teases the death of a character in the upcoming season
Good news, everyone! And woo hoo! The crossover between Matt Groening series “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” is coming in just a few months.
The crossover episode of the two series will air on Fox as an episode of “The Simpsons” in November, “Simpsons” producer Al Jean said during a panel at the Television Critics Association on Sunday.
The crossover episode will feature “Futurama” voice actors Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom and Tress MacNeille.
After originally running on Fox before getting picked up by Comedy Central, “Futurama” ended its series run in Sept. 2013.
Jean also said that a “Simpson” character will die this season. While the producer declined to say which character, he did offer the clue that the episode will be titled “Clown in the Dumps.”
He added that the actor who voices the character won an Emmy for his portrayal of the character.
Jean also said that it’s possible the character could be resurrected in some form at some point in the future, perhaps in flashback or ghost form.
Also guest-starring on “The Simpsons” in its upcoming season, which premieres Sept. 28 is Jane Fonda, who’ll play Mr. Burns’ girlfriend, Democratic Assemblywoman Maxine Lombard; and Willem Dafoe, as Bart’s new bully of a teacher, Mr. Lassen.
Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Sarah Silverman (“A Million Ways to Die in the West”), David Hyde Pierce (“Frazier”), comedian Jeffrey Ross and musician Matthew Sweet will also provide guest voices for the upcoming 26th season of “The Simpsons.”