Ay, caramba! Could we be losing one of the famed Simpson Five in Season 25?
Maybe. In a conference call with press prior to last Sunday’s premiere of The Simpsons, executive producer Al Jean revealed that he intends to kill off one of his regular characters this season, though he stopped short of dropping an actual name.
He did allow, however, that the character (and his or her portrayer) getting axed is an Emmy Award-winner, which sort of narrows the field. Bart, Homer, Lisa and Marge all have Emmys, so they’re at risk of meeting the axe. So, too, are Kelsey Grammer’s Sideshow Bob, Anne Hathaway’s Princess Penelope and Hank Azaria’s Apu.
Azaria has also won Emmys for voicing “various characters,” though, which complicates matters. In addition to voicing Apu, he’s also lent his voice to bartender Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum and Lou, Comic Book Guy and Homer’s co-worker Carl, just to name a few. Any one of those characters is ripe for the pickin’.
Fourteen years ago, the now longest-running primetime sitcom in the U.S. made headlines when it killed off Maude Flanders, wife to the Simpsons’ super-friendly, howdy-doodly spouting neighbour Ned Flanders. Ned has since re-married, shockingly to Bart’s gravelly, morally ambiguous teacher, Edna Krabappel.
Besides the axing, other highlights from the coming season include a Guillermo del Toro-influenced “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode, a Simpsons/Futurama crossover episode and Comic Book Guy’s wedding, performed by legendary comic book scribe Stan Lee.
The Simpsons airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Global and Fox.
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