Everyone seems to be getting into the live game these days. Grease Live. Peter Pan Live. The Wiz Live. Heck, the last season of NBC’s Undateable even broadcast live every Friday night. Probably because there’s just something about a live event that ups the ante on the possibility of a muck up. And that makes it infinitely more exciting.
Well, TV’s longest running primetime series, The Simpsons, has never been a show to be outdone. So it makes complete sense that the producers are prepping their own little live stunt, one that involves Homer Simpson commentating on the day’s events — in real time.
How on earth could that even be done, you ask? That’s what we wondered too. After all, animation is a fickle game, one that takes time to prepare and execute.
As it turns out, the technology is now available to make this happen. Live cartoons… let that sink in. Thanks to the power of motion-capture technology and the improvisation skills of Homer’s alter ego/voice Dan Castellaneta, it’s now possible to pull off a short segment live.
And so they will, on an episode to air May 15. The final three minutes of that show will feature the yellow family patriarch responding to events that happened earlier that day, with producer Al Jean promising The Wrap that they will find some “interesting ways to prove” the event is actually going down live.
Meanwhile, Jean and the writers will be on hand nearby in an effort to make last minute rewrites for the event, sort of the way things are done during a live awards show.
A first? For sure. But then again, we’d expect nothing less from this kooky family.