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Interview with Al Jean of "The
Simpsons" from FOX Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
Usually when FOX has its conference calls for us web
sites to get to ask some questions of their people, they send us a chat
transcript afterwards. I don't bother taking notes for that reason. This
time, however, they did not send it, and I didn't know they didn't have
it until two weeks later when I finally got around to reminding them
about it. So I can't tell you word-for-word what Mr. Jean said.
We asked him about the upcoming Simpsons episodes, and
he rattled off a long list of the episodes, what they were about, and
who was guest-starring in them. That was pretty impressive. He is
clearly a very smart man. You would have to be, in order to run a show
like The Simpsons for so long.
One of the episodes involved Marge posing for a nude
calendar, and the fact that in real life, Playboy put Marge on the
cover. I asked him about that. He said that Playboy came up with
the idea, so they figured they should do a story similar to that, so
they can tie them together. Marge is not just in the cover, but
there is the usual stuff they do inside, where the Playmate is asked
questions. Sounds like it is hilarious and almost makes me want to
buy a copy!
My husband and I started watching "The Simpsons" way
back 20 years ago when it first started. The world was a very different
place back then, of course. Cable TV didn't have the foothold on our
lives the way it does now. FOX was a fairly new network.
"The Simpsons" was a fresh, funny show. In the earliest episodes,
we had to watch with no distractions because if you blinked, you might
miss one of the jokes. Not only did they have lots of verbal jokes, but
tons of visual ones. It was a really funny show. A few
years later, I think it was the 7th or 8th season, it was not that funny
anymore, so we stopped watching. We have caught a few episodes since,
but mostly we were not really fond of it. Last season, we watched a few
and found they were funny again...not as funny as originally, but funny
enough to watch.
This season most of the episodes have been okay.
Frankly, if we didn't already watch the rest of the FOX shows that
night, we might not bother watching The Simpsons. Also, it's pretty easy
to record the shows with the DVR.
It's clear, though, that the folks at the show do work
very hard at their jobs and try to give us the funniest shows they can.
I was happy to speak to Mr. Jean and ask him questions!
One of the things they're doing this year is having an
on-air scavenger hunt. Fans watch the FOX shows, and they will all
have clues about the hunt.
Here are some other recent articles about Al Jean and
The Simpson you may enjoy.
TV Done Right
ABOUT THE SIMPSONS SCAVENGER HUNT:
FOX is paying “homarge” to 20 years of television’s favorite yellow
family with the network’s first-ever on-air scavenger hunt. Beginning
Monday, Nov. 9 and continuing through Friday, Nov. 13, fans can watch
FOX each night to find SIMPSONS shout-outs, tributes and clues featured
in primetime programming and on-air promos.
One lucky winner will receive the ultimate SIMPSONS prize package,
including a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend a SIMPSONS table read
with the Emmy Award-winning voice cast and producers, a home
entertainment system, SIMPSONS DVDs and merchandise and tickets to
Universal Studios Hollywood, home of The Simpsons Ride.
Viewers 13 years of age and older who spot SIMPSONS shout-outs can log
www.fox.com/scavengerhunt each night to test their knowledge
for an opportunity to unlock daily downloadable extras and to enter to
win the ultimate grand prize. The deadline for submissions is 2:00 PM ET
on Saturday, Nov. 14. For complete official rules, guidelines and more
ABOUT NOVEMBER SWEEPS EPISODES:
Sunday, Nov. 15
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Devil Wears Nada”
In an effort to raise money for charity, Marge and the
“Philanthro-Chicks” decide to pose for a calendar. At the photo studio,
Marge is a bit reluctant to reveal any skin, but the photographer (Hank
Azaria) loosens her up with wine and before long, Marge and her pin-up
poses are the talk of Springfield.
Sunday, Nov. 22
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Pranks and Greens”
JONAH HILL GUEST VOICES
Fed up with Bart’s constant pranks, Principal Skinner (Harry Shearer)
tells him there is a former Springfield Elementary student who is hailed
as the best prankster ever, even better than Bart. When Bart finally
tracks down Andy Hamilton (guest voice Jonah Hill), a 19-year-old who
hasn’t grown out of his pranking days, they become fast friends.
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