‘The Simpsons’ to Kill Off Character This Season

'The Simpsons' to Kill Off Major

The Simpsons” may be living and thriving, but that doesn’t mean its characters are so lucky.

Executive producer Al Jean dropped some big hints on the current 25th season of “The Simpsons” in a conference call last week with reporters. Among the biggest news is that they’re planning to kill off a regular character.

“We’re actually working on a script where a character will pass away,” Jean said. “I’ll give a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won’t say who it is.”

Unfortunately, that hint doesn’t help too much. This still leaves much of the major cast- including Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge, (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (Yeardley Smith)- in the running. Even Anne Hathaway and Kelsey Grammer have won Emmys for guest spots.

“The Simpsons” infamously saw a grisly death for Maude Flanders, wife of perky neighbor Ned, in season 11, as she fell off the grandstand at the racetrack. Most recently, recurring character Fat Tony was killed off in season 22.

Jean also hinted at a Stan Lee-officiated wedding for Comic Book Guy and a “Futurama” crossover season finale. He also revealed that Guillermo del Toro will contribute to the opening of the annual Treehouse of Horror episode, airing Oct.6, and that Zach Galifianakis and Elisabeth Moss will provide their voices for the show, as Kristen Wiig did for the season’s opener Sunday.

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  1. bumble_bee_man says:

    it’s a hilarious school shooting episode…milhouse shoots skinner and ralph and nelson…even though everyone in springfield could have stopped the shooting, nobody will care enough to do anything…just like real life

  2. Dale Hopson says:

    I will miss Crusty the Clown….

  3. Joe Isuzu Jr. says:

    That Hyundai “Hank” Azaria… He plays that Indian guy. Did they kill any of Hanks charters yet? Oh he was on The Family Guy… with Mila Kunis of the lovely Mula..MILA KUNIS! I’m so sick of Bard Simpson…
    and those yellow Degenerates! Sewage slime, take a Sprite with Limon n’ Lyme!
    I’d love to see Tom Hanks Jr. have a tv show…FBI Wanna-Be’s.

    Even a Spice Girls tv show if better than this cr@p!… Send me back to ’97! Before Posh became corrupted…and fell for Beckhole!

  4. Nanny Mo says:

    I was a huge fan. I never missed an episode, then about 10 years ago, I stopped watching. Kill off Bart, he was never as cool as Milhouse.

  5. james says:

    Its Ned Flanders… for the last 25 years. not Ted!!!!

  6. jeff says:

    Characters dating, marrying and getting killed off are all clear signs of SHARK JUMPING. Too bad because this show USED to be fabulous. The new eps, just don’t cut it. Why don’t producers understand that If you can’t keep doing it, LEARN from Six Feet Under, Sopranos, and others how to go away in a blaze of glory instead of water-sking over a shark!

    • Lou says:

      Fox has made it very clear why the show is still on. As Mel Brooks said in Space Balls, “Merchandising, merchandising. That’s where the real money is.” The show is very profitable from it’s products. Otherwise, the show would have been cancelled at least 15 years ago.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      Jumping the shark?? Get real. The show has been on 25 years. Deaths, marriages and all the rest, naturally occur over a quarter of a century. If it was year 3 or 4 you might have had a point.

      • jeff says:

        It’s a cartoon! Its not real life! Maggie is still an infant for gods sake! Jumping the shark can happen at any point in the lifecycle of a show. It does not matter how long it is on. It is when it loses it’s magic and gets desperate to stay alive and starts eating itself alive.

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