‘The Simpsons’ to Kill Off Character This Season

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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