Last year at San Diego Comic-Con, Simpsons executive producer Al Jean revealed that the characters of Futurama would meet the residents of Springfield. This past Sunday, he revealed more details during a panel at the Television Critics Association, along with clues about an upcoming character death, and reveals on celebrity cameos to expect this season.
These details can be found after the break.
When Matt Groening and David X. Cohen created Futurama, they quickly established during the first season that the series existed in a universe separate from The Simpsons (we actually saw the characters encounter Bart Simpson merchandise). But dimensional barriers and Futurama‘s cancellation in September last year aren’t enough to stop a crossover from finally happening. At San Diego Comic-Con in 2013, Al Jean explained the basic concept behind the Futurama/Simpsons crossover. “Bender has to come back from the future to kill Bart because there’s something that Bart does now that makes the future really, really, really bad. Tip of the hat to Harlan Ellison.”
(Acclaimed author Harlan Ellison is known for many science fiction stories, including a famous Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” in which Kirk and Spock travel to the 20th century to prevent a dark timeline from replacing their own.)
On Sunday, Al Jean revealed that the episode will air in November. He confirmed that the episode will include Futurama cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom and Tress MacNeille. Whether the episode’s plot has changed from what he described last year is unknown.
Jean also said that a Simpsons character will die this season. A character was announced to die during the previous season, but then voice actor Marcia Wallace passed away. Following this, her character Edna Krabapple was revealed to have died off-screen and fans assumed that Wallace’s unexpected passing had cancelled plans to lose whatever character was originally slated to go. It’s possible that those plans simply got postponed to 2014.
Jean did not say who would die, but teased that the voice actor won an Emmy for their portrayal of the character and that the death will occur in an episode entitled “Clown in the Dumps.” That seems to imply that either Krusty or Sideshow Bob is on their way out.
Celebrities who will appear this season include: Jane Fonda, Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, David Hyde Pierce, Willem Dafoe, Jeffrey Ross and musician Matthew Sweet. The 26th season of The Simpsons premieres on September 28.
(via The Wrap)