Somehow, 'The Simpsons' Will Air a Live Episode in May | NBC Chicago

Somehow, 'The Simpsons' Will Air a Live Episode in May

Homer Simpson will provide live commentary on air on Sunday, May 15.



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    THE SIMPSONS: Homer buys a smoker in the all-new Cue Detective episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Oct. 4 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)

    Live from Springfield, it's "The Simpsons"?

    Fox is taking the animated comedy live for the first time ever. Yes, after 27 seasons, Homer Simpson will appear live in an all-new episode of "The Simpsons" on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m.


    In a release, Fox said Marge, Lisa and Bart will turn the show over to Homer who will "take a break from stuffing his face to comment on the events of the day." The Simpsons will be live for the last three minutes of the show on both the East Coast and West Coast broadcasts.

    Beginning Sunday, May 1 until Wednesday, May 4, fans can tweet questions using the #HomerLive tag. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Al Jean said the show will use motion capture technology to make the animated scene and use the voice of Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer on the hit series.


    Going live isn't anything new for shows, but it is especially odd for an animated show to do it. NBC recently did all of this season of "Undateable" live. In the past, "Will & Grace," "30 Rock," "ER," "The Daily Show," "One Life to Live" and more shows have done live broadcasts as ratings stunts.

    Oh, and don't fret, the long-running comedy has already been renewed for season 28.

    "The Simpsons" airs Sundays, 8 p.m. on Fox.

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