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The Simpsons Return this Fall for Another Round

Published August 1, 2005 in Television
By Beth Rodio | Image property of Fox
The Simpsons The Simpsons return this fall.
The Simpsons creators have begun releasing information about their new season. New celebrities will jump on the Springfield bandwagon and old favorites of the show will return.

The Simpsons New Season

It's quite a lineup. The Associate Press reports that "Fox says guest voices for the upcoming season include Alec Baldwin, William H. Macy, Ricky Gervais, Lily Tomlin, Rob Reiner, Richard Dean Anderson and others. Kelsey Grammer returns as Sideshow Bob. And, Joe Mantegna is back as Springfield's mob boss, Fat Tony."

The line-up promises two things. First, The Simpsons is not yet tired of cashing in on their fame and the fame of others. What used to be cult is now a boring mainstream where celebrities pat each other on the back and assure themselves that they, too, are well-loved by Simpsons viewers.

Also, if Sideshow Bob returns, we can see The Simpsons decline into what The Family Guy rapidly (and alarmingly) has declined into this summer season: a repeat of old jokes that were once funny and now painful to watch. At least The Family Guy has new jokes sprinkled in with the old (but I wish they would just stop with the evil monkey bit), but The Simpsons has recycled story lines, jokes, and characters.

Just to punch the point, the Associated Press reports, "In the season opener (dubbed "Bonfire of the Manatees"), Baldwin plays Caleb Thorn, a marine biologist who attempts to steer Marge away from Homer."

Hmmm…sounds familiar.

Stay tuned for updates.

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