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    Quote Originally Posted by Venomrabbit View Post
    Selman And Joel H Cohen? Have a strong feeling The Hateful Eight Year Olds will be the third thing this season that sounded interesting but got worse the more I heard about it... not looking forward to the synopsis.

    ... Not that I think we've had any news ones lately have we?
    Regarding that episode, we only know its writer, director and showrunner (Selman) and nothing detail on its plot or guest stars. Is it a reason to upset in episode yet?
    IMHO the best and the worst episodes of each season (in bold — the best and worst of overall series, upd. 10/01/20 with trilogy episodes):
    1. There’s No Disgrace Like Home/Homer’s Night Out 2. Old Money/Simpson and Delilah 3. Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington/Homer Alone 4. Homer’s Triple Bypass/Marge in Chains 5. Secrets of a Successful Marriage/Homer and Apu 6. Two Dozen and One Greyhounds/A Star Is Burns 7. Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily/Treehouse of Horror VI 8. My Sister, My Sitter/The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase 9. Miracle on Evergreen Terrace/The Principal and the Pauper 10. Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken/Simpsons Bible Stories 11. Days of Wine and D’oh’ses/Bart to the Future 12. Homer vs. Dignity/New Kids on the Blecch 13. Poppa’s Got a Brand New Badge/Weekend at Burnsie’s 14. Moe Baby Blues/Brake My Wife, Please 15. Fraudcast News/Co-Dependent’s Day 16. Sleeping with the Enemy/Future-Drama 17. Bonfire of the Manatees/Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore 18. The Wife Aquatic/Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Three Times 19. Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind/Smoke on the Daughter 20. Coming to Homerica/Four Great Women and a Manicure 21. Chief of Hearts/Treehouse of Horror XX 22. The Ned-Liest Catch/Elementary School Musical 23. A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again/Moe Goes from Rags to Riches 24. Hardly Kirk-ing/Love is a Many-Splintered Thing 25. Brick Like Me/What to Expect When Bart’s Expecting 26. Sky Police/Treehouse of Horror XXV 27. Halloween of Horror/Treehouse of Horror XXVI 28. 22 for 30/Havana Wild Weekend 29. Flanders’ Ladder/Springfield Splendor 30. Baby You Can’t Drive My Car/The Clown Stays in the Picture
    The Simpsons season ratings:
    2 > 3 > 7 > 6 > 1 > 4 > 5 > 8 > 9 > 21 > 27 > 12 > 15 > 20 > 10 > 14 > 19 > 25 > 17 > 29 > 26 > 24 > 13 > 18 > 16 > 28 > 30 > 11 > 23 > 22

    I think that thoughts may differ, because so many people, so many opinions.

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    Well I have little to no faith in either the writer or the showrunner, let alone both together on something. And I've already been let down twice this season alone and this one looks like it's following the same pattern. It's more a precaution but I'm keeping my expectations at rock-bottom.
    Season 31 thus far


    The Winter of Our Monetized Content 3/5 / The Fat Blue Line4/5 / Treehouse of Horror XXX 2/5 / Gorillas on the Mast 4/5 / Marge the Lumberjill 3.5/5 / Livin' La Vida Pura 2/5 /
    Thanksgiving of Horror 0/5 / Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? 4.5/5 / Bobby, It's Cold Outside 3/5 / Hail to the Teeth 2/5 / The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson 3/5 / Frinkcoin 4/5 / Bart the Bad Guy 1/5 / Screenless 4.5/5 / Better Off Ned 4/5 / Highway to Well (not sure yet, pending rewatch)




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    Simpsons version of the Succession opening credits will be in "Warrin' Priests (Part 2)" episode.
    Source https://twitter.com/AlJean/status/1242182387850596352
    For those, who like me didn't see Succession before, here is its opening (and in The Simpsons style, it'll be definitely interesting)
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    I have read in this Deadline article, that COVID-19, fortunately, hasn't very affected the animation production. But one paragraph, which is the most related [of whole article] to "The Simpsons", made me interested...
    The individual shows are trying to be creative too. The Simpsons and Big Mouth already is doing virtual table reads, with other shows likely to follow suit; the Family Guy composer is attempting to do a remote score by having musicians play their instruments from home; and Bless the Harts is conducting edit sessions with the show creator via Skype video.
    UPD
    Here is THR article, which more clarifies on The Simpsons
    "Production hasn't skipped a day or lost a beat," The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean told The Hollywood Reporter this week. "We intend to do the 22 shows we were contracted to do.... There's been no change in how we do things."
    The Simpsons, Jean says, is going to air five more shows as planned, starting April 19, before it wraps its current 31st season. The series has seven episodes, including its annual "Treehouse of Horror" edition, that have already been completed and being held over for season 32. The series will then record work on the additional 22 episodes for the 2020-21 television season.

    "We just read a third of those 22 episodes in the middle of March. We're a little ahead of where we usually are," says Jean, who credits Simpsons creator James L. Brooks for the foresight to shift to working from home before it became a state-ordered mandate. "It's business as usual." That The Simpsons already has episodes in the can for next season arrives as most broadcast live-action shows won't be able to complete work on their current seasons, much less deliver any completed episodes early, as there is no current timeline of whether it will be considered safe to return to work.
    Regarding highlighted in bold, I know it's about "holdover" episodes, but are they really already complited and just "wait" for their air time?
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    I have read in this Deadline article, that COVID-19, fortunately, hasn't very affected the animation production. But one paragraph, which is the most related [of whole article] to "The Simpsons", made me interested...


    UPD
    Here is THR article, which more clarifies on The Simpsons


    Regarding highlighted in bold, I know it's about "holdover" episodes, but are they really already complited and just "wait" for their air time?
    Harry Shearer had already been recording his dialogue from his home a long time ago. All the rest of the voice actors can easily follow suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The B View Post
    Regarding highlighted in bold, I know it's about "holdover" episodes, but are they really already complited and just "wait" for their air time?
    I'm sure that is a mistake in the article. The late ZABF episodes started production in late 2019. Production takes 9 months, give or take. Even if the animation were already completed (which I doubt), they wait until a few weeks before airdate to score the episodes (for some reason).

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    The plot of The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby was changed a bit. And, yes, as Al Jean said Cletus' story is main now without any mention of Homer.
    CLETUS BECOMES A TYCOON ON AN ALL-NEW "THE SIMPSONS" SUNDAY, APRIL 19, ON FOX

    Cletus becomes a helium tycoon. Meanwhile, Marge reunites with baby Hudson from Playdate with Destiny in the all-new "The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby" episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, April 19 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-3013) (TV-PG D, L, V)
    From Futoncritic
    IMHO, synopsis could reveal something more from episode.
    And, I didn't understand last year and don't understand now - what's the helium Cletus has (and probably why Burns wants at least wanted to get it)?
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    I don't think they have completely removed Homer just because he is not mentioned. Plus regarding the subplot, feels weird how most of us haven't gotten the chance to see the prequel short 'Playdate With Destinty' yet (due to wide international distribution apparently not having been a thing and to the cinema shutdown because of the Corona virus outbreak).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CousinMerl View Post
    I don't think they have completely removed Homer just because he is not mentioned. Plus regarding the subplot, feels weird how most of us haven't gotten the chance to see the prequel short 'Playdate With Destinty' yet (due to wide international distribution apparently not having been a thing and to the cinema shutdown because of the Corona virus outbreak).
    Yes, I meant Homer's part in main plot just was forgotten. I very doubt, they redone the main (Cletus') plot too.
    I also found something strange, cause I thought, that there was announced a TV-premiere of "PwD" short alongside with this episode (to clarify some B-plot details).

    And, FYI, ZABF20 & 21 are in Copyright Catalog now.

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    So Maggie's been punted to a B plot in favour of Cletus while stripping the latter's down? Well I guess it's never too late to change something promising into a letdown.

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    So there is no new episode until April 19th ('The Incredible Lightness Of Being A Baby')? That's quite the break.

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    They're really dragging this one out. There's nothing worth looking forward to for the rest of the season but it just won't end already...

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    Oh my God! Wait a minute. I've just noticed, Futoncritic did a mistake in synopsis, didn't it?
    Meanwhile, Marge reunites with baby Hudson

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    Futon Critic doesn't write the synopses.

    NOTE: The following article is a press release issued by the aforementioned network and/or company. Any errors, typos, etc. are attributed to the original author. The release is reproduced solely for the dissemination of the enclosed information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venomrabbit View Post
    They're really dragging this one out
    Yeah, they are stretching the season out. We are close to the end of the season and now there's a four week hiatus. I think that there would be no harm pushing the last batch up a couple of weeks. I wouldn't mind if the season wrapped up in early May instead as of in late May.
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    This season has a normal number of episodes (22), started at a normal date (late September), and is ending on a normal date (late May).

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    SUNDAY, APRIL 26

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: Audio descriptions for THE SIMPSONS, BOB'S BURGERS, DUNCANVILLE and FAMILY GUY will available on the SAP Audio Channel.]

    --"THE SIMPSONS" - (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1

    A CHARISMATIC NEW PRIEST CHARMS THE CONGREGATION ON AN ALL-NEW "THE SIMPSONS" SUNDAY, APRIL 26, ON FOX

    Pete Holmes Guest-Voices

    When Bode (guest voice Pete Holmes), a young charismatic new preacher, comes to town and shakes things up at church, Reverend Lovejoy investigates his mysterious past in the all-new "Warrin' Priests" episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, April 26 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-3112) (TV-PG D, L, S, V)

    Voice Cast: Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson; Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson; Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson and Nelson; Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson; Hank Azaria as Moe; Harry Shearer as Skinner; Tress MacNeille as Dolph; Pamela Hayden as Milhouse; Harry Shearer as Flanders

    Guest Voice Cast: Pete Holmes as Bode



    Read more: Listings - SIMPSONS, THE on FOX | TheFutonCritic.com http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listin...#ixzz6IUyYQocc
    Odd, It doesnt say anything about being a two-parter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDB View Post
    Odd, It doesnt say anything about being a two-parter.
    Wasn't there an episode just like this a few years ago?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulpit_Friction
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomacco View Post
    Wasn't there an episode just like this a few years ago?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulpit_Friction
    Yeah, but hopefully Pete Holmes' character will be a bit more substantial and interesting than the Parson. This episode does not promise to have enough potential to be a forty-four-minutes special. Actually, it seems weak even for the normal length.

    I guess it is going to be an episode like The Falcon and the D'ohman, where a random guest star interprets a random one-time character who hoards the show and he is vaguely related to The Simpsons. I really liked that episode but let's see what happens here
    SEASON 31 - RATINGS
    The Winter of Our Monetized Content - 3/5 / Go Big or Go Homer - 2/5 / The Fat Blue Line - 4/5
    Treehouse of Horror XXX - 3/5 / Gorillas on the Mast - 4/5 / Marge the Lumberjill - 2/5
    Livin' La Pura Vida - 5/5 / Thanksgiving of Horror - 5/5 / Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me - 3/5
    Bobby, It's Cold Outside - 3/5 / Hail to the Teeth - 2/5 / The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson - 4/5 / Frinkcoin - 2/5 / Bart the Bad Guy - 5/5 / Screenless - 4/5
    Better Off Ned - 1/5 / Highway to Well - 4/5 / The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby - TBA
    Warrin' Priest TBA / The Hateful Eight-Years-Old - TBA / The Way of the Dog - TBA

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    Going by that description, 'Warrin Priests' sounds like it won't have that typical new church rivarly that I had expected but rather a personal conflict between the two priests & Reverend Lovejoy looking into the other guy's past sounds promising. It's been a while since a proper Lovejoy episode and this one seems interesting enough (hopefully it will work better as a two-parter than 'The Great Phatsby', despite not sounding like a good fit at all for a double-length episode).

    Quote Originally Posted by Szyslak100 View Post
    Yeah, but hopefully Pete Holmes' character will be a bit more substantial and interesting than the Parson.
    It does seem like The Parson and the assistant reverend in 'Pulpit Friction' are two separate characters.

    https://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/The_Parson
    https://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/Elijah_Hooper

    Neither were that good of characters (the latter I actually sorta forgot about, aside from being voiced by Ed Norton) but hopefully this Bode guy is more interesting as said (and also not completely forgettable).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDB View Post
    Odd, It doesnt say anything about being a two-parter.
    Well, technically, it's a describtion of single episode only, second part of which is schedulled a week after that (we know it), so it's normal, that FOX didn't reveal anything about second part (even the "official" episode title said nothing about part 2. IMHO, revealing the synopsis for 2nd Part next week, they can follow one of two scenarios:
    1. The synopsis for second part will be the same as for 1st part - one story for two episodes. But, if so, it's odd idea.
    2. Different plot fot "WP P2" - but in this case they must be careful to not spoil too much information about cliffhanger (according to Al Jean, "it's very surprising") - considering the plot, it may be something about Bode's "mysterious past".

    As for current plot (I guessed, that it's about new priest against Lovejoy), of cource it sounds as another "rehash", but it could be funny. However, no offence to Pete Holmes, but stretch this plot for 2 episodes, was a bad idea. I believe, that it'll be some subplot (at least in Part 2)

    Voice Cast: Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson; Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson; Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson and Nelson; Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson; Hank Azaria as Moe; Harry Shearer as Skinner; Tress MacNeille as Dolph; Pamela Hayden as Milhouse; Harry Shearer as Flanders
    It's stangely a bit, that in Reverend Lovejoy's episode, he is abcent in this list

    Off-top: new priest's name is Bode (the episode with Bode plot). In electrical engineering and control theory, a Bode plot is a graph of the frequency response of a system. It is usually a combination of a Bode magnitude plot and a Bode phase plot. It made me laugh, because, I'm curently studing that in university
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    The promo images for The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby are on FoxFlash.
    Huh, they replaced/deleted some early promo scenes and added 2 new shots. Here they are:

    Perhaps, it is/was Hadson's annoying mother. Also she wears shoe covers. Did animators something someway edit/predict?..

    Both of these pictures are cute enough.
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    Considering Onward was only in theaters for a couple weeks, it would be nice if Playdate With Destiny was made available to the 90% of us who didn't get to see it.

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    Definitely agree about that (I have been thinking about it too). They should just go ahead and release it on the official Simpsons Youtube channel for everyone to see (like they have done with all the political shorts they made somewhat recently).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CousinMerl View Post
    Definitely agree about that (I have been thinking about it too). They should just go ahead and release it on the official Simpsons Youtube channel for everyone to see (like they have done with all the political shorts they made somewhat recently).
    They can do that, a week when they usually realesed sneak peeks TILoBaB airs, or as "a special present" for The Simpsons 33rd aniversary (this year it's exactly on that day, where episode airs).

    BTW, I've just noticed, they realese some clips from their shows (FG+TS+BB) on Animation's on FOX channel. All's title starts with "Catch up". Interesting, why did it?

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    Maybe they'd at least give a slight bit of background infodumping, kinda like they used to for Sideshow Bob episodes...

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    An infodump to bring everyone up to speed would be okay (but clunkly and/or lazy if handled badly) but still, I hope that the issue of the short's unavailability is brought up to Al Jean on social media by enough users. Maybe he already has a solution planned?

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    Promo image for WP (1st part) are on FoxFlash.
    Though Bode for me is looking a bit similar to Pete Holmes himself, honestly I expected different character design. Plus most of picture are Bode-centric.
     As in synopsis, Lovejoy is absent on the pictures, though he plays the main role 

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    Every new detail we know about this episode sounds worse than the previous one. A fragile plot on paper, related to the almost-never successful religious topic, centered around a guest star who is also the writer of the episode.

    Let's hope Pete Holmes has written an episode about The Simpsons and he has not used the Simpsons to give prominence to himself.

    I'm generally unmotivated about this finale stretch, with The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby surely having sacrificed its best material for the short, an episode written by Joel H. Cohen (even if it is show-run by Selman, I don't think it could be better than any episode that makes my top5 of the season), and the season finale about Santa's Little Helper's new veterinarian (which the only incentive so far is that it's written by one of the best current writers of the staff). I think the Hateful Eight Years Old and The Way of the Dog may surprise nevertheless. Let's see what happens.

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    Here are the promos









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