The new season of The Simpsons starts soon, on the same premiere night as several other Animation Domination shows. September 30 is going to be a big night for prime time animation fans! Fox will be airing new episodes of The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad. (Bob's Burgers premieres this Sunday, September 23. The Cleveland Show won't return until October 7.)
Simpsons Season 24 premieres September 30
It's a five-star show! Literally.
The season premiere, titled "Moonshine River," will be chock full of guest stars, with appearances by Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sarah Silverman. The episode revolves around Bart's past romantic entanglements.
Each of the guest stars in the premiere will be playing one of Bart's five girlfriends (past, present, or future). Gellar and Silverman will both be revisiting their roles as Bart's ex-girlfriends. (Gellar played Gina Vendetti in the Season 15 episode "The Wandering Juvie." Silverman played Nicki McKenna in the Season 21 episode "Stealing First Base.")
In the premiere's B plot, Marge and Lisa try to find affordable cultural entertainment in New York. (Did you know that New York is expensive? Of course you did, but I guess now The Simpsons will be making a whole lot of jokes about it.)
This roster of guest stars for the rest of the season is similarly impressive, to say the least.
In an episode titled "Black-Eyed, Please," Tina Fey will play a substitute teacher named Ms. Cantwell, who dislikes and bullies Lisa Simpson. As a "mean girl teacher," Fey's character even gives Ralph an A, while only granting Lisa a B, even though Ralph misspells his own name on his paper. Ouch!
In an episode titled "Pulpit Friction," Edward Norton will play "the most lovable minister in the world." He becomes so popular that he edges out Reverend Lovejoy, who loses his job and becomes a hot tub salesman. (I have a strange yet powerful dislike for Reverend Lovejoy. I will chortle with glee to see him dethroned.)
If you thought Lady Gaga on The Simpsons was big news, just wait! Super-mega pop star Justin Bieber will be playing himself in an upcoming episode titled "The Fabulous Faker Boy." Something about a talent show.
EW notes that, at a mere 18 years old, Justin Bieber is actually younger than the show, which debuted six years before Bieber was born. I also suspect that the reference in the episode's title (to a 1989 movie) is also far older than either Bieber or most of his fans.