We can now expect Tom Waits’ signature graveled voice to be added to an upcoming episode of The Simpsons, Yahoo reported this week. Waits is expected to play himself for an episode of the show’s 24th season. The news comes through executive producer Al Jean. Waits will introduce Homer Simpson to “a community of survivalists.”
“We did a lot of research into the ‘prepper’ phenomenon, where people are convinced that some horrible catastrophe – like an electromagnetic pulse – is going to occur, and that people will have to survive without the grid,” Jean said in an interview, before adding that Homer will turn into one of these “preppers.”
The episode is expected to air in December, though a concrete release date has not yet been set. The Simpsons is set to return on Fox on Sept. 30.