The Simpsons to Air First-Ever Hour-long Episode, Inspired by The Great Gatsby and Hip-HopImages via FOX Comedy News The Simpsons
On Sept. 25, The Simpsons will return for its 28th season. In addition to the new season, Simpsons fans can also anticipate the show’s first hour-long episode.
During Fox’s TCA Summer Press Tour today, CEO of Fox Dana Walden announced that the show would run its first hour-long episode (including commercial time) in January of 2017. The episode is a “hip-hop homage to The Great Gatsby,” according to Entertainment Weekly. The episode, titled “The Great Phatsby,” is about Mr. Burns’ friendship with hip-hop mogul Jay G.
Homer Simpson will narrate the episode, like Nick Carraway did in The Great Gatsby. Taraji P. Henson (Empire) and Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) will also guest star for the episode. Jim Beanz will create new songs for the episode, including a betrayal and a revenge rap track.
In the episode, Mr. Burns is betrayed by Jay G and enlists Bart and Homer to seek revenge. Lisa also gets a wealthy boyfriend and Marge opens a boutique store.
“This was just going to be a regular episode, but the table read went so well, in a fit of passion and excitement and ambition and excess, we decided to supersize it,” said Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman to EW. “And we haven’t done a huge amount of stories in the world of hip-hop and rap culture, so we just went for it.”
Despite being the longest-running animated series and reaching 600 episodes last fall, The Simpsons has never aired an hour-long episode before. Previously, they had a two-part episode: “Who Shot Mr. Burns,” composed of both the season six finale and the season seven premiere.