FOX has announced the “Treehouse of Horror XXIII” episode of “The Simpsons” airing Sunday, Oct. 7 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT). Jon Lovitz (“Hot in Cleveland”) makes a guest-voice appearance in the all-new annual Halloween-themed episode!
“Destined to be yet another classic Halloween-themed episode of THE SIMPSONS, in the opener of the 23rd annual “Treehouse of Horror,” we go back to ancient times when a Mayan Homer and Marge are witnesses to the prediction by ancient calendar makers that 2012 will be the end of the world. In “The Greatest Story Ever Holed,” the first of three spine-chilling stories, the Springfield Subatomic Supercollider creates a black hole that terrorizes the city, sucking up everything in its path. Then, in “UNnormal Activity” the Simpsons install cameras all over the house when things start to go bump in the night and Marge discovers it may have to do with an unholy pact she made some years prior. In the final thrilling tale, “Bart & Homer’s Excellent Adventure,” Bart travels to 1974 to buy a comic book at cover price but inadvertently disrupts Homer and Marge’s courtship, leading Marge to end up with Artie Ziff (guest voice Jon Lovitz) in the all-new “Treehouse of Horror XXIII” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Oct. 7 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-2317) (TV-PG D, L, S, V)”
Voice Cast includes: Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson; Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson; Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson and Nelson; Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson; Harry Shearer as Skinner; Pamela Hayden as Milhouse and Jimbo; Tress MacNeille as Dolph. READ MORE
Every year I look forward to “The Simpsons” Halloween “Treehouse of Horror” episode, only to be disappointed. For some reason the writers behind the record-breaking animated series feel the need to inject non-horror themed stories, focusing on pop-culture like Harry Potter. Will this year’s episode be different?
Black holes, Back to the Future, demonic possession and the end of the world await “Simpsons” fans in the upcoming season’s “Treehouse of Horror XXIII” episode.
TV Line reports that this year’s installment of the annual Halloween-adjacent special will air on Sunday, October 7, executive producer Al Jean reveals. The first segment will be “The Simpsons”’ Marty McFly act. “Bart goes back and prevents Marge and Homer from ever getting married, and we see what happens next,” says the showrunner. (For what it’s worth, Jon Lovitz – who voices Marge’s high school paramour Artie Ziff, among other characters – is involved.) Another segment is “a found-footage parody” – in the vein of Paranormal Activity – “where something really strange is going on in the Simpson house,” he adds.
Also on tap: “We have a segment where a mini black hole terrorizes Springfield and starts sucking everything in, and it’s to tie into the discovery this summer of the Higgs boson,” he says, referring to the so-called “God particle.” Finally, Jean adds, “We also deal a little with the Mayan prophecy of the world ending this year.”
Sounds like a great line-up this year, what would you guys have liked to see?
“The Simpsons” Treehouse of Horror Halloween episode has been a tradition for 21 years, of the 22 that “The Simpsons” has been on. They’ve skewered classic and popular horror movies like The Shining (“The Shinning”) and Cape Fear, and stories like “The Monkey’s Paw”.
Show runner Al Jean told me what all three segments of this year’s Halloween episode would be when I saw him at the Television Critics Association party for Fox. Talk about looking ahead… Spoilers follow! READ MORE
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