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SDCC14: ‘Simpsons’/’Family Guy’ Crossover Previewed

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It’s an event that’s forever been in the making, doubly so since it was announced before last San Diego Comic Con, but Fox previewed the inevitable Simpsons/Family Guy crossover today at the event otherwise known as “Nerd Fest 2014.” Call it a cheap ploy for ratings, call it the last grasp of two once-great animated franchises, or call it the entertainment event of fall, but “The Simpsons Guy” is coming, and it’s the hour-long opening of season 13 of Family Guy. If you can’t wait though, a preview clip has been posted to the interwebs.

Entertainment Weekly, who seems to not like to share, has posted the five-minute clip.

If don’t feel like watching it, basically the Griffins decide to take a road trip, they’re stranded in Springfield and end up meeting the Simpson family. Homer and Peter bond over being big, dumb oafs, Marge and Lois relate to being matriarchs of an insanity-inducing family, Bart and Stewie be bad boys together, and Lisa and Meg take stalk of being the black sheep of their clans. The episode will also revisit the classic gags of both series: Homer will try a cutaway gag, and Stewie will make a prank call to Moe’s Tavern. Naturally though, it looks like the whole thing will end in a fight as Homer and Peter come to blows over whether or not Pawtucket Pat beer is a cheap knock-off of Homer’s beloved Duff.

See what they did there.

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This will be, at least, an interesting experiment. The TV crossover is more or less a thing of the past (unless you’re counting between franchises like Law & Order, CSI and Arrow/The Flash), and while it’s understandable to be cynical about Fox’s intent pairing up two of its shows, it’s worth noting that The Simpsons did previously, and successfully, crossover with another animated series, The Critic. The Jon Lovitz-voiced Jay Sherman appeared in the season 6 episode “A Star is Burns,” which also gave us another delightful crossover, Señor Spielbergo. Matt Groening claimed to hate the idea, but 20 years later, he’s got to make sure those Simpson checks keep coming in.

For your amusement, here’s a clip from “A Star is Burns.”

The Simpsons is coming off its landmark 25th season, which included a lot of bells and whistles like a couch gag designed by Guillermo del Toro, and an episode that featured a LEGO-ized Springfield and Simpsons characters. The Family Guy,meanwhile, is entering season 13 and remains a strong part of the Fox line-up even though the Seth MacFarlane brand has cooled after two failed series now, The Cleveland Show and Dads.

“The Simpson Guy” will air Sunday September 28 at 8 pm EST on Fox.

Source: Screen Rant

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