TV shows don’t crossover quite like they used to anymore, which maybe an indication just how far The Simpsons has fallen in terms of creativity. Two, count ’em, two crossovers with the Fox animated series were announced at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, one with Family Guy and one with Futurama. A 5-minute preview clip of the Griffins arrival in Springfield was unrolled at this past July’s Comic Con, and now we’re getting our first look at that time in the future when Bender comes back in time to go all Terminator on a certain spirited little scamp with spiked hair.
Entertainment Weekly has previewed the November 9 episode of The Simpsons that will bring Matt Groening‘s two series together in one epic 30-minute showdown. According to the magazine, this is the plot for the episode:
“unspool a complex, Terminator-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse’s rabbit’s foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, prompting Bender to travel back in time to kill Bart and prevent this mega-mess.”
Also, the entire voice cast of Futurama will re-unite for the occasion, including Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice LaMarche. The episode will also feature a Simpsons spin on the Futurama opening credits including the tag line “a show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes.”
Well, at least it’s nice that The Simpsons writers are acknowledging that they’re out of ideas. Hopefully there’s enough in-jokes and stray references to compensate for the apparently lack of originality.
As for The Simpsons, they go into their 26th season later this month. There’s no word yet on whether or not the show will get a season 27, but if it does, it will put the show withing striking distance of 600 episodes. Admittedly, having watched several episodes last season, The Simpson does score a few laughs from time to time, but even the most hardy and forgiving of fans have to admit the show’s getting pretty long in the tooth. Maybe in season 26 they’ll find a new well of creativity. Maybe.
The Simpsons new season starts September 28 on Fox.