Mr. Burns

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From birthday cake fantasies, to booting up his computer, to dramatic reinterpretations of A Streetcar Named Desire, we’ve known for some time that there was something different about Waylon Smithers. Questions have plagued Mr. Burns’ assistant/toady for years, all the way to The Simpsons138th Episode Spectacular when Ambassador Henry Mwabwetumba of the Ivory Coast wrote into the show to ask “What is the real deal with Mr. Burns’s assistant, Smithers? You know what I’m talking about.” Well, as the show’s executive producer recently confirmed, there’s much more to Smithers than him being a man in his early 40s, unmarried, and currently residing in Springfield. You know what we mean. (more…)

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Despite what you may think of The Simpsons at this point, it’s still churning out new episodes. Fox recently renewed the show for two more years, which means that even if the final episode of season 28 ends up being the last episode of The Simpsons ever, the series will still have run over 630 episodes. The Simpsons has run longer than any other prime time comedy or drama series, and unless the world ends sometime in the next two years, then The Simpsons is likely to go on too. Just now without Harry Shearer. In an odd announcement on Twitter Wednesday night, Shearer told fans that he was leaving the show, but what will happen to the some 100 characters, over 20 of them regular fixtures, when he goes? (more…)