Simpsons character to die in 26th season premiere
(KTVI) – Brace yourselves, Simpsons fans. There’s about to be a tragedy in Springfield.
The beloved animated comedy, which has been running since 1989, is set to kill off a recurring character in its season 26 premiere.
Executive producer Al Jean spoke to Entertainment Weekly last fall and promised an “emotional story,” but wouldn’t give many clues as to which character would be kicking the bucket. The only information he offered was the character had appeared on more than two episodes and had won an Emmy for his/her performance; these hints limit the options to any character voiced by Anne Hathaway, Kelsey Grammer, Marcia Wallace, Jackie Mason or any series regular (with the exception of Harry Shearer.)
So why kill off a familiar face? It’s a mystery to everyone but the people behind the show, but the rare death of a character is only the tip of the iceberg in a season which will also include a crossover episode with characters of the canceled comedy Futurama. The Simpsons will also appear on the fall season premiere of Family Guy.
The season 26 premiere is titled “Clown in the Dumps” and is scheduled to air on September 28.