Longtime showrunner teases guest voices and more
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"The Simpsons" kicks off its 24th season on Sunday (September 30) night.
Long-time showrunner and writer and executive producer Al Jean hasn't been there for all 24 seasons, but it certainly seems like he has been. One of the original "Simpsons" writers and in the midst of a showrunning tenure that has dated back to 2001, Jean has been one of the show's key media presences, responding to every milestone, development and controversy, every innovation or wrinkle in the show's venerable formula, every guest star and every programming stunt.
That means that I've chatted with Al Jean with a regularity that's almost like clockwork. Here, for example, are our conversations before the start of Season 21, Season 22 and Season 23. If you look at the publication dates for those interviews, you'll see that it's almost eerie.
That means that this year's Al Jean interview is a few days late, but I think it's the best we've done together. In the conversation, we talk about Sunday's premieres, about Season 24 guest stars and about the show's ongoing ability to stir up controversy for the oddest of reasons.
It's kinda long, so the first part is above and the second part is embedded below.
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1941 | Drama | NRSummary: British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.Director: Fritz Lang
Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, John Carradine
1993 | Drama | PG-13Summary: Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio are seen in some of their earliest roles in a story about a young man (Depp) struggling to care for his family, particularly his mentally disabled brother Arnie (DiCaprio).Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis
2013 | TV Movie | PGSummary: Cowabunga! Catch a perfect wave of fun in the sun, splashed with excitement, surprises and budding romance. Life's a beach for surfers Brady (Ross Lynch) and McKenzie (Maia Mitchell) – until a rogue wave magically transports them inside the classic '60s beach party flick, "Wet Side Story," where ...Director: Jeffrey Hornaday
Cast: Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton
1998 | Animation | GSummary: A tomboyish girl disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li Shang.Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Cast: Ming-Na Wen, Lea Salonga, June Foray, Soon-Tek Oh
2015 | Drama | NRSummary: Big and boisterous melodrama following a music mogul and the struggle between his three sons and ex-wife to dominate the next phase of his company’s future.Director: Lee Daniels, Danny Strong (creators)
Cast: Lizzy Leigh, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard
2015 | Comedy | NRSummary: Comedian Chris Tucker performs live.Director: Phil Joanou
Cast: Chris Tucker
1994 | Comedy | RSummary: Denis Leary is at his acerbic best as a burglar whose simple Christmas Eve robbery gets complicated when he takes a pair of hostages -- who happen to be a couple who won’t stop arguing.Director: Ted Demme
Cast: Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey
2015 | Documentary | NRSummary: This documentary explores both the achievements and the seedy underside of professional boxing.Director: Bert Marcus
Cast: Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Mike Tyson
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