This September 25th, something we have never seen before is going to happen. “The Simpsons” is premiering its first hour long episode. For the premiere episode of the show’s 28th season, fans are getting the first ever hour long episode.
The hour long episode was first announced during Fox’s TCA Summer Press Tour when CEO of Fox Dana Walden announced that the show would run the episode (including commercial time) in January of 2017. The episode is a “hip-hop homage to The Great Gatsby,” according to Entertainment Weekly. The episode, titled “The Great Phatsby,” is about Mr. Burns’ friendship with hip-hop mogul Jay G.
According to the press releases, Homer Simpson will narrate the episode, like Nick Carraway did in The Great Gatsby. Taraji P. Henson (Empire) and Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) will also guest star for the episode. Jim Beanz will create new songs for the episode, including a betrayal and a revenge rap track.
In the episode, Mr. Burns is betrayed by Jay G and enlists Bart and Homer to seek revenge. Lisa also gets a wealthy boyfriend and Marge opens a boutique store.
“This was just going to be a regular episode, but the table read went so well, in a fit of passion and excitement and ambition and excess, we decided to supersize it,” said Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman to EW. “And we haven’t done a huge amount of stories in the world of hip-hop and rap culture, so we just went for it.”