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Learn the Superheroic Plotline Of The SIMPSONS Episode Seth Rogen Wrote (And Will Star In)!!

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From the blog of The Hollywood Reporter’s hard-working James Hibberd:
The "Simpsons" episode written by Seth Rogan logline: Comic Book Guy creates a super hero, it's turned into feature film, Homer plays the hero. Seth plays his personal trainer. Homer gets into great shape, but then the movie is over and he can't afford the personal trainer anymore and his life becomes hell.
Read all of Hibberd’s story on the Fox animation panel here.

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  • July 14, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    That sounds

    by Ladonite

    Pretty boring.<br> Hopefully the entertainment is in the writing, and not in the overall episode?

  • July 14, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    um.. oh, yes...quite.

    by MetalMickey

  • July 14, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    I could have written that..

    by Sparhawk38

    Futurama rules

  • July 14, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    Wow. Seth rogan.

    by enoodle123

    And first.

  • July 14, 2008, 9 p.m. CST

    Or fourth

    by enoodle123


  • July 14, 2008, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by ThomasServo eating itself. Parodies of satires of cliches starring people who write themselves into characters based on characters created to resemble other actors. Or something. Hollywood is eating itself.

  • July 14, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST

    They "did it" already&it was bad the first time

    by Rufferto

    Maybe if they do it four more times one day it will be funny? Anyway, they always suck up to their guest stars for whatever reason. So it's only natural they would also start letting them write too. There's 0 quality control for about 10 years now. They don't really need to try at all at this point. People will watch anyway.

  • July 14, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    The Simpsons & Seth Rogen.......

    by Crackles

    Whats not to love! You people even talk shit on short little plotlines?! You guys are nuts!! Sometimes I think talkbackers just have to be negative about EVERYTHING!! Since when have The Simpsons ever failed us? And combine that with one of the funniest guys in hollywood......fucking brilliant! I can't wait to watch this shit!

  • July 14, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Can't be worse than the Gervais episode.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Or can it?

  • July 14, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST

    TOO SOON!!

    by Pageiv

    Ok, that's about 5 minutes of screne time.

  • July 14, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Could be good, I'll definitely be checking it out!

    by Flim Springfield

  • July 14, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    OMG Simpsons related news on AICN?!?!?!

    by xannibal

    And here I though their fate was sealed.

  • July 14, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    wow, milf lover...

    by omarthesnake

    if you haven't watched it in eight years, how would you know the quality? either you're psychic, lying, relying on other peoples' opinions, basing huge generalizations on commercials you see in passing, or spouting off at the mouth about a subject you know jackshit about. And yes, Rufferto, people will watch anyway. You don't have to. move along to another show you don't despise so and stop worrying about it. Sheesh. Some people are only happy when they can bitch about something.

  • July 14, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Pineapple Express.....

    by Crackles

    looks fucking awesome! Cheech and Chong ripoff my ass! you must not have been paying very much attention to the trailer! I'm so sick of people seeing a duo smoking weed and automatically it's a fucking Cheech and Chong ripoff! Whiny fucking BITCHES!!!

  • July 14, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I might watch this

    by INWOsuxRED

    I also might not. The show needs new writers, even if it is just for a day, at least Seth has been a part of writing some good stuff in the past.

  • July 14, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by postalpez

    so this is like all the horses they have had?

  • July 14, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Well it fits the current trend...

    by DanielKurland

    Of what the plot is in the second half of the episode is completely different than the first half.

  • July 14, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST


    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    I hope they "Unleash the awesome power of apples" in this episode!!!

  • July 14, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    If Seth Rogen Starts Losing His Hair...

    by LaserPants

    I'm going to start calling him Seth Rogaine. HAHAHAH!! OMG!!! GET IT?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! No, but seriously, he's pretty funny, even though I thought 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN was waaaaaaaaay overrated, SUPERBAD sucked, and WALK HARD was about a bazillion times better than both and deserved to be a huge hit.

  • July 14, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Love the irony, Crackles!

    by Raymar

    But seriously, cancel this abomination already.

  • July 14, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Did Anyone See The Episode With Alan Moore?

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    I hope that isn't what he sounds like in real life. And the joke with Daniel Clowes fell flat. Having him want to do Batman was a bit on the nose. A better joke would have featured him creating a superhero no sane person would possibly like. Of course that was already done to death in The Tick. Mucilage Man anyone?

  • July 14, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I was gonna say...

    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    That I've see that episode before, with the PowerSauce bar. The movie was great, but man... the show sucks now.

  • July 14, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    MY EYES!

    by TheTagger


  • July 14, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    I have been watching for the past 8 years. It doesn't put a big smile on my face. I might say that I have yet to see a new episode worse than "Don't Fear The Roofer" featuring Ray Romano. But that's a pretty shit compliment.

  • July 14, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Devin From Chud Saw The Watcmen Trailer...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Just thought I'd let the Devin Faraci fans know that...

  • July 14, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST

    I have seen episodes since the 90s.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    And yeah, in comparison, they've pretty much sucked hard. ESPECIALLY compared to the old ones. Oh, and the movie was lame too.

  • July 14, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    let me summarize this talkback-past, present, & future

    by BadMrWonka

    hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate...ChocolateReign drops knowledge...BadMrWonka is slightly drunk and types this...hate hate hate hate hate hate hate...ChocolateReign gives BadMrWonka kudos...hate hate hate...BadMrWonka writes a witty response to ChocolateReign...hate hate hate hate...Herc writes something...hate hate hate...BadMrWonka writes something witty to Herc...hate hate hate hate...this page is moved off the front page and no one reads it anymore...hate

  • July 14, 2008, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Simpsons is DEAD.

    by fiester

    This is the equivalent of adding a Cousin Oliver. Stunt casting at it's worst. Was a great show, but all good things must come to an end.

  • July 15, 2008, 12:09 a.m. CST

    I just watched the first 10 seasons

    by David Cloverfield

    during the last few months. Damn it's a good show. But also the transition from oldsimpsons to newsimpsons is not that shocking this way. There's some funny shit in all of the seasons I tell you. And how can someone hate the Simpsons movie is beyond me. Maybe if it was ten years since they saw an episode.

  • July 15, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    ChocolateReign: "I wish I were dead"

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    There's something we can agree on...Nah, you're alright. To be fair I have a lot of love for the Simpsons. It had a golden age, then a silver age, but now we're in the age of lead. It relies to much on randomness and a tone that twangs about like a rubber band. I'd love to see them do an episode where nothing unnatural or bizarre happens, just to see if they still could.

  • July 15, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    David Cloverfield

    by BadMrWonka

    I:<p> -love the simpsons<br> -have a good sense of humor<br> -have watched the Simpsons faithfully<br> -have a pretty big penis (OK, that last one was for me, but I spend a lot of time in the AICN talkbacks and I have to make sure the ladies know I'm packin!) <p> and I didn't like the movie at ALL!!!<br> there were some funny moments, but here is my gripe: if you're gonna do it, do it RIGHT. the movie is 90 minutes, so it at LEAST has to be as funny as 3 Simpsons episodes back to back. and it wasn't. at all.<p>push the god damn envelope! it'sa movie, go crazy! I wanted to see some REALLY funny stuff, and instead I got a sort of weird and not as funny version of the show on FOX.

  • July 15, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    oh good, they keep giving Seth Rogen more work!

    by Boomers_Lips


  • July 15, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Best TV show ever!

    by otm shank


  • July 15, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Seth Rogan as a cartoon voice. You couldn't just say, HEY ITS MONDAY!

  • July 15, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Alan Moore was on the Simpsons?

    by newc0253

    I love that the guy bitches (with ample justification) about Hollywood fucking up his stuff, but has no problem appearing in a once-beloved TV show that's now well past its sell-by date.<p> Also, ain't the guy supposed to be a recluse somewhere in Northamptonshire? I guess he literally phoned it in.<p>

  • July 15, 2008, 3:51 a.m. CST

    The Movie

    by Prossor

    even for something as the movie they still couldnt get that style of humor during the 90's era that they had. Even though it was really witty with crap like spiderpig and all, it's still the 2000's simpsons form of humor, which is totally different and utterly worse than the 90's era.

  • July 15, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Will it be as funny as El Privates?

    by Desk of Steel

    Seriously, it's the funniest stuff in the last 2 years. Vagiant!

  • July 15, 2008, 5:15 a.m. CST

    by Desk of Steel


  • July 15, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Simpsons' will run till 2012 ( when the world blows up)

    by Yeti

    Seriously though it's been renewed for 4 more years I can see it run through to it's 25th season. Thoughts?

  • July 15, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Now get Ron Moore involved!

    by DJJester

    Battlestar Simpsons!!! thats what we need next :D

  • July 15, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Season 11

    by conniebrean1

    When Herc? When????

  • July 15, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Watchmen Babies!!!

    by HewligansHaircut

    Alan Moore - Watchmen Babies in the DVD, "V for Vacation" ..... One of the funniest, most geeky moments the Simpsons has ever given us....

  • July 15, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    I always thought they'll cancel it at 20 seasons

    by David Cloverfield

    And then relaunch it a year later with a teenage Bart and Lisa. I almost want them to do that. Could be interesting, the two flash forwards were great. But of course, the way they've mocked stunts like this, It would look pretty stupid.

  • July 15, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Best Episode Ever . . .


    Was when Bart sold his soul. Arguably, it's been all downhill from there but downhill for the Simpson's is still miles above the competition. While there are more stinker episodes these days, they still have plenty good ones. And I really enjoyed the Simpson's Movie. It just needed more Frink. Of course, the Simpson's always needs more Frink.

  • July 15, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    The Simpsons have been terrible for years...

    by Alkeoholic77

    But I can't stop watching. It's like hanging out with your buddy from high school who you don't really like but you have been hanging out with him for so long that you just feel obligated to.

  • July 15, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Will Rogan's character be...

    by magic_ninja

    A sarcastic fat ass? You know, because that would be such a stretch from the other roles he plays. I'm sure Devin over at CHUD is already writing up a billion star review on this episode already.

  • July 15, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Too much POLITICS and current events

    by Rufferto

    jokes in the "new" Simpsons. They used to have moral lessons in some great old episodes but it was never in your face. It was more ambiguous so the viewer could take what he wanted from it. What's most pathetic to me is the Simpsons today actually tries to mimic shows that have taken from it. It tries hard to be some sorta liberal South Park. I just can't laugh at that. The show used to have much more ingenious tact. It seems to have melted into something the very thing that it used to make fun of all the time. O well. I'm probably the only one who thinks that way.

  • July 15, 2008, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Land of the Jockeys

    by conniebrean1

    occurred during Family Guy's second season, which had at that time not become anywhere near the juggernaut it is today. I don't think the comparison is really valid.

  • July 15, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Weird crap with characters no one cares about

    by bah

    I finally figured out what's wrong with newer Simpsons after the 90s episode last season. These writers are not invested in the characters. It's not so much that they changed the show's history -- I really liked the episode, honestly. But when people started complaining, it brought to light that that was the problem. A big part of the appeal was you felt for the characters and wanted them to win in the end. Plus, It used to be the really bizarre stuff was saved for Halloween episodes. Now, continuity doesn't matter, and anything they smoke is a potential episode. Luckily I have "My Name Is Earl" now, which has everything the Simpsons used to -- bent humor, outstanding and sprawling supporting cast, vulgarity, and heart.

  • July 15, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Seth Rogen needs to be placed into a ditch

    by Prossor

    and shot in the back of the head, just for having the name Seth Rogen.

  • July 15, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST

    The problem with the Simpsons is...

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    it no longer has any heart. In the past the characters had to go through a major struggle each episode... Homer being tempted to cheat or facing his mortality, Bart struggling to pass or dealing with the heartbreak of his first crush, Lisa campaigning to have her beloved Malibu Stacy be meaningful to young girls. All of that came from excellent writing, which is what the show has been missing for many years. I went to the movie with very low expectations and was still disappointed. Laughed maybe once or twice.

  • July 15, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    David Cloverfield

    by Nice Marmot

    You just gave my idea for the series finale. I haven't watched the show in a couple years, just bask in its prime on DVD, but have been thinking for a while that the coolest thing they could do in the series finale was have it so that everyone has aged realistically. Or would that just put us back in the timeline when Lisa almost married the British snob? Hell, I'd revisit that for an hour or two. As long as it's not a damn clip show coughSeinfeldcough.

  • July 17, 2008, 5:11 a.m. CST

    WTF is Seth Rogan?

    by Stalkeye

    ..waitaminute..that's the guy from Knocked up?!?, pass.

  • July 17, 2008, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Simpsons is played out.

    by Stalkeye

    family Guy is my cup of sake.(Japanese rice wine)although sophomoric,it delivers the goods when spoofing pop culture, especially superheroes (the Iceman gaybar scene was some funny shit.) that and Robot Chicken, is that show still airing BTW?