The fans know “The Simpsons” is more important than pesky political events or major disasters — and now the Guinness Book of World Records agrees. At Comic-Con, Matt Groening was surprised by an award from that other record book (“I’m not from the Duff Book of Records, I’m from the real one,” the representative said) for the longest running sitcom in history — surpassing Ozzie and Harriet’s record of 435 episodes. That’s on top of the award for most Emmys won by a single show and being named “one of the most important things that have happened in the last 10 years.” Take that, Obama!
The Simpsons fans also got some scoop on the upcoming season. Ubiquitous funnyman Seth Rogen will voice a character in the season premiere, and another Judd Apatow regular, Jonah Hill, will appear later in the season. Sarah Silverman will bring voice to Bart’s new girlfriend, but don’t expect the relationship to go smoothly. Other voices to keep an ear out for: The Smothers Brothers, the Manning Brothers (including the one who doesn’t play football, who was the hardest to get), Far Side cartoonist Gary Larsen, and the late Eartha Kitt.
The fans also got a sneak peak at this year’s Treehouse of Horror — which will actually air before Halloween for a change. There’s a gorgeous Spellbound homage (the 1945 Hitchcock movie, not the more recent spelling-bee documentary), and an explanation why Indian convenience-store owners may be our best hope when the zombies inevitably rise.
Despite 20 years of episodes, countless cultural references and a hell of a lot of awards, Groening promises the show isn’t going anywhere. “The is no end in sight. Simpsons forever!”