“The Simpsons” are going back to New York next season, and they’ll be looking for Zooey Deschanel when they get there.
The “New Girl” star is joining the likes of Johnny Depp (“Family Guy”), Jon Hamm (“Family Guy” and “American Dad”), Sofia Vergara (“The Cleveland Show”) and Nick Offerman (“Cleveland” and “Bob’s Burgers”) in lending her voice to one of FOX’s animated shows in 2012-13. Most of the animation lineup premieres Sept. 30, with “The Cleveland Show” coming in a week later on Oct. 7.
Deschanel will play Bart’s “long-lost love” in her “Simpsons” episode, and he convinces everyone to go to New York to find her. (Incidentally, FOX’s press release calls the Simpsons “America’s favorite Midwestern family,” so let the where-is-Springfield debate begin anew.)
Other “Simpsons” guests include Steve Carell as Homer’s bowling buddy, Patton Oswalt as a seemingly cool new kid in the neighborhood and “Portlandia” stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.
On “The Cleveland Show,” Kanye West will return as local rap prodigy Kenny West, while Vergara (“Modern Family”) will try to convince Cleveland to throw Cleveland Jr. a quinceanera for his 15th birthday. Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) will play a sexist department store owner; Krysten Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23”), Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and several major league baseball players will also lend their voices.
Offerman and his wife, Megan Mullally, will play a hippie husband and wife on “Bob’s Burgers.” The show will also welcome back guest stars Kevin Kline, Sarah and Laura Silverman, Aziz Ansari and Jeffrey Tambor.
On “Family Guy,” Depp is doing a cameo as Edward Scissorhands. Hamm, Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks, “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz and TV producers J.J. Abrams, Dick Wolf and Mark Burnett will also guest.
And finally, “American Dad” will welcome Hamm, Nathan Fillion, Sarah Michelle Gellar, “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint, Patrick Stewart (as himself) and Danny Glover, who will play a “Christmas demon” in a holiday episode.