Simpsons Al Jean Interview

Al Jean may be the only other person alive who’s seen as many Simpsons episodes as I have. As showrunner for most of the series’ 27 plus year run, he only missed two years while he ran the short lived series The Critic, but still kept up with The Simpsons. I have literally never missed an episode which seems daunting now, but as it was running I just thought, “Well, there’s a new Simpsons this week. I’ll tape it so I can still see it if I’m not home.” That was 26 years ago. When I once told Jean I’d never missed one, he said, “Me too.”

So I’ve met Jean a few times. At the twice yearly Television Critics Association press tours, he’s usually the one representing The Simpsons, and I always have more questions for him. Season 27 premieres Sunday, September 27 on Fox, and this year almost brought massive changes. Harry Shearer had decided no to renew his contract but ultimately changed his mind. The season premiere promises Homer and Marge break up, but spoiler alert, Jean told us how that was going to turn out, as well as discussing HD cropping of earlier episodes, the FXX marathon and specific characters like Comic Book Guy.

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