Comedians Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann guest voices along with Will Arnett, Channing Tatum and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford
By Robin Rowe
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) 2013/12/26 – “The Simpsons is still controversial after all these years,” says The Simpsons creator Matt Groenig. The Simpsons, with a full orchestra and team of professional animators behind it, has grown more sophisticated than the rough sketches Groenig drew of the original characters. “If I went into the animation studio, Film Roman, in disguise and applied for the job and they gave me the test that you have to be able to draw the character, I wouldn’t pass the test.” What’s made the show endure is it continues to be funny.
Comedians Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann join Will Arnett, Channing Tatum and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford in the “Steal This Episode” episode premiering on Sunday, January 5th, 8-8:30pm ET/PT on FOX.
“Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen have been looking for a project to do together for a long time,” says The Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman. “So we were happy to finally give them this opportunity. Will Arnett, Channing Tatum and Rob Halford never wanted to work together, so please don’t tell them they’re in the same episode.”
The longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons emerged as a cultural phenomenon in 1990 from humble beginnings a segment on the Tracy Ulman Show. In production for its 25th season, The Simpsons has won 28 Emmy Awards, is a virtual roller coaster ride at Universal Studios, even has stamps at the U.S. Postal Service drawn by Groening.
In “Steal this Episode,” Homer (Dan Castellaneta) is banned from the Springfield movie theaters, so Bart (Nancy Cartwright) teaches him how to download movies illegally. Homer creates a backyard movie theater where he shows his friends pirated movies for free. But Marge (Julie Kavner) feels guilty for watching illegally downloaded movies, and in trying to pay the film studios back for “stealing with her eyes,” she accidentally tips off the FBI to Homer’s “Cinema Pirate-diso.” The Simpsons must go on the run to escape the relentless justice of head FBI anti-piracy agent (Arnett), who is determined to bring Homer to justice at any cost.
Judd Apatow is the executive producer of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy Girls. Will Arnett is in the CBS TV series comedy The Millers and the Emmy Award-winning Arrested Development. Arnett stars opposite Megan Fox in the upcoming Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He will be the voice of Batman” in Lego: The Piece of Resistance and will voice the lead in the animated film The Nut Job. Leslie Mann stars in the upcoming feature comedy The Other Woman.
Seth Rogen is producing and staring in Neighbors with Zac Efron and Rose Byrne. Rogen is co-writing, co-directing and staring in The Interivew with James Franco.
Channing Tatum will be starring in 22 Jump Street, Jupiter Ascending, Book of Life, and Foxcatcher. She is starting production on Magic Mike 2 and a film based on the life of Evel Knievel.
The Simpsons is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers. Film Roman, a Starz Media Company, is the animation house.