Sunday Preview: Simprovised


After butchering a speech in front of all of his friends at work, Homer turns to improv comedy to gain back his confidence in his public speaking skills. Meanwhile, Marge decides to rebuild Bart’s lackluster treehouse, but tensions rise when Bart questions her building skills. Also, in the episode’s last three minutes, Homer appears LIVE for the first time on television (both for East and West Coast broadcasts) to answer fan questions.

I’ll admit, I’m actually extremely curious how the Dan Castellaneta motion capture improv is going to pan out, both technically and content-wise. Al Jean asserts he’d be open to doing more live bits if the reception to this is good, but nothing longer than three minutes, since, as we all know, live animation is a terrible strain on the animators’ wrists.


6 Responses to “Sunday Preview: Simprovised”

  1. 1 frank
    15 May 2016 at 8:50 pm

    oh Homie, is there anything you can’t do? You truly are Everyman… or is it Pie-Man?

  2. 3 RK
    16 May 2016 at 9:39 am

    Definitely a terrible strain on their wrists

  3. 4 Joe
    17 May 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I swear there was also a Family Guy episode that involved Peter doing improv. I think it was the one with the “John Wayne” impression.

    • 5 Noah P
      17 May 2016 at 10:01 pm

      Yeah, the one with Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd guest starring. The two episodes (that and this Simpsons one) were different enough though, so I don’t think it was a ripoff or anything.

  4. 6 Disenchanted Viewer
    18 May 2016 at 11:55 am

    I’m a bit late but I had more important things to do, basically any other thing.
    I didn’t watch this episode but I’m sure it was as bad as any other new ones.
    I was struck by the ratings: 1.2 in the demo 18-49 and a total of 2.795M people on Sunday night would have preferred being brutally murdered rather than being watching the latest Al Jean’s awkward attempt to produce a show.
    Pretty mediocre ratings (the total viewers number was ridiculous) considering all the hype this episode got. Since February, practically any damn magazine and TV website in the universe had articles about this coming episode, how innovative this was and blah blah blah… yet the ordinary episode of Family Guy at 9 pm got better results (in 18-49, which is the one that matters) facing much stronger competition (GoT, FTWD, …).
    It’s not a big deal, I know, but I’m kind of happy that nobody gives a fuck about this shitfest that our favourite show has become. Al Jean needs to learn that just being innovative is worth nothing if your show is not good to begin with. For a show like “The Simpsons”, that has made of quality it’s most important factor for many years, quality and respect of its former legacy are more important that trying weird things. I’m just glad I’m not the only one to think this way.

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