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SUNDAY, JANUARY 1
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the preceding NFL doubleheader and post-game coverage that airs until 8:00 PM ET, local programming will air until 8:00 PM on the West Coast.]
--"THE SIMPSONS" - (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) CC-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
HOMER'S NEW FRIEND SAVES HIM FROM A VIOLENT TERRORIST
ON "THE SIMPSONS"
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, ON FOX
Kiefer Sutherland ("24") and Tom Colicchio ("Top Chef")
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Homer befriends Wayne (guest voice Kiefer Sutherland), a security guard recently hired by the nuclear power plant. Plagued by violent flashbacks from his past as a CIA agent, he must overcome his tortured nightmares to save Homer from a Ukranian terrorist. Meanwhile, Marge fantasizes about being a contestant on "Top Chef," hosted by Tom Colicchio (guest voicing as himself), and the future of Springfield's hot "it" couple Nedna - Edna Krabappel (guest voice Marcia Wallace) and Ned Flanders - is revealed in the "The Falcon and the D'Ohman" episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Jan. 1 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-2216) (TV-PG L, V)
Voice Cast: Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson; Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson; Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson; Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson; Hank Azaria as Moe; Harry Shearer as Skinner; Pamela Haden as Milhouse; Tress MacNeille as Dolph
Guest Voice Cast: Kiefer Sutherland as Wayne; Tom Colicchio as himself; Marcia Wallace as Mrs. Edna Krabappel.
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ADDITIONAL NOTES: renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's 25th production cycle - 559 total episodes) on 10/7/11
DESCRIPTION: (from FOX's press release, May 2013) Entering into its milestone 25th season this fall, THE SIMPSONS continues to strike a chord with viewers for irreverently poking fun at anything and everything. As the longest-running scripted series in television history, THE SIMPSONS has become one of the most consistently groundbreaking, innovative and recognizable entertainment franchises throughout the world. With its subversive humor and delightful wit, the series has made an indelible imprint on American pop culture, and the family members, HOMER, MARGE, BART, LISA and MAGGIE, are television icons. The Simpsons reside in the town of Springfield. HOMER (Dan Castellaneta) works as a safety inspector at the local nuclear powerplant; MARGE (Julie Kavner) tries to keep the peace in her family; BART (NancyCartwright) is the mischievous 10-year-old hellion; eight-year-old LISA (Yeardley Smith) is the intelligent, saxophone-playing, vegetarian member of the family; and baby MAGGIE conveys emotions via pacifier sucks. The critically praised series has been best owed with numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, 27 Emmy Awards, 29 AnnieAwards, five Genesis Awards and seven Environmental Media Awards. THE SIMPSONS has been the subject of a hit feature film; created the Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios; received a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame; was honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by Matt Groening; was named the "BestShow of the 20th Century" by Time Magazine; and, most recently, was named the best sitcom of the past 30 years by Vulture.com. In the upcoming season, America's favorite family continues to entertain viewers with their wild and outlandish adventures, including Homer selling his Apple stock to buy a bowling ball; Marge blaming herself and the music of KISS for Bart's rebellious streak; Lisa getting recruited as a cheerleader for the local pro football team; and Homer delivering a baby. Guest voices this season include Aaron Sorkin, Gordon Ramsay, Christiane Amanpour, Joe Namath, Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Moss, Kristen Wiig, Stan Lee and Lisa Lampanelli. THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films production inassociation with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Matt Selman and John Frink are the executive producers. FilmRoman, a Starz Media Company, is the animation house.