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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30
[EDITOR'S NOTE 1: Due to the preceding NFL double-header and post-games coverage that airs until 8:00 PM ET, local programming will air until 8:00 PM on the West Coast.]
[EDITOR'S NOTE 2: Audio descriptions (AD) for tonight's animated programs are available on the SAP Audio Channel.]
[EDITOR'S NOTE 3: THE CLEVELAND SHOW is preempted tonight.]
"THE SIMPSONS" - (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1
GRAMPA RUNS AWAY
ON "THE SIMPSONS"
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, ON FOX
Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Tilly and the late Marvin Hamlish Make Guest-Voice Appearances
Grampa escapes from his retirement home, and when Homer and Marge frantically try to track him down, they follow clues that reveal secrets in Grampa's past. They find that he worked at a local restaurant with Marvin Hamlish (guest-voicing as himself) and met and fell in love with the restaurant's singer Rita LaFleur (guest voice Anika Noni Rose, "Private Practice"). Meanwhile Lisa tries her hand at online poker, getting tips from the experts, including Jennifer Tilly (guest-voicing as herself) but is soon gambling with her college fund in the "Gone Abie Gone" episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Dec. 30 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-2316) (TV-PG D, L, V)
Voice Cast: Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson; Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson; Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson and Nelson; Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson; Harry Shearer as Skinner; Pamela Hayden as Milhouse and Jimbo; Tress MacNeille as Dolph
Guest Voice Cast: Anika Noni Rose as Rita LaFleur, Jennifer Tilly as herself and Marvin Hamlish as himself.
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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; renewed through the 2015-16 season (the show's 26th production cycle) on 10/4/13
DESCRIPTION: (from FOX's press release, October 2013) FOX has picked up THE SIMPSONS for a historic 26th season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "For more than a quarter of a century, THE SIMPSONS has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures," said Reilly. "This groundbreaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it's one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I'm looking forward to yet another landmark season." Last Sunday's THE SIMPSONS' 25th season premiere ranked as the No. 1 entertainment program of the night among Adults 18-49 and was up +12% from last season's average.