Here’s your chance to leave your legacy. Create a new character for one of television’s longest running shows, The Simpsons.
The Fox animated show will be giving one winner the chance to make a new character which will appear in an early 2010 episode featuring Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Part of Fox’s 20th-anniversary celebration of The Simpsons, the contest is only for those 18-years-of-age or older and runs until 11:59 p.m. EDT October 24th. Submissions can be made online on the show’s official web site. Executive producer Al Jean wants the character to be “pithy and funny.” Jean will also help judge the characters along with series creator Matt Groening.
“It’s gotta be a human being. We’ve narrowed it down that much,” Jean said. The new resident of Springfield should be yellow and have the usual egregious overbite. Submitters must include the character’s traits, including his or her name/nickname; age; occupation; appearance and catch phrase(s). The winner will earn a trip to Los Angeles to work with producers and the show’s animation director. The winner will be announced in mid-November.
“We can’t thank them enough,” Jean said. “We’re now in uncharted waters: We’ve gone longer than any scripted show in prime-time history. It’s a cliche, but it wouldn’t be so except for these people who’ve loved the show all these years.”
The contest’s new character, which will be drawn by show’s animators, will appear in an episode in which Homer disappoints his wife Marge “by arriving late at a wedding after stopping to buy a lottery ticket. He encounters the new face while rushing to the ceremony, Jean said, adding that it’s possible the character could pop up on the series again.”
Fox has renewed The Simpsons through the 2010-2011 season, making the animated hit the longest-running series in prime-time TV history. The 44-episode pickup will bring the show to an astounding 493 episodes. Venerable Western drama Gunsmoke aired on CBS for two decades. The Simpsons aired its first regular episode in January 1990 after a 1989 Christmas special.
Producers for the Fox show recently made headlines when it was announced that Marge Simpson will be appearing in the November issue of Playboy.
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