'The Simpsons' Judd Apatow-Scripted Episode Will Air This January

'The Simpsons' Judd Apatow-Scripted Episode Will Air This January

A spec script that the 'Knocked Up' director wrote for the FOX animated comedy in 1990 will finally see the light of the day on January 11.

Even acclaimed filmmaker Judd Apatow had some experiences of being rejected. In 1990, the "Girls" executive producer wrote a script for "The Simpsons", but only more than two decades later that his work is picked up by "The Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean.

The Apatow-written episode titled "Bart's New Friend" will air Sunday, January 11. In the episode, "Homer gets hypnotized and thinks he's a 10-year-old. He has such a great time being Bart's friend that he doesn't want to become an adult again."

"I was 22, a huge fan of 'The Simpsons', and hoping for a TV writing career," he recalled what prompted him to write the script for the animated comedy. "At the time I was a fledgling standup comic and people said, 'If you want to write for sitcoms, you need to do spec scripts.' Only six episodes of 'The Simpsons' had aired at that point but I tried to copy the style and did a spec script."

He continued, "I sent it in - in fact, I sent it to all my favorite shows - and got no job offers. I also wrote a spec script for the great Chris Elliott show 'Get a Life'. They at least brought me in for a meeting, but that didn't lead to any work, either. Then, all these years later, ['Simpsons' executive producer] Al Jean calls and says, 'Hey, we'll make it now!' "

On why "The Simpsons" bosses noticed his work after all these years, he told TV Guide, "I had talked about the script on stage in an interview at the L.A. County Museum and how I have always been fascinated with how difficult it is to grow up. In fact, everything I've done on film and TV is pretty much based on my 'Simpsons' idea. [Laughs] I can't shake it. Parts of that interview hit the press and I guess Al read about it. Better late than never."

Apatow revealed some of his jokes on "The Simpsons" were rewritten, but he didn't mind it. "They know their business," he said. "They were very collaborative and very respectful but everything they wanted to do was so much better than anything I could think up. They turned my messy little effort into Cinderella."

So, what the message that Apatow wanted to share with this experience? "Never give up," he said. "I'm a packrat so I hung on to that 'Simpsons' script. My wife [actress Leslie Mann] is always yelling at me to throw everything out. Glad I didn't. Of course, the downside is that I'm paying for storage facilities all over California. Now, if 'Get a Life' will come back on the air and buy my script, my life will be complete. No more bucket list."

© AceShowbiz.com



    Jan 04, 2015

    No trolling, the Simpsons has been on tv forever and it's style and tone has shifted dramaically several times over the course of the shows existence. If you fell in love with the mid-series renaissance (seasons 3 through 8, give or take) you were watching a very different Simpsons from latter seasons. As a huge fan of the Simpsons during this period of universal acclaim I can't believe people who's experience with the show parallels my own are still watching the show. That said the show has remained on the air for 18 additional years after I thought it stopped being good. Someone's gotta be watching it, some people obviously enjoy it. It's still hugely popular.

    Average Guy
    Jan 03, 2015

    Believe it troll. i speak for a lot of people when i say ill watch the simpsons til its no longer aired.

    Jan 02, 2015

    I can't believe people still watch this show.

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