Fans of “The Simpsons” will soon witness history being made as the producers of the show have confirmed that recurring character Sideshow Bob will finally get his wish: Kill Bart Simpson.
“Cheers and Frasier” actor Kelsey Grammer will return for the show’s annual Halloween episode to voice the fiery redhead who has been wanting to murder his arch nemesis since his 2nd major appearance in Season 3’s “Black Widower”.
Bob first appeared briefly in the episode “The Telltale Head”. A member of the Republic Party, he began his career as a sidekick on Krusty the Clown’s TV show. Despite being a self-proclaimed genius who is graduate of Yale University and a champion of high culture, he suffered from a constant abuse and decided to frame his employer for armed robbery in “Krusty Gets Busted”. Bart Simpson exposed his plan and Bob was sent to prison instead.
With the premise of the Coyote chasing the Road Runner in mind, the writers turned Bob into a major character by transforming him into Bart’s murderous nemesis in Season 3. In each appearance thereafter, Bob assumed the role of an evil genius, whose plans were often foiled by Bart and his sister Lisa.
This fall, the former Krusty sidekick will finally succeed in his diabolical revenge on Bart as the show’s producers announced that he will actually murder Bart!
Executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly that he always wanted to see the Road Runner getting caught by the Coyote in the classic Looney Tunes cartoons. “I hated frustration comedy so we’ll scratch that itch,” Jean added.
Fortunately, Bart won’t stay dead for long as the Halloween episode takes place outside the show’s continuity. He will be back on the show after the traditionally format-shattering Halloween stunt.
Meanwhile, the producers also announced that the upcoming 27th season of the show will feature a fan-favourite character from “The Simpsons Movie” – Homer’s beloved Spider-Pig.
The production team also noted that they’re still hoping to work out a new deal with longtime voice actor Harry Shearer, who recently announced he was quitting the series. If he does quit, the team will recast his roles which include Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, and others.