A Minute With: Homer Simpson on kids, 'Family Guy' and donuts

Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:33am EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the animated bumbling patriarch of Fox's hit TV comedy "The Simpsons," Homer Simpson has won a Grammy, journeyed to space, been a baseball mascot, bowled a perfect game and nearly destroyed and saved Springfield on more than one occasion.

After 25 years and 552 episodes, Homer and his family are gearing up for Season 26, which kicks off on Sunday with the death of a Springfield resident. It will be followed by the season premiere of Seth MacFarlane's animated Fox show "Family Guy," where the Griffins visit the Simpsons in Springfield.

Created by Matt Groening, "The Simpsons" premiered on Fox in 1989 and is the longest-running animated series in the history of U.S. television. It is the world's most-watched U.S. TV show, syndicated across more than 100 countries with 150 million viewers a week.

The tales of donut-loving Homer, housewife Marge, rebellious Bart, prodigy Lisa and baby Maggie from the fictitious American town of Springfield, have tapped into the shifting American zeitgeist and become embedded in pop culture.

Season 26 will also see Marge delving into the sandwich business, Mr. Burns finding a girlfriend and losing his money to SpaceX founder Elon Musk, and Bart exacting revenge on a new teacher. Guest voices will include Musk, Jane Fonda, Nick Offerman and Willem Dafoe.

Ahead of Sunday's premiere, Homer waxed lyrical with Reuters (through the collective of writers at "The Simpsons") on family goals, newfound friendships and nuclear energy.

Q: After 552 adventures, what's next for you and the family?   Continued...

 
Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, signs a poster at the unveiling of the new "The Simpsons" U.S. postage stamps in Los Angeles May 7, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten