'The Simpsons' return with marital strife, murder and Spider-Pig

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If fans of "The Simpsons" thought that, after 26 years, Fox's never-aging animated family will not have any new challenges, they are about to be mistaken.

"The Simpsons" returns to Fox on Sunday with "Every Man's Dream," in which Marge Simpson finally has enough of her bumbling husband's antics and decides to separate. Homer is then seduced by a rebellious pharmacist, voiced by "Girls" star Lena Dunham.

While avid fans will remember this is not the first time Homer and Marge have had marital problems, the show's executive producer, Al Jean, told Reuters that the writers found a new way to explore their relationship.

"We did a lot of shows about Homer and Marge being married and about the problems that come (with it), but what we haven't done is Marge saying, 'That's it, I've had it, I'm getting a separation," Jean said.

"The Simpsons," which premiered in 1989, has told the story of donut-loving nuclear plant worker Homer, long-suffering Marge, bratty son Bart, precocious daughter Lisa and her clever baby sister, Maggie. The show tapped into the changing American zeitgeist and has regularly satirized pop culture.

The upcoming season will see the villainous Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer) finally kill nemesis Bart - albeit temporarily - in the "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween episode; a parody of the movie "Boyhood" featuring Bart; and Marge finally getting a long-deserved break - in jail.

Homer will cast his presidential vote in 2016, and fans of "The Simpsons Movie" will see the character Spider-Pig return.

"Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara will voice Bart's new teacher, who becomes the object of a crush by the boy. The character may become a recurring role.   Continued...

Marge begins a new relationship in the season 27 premiere episode of THE SIMPSONS .   REUTERS/Courtesy Fox