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'The Simpsons: The Next Generation'?

30 years from now, today’s stars will be tomorrow’s nostalgia

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There’s a mind-bending, time-twisting new trend at the movies. The Beverly Hillbillies and Addams Family Values open this month; The Flintstones and Car 54, Where Are You? are in the pipeline. Somehow, the kid-oriented TV shows that today’s parents loved when they were little have, over the years, evolved into venerated cultural artifacts. Makes you wonder: What if this phenomenon continues for another generation? Which of the boob-tube ephemera now cherished by kids will be tomorrow’s campy treasures? In short, what would you find covered in the Entertainment Weekly/Parenting Kids Extra 1,694, October 2023? We gaze into the future of today’s kids’ entertainment.

* Married…With Grandchildren It looked as if this syndicated evergreen wouldn’t make it to movie theaters after veteran actor Ed O’Neill passed on last year. Not to worry, though: He’s been cloned. The new Ed (known as 2Ed) joins Katey Sagal, David Faustino, Chris Applegate (back playing a woman for the first time since his operation—now there’s a gender-bender), and family dog Buckina, a direct canine descendant of the show’s original Buck.

* The Simpsons: The Next Generation If our kids hadn’t made the revamped virtual-reality reruns of Matt Groening’s classic cartoon into a whole new hit, this live-action version might never have been made. Macaulay Culkin stars as Homer, Mayim Bialik is Marge, and little George Tirebiter (this week’s cyborg child star) plays Bart.

* Energizer Bunny: The Movie That beloved battery-toting bunny from the seminal television ad series, recognized now as a hallmark of The Commercial Century, finally gets his big-screen feature. Scout Willis top-lines as the hard-bitten hare who keeps going and going through the great military conflicts of the past. The star’s real-life parents (Bruce Willis, Demi Moore) appear in a cameo.

* Beavis and Butt-Head: Being Middle-Aged Sucks! Corey Haim and Corey Feldman are cast as the two overweight, balding suburban burnouts forced to share a mildewed basement television room after their wives leave them.

* Barney XIII An aging John Goodman squeezes into the purple outfit for the eighth—and he swears the last—time. Barney heads into cyberspace to battle mutant holograms from Singapore—remember when this guy was nonviolent? Includes a hot new postindustrial-polka remix of ”I Love You, You Love Me.”