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'The Simpsons': Jennifer Tilly instructs poker

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What’s in the cards for Jennifer Tilly? A guest spot on The Simpsons. The actress and poker expert will make a cameo appearance in an episode as herself, popping up in an instructional DVD that Lisa watches to brush up on her card skills. (It turns out that Homer doesn’t trust banks and has stashed Lisa’s college fund in an online poker site.)  “It was a real pleasure to have the Bride of Chucky on the show,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW. “Only three people in the crew were mysteriously killed.” 

Tilly — the ex-wife of Sam Simon, who developed The Simpsons with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks — frequently lends her voice to another animated Fox comedy, Family Guy. The Simpsons’ episode, titled “Gone Abie Gone,”  is slated to air early next season, the show’s 24th.