'Masters of Sex' stars, Allison Janney, Patton Oswalt on season 28 guest roster

By Dan Snierson
July 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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And on the Saturday of Comic-Con, the clouds parted and several Simpsons producers and cast members descended from the heavens to bring a little Springfield to the crowd in Ballroom 20.

First, the guest-star news for season 28: The stars of Masters of Sex will lend their voices, as will Patton Oswalt (who was also heard in season 24), Allison Janney, Doris Kearns Goodwin, former NFL quarterback Matt Leinart, and chess champion Magnus Carlsen. The show’s 600th episode, “Treehouse of Horror XXVII” (airing Oct. 16, and featuring a Hunger Games-themed segment), will feature Sarah Silverman (who has guested multiple times on the show), Drew Carey and Kelsey Grammer (back as Sideshow Bob).

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Now for some franchise-blending episode news: During the audience Q&A, a fan asked the producers if they were planning a Pokemon Go episode. The show, as you know, just released a web short in which Homer becomes addicted to the game, failing at his parenting duties at the zoo. Executive producer Al Jean revealed that they did indeed have such an episode in the works. Jean told EW after the panel that although the episode will probably air later in the season, he’s “fully confident that it’s still going to be a big thing.” The storyline? “Homer and Lisa are playing all the time and they’re wasting all the money,” he teased.

There also will be a Robot Chicken-themed couch gag, as well as a crossover one with… Adventure Time. (Simpsons supervising director, Mike Anderson — who is a big fan of the animated Cartoon Network show — pitched the bit and wound up directing it.) The theme song to Adventure Time gets Simpson-ized to “Simpsons Time,” and will be sung by the show’s creator, Pendleton Ward.

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