Mark your calendar because it is gonna be an unprecedented episode for “The Simpsons.”
For the first time in the history of the longest-running TV series, Homer will appear live for three minutes during an episode in May to talk about current events and to answer fans’ questions, Fox network announced.
“Marge, Lisa and Bart will turn the show over to Homer who will take a break from stuffing his face to comment on the events of the day,” the network said in a statement.
Showrunner Al Jean also shared the good news on Twitter.
This will mark the first time the show has attempted a live segment since it first premiered in 1989, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Jean told The Hollywood Reporter that they will use motion-capture technology to create a “live” version of the character, which is being voiced by Dan Castellaneta.
“As far as I know, this is the first time that’s been done by any animated show. And Dan is a great improviser,” said Jean.
Starting May 1 to May 4, fans can tweet their questions for Homer using the #HomerLive hashtag. The episode will be aired live during both the East Coast and West Coast broadcasts on May 15 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
E! News noted that although going live is not new for TV shows, “The Simpsons” move is especially unique for an animated show. NBC recently did all of this season of “Undateable” live. “Will & Grace,” “30 Rock,” “ER,” “The Daily Show,” “One Life to Live” and other shows have also done live broadcasts in the past, E! News wrote.
“The Simpsons” is now in its 27th season. It has already been renewed for another season, E! News noted. The show also recently won the Favorite Animated TV Show at the People’s Choice Awards. Since “The Simpsons” first aired in December 1989, it won 31 Emmy awards, and now with the upcoming 28th season, the show will reach a whopping 625 episodes, E! News noted.