D'oh! 'The Simpsons' will kill off a character this season

  • Updated: October 1, 2013 - 7:30 PM
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“The Simpsons” may be going strong in its 25th season, but a major character from the long-running animated series will soon meet his or her maker.

In a recent conference call with reporters, executive producer Al Jean revealed plans to kill off a character in the season ahead. “We’re actually working on a script where a character will pass away,” Jean said. “I’ll give a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won’t say who it is.”

“Simpsons” fanatics will know that this hint doesn’t exactly narrow things down: Nearly every member of the core ensemble of voice-over performers has won one.

Death has come to Springfield in the past, most recently with the untimely passing of Maude Flanders, wife of the Simpsons’ preternaturally cheerful next-door neighbor Ned, who fell off a racetrack grandstand.

The 25th season of “The Simpsons” premiered Sunday night with a “Homeland” spoof guest-starring Kristen Wiig. In the press call, Jean also teased some other highlights in the season ahead, including a “Futurama” crossover episode set to air sometime in May and a wedding, officiated by Stan Lee, for Comic Book Guy.

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