*Taraji P. Henson and Keegan-Michael Key will be part of a history making episode of “The Simpsons” during its upcoming 28th season.
Fox announced today that the two actors will appear on the show’s first-ever one-hour episode, due to air in January 2017.
“I just pray it won’t be the last thing people see before a Trump inauguration,” said executive producer Al Jean.
In the one-hour “The Great Phatsby,” Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer) tries to relive his glory days, and crosses paths with a mysterious music mogul. After being conned by him and reduced to bankruptcy, Mr. Burns seeks revenge on the music producer with the help of Homer, Bart, rapper Jazzy James (Key) and the mogul’s ex-wife, Praline (Henson).
Also in the episode, Lisa (Yeardley Smith) is courted by the richest kid in town, Smithers (Shearer) begins a perilous journey and Marge (Julie Kavner) opens an obscure boutique store.
The new season kicks off Sunday, Sept. 25 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) with the episode, “Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus,” in which Springfield is burned to the ground, and the Simpsons beg Mr. Burns to fund its rebuilding. Burns agrees – with one condition: he gets to put on a variety show at the Springfield Bowl.
Additionally, the series’ record-setting 600th episode will air Sunday, Oct. 16 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), with a classic “Treehouse of Horror XXVII” episode. In it, Mr. Burns introduces a “Hunger Games”-style contest in which Springfield’s children must fight each other; and Lisa’s imaginary best friend becomes jealous of Lisa’s real best friends.