Free Simpson Google Cardboard kit kicks off the Halloween specials at FOX
This Halloween FOX will premiere several specials and a few spooky-themed episodes this month, including Halloween specials from ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Bob’s Burgers’ and ‘Gotham’.
This year is a little special, not only are the Simpsons going to celebrate their 600th episode, they will also offer am extremely limited VR event. The first 25,000 Fans to Sign Up at simpsonscardboard.com will receive a Free Extremely Limited Edition SIMPSONS Google Cardboard kit.
Fox worked closely with the Google Spotlight Stories team to create a special Virtual Reality (VR) experience for THE SIMPSONS couch gag, “Planet of the Couches,” airing in the milestone 600th episode of the animated series, the all-new “Treehouse of Horror XXVII,” on Sunday, Oct. 16 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT), on FOX.
“At first we had concerns about working with Google because we didn’t know who they were, but then we googled the company and were very impressed,” said Homer Simpson in a statement.
“It’s a thrill to be associated with Google and not only because they have perfected the quality of their cafeteria food, especially those little sausages,” said James L. Brooks.
“Spotlight Stories is all about pushing the boundaries of interactive, mobile storytelling. Having a chance to build an immersive story with one of the most iconic and beloved shows of our time was an honor and thrilling challenge,” said Jan Pinkava, Creative Director, Google Spotlight Stories.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with THE SIMPSONS and Google Spotlight Stories on this milestone virtual reality experience. This is another example of how FOX is able to leverage innovation to deepen fan engagement and strive to bring interesting opportunities to our production partners,” said Angela Courtin, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, FOX.
Produced with Google Spotlight Stories, “Planet of the Couches” will be available on October 16 through the Google Spotlight Stories app on Android and iOS. View it with any Google Cardboard viewer for the full VR experience. The couch gag will kick off the milestone 600th episode, and will be available as a VR experience via the app.
There will be 25,000 limited edition Google Cardboard viewers available for order on a first-come, first-served basis, featuring one of the five main characters from THE SIMPSONS – Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie – with a customized 600th episode “Treehouse of Horror XXVII” slipcover, beginning today at simpsonscardboard.com in the U.S. only.
“Planet of the Couches” takes the viewer on a completely immersive VR experience. In this VR “couch gag,” the world of THE SIMPSONS is extended 360 degrees, an augmentation of THE SIMPSONS’ 600th episode, unprecedented in television history. The audience is able to enter and explore the universe of THE SIMPSONS with multiple viewings yielding different results. Truly a groundbreaking event.
“Planet of the Couches” in VR was developed by Google Spotlight Stories in conjunction with executive producers James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Matt Selman and director David Silverman.
FOX will also release new Halloween Episodes, and the premiere of “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again. Fox will also have a new “The Exorcist” episode on October 21, and on Sunday catch a new Halloween ‘Bob’s Burgers’.
Throughout the month of October, FOX airs all-new Halloween-themed programming. Kicking off the celebration is THE SIMPSONS, which airs its milestone 600th episode, “Treehouse of Horror XXVII,” on Sunday, Oct. 16 (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT). Then, brand-new Halloween-themed episodes of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) and SCREAM QUEENS (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) air on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Highly anticipated musical event THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again premieres Thursday, Oct. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). An all-new episode of THE EXORCIST, featuring Casey’s (Hannah Kasulka) exorcism, airs Friday, Oct. 21 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT). BOB’S BURGERS returns with its annual Halloween episode on Sunday, Oct. 23 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT). And, on Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31, don’t miss all-new episodes of GOTHAM (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) and LUCIFER (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Here’s a quick description and breakdown from FOX.
Sunday, Oct. 16
THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) – “Treehouse of Horror XXVII”
In the series’ milestone 600th episode, a major drought occurs, after which Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer) introduces a “Hunger Games”-style contest in which Springfield’s children fight each other for a day in Burns’ personal reservoir. Meanwhile, Lisa’s (Yeardley Smith) imaginary best friend, Rachel (guest voice Sarah Silverman), is jealous of Lisa’s real best friends and starts killing them.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT) – “Halloween IV”
It’s Halloween in the Nine-Nine, which can only mean one thing: heist time. This year, the squad pulls out all the stops in their quest to win the new defending title of “Ultimate Detective Slash Genius.” Lines are drawn and plans are made, but there can be only one reigning champion.
SCREAM QUEENS – (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Halloween Blues”
After the latest attack by The Green Meanie leaves everyone shocked and saddened, Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Denise (guest star Niecy Nash), along with Hester (Lea Michele), devise a plan to catch the killer by throwing a Halloween party in the hospital. Meanwhile, Chanel (Emma Roberts) celebrates a different kind of Chanel-O-Ween and attempts to make contact with the killer’s latest victim from beyond the grave. Once the party begins, an outbreak surprises the hospital, leading Brock (John Stamos) and Cassidy (Taylor Lautner) to jump into action, and another victim falls.
Thursday, Oct. 20
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again – (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT)
A two-hour musical event and re-imagining of the classic 1975 cult film, featuring timeless songs such as “The Time Warp,” “Sweet Transvestite” and “Dammit Janet.” The highly anticipated special stars Laverne Cox, Tim Curry, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan, Reeve Carney, Christina Milian, Annaleigh Ashford, Adam Lambert, Staz Nair, Ben Vereen and Ivy Levan.
Friday, Oct. 21
THE EXORCIST (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault”
The exorcism begins. As the storm of the century descends upon Chicago, Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) and Marcus (Ben Daniels) engage the demon in spiritual warfare. But the demon is ready and waiting with a few secrets of its own. Meanwhile, the demon’s manipulations slowly begin to drive a wedge between members of the Rance family. Loyalties will be tested and lives will be forever changed.
Sunday, Oct. 23
BOB’S BURGERS (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Teen-A-Witch”
With Halloween quickly approaching, Tina (Dan Mintz) reveals her brilliant idea that will finally win her first place in the annual costume contest. When Tammy (guest voice Jenny Slate) steals her idea, Tina is forced to seek the help of Mr. Ambrose (guest voice Billy Eichner), who leads her to alternate and other-worldly methods of winning. Meanwhile, Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) is on a mission to figure out who is stealing his perfectly crafted pumpkins.
Monday, Oct. 31
GOTHAM (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “Mad City: Red Queen”
After coming in contact with a substance by the hand of Mad Hatter (Benedict Samuel), Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) gets led on a psychedelic trip and must confront his past, present and future. Meanwhile, Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) struggles with Nygma’s (Cory Michael Smith) new relationship.
LUCIFER (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Monster”
Guilty and self-destructive, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) clashes with Chloe (Lauren German) during an investigation, leading her to team up with Dan (Kevin Alejandro) instead. Meanwhile, Amenadiel (DB Woodside) bonds with Charlotte (Tricia Helfer), and Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) takes Trixie (Scarlett Estevez) trick-or-treating.