The Simpsons to celebrate 25th anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat’ episode
Mattingly, cut those sideburns!
If you’ve been following The Simpsons all these years, it may be hard to believe that Homer Simpson went to bat for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team 25 years ago. The episode, called “Homer at the Bat,” is a Simpsons classic, and FOX is celebrating with a fake documentary on Homer Simpson himself. In advance of the network’s 20th year broadcasting the World Series, FOX Sports today announced that a comedic “Simpsonized” documentary called “Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson” will air adjacent to regional NFL broadcasts on Sunday, Oct. 22 on FOX. The World Series, presented by YouTube TV, begins Tuesday, Oct. 24 on FOX.
The one-hour special celebrates the legendary episode, in addition to Homer Simpson’s induction into The National Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year. A satire of Ken Burns’ epic documentary, “Baseball,” the special features interviews with eight Major League Baseball players appearing in the original episode, along with baseball historians, sportscasters, and iconic personalities, such as FOX Sports’ Joe Buck, sports announcer Bob Costas, author George Will, Dr. Oz, fashion consultant and television personality Tim Gunn and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio. Current Yankee slugger and Major League Baseball AL MVP candidate Aaron Judge also appears in the special.
Additionally, the feature contains six minutes of never-before-seen original animation from the show, including character “interviews” with Homer, Moe, Chief Wiggum and Apu, voiced by Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria. Directed by Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock, the documentary is produced by FOX Sports Originals.
“We’re glad Morgan is strange enough to take this on,” said James L. Brooks, executive producer, The Simpsons.
“I love THE SIMPSONS so much and am proud to be reunited with them on this incredible special. A special so special that it not only celebrates Springfieldian Homer Simpson, but one that reminds us all that maybe if we tried a little less, great things can happen,” said Spurlock.
The annual Halloween-themed “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII” episode of THE SIMPSONS also airs on Oct. 22 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT). In the episode, Maggie becomes possessed by an ancient demon, Lisa (Yeardley Smith) discovers a creepy/perfect version of her family in an alternate universe and Homer (Castellaneta) cannibalizes himself. Ben Daniels (THE EXORCIST), director William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”) and chef Mario Batali make guest-voice appearances.