Real Life Simpsons on FOX this Sunday

     March 23, 2006

A few weeks back, I posted an article on how someone had made a real life version of the opening of The Simpsons. Well it turns out that it was all part of Sky One’s campaign in Britain to promote the upcoming season in the United Kingdom. Now either due to the popularity of the short or previously planned but unannounced, FOX will be airing the real life opening on this weeks episode Sunday night. But that is not the only reason to watch Sunday night. This is also the episode that features Ricky Gervais as beaten down husband who falls for Marge. In case you missed the conference call transcript with Ricky (also a few weeks back), take a look here. Below is the press release from FOX. Have you ever wondered what Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie would look like in real life? Find out when a live-action main title sequence is unveiled on THE SIMPSONS Sunday, March 26 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The live-action show opening is an homage to television’s longest-running sitcom. From the Simpsons parting through the clouds to the infamous Bart writing on the chalkboard, Homer pulling the nuclear rod out of his shirt, Maggie scanned at the supermarket and the always-anticipated “couch gag” conclusion, the live-action opening mirrors each element of the animated sequence. The greatest attention to detail was paid in this recreation by a British team, as conceived and commissioned by the UK network Sky One. From wardrobe to location settings to character mannerisms, it’s all translated with uncanny accuracy via real, flesh-and-blood actors. Said THE SIMPSONS executive producer Al Jean, “I’m just amazed there are people who want to be known for looking like the Simpsons.” The centerpiece of Sky One’s new SIMPSONS campaign in the UK, the short will make its American debut in the all-new episode, “Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife,” guest-starring yet another British import, Ricky Gervais. In the episode, Homer’s obsession with Lenny’s new plasma TV causes Marge to enter the family in a sweepstakes, where they win a prize to the Fox studio lot. Against Marge’s judgment, Homer signs the family up for a “Trading Spouses”-type show and is forced to take in a controlling wife, while Marge moves in with a beaten-down husband, Charlie (guest star Gervais), and his perfect son. Charlie quickly develops a crush on Marge, while she’s just trying to give him the strength to stand up to his own wife.

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