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“Simpsons” Exec. Producer on Homer’s Live Segment Tonight: “If Something Goes Wrong, That’s Good”


FOX(LOS ANGELES) — Tonight, fans of The Simpsons will have the chance to interact with Homer, live.

It’s true. Homer Simpson will appear live during the final three minutes of Sunday night’s episode. He’ll comment on the events of the day and answer questions during both the East and West Coast broadcasts.

The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean says the live element of the segment will be very exciting. “My philosophy [is] if something goes wrong, that’s good, too,” he says.

So, how exactly is a cartoon character making a live appearance? It’s happening thanks to the actor who voices Homer, Dan Castellaneta, and the magic of technology.

“Fox Sports actually developed this program that was an advance on previous motion capture I’d seen where there’s no actual hookup, it’s just Dan talking into a mic and he’ll move and Homer will move with him,” Jean explains. “I don’t think you’d want 30 minutes of it, but for three minutes it’s spectacular.”

To learn how you can submit your questions, visit Fox’s official website for the show. The episode airs at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.

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