Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Anne Hathaway, Jackie Mason, Neve Campbell and the late Eartha Kitt are among the guest voices on the upcoming groundbreaking 21st season of «The Simpsons.» «The Simpsons», which is now officially the longest running comedy in the history of television, airs on Fox on Dish Network on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Fox is found on channel 25 in the Boston area. I make sure I have my Dish Network DVR set so it records.In the season premiere episode, entitled «Homer The Whopper,» Comic Book Guy casts Homer as the lead in «Everyman,» a feature film based on the new comic book superhero he created. To whip Homer into superhero shape, the movie studio hires celebrity fitness trainer Lyle McCarthy (guest voice Rogen), but Homer has trouble sticking to his new healthy regimen. This episode was also co-written by Rogen. It will air on September 27.

In another episode entitled «Pranks and Greens,» Jonah Hill will lend his voice to Andy, a former Springfield Elementary student who is hailed as the best prankster ever. Neve Campbell will voice Cassandra, a Wiccan accused of blinding the town with a spell in «Rednecks and Broomsticks.»Jackie Mason returns as Krusty the Clown’s father Rabbi Krustofsky in «Once Upon a Time in Springfield,» in which Krusty ends up falling in love with the actress who plays a new character on his show Princess Penelope (guest voice Anne Hathaway). Eartha Kitt, who died in December 2008, also lends her voice talents to the episode. Additional guest stars paying Springfield a visit in the 21st season include Coldplay’s Chris Martin, comedienne Sarah Silverman, football greats/brothers Eli and Peyton Manning, sportscaster Bob Costas, UFC champion Chuck Liddell and actress Angela Bassett. To kick off the «Best. 20 Years.

Ever.,» Fox will broadcast a year-long global 20th anniversary celebration of all things «Simpsons.» The year will conclude with The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special IN 3-D! on Ice! produced and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, of Super-Size Me fame. For example, beginning Monday, November 9 and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 15, fans can watch FOX to uncover «Simpsons» tributes and clues featured in primetime programming (such as «Lie To Me,» «So You Think You Can Dance,» «House,» and «‘Til Death.») and in promos.

Viewers who spot the clues will then be able to log on to fox.com for an opportunity to win daily prizes and to enter to win an ultimate grand prize! I’ve always had my Dish Network DVR set to record «The Simpsons» for as longas I’ve had it. I’ve watched since the beginning and Sunday nights just wouldn’t be the same without my favorite yellow family. In a way, it’s weirdly reliable because it’ always there. The show has definitely had its ups and downs (Seasons 3-9 were probably my favorite), but in the end,  I can always rely on Homer and his family to put a smile on my face.

By: Frank Bilotta

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