The Simpsons is looking to add a 36th Primetime Emmy Award to its collection… no matter what it takes.
Sunday’s episode (Fox, 8/7c) is the first of a melodramatic two-parter titled “A Serious Flanders,” which the network describes as an “awards-thirsty attempt at prestige TV,” and TVLine has an exclusive first look.
“When Ned Flanders finds a bag of money and donates it to a local orphanage, he lands himself, and a very jealous Homer, in the crosshairs of a ruthless criminal debt collector who will stop at nothing to get it back,” reads the episode’s official synopsis. “Sex, violence, pretentious needle-drops and superfluous flashbacks abound.”
And what would such an episode be without a few prestigious guests? Lending their voices to the two-part event are Brian Cox (Succession), Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother), Chris O’Dowd (Get Shorty), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Jessica Paré (Mad Men) and Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds).
The Simpsons has only aired a handful of two-part episodes throughout its 33-season run: “Who Shot Mr. Burns” in Seasons 6 and 7, “The Great Phatsby” in Season 28, and “Warrin’ Priests” in Season 31.
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