The Simpsons Will Air an Hour-long Episode, Finally Stealing an Idea From the Rest of TV for Once

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THE SIMPSONS:  Homer struggles to manage all of the parenting responsibilities that Marge usually handles in the “Orange is the New Yellow” season finale episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, May 22 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.   THE SIMPSONS ™ and  © 2016 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  CR:FOX
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After years of seeing its story ideas raided by other shows, The Simpsons will finally turn the tables: As Fox’s Dana Walden announced during the network’s TCA session on Monday, the long-running animated series will air its first hour-long episode in January 2017, poaching a conceit introduced by Cheyenne and used by shows as diverse as The Rockford Files, Twin Peaks, and Game of Thrones. Taraji P. Henson and Keegan-Michael Key will guest star in the episode, which will be a rap-themed Great Gatsby homage. This, of course, flies in the face of current hour-long TV rules, which mandate that all hour-long shows center on a brooding middle-aged detective who solves mysteries while encountering gratuitous female nudity.

The Simpsons to Air Hour-long Episode in 2017