The Simpsons to Kill Off Key Character on Season Premiere, Crossover with Futurama

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It is shaping up to be a very busy fall for Homer Simpson and company.

As previously reported, The Simpsons will kill off a main character this fall - and at the Fox panel at the Television Critics Association yesterday, producer Al Jean revealed that the death will take place on the September 29 season premiere.

The episode will be titled "Clown in the Dumps."

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We also know, meanwhile, that this famous animated family will show up on the Family Guy season premiere (also airing September 28), but Jean teased yet another Simpsons-based crossover this weekend:

On November 9, cast members from Futurama will reprise their roles on The Simpsons. Those involved will include Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, Maurice LaMarche, and Tress MacNeille.

Aptly titled “Simpsorama," this installment will find Bender traveling back in time to murder Bart because the latter does something in the present that has terrible consequences for the future.

Sounds about right, doesn't it?

Go visit our section of The Simpsons quotes while you await these major events and wonder: Who will the series kill off?

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The Simpsons Quotes

Horst: (Sinister) Okay, Mr. Burns, you win. But beware. We Germans aren't all smiles and sunshine.
Mr. Burns: (Sarcastic) Oooh, the Germans are mad at me. I'm so scared! Oooh, the Germans! (Hiding behind Smithers) Uh oh, the Germans are going to get me!
Horst: Stop it!
Man: Stop, sir.
Mr. Burns: Don't let the Germans come after me. Oh no, the Germans are coming after me.
Man: Please stop the "pretending you are scared" game, please.
Horst: Stop it! Stop it!
Mr. Burns: (Pause) No! They're so big and strong!
Man: Stop it.
Horst: Stop it, Mr. Burns.
Man: Please stop pretending you are scared of us, please, now.
Mr. Burns: Oh, protect me from the Germans! The Germans--
Horst: Burns, Stop it!

(Squishing an ice cream to his forehead) I'm a unitard!

Ralph