The Simpsons is arguably the longest-running TV show (via IMDB), but its success has not wavered after more than three decades. He still wins and is nominated for Emmy and still brings new content to fans. Season 34 premieres September 25 (via FOX43), Matt Selman, writer, executive producer and showrunner, is excited about what’s to come, especially Melissa McCarthy.
Selman told Term that McCarthy voices a child who wins over Homer Simpson’s father Abe (both played by Dan Castellaneta). This upsets Homer, who rarely received love or praise from Abe as a child. “She plays the kind of freaky kid that grandpa loves, and Homer says, ‘Why does grandpa like this kid? And why doesn’t he like me?”
In an interview with Diversity, Selman expressed his delight that McCarthy was able and willing to take part. He said, “We’re big fans of hers and it’s a big meaty, juicy role. And she’s really funny. To get a big comedy movie star at the top of his game is pretty cool.”
Naturally, there will be a lot of humor in the role of McCarthy. At the same time, Selman shared with Deadline that the episode could also touch some feelings, given Homer and Abe’s tumultuous relationship. “It’s also very emotional,” he said.