'The Simpsons' is getting its first ever hour-long episode. The show has had multiple-part episodes before (most memorably the 'Who Shot Mr. Burns' cliffhanger that kept fans waiting all summer for the answer), but this is the first 60-minute episode in the show's 27 seasons.
The episode is called 'The Great Phatsby', and is a hip-hop infused homage to F.Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s novel 'The Great Gatsby'.
In the episode, Mr. Burns will meet a hip-hop mogul named Jay G, aka Jay Gatsby. No prizes for guessing which hip-hop mogul he's based on.
"This was just going to be a regular episode, but the table read went so well, in a fit of passion and excitement and ambition and excess, we decided to supersize it," Matt Selman, the show's executive producer, told Entertainment Weekly.
"And we haven't done a huge amount of stories in the world of hip-hop and rap culture, so we just went for it."
So what can fans expect? "It's a tale of greed, excess, betrayal, revenge and ruthlessness," Selman said, "and there's a hilarious goose in it. The goose is really funny."
The episode will feature the voices of hip-hop artist Taraji P. Henson and Keegan-Michael Key ('Playing House'). It will air in the US in January, and on Sky in the UK at a later date.
Source: Entertainment Weekly