Newswire: Weird Simpsons episode was almost weird Simpsons movie

Perfectly timed for The A.V. Club‘s ongoing Simpsons Week, The Simpsons has continued to be a functioning television show, as evidenced by its production of new episodes. But according to executive producer Al Jean, one of those recent episodes, January 4’s “The Man Who Came To Be Dinner,” almost wasn’t an episode at all. Rather, as he revealed with a New Year’s Eve tweet, it was once “seriously considered” as a plot for the sequel to The Simpsons Movie that Fox has long asked for but producers have mostly shrugged off, leaving that burden for future, far-off generations of Simpsons producers.

Now Jean has expanded on that for Entertainment Weekly, saying “The Man Who Came To Be Dinner” actually has a long history of almost being something else, including almost being the original finale for season 24 back in 2013. At the time, Jean says …

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