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Homer and Marge Simpson to ‘legally separate’ later this year

Oh give up already.

The Simpsons is seemingly desperate to make headlines for the right reasons - shuffling the awkward departure of voice actor Harry Shearer neatly under the search engine carpet in the process.

Following news that this year's new season will see Bart die (sort of) at the hands of Sideshow Bob, the spoilers keep on coming. Simpsons producer Al Jean has reavealed that Homer and Marge will "legally separate" in the new season, starting in September.

"In the premiere, it's discovered after all the years Homer has narcolepsy and it's an incredible strain on the marriage," Jean told Variety. "Homer and Marge legally separate, and Homer falls in love with his pharmacist, who's voiced by Lena Dunham. We'll have cameos from the other women from Girls."

Because if anything's going to get people watching The Simpsons again, it's cameos. Right?

Wait, no. Nothing is going to get people watching The Simpsons again. 

But that's not really sunk in with Jean. "We have an episode coming up where Lisa befriends a homeless woman who turns out to be an incredible singer. The woman’s voiced by Kate McKinnon, but the singing is done by Natalie Maines. In another episode, Spider Pig makes his return. Sideshow Bob appears in a segment, and we finally see him do something he’s wanted to do for 25 years. And we have an episode based on the film Boyhood. It’s a flashback/flashforward about Bart. We go to various points in his life and his life to come which I think came out really well."

And yes, you're right, we are writing about Jean's comments. But don't mistake us for being excited about the up coming season - we're merely documenting the continued fall of everyone's once-favourite cartoon into a pit of mediocre mundane drivel. Oh, and you can expect Homer and Marge to be back together again by the end of the first episode.