Discuss: Who Should Follow Judd Apatow As a Guest Writer for 'The Simpsons'?

Discuss: Who Should Follow Judd Apatow As a Guest Writer for 'The Simpsons'?

Jan 08, 2015

When you've been around as long as The Simpsons, you eventually have to find new ways of keeping the show fresh. After 25 years, one additional trick is the idea of having a guest writer. Actually, it's only sort of new, because while Judd Apatow is the credited pen behind this Sunday's episode of the series, he wrote the thing as a spec script back in 1990. At the time, he was a young comedian trying to break into Hollywood, and it didn't pan out just then. He never heard back on the submission. Now that Apatow is a big deal, it's been polished and finally produced.

Regardless of the back story here, it would be interesting for The Simpsons to occasionally let more big names write special episodes. The show has been a great place for guest stars in voice form over the decades, so why not for guest stars to script what those voices say, too? Another particular former writer -- whose work did make it onto the screen, that is -- went on to bigger things: Conan O'Brien. He should do another now that he's famous. As for Apatow seeming to set a precedent, he actually follows his buddies Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen as well as Ricky Gervais as celebrities who've been brought on to write for the show.

Who should be next? We have to consider the limited number of genuinely famous screenwriters, some of them also directors, such as Wes Anderson, Joss Whedon, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Charlie Kaufman, who in fact also wrote a couple spec scripts for The Simpsons in his early days, neither of which were produced but which did catch him a break in Hollywood, leading to him working on Get a Life. Richard Linklater should write an episode parodying his own Boyhood where we see Bart similarly come of age. Quentin Tarantino, who once was parodied as a guest director of The Itchy and Scratchy Show within The Simpsons is another one I'd love to see.

Or maybe Tarantino should guest direct? Would that be the next step? If so, Brad Bird, who helped transition The Simpsons from recurring shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show to its own series and then consulted and directed for that series over the next decade, ought to be a top pick. Of course, he could also just be another guest writer, too.


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