January 15 is a red-letter day for fans of The Simpsons. The longest-running animated sitcom features its first hour-long episode on its 28th season on television.
The Simpsons raises the bar for its 28th season by featuring an hour-long episode on January 15. The Great Phatsby is a two-part installment. According to Entertainment Weekly, it is a nod to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless work The Great Gatsby.
The synopsis for The Great Phatsby hints Mr. Burns has a key role in the story line. Incidentally, the hour-long episode would be reminiscent of the 1995 two-part show Who Shot Mr. Burns? EW noted early on. Apparently, it will feature his friendship with Jay G who happens to be a mysterious hip-hop mogul. No confirmation as to whether it references Jay Z.
Celebrities lend voices to The Simpsons
Fans of the series would likely recognize the voices of well-known celebrities associated with hip-hop. Among them are Empire lead actress Taraji P. Henson, rappers Snoop Dogg, RZA, and Common. Keegan-Michael Key lends his comic talent as well.
Snippets of the comedian’s character are part of the promotional material for the hour-long episode. Key plays Jazzy James, an unsuccessful rapper who ended up selling high-end candles. Apparently, his character has no love for Jay G. As it turns out, he wrote the rhymes on Jay G’s first hip-hop record. However, he signed over all the rights so he did see a dime from it.
Keegan-Michael Key also considers his stint with the animated series as the high point of his career. Consequently, he hinted at only doing episodes with the animated sitcom from now on. Thus, would fans see his character pop up from time to time in the future?
“This, I think now, is the pinnacle of my career. I’m done, because I just did The Simpsons. So I’m kind of finished. So I’m only going to do all of The Simpsons episodes now,” Key teased.
The Great Phatsby airs at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.