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Judd Apatow’s ‘The Simpsons’ Episode Will Air After 24 Years

Before Apatow became famous for ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’, he submitted a script to ‘The Simpsons’ in 1990.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: April 24th, 2014 in Culture » TV » News

Prior to helming ‘Freaks and Geeks’ and going on to direct and produce hit comedies including ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’, ‘Knocked Up’, and ‘This is 40’, Judd Apatow was a struggling writer attempting to make a name for himself.

In 1990, Apatow submitted a spec script to the production company behind a fairly unknown animated series at the time called ‘The Simpsons’. You may have heard of it now, considering it has since become the longest-running animated show in history.

At the time, his script was either ignored or passed on, but last year, it was rediscovered and the show’s producers decided to put it into motion. While there were numerous delays, Apatow’s ‘The Simpsons’ episode is finally being made and is scheduled to air this fall in the show’s 26th season.

On Thursday, Apatow took to Twitter to share in his excitement for the first read-through this week.

“In 1990 I wrote a spec (speculative) Simpsons episode to try to get my first job as a writer. Tomorrow, a short 24 years later, is the table read. Joy!”

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