It’s happening. No, really. Crack open a cold one (Duff, Pawtucket, whichever you prefer), because Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin are finally going to hang out. The Sept. 28 season premiere of Family Guy will send the Griffins to Springfield for a hour of comedy power—and a chicken fight to remember between Peter and Homer. You may have come to EW.com in July when we premiered nearly five minutes of footage from the episode, and now you may be itching for more info about this massive mash-up and how it came to be. Well, this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly will scratch(y) it.
The new cover features the one-time-only union of two legendary animated Fox comedies: The Simpsons and Family Guy. The two guys responsible for these bold characters—Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane—agreed to sit down and talk toons with each other (and EW) as part of a Q&A that touches on the crossover event, the shows’ rivalry with each other, the animated series that has caught their attention, and much more.
Wondering what the key to a good crossover episode is? MacFarlane will tell you: “It’s really about the character interaction. People want to see Peter interact with Homer. They want to see Bart interact with Stewie. In a way, the story in a crossover episode, while it has to be there, is never quite as important as how the characters interact with each other.” Curious as to what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they first watched Family Guy? Groening has this to say: “My first take was: Oh my god, we got competition. And they’re outflanking us. This show is wilder and harsher and nastier. We used to get in trouble. We used to be the cause of the downfall of the United States.” Want to know which character they’d like to steal from each other’s show? Sorry, you’ll have to read the piece for that one.
In addition to the interview with Groening and MacFarlane, Family Guy executive producer Richard Appel, who oversaw this fusion of franchises, explains how he was able to borrow Springfield’s finest for the hourlong episode. And Simpsons executive producer Al Jean tells us a little about that other crossover that his show will be involved with this fall: “Simpsorama,” in which Futurama‘s Planet Express crew time-travels to Springfield.
The only thing that would make this issue even better is if there were different covers for it. So here, we present not one, not two, and not four, but three new Family Guy/Simpsons covers. You’ve got Homer and Peter mmm’ing over some donuts, Bart and Stewie taking dead aim at your face, and Meg taking Lisa’s sax out for a spin. Pick up any one—or the entire pack—by clicking on the link below. Bye, everybody!
For more on the Simpsons–Family Guy crossover episode, check out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday.