After 25 years, Sideshow Bob will finally get his wish.
This fall on The Simpsons’ annual Halloween episode, Kelsey Grammer will return to voice the baritone, scene-stealing maniac Sideshow Bob. Only this time, instead of his diabolical plan being foiled at the last possible moment, Bob will actually kill Bart Simpson.
Simpsons producers revealed the news during their ATX Festival panel in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. Executive producer Al Jean said he always wanted to see the Coyote get the Road Runner in the classic Looney Tunes cartoons. “I hated frustration comedy so we’ll scratch that itch,” Jean told EW. So Bob will finally somehow actually execute Bart—and then won’t know what to do with himself after his life’s mission has been accomplished.
Of course, Bart will be back on the show after the traditionally format-shattering Halloween stunt. Bob was first introduced on the show in 1990 and began his quest to kill Bart in the “Cape Feare” episode in 1993.
The producers also announced that a fan-favorite character from The Simpsons Movie will return during the upcoming 27th season—Homer’s beloved Spider-Pig will be back.
Alas, there was no update about longtime voice actor Harry Shearer, who recently announced he was quitting the series. The Simpsons team noted they’re still hoping to work our a new deal with Shearer.
Here’s Jean on EW radio: