“The Simpsons” takes on the recent trend of religious films at the box office in the show’s Season 30 premiere, “Bart’s Not Dead.” The episode features several guest vocal stars, including “Wonder Woman’s” Gal Gadot. Scroll down below for a first look at Gadot, playing herself — auditioning for a role in “Bart’s Not Dead,” a religious film being spearhead by Ned Flanders (naturally) and Homer Simpson (really).
In the episode, which premieres Sunday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, Bart ends up in the hospital after taking a dare and jumping off the Springfield dam. At Homer’s urging, Bart claims he went to Heaven and met Jesus — and that attracts Christian producers to offer the Simpsons a movie deal, which they turn into the religious film “Bart’s Not Dead” (a riff on the real box office hit “God’s Not Dead”). Among the guests on the episode: Emily Deschanel, Jonathan Groff, Dave Attell, Pete Holmes and Gadot, who auditions to play the role based on Lisa Simpson.
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Check out Gadot auditioning for Homer and Ned below:
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Other upcoming episodes of “The Simpsons” include the Oct. 7 episode “Heartbreak Hotel,” in which Marge and Homer’s marriage is tested as they travel to a tropical island to compete for a million dollars on Marge’s favorite reality competition show. Also, as previously announced, a “Bob’s Burgers” couch gag will appear during the opening of the Sept. 30 episode.
Tracy Morgan will appear in two different episodes: “May Way or the Highway to Heaven” (as himself) and “Baby You Can’t Drive My Car” (as Tow Truck Driver). Scott Thompson plays “Grady” and RuPaul is “Queen Chante” in the episode “Werking Mom,” while Billy Eichner plays “Billy” in the episode “Krusty the Clown.” And this year’s “Treehouse of Horrors” episode satirizes “Jurassic Park,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Three Faces of Eve.”
As announced at San Diego Comic-Con, other guests this year include Tracy Morgan in two different episodes: “May Way or the Highway to Heaven” (as himself) and “Baby You Can’t Drive My Car” (as Tow Truck Driver). Scott Thompson plays “Grady” and RuPaul is “Queen Chante” in the episode “Werking Mom,” while Billy Eichner plays “Billy” in the episode “Krusty the Clown.” Jane Lynch plays “Jeanie” in “‘Tis the 30th Season,” while Lawrence O’Donnell plays himself in “Mad About the Toy.” Patti LuPone is in the episode “The Girl on the Bus” as “Sam’s mother,” while Marc Maron plays himself in “The Clown Stays in the Picture.” Wallace Shawn shows up as “Wallace” on “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).