Wednesday, August 02, 2006

18th Season Guest Voices

The Simpsons Guest Voices for Season 18

Every year the list of celebrities lined up to do guest voices for FOX's record-shattering mainstay hit "The Simpsons" is one impressive name after another. The 2006-2007 season will be no exception. Entering its 18th year on the air, "The Simpson" has amassed a small army of celeb cameos; Kiefer Sutherland ("Taking Lives" and the FOX series "24"), Natalie Portman ("V for Vendetta" and the "Star Wars" prequels), Joe Pantoliano ("Daredevil" and the HBO series "The Sopranos") and Michael Imperioli ("Law & Order" and "The Sopranos"), renowned psychology and relationship expert Dr. Phil, prolific author Gore Vidal whose acting credits include "With Honors" and "Gattaca," authors Michael Chabon and Jonathan Franzen, and famed author Tom Wolfe who has been depicted on the show in the past appearing in his trademark white suit. Jon Lovitz and Eric Idle are also set to reemerge on the show.

Actor Joe Mantegna will return as Fat Tony in the season premiere ("The Mook, The Chef, The Wife and His Homer"), and he will be joined by the "Sopranos" co-stars and fellow mobsters Pantoliano and Imperioli. The following Sunday, The band The White Stripes will show up on an episode called "Jazzy and the Pussycats," and they will be performing at a benefit concert Bart organizes to raise money for an operation on his arm. On November 5th, the annual Halloween special "Treehouse of Horror" will debut its 17th episode, and it will have its own celebrity guest list with Dr. Phil, Fran Drescher ("The Nanny") and comedian Richard Lewis ("7th Heaven" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"). The following Sunday, Sutherland appears as an angry Army colonel when Homer gets recruited in "GI (Annoyed Grunt)" and doesn't respond to basic training the way an officer or even a CTU agent would like.

The new guests join an endless roster of past celebrity appearances; Mel Gibson, Ron Howard, Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin, Brendan Fraser, Mel Brooks, Glen Close, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ernest Borgnine, Larry King, James Earl Jones, Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless, Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart, Steve Martin, Sam Neill, James Woods, Winona Ryder, Drew Barrymore, Richard Gere, Bob Hope, Bette Midler, Stephen Hawking, John Updike, Thomas Pynchon, Venus and Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Dick Clark, Johnny Cash, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M, The Who, and every Beatle save for John Lennon to name just a small fraction of all the stars who have voiced a character or themselves in the 17 years the show has been going strong.

"The Simpsons" kicks off Season 18 early in the fall season on September 10th at its usual time, 8PM.

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