Is The Simpsons' Springfield the new Hollywood Hills?

The Simpsons casting couch must look like a Who’s Who of the Hollywood elite.

Even though the show is well beyond its best after 21 years and nearly 500 episodes, it never loses its appeal to the movers and shakers of Hollywood. Actors flock to guest star in an episode, in what has become a right of passage for thespians who have "made it".

According to an announcement by Fox Television, the upcoming season of the iconic animated show will have some impressive guest stars.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Halle Berry (Catwoman), Paul Rudd (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Martha Stewart and Rachel Weisz (Runaway Jury) are just a small sample of the celebs who will be lending their dulcet tones to the show.

Ricky Gervais will also be reappearing for a second time. In 2006, Gervais appeared in a self-penned episode where he attempted to woo Marge, climaxing in the moving song "Lady in Blue"...

"Lady, when you go away, I feel like I could die.

Not like dye like your hair is dyed, but die like Lady Di.

And not like Di like her name is Di, but die like when she died."


Beautiful.

Al Jean, long-time executive producer of The Simpsons, has also confirmed that Jon Hamm, the smooth-talking Lothario of Mad Men will be making an appearance.

But it doesn’t end there! The ever-present Glee crowd will also be lending their talents. Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Amber Riley (who portray Rachel Berry, Finn Hudson and Mercedes Jones, respectively) will all make an appearance in a band-camp-themed episode that is set to premiere the 22nd season, which will debut on September 26 in the States.

Also featuring as student counsellors in this episode are Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, the Kiwi Flight of the Conchords duo.

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) and House M.D. star Hugh Laurie are also among the guests

Phew! With all of those stars, including original cast members Dan Castellaneta and Nancy Cartwright, clamouring for a place in Simpson history, it's going to be hard for any of them to get any voice time at all!

Are you excited for the new series of The Simpsons? Or were you bored with it back in 1998?

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I grew up with the simpsons. I couldn't imagine life without them. I look forward to the new episodes!
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Love it!
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Can't wait for the band camp episode. :)
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You list Catwoman as Halle Berry's credit? Really? Nothing else you could think of?
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I'd be interested to see/hear Aly Hannigan and Hugh Laurie. Especially what they would look like Simpsonized.
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