Homer and Marge are one of TV’s longstanding couples, sticking it out for over 26 seasons now – the series has been on since 1989.
However, in an interview with Variety, the series’ executive producer Al Jean has revealed the the animated couple are headed for a split in the upcoming 27th season, set to begin this fall.
‘It’s discovered after all the years Homer has narcolepsy – a chronic neurological disorder that affects the control of sleep, causing uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep, even during activities that demand attention – and it’s an incredible strain on the marriage,’ he spilled.
However, the narcolepsy isn’t the only thing to blame, as the EP shared that Homer has his eyes on another woman.
‘Homer and Marge legally separate, and Homer falls in love with his pharmacist, who’s voiced by Lena Dunham,’ Al shared, adding: ‘We’ll have cameos from the other women from Girls.’
Previously, Homer had considered cheating on his longtime spouse in a season five episode titled The Last Temptation of Homer, which first aired in 1993.
The cartoon dad went so far as to visit a hotel room with new coworker Mindy (voiced by Michelle Pfeiffer), though he was plagued with guilt because of Marge and the kids, and eventually called it off, reuniting with his loving wife.
Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon will also make a guest appearance on the season, as ‘a homeless woman who turns out to be an incredible singer.’
The new apple of Homer’s eye will be one of the upcoming season’s many guest stars, and is coming off of another guest stint, on popular ABC series Scandal.
She will be befriended by Lisa in one episode, in which the singing will be performed by Natalie Maines.
But hope you didn’t put away those tissues, because in more bad news, the EP revealed that Sideshow Bob will also make an appearance, in which ‘we finally see him do something he’s wanted to do for 25 years.
Al Jean shared that the cartoon schoolboy is set to fall victim to a diabolical plan by his arch rival in the upcoming Halloween special, Treehouse of Horror XXVI, which will be broadcast in the autumn.
His reasoning was because he had always felt ‘frustration’ when the Coyote never killed the Road Runner in the animated children’s show Looney Tunes. He said: ‘I hated frustration comedy so we’ll scratch that itch.’