For 23 seasons, part of watching The Simpsons is wondering what might happen during the opening credits when the Simpsons arrived in their living room and piled on the couch together. There's no way to predict it, which is part of the fun! The couch gag is a recurring bit in the opening segment and this year, in celebration of the animated comedy's 24th season, Fox is inviting fans to submit their own original couch gag ideas as part of a contest.
Fans are being invited to submit their written ideas for the "couch gag," which appears during The Simpsons' opening credits. The winning entry will be brought to life (in animated form) for the 23rd season finale next May (2013). The contest deadline is Thursday, November 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST. In January, the three finalists will be announced with an illustration for each. Fans will be invited to vote for the winner of the three finalists.
Not only will the winner get to see their idea brought to life during the season finale, but they'll also get a chance to visit The Simpsons animation studio, plus a few other works well worth "Woo-hoo"-ing for!
The winner, in addition to having his or her couch gag featured in the season finale episode, will receive a four-day/three-night trip for two to Los Angeles to visit THE SIMPSONS animation studio Film Roman, a coveted seat at a script read with THE SIMPSONS cast and crew, a one-of-a-kind illustration from his/her winning couch gag plus a special prize pack.
Go to Fox.com to see the rules and enter the contest.
There is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The submission period began Sept. 30, 2012 and ends Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET. Open to U.S. residents 18+ in compliance with the rules. For additional info on eligibility, submission requirements, judging and complete Official Rules, visit thesimpsons.com/couchgag. Void in AK, HI and where prohibited. Sponsored by Fox Broadcasting Company.
And speaking of The Simpsons, this Sunday night is the annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode! Yes, it's that time of year already! Here's the info Fox released on the episode:
Tune in next Sunday, Oct. 7 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) for THE SIMPSONS’ 23rd annual “Treehouse of Horror.” In the opening segment of yet another Halloween-themed classic, THE SIMPSONS goes back to ancient times when a Mayan Homer and Marge are witnesses to the prediction by ancient calendar makers that 2012 will be the end of the world. In “The Greatest Story Ever Holed,” the first of three spine-chilling stories, the Springfield Subatomic Supercollider creates a black hole that terrorizes the city, sucking up everything in its path. Then, in “UNnormal Activity” the Simpsons install cameras all over the house when things start to go bump in the night, and Marge discovers it may have to do with an unholy pact she made some years prior. In the final thrilling tale, “Bart & Homer’s Excellent Adventure,” Bart time-travels back to 1974 to buy a comic book at cover price, but inadvertently disrupts Homer and Marge’s courtship and becomes the son of Marge and Artie Ziff (guest voice Jon Lovitz) in present-day Springfield.