Judd Apatow’s Script Featured In Upcoming Simpsons Episode. Comedy super-producer Judd Apatow has written the script for an upcoming episode (Sunday January, 11) of The Simpsons titled, “Bart’s New Friend”. The most interesting tid-bit of information about the script is that Apatow wrote it back in 1990.
In a recent interview, TV Guide Magazine asked Apatow, “What made you write this thing?”
I was 22, a huge fan of The Simpsons, and hoping for a TV writing career. At the time I was a fledgling standup comic and people said, “If you want to write for sitcoms, you need to do spec scripts.” Only six episodes of The Simpsons had aired at that point but I tried to copy the style and did a spec script where Homer gets hypnotized and thinks he’s a 10-year-old. He has such a great time being Bart’s friend that he doesn’t want to become an adult again. I sent it in — in fact, I sent it to all my favorite shows — and got no job offers. I also wrote a spec script for the great Chris Elliott show Get a Life. They at least brought me in for a meeting, but that didn’t lead to any work, either. Then, all these years later, [Simpsons executive producer] Al Jean calls and says, “Hey, we’ll make it now!”
It’s inspiring to see someone as successful as Judd Apatow still following through on a passion piece that he wrote almost a quarter century ago. Wasn’t this was a nice little respite from the increasingly cynical Hollywood news cycle?
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Source: TV Guide