Whenever an election year rolls around, it's often common to see new and returning TV shows address this political climate, in one way or another. Earlier this summer, Gotham star Cory Michael Smith teased that their upcoming season would mirror the presidential elections, in their own way. Today we have word that Fox's hit series The Simpsons will focus their efforts on a parody of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in an upcoming Season 28 episode.
The news comes weeks after the show released a new video parodying Hilary Clinton's infamous "3 AM" ad from her 2008 presidential run. The video featured Marge and Homer Simpson trying to decide who to vote for, when they come across this ad, which delightfully skewers Donald Trump. TV Line reports that the show has brought on a trio of intellectual heavy-hitters, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, financial expert Suze Orman and screenwriting guru Robert McKee to serve as a "super team of educators" at a school founded by none other than C. Montgomery Burns (Harry Shearer). Here's what showrunner Al Jean had to say about this episode.
"We have a great episode where Burns goes to Yale and discovers, much to his horror, how politically correct it is. So he starts his own college, Burns University, which is similar to another billionaire's university you might have heard of lately."
The animated series previously parodied Donald Trump last summer, with a two-minute video where Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta) tries to touch Trump's hair, and gets pulled into his magical hairpiece. Al Jean revealed they have never gotten a response from Donald Trump's camp, but they know he's quite aware of his existence in Springfield. Here's what he had to say below.
"There's a photo of him signing a poster which was [made from] the first spot we did on him a year ago, which was not so flattering. But he's autographing it for somebody. I think his problem is that he doesn't like criticism, but of course, he's opened himself up for more than any human will ever get in all of history."
It isn't known exactly when the Burns University episode will air this season, but it may likely debut before this fall's Presidential election, which is on Tuesday, November 8. Hopefully we'll get more details from Al Jean as we get closer to this episode's debut. In the meantime, take a look at the two Donald Trump parodies the show has aired over the past year.