If I had to pick a single television program to stand above all the rest and be declared Best of All Time, The Simpsons is my clear answer–so long as I can pretend it ended, say, 15 years ago. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen new episodes of the show, but I don’t know if anybody will tell you it’s as good as it’s ever been. Most people will probably tell you that, with an endless series of celebrity guest stars, rehashed plots and commitment to cheap jokes above all else, it’s not even really good.
While the show more or less rides its well-earned coattails today, it looks there’s at least a few attempts at innovation left in them, as they’re going to air a partially-live episode a few months from now. That A.V. Club has link has more about it, but apparently it will feature Homer Simpsons answering questions from Twitter in real-time, with his voice actor Dan Castellaneta performing some undoubtedly dubious motion-capture during it. I’m expecting a total trainwreck, but maybe we’ll all be surprised and it will just as mediocre as it would have been as a pre-produced bit. (Even more surprising: maybe it won’t be a disguised pre-produced bit!)