During the show’s Comic-Con@Home panel on Saturday, executive producer Matt Selman likened the first episode of the upcoming season to a Broadway musical.
“The premiere this year is the most musical episode we’ve ever done – almost wall-to-wall music,” Selman said. “It’s like a Broadway musical of an episode, with all original songs, and we’ve got Kristen Bell playing the role of Marge’s singing voice. We all love Marge’s voice, but this is the singing voice that’s different, let’s just say.”
While plot details about the episode are being kept under wraps, the panel released a sketch of one of the scenes from the premiere, which sees Homer Simpson singing to an annoyed-looking Marge in the bathroom in just his underwear.
Other tidbits of information about the upcoming season were revealed during the panel, including an update on the show’s highly anticipated Treehouse of Horror annual event.
“[We’ll have] five segments on this year’s Halloween show for the first time,” executive producer Al Jean revealed. “We have a romance that may come to stick in Moe’s life, and we explore the greatest tragedy Homer ever faced with guest star Rachel Bloom.”
According to Selman, season 33 will also have a “two-part epic love letter to the show Fargo and prestige crime shows in the world of streaming television,” which will feature Timothy Olyphant, Christopher Melonia, and Brian Cox.
The Simpsons season 33 premiere, titled The Star of the Backstage, airs on September 26th at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.