It may have taken a very long time for the episode to get made — 25 years in fact — but Judd Apatow's attempt at writing an episode of "The Simpsons" will finally see the light of day (and/or the TV screen) on January 11, 2015.
Written when he was 22-years-old, Apatow explained to TV Guide that he wrote it in the hopes that it would get him some work writing television.
"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 ... 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!'"
Better late than never, the new episode will focus on ideas central to Apatow's core interests when it comes to writing: the hardships of growing up.
"I had talked about the script on stage in an interview at the L.A. County Museum and how I have always been fascinated with how difficult it is to grow up. In fact, everything I've done on film and TV is pretty much based on my Simpsons idea. [Laughs] I can't shake it."
As for the synopsis? Titled "Bart's New Friend," the episode centers around Homer. After getting hypnotized into thinking 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."
We'll keep you posted on the details of when the show actually airs as soon as they're available.