Thursday, July 27, 2006

Natalie Portman and The White Stripes on 'The Simpsons'

(CNN) -- Natalie Portman, Kiefer Sutherland, the White Stripes and Dr. Phil McGraw will be among the guest voices on the upcoming season of "The Simpsons."

Joe Mantegna will reprise his role as Springfield's infamous mob boss Fat Tony when the animated Fox show begins its 18th season September 10. Joe Pantoliano and Michael Imperioli guest-star as Fat Tony's main thugs, the network announced Monday.

The White Stripes voice themselves in the September 17 episode when Bart organizes a benefit concert to repair his arm that was mangled by a tiger Lisa rescued from the local pound.

McGraw, Fran Drescher and comedian Richard Lewis guest-star in a Halloween episode on November 5.

Sutherland voices a hard-nosed colonel when Homer lands in basic training on November 12.

Also paying a visit to Springfield will be authors Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon and Jonathan Franzen.

In May, the Emmy-winning series will air its 400th episode.
I haven't watched a new episode of The Simpsons in years. Sunday has become taken over by HBO in recent years. I may have to start watching it again this season.

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