TV’s longest-running entertainment show returns Sunday night with a salute to a show that’s much newer, but also critically acclaimed.
Not that we needed “The Simpsons” to remind us, but “Homeland” returns to Showtime Sunday night at 9/8c for its third season — but not before “The Simpsons” presents a spoof called “Homerland” to kick off its 25th season.
It may have been irresistible for the title alone — an opportunity to add an “r” to “Homeland” and make it “Homerland.”
Then there was the fact that Homer happens to work in a nuclear plant, which presented the writers of “The Simpsons” with an opportunity to portray Homer as a terrorist threat.
And that’s basically our theory of how “The Simpsons” morphed into “Homerland” for the episode premiering Sunday night at 8/7c on Fox.
Unfortunately, “Homeland” star Claire Danes was either unavailable or simply declined to provide the guest voice for the episode’s female government agent.
In fact, the character is neither named Carrie nor a CIA agent (or a former one, in the case of the Danes character). Instead, her name is Annie and she works for the FBI. And her voice is provided by guest-star Kristen Wiig. No other “Homeland” stars are heard in the “Simpsons” episode either.
The season premiere of “The Simpsons” is just one of the many shows on tap for Sunday, which figures to be a very competitive night of television. Of course, most of the attention is being paid to the face-off at 9 of “Homeland” and the series finale of “Breaking Bad” on AMC.
Speaking of which, “The Simpsons” spoofed “Breaking Bad” last season with an opening-title “couch gag.”