Homer and Marge to legally separate in 'The Simpsons' Season 27

LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX 11) - After 26 seasons of devoted matrimony, Homer and Marge are going to get legally separated! The Simpsons' executive producer Al Jean tells Variety magazine writers have determined, after all these years, that Homer has narcolepsy. It's an incredible strain on the marriage.

What else is up the producer's sleeves this season?  One thing for sure is that they have no plans of leaving the airwaves or Springfield any time soon.  More than a thousand people work on the show, many of whom have taken part since its inception in 1989. While the staff hasn't changed, the technology has.

"We have digital coloring, we have high def, who doesn't. It's affected a little bit of how we tell a story. Now if we have a background we have to write a thousand book titles in a library where we used to do scribbles before," said executive producer Al Jean.

The show just recorded 7 new episodes as part of a new two year deal with FOX. This means 625 episodes will have been recorded in all, at the end of this latest deal. You can see The Simpsons Sunday evenings on FOX 2 in Detroit.

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