Fox Invites Viewers to Help Create New Character for "The Simpsons"
Broadcast network, Fox, has launched an interactive contest that gives viewers the chance to help create an animated character for its long-running satirical cartoon series, "The Simpsons." Dubbed "The Simpsons" Character Contest" and designed to mark the show's 20th anniversary (as part of a year-long celebration entitled "Best. 20 Years. Ever."), the contest invites viewers 18 and over to fill out an online form at thesimpsons.com with a list of traits for their character, including such information as name/nickname, age, appearance, occupation and catchphrases. The winning entry, which will be chosen by "The Simpsons" producers, will be animated into an episode of the show that will air next January: the winner will receive a trip to Los Angeles to meet the show's producers and one of its animators, and will then work with them to bring his or her character to life. The deadline for submissions is October 24th. (Note: Comedy Central recently launched a contest/promotion that gives viewers the chance to see an animated version of themselves included in the premiere episode of the 14th season of the show, "South Park"--see the article published on itvt.com, October 8th.)