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'The Simpsons' Celebrates 20th Birthday With Scavenger Hunt, Spurlock Doc

by Liane Bonin, posted Nov 9th 2009 6:00PM
The SimpsonsIf you're one of the people who think 'The Simpsons' jumped the shark years ago, you clearly didn't realize the longest-running sitcom in history isn't just about random acts of funny -- it can win you free stuff, and save lives. Cowabunga, dude.

Fox is willing to bribe you to tune into the network this week with a 'Simpsons'-themed TV scavenger hunt commemorating the show's 20th birthday. From Tues., Nov. 9, to Friday, Nov. 13, Fox will be stuffing 'Simpsons'-related clues within its primetime programming. And they're not making it easy, as the clues won't be animated or obvious -- the network promises they could be "anything!"

Luckily, The New York Times has some tips, noting that some shows will mention the name of 'Simpsons' characters, others will have cameos from the cast, and one will incorporate 'Simpsons' licensed products into a plot line. But 'Glee' fans (or foes) can relax. The show won't feature any clues, as the episodes were shot before the hunt was planned by Fox.The SimpsonsIf you're one of the people who think 'The Simpsons' jumped the shark years ago, you clearly didn't realize the longest-running sitcom in history isn't just about random acts of funny -- it can win you free stuff, and save lives. Cowabunga, dude.

Fox is willing to bribe you to tune into the network this week with a 'Simpsons'-themed TV scavenger hunt commemorating the show's 20th birthday. From Tues., Nov. 9, to Friday, Nov. 13, Fox will be stuffing 'Simpsons'-related clues within its primetime programming. And they're not making it easy, as the clues won't be animated or obvious -- the network promises they could be "anything!"

Luckily, The New York Times has some tips, noting that some shows will mention the name of 'Simpsons' characters, others will have cameos from the cast, and one will incorporate 'Simpsons' licensed products into a plot line. But 'Glee' fans (or foes) can relax. The show won't feature any clues, as the episodes were shot before the hunt was planned by Fox.

At the end of each evening, hunters are invited to visit the official site to answer questions about what they saw to win daily prizes and a shot at the grand prize, which will be a cornucopia of 'Simpson'-y goodness and more. The prize includes a home entertainment system, 'Simpsons' DVDs and merchandise and a trip to Los Angeles for a table read with the cast as well as tickets to Universal Studios, where you're pretty much expected to take a spin on The Simpsons Ride.

If that isn't enough to suck you in to watching Fox all through sweeps week, you might at least consider turning on 'The Simpsons' to see if it changes your life. According to The Simpsons Channel, 'Super Size Me' documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, aka the guy who spoiled fast food for the rest of us, was recruited by 'Simpsons' creator Matt Groening to travel the globe to create a documentary ('The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice,' which is apparently neither in 3-D nor on ice) about the impact 'The Simpsons' has had on people's lives.

"When they first called me about this, I thought it was a prank and I hung up," said Spurlock. "And then my agent called back and said, 'No, no, this is for real,' at which point I fainted. Then when I woke up, I called everyone I knew because it was the coolest thing I could ever get to do in my career."

But Spurlock's excitement, which we're pretty sure he's exaggerating unless lingering saturated fats are still getting to him, pales in comparison to some of his interviews for the documentary. According to London's Telegraph, one segment will be about how 10-year-old Aiden Bateman of Wakefield, England, saved a friend from choking to death -- because he'd seen the Heimlich Maneuver performed on 'The Simpsons.' Finally, proof that obsessively watching cartoons is actually educational. Take that, moms of the world!

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