Hank Azaria is starring in a new sitcom called Free Agents. He plays a depressed PR man who, if the poster image is anything to go by, sleeps with his partner. Wackiness and sexy results no doubt ensue. (It premiers tonight at 10:30 on NBC.) More importantly, he did a promotional interview with Vulture, and said some interesting things:
How much of a drain on your career is The Simpsons at this point?
It’s about four hours a week.
Do you have any new characters in you?
Really, no. A few years ago, I kind of … ran out. I’ve done literally 100, 150 different characters. Some of them have only appeared for a line or three. But the point is, every sound I can make has been harvested for the show at this point. It used to be — like in year ten — there were a couple of new ones a week. Now, one or two or year. I have no new voices — they’ve all been used.
So, according to Hank Azaria, voice of Moe, Wiggum, and Comic Book Guy himself, the show has been less interesting since Season 10. He’d be a fool to walk away from all that cash – for just four hours a week, no less – so he keeps doing the same old things over and over again, but he’s willing to admit in public that he has no new voices. The kicker comes at the end though:
Are there parallels to any Simpsons character?
Do you remember the episode that has Frank Grimes in it? Remember that show? Kind of a one-off character. This guy comes to the Springfield the nuclear power plant, works for Homer and gets really jealous that everything works out for Homer even though Homer is an idiot. There’s a lot of Frank Grimes in Alex — nothing works out for him and he’s tremendously sad and yet somehow, hopefully, it’s funny.
Even one of the main voice actors has to reach all the way back to Season 8 to plug his new show. Truly, nobody cares about Zombie Simpsons. Sincere good luck with Free Agents, Hank.