Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is to appear on rival animated show The Simpsons.
MacFarlane has landed a guest role in an episode called Dangers On A Train, set to be The Simpsons‘ season 25 premiere next year (2013). In the episode, MacFarlane’s character comes on to Marge Simpson after she mistakenly visits a website where married people arrange affairs.
The pair apparently bond over a Downton Abbey-style TV show called Upton Rectory, before MacFarlane’s character begins pursuing the Simpsons matriarch over the phone. At one point, he even sings pop standard ‘The Way You Look Tonight’.
Discussing MacFarlane’s guest appearance with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Al Jean said: “We thought we had a great part that he’d be perfect for, and it would be great to have him on our show, so it worked out just right. There’s been a little rivalry. We’re both humour shows and we make jokes, but it’s always been friendly.”
MacFarlane made his directorial debut with this year’s Ted, a hit comedy film about a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking teddy bear. Following the success of the movie, MacFarlane has been hired to host next year’s Oscars.
Meanwhile, he recently confirmed plans to make a Family Guy film, saying that it was “just a matter of when”.