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'The Simpsons:' The 500th; plus, fan contest

The whole gang from Fox's "The Simpsons."

The whole gang from Fox's "The Simpsons." Credit: Fox

Fox just released a few details on the 500th episode of "The Simpsons," due out - if you can believe it - in a little over a month. Plus this: The network just announced some sort of nutty marathon for ultimate fans; a shot at the Guinness viewing record for most continuous viewed episodes of "Simpsons," and you can win big bucks.So if you want to fly out to LA to participate...anyway, the details. First the, 500th: 

“At Long Last Leave,” on Sunday, Feb. 19 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. In the episode, the Simpsons are evicted from Springfield and join an off-the-grid community outside of town. But when Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) try to sneak back into Springfield, they are welcomed with hostility from their former friends and neighbors and begin to appreciate their new and more accepting home.

 And per that funky marathon, this: 

Ultimate Fan Marathon Challenge at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 8, fans will come together to watch up to 500 continuous episodes of THE SIMPSONS in an attempt to break the current Guinness World Record of 86 hours, 6 minutes and 41 seconds for the longest continuous television viewing. The contest winner will take home a $10,500 prize and an array of THE SIMPSONS merchandise, including products exclusively designed to commemorate the 500th episode.

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