are planning a star-studded 18th season by rounding up celebrities including Natalie Portman
, Kiefer Sutherland
and The White Stripes
to voice character, often themselves, on the show.
The premiere episode, "The Mook, The Chef, His Wife And His Homer" features The Sopranos
veterans Michael Imperioli
and Joe Pantoliano
, as well as Joe Mantegna
, who reprises his role as Springfield's mob boss.
, Fran Drescher
and comedian Richard Lewis
are featured in the annual Halloween episode and Sutherland appears in the November 12 episode which finds Homer Simpson in basic training.
Also appearing on the show this season are authors Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal
, Michael Chabon and Jonathan Franzen. Other celebrity guests scheduled to appear include Eric Idle
, Harry Hamlin
and comedian Jon Lovitz
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)