Familiar Guests Returning To "The Simpsons"

Next season’s guests on “The Simpsons” will include some old and new faces. Returning for roles on the Fox cartoon will be Alec Baldwin, who last appeared on the show in 2002, and Kelsey Grammer, who will reprise his role as Sideshow Bob, the network announced Thursday.

In the season opener, Baldwin plays Caleb Thorn, a marine biologist who attempts to win Marge away from Homer.

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman and NFL quarterback/broadcaster Terry Bradshaw will make cameos as themselves for the annual Halloween episode.

Other guest athletes include pitcher Randy Johnson and boxer Joe Frazier.

Ricky Gervais, William H. Macy, Lily Tomlin, Frances McDormand, Rob Reiner and Richard Dean Anderson are all also set to appear in episodes.

The 17th season of “The Simpsons” premieres Sept. 11 (8 p.m. ET).

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