The votes are in: Ned Flanders (Harry Shearer) and Edna Krabappel (guest voice Marcia Wallace) have found true love, it was revealed in last night's season 23 premiere of "The Simpsons."
"Nedna stayed together and the new girl in my life is simply 'adorkable!' That's how we all have to talk on FOX now," said Ned, in a prepared statement following the broadcast.
After last May's "will-they-or-won't-they" season finale, viewers were given the chance to decide the future of Springfield's newest "it" couple - Ned and Edna - by voting "Pro Nedna" or "No Nedna" on www.thesimpsons.com. To fuel fans' passions, computer screen wallpaper, videos, Twitter badges and Facebook icons proclaiming "I'm Pro Nedna" or "I'm No Neda" were made available to download and post throughout the summer. Once the votes were tallied and revealed during last night's premiere, pro-Nednas worldwide cheered and anti-Nednites jeered as they saw the couple was bound together for all eternity by a majority of "Simpsons" online fans.
In the next all-new episode, "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts," airing Sunday, Oct. 2 (8 p.m.) on FOX, Bart (Nancy Cartwright) and his band of "Rough Riders" go on an unauthorized field trip, putting superintendent Chalmers' (Hank Azaria) job on the line.
The longest-running scripted show in television history, "The Simpsons" exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Matt Groening created the iconic family: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. In February 2012, "The Simpsons" will celebrate its historic 500th episode. The series has won 27 Emmy Awards, been the subject of a hit feature film, created "Krustyland" and a revolutionary virtual coaster - "The Simpsons Ride" - at Universal Studios, received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, been honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by Groening, and named the "Best Show of the 20th Century" by Time Magazine.