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Alfred Ernest "Al" Jean III is an American screenwriter and producer. Jean is well known for his work on The Simpsons. He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Harvard University in 1981. Jean began his writing career in the 1980s with fellow Harvard alum Mike Reiss. Together, they worked as writers and producers on television shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, ALF and It's Garry Shandling's Show. Jean was offered a job as a writer on the animated sitcom The Simpsons in 1989, alongside Reiss, and together they became the first members of the original writing staff of the show. They served as show runners during the show's third and fourth seasons, though they left The Simpsons after season four to create The Critic, an animated show about film critic Jay Sherman. It was first broadcast on ABC in January 1994 and was well received by critics, but did not catch on with viewers and only lasted for two seasons. In 1994, Jean and Reiss signed a three-year deal with The Walt Disney Company to produce other television shows for ABC and the duo created and executive produced Teen Angel, which was canceled in its first season.

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We did a 3D animated Homer years ago, people loved that, was that a gimmick? I guess, but it was great, we're confident of our success, we're not trying to stay on the air by doing things we don't believe in.

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He's going to take questions for 3 minutes, talk about events of the day - I'm sure Donald Trump is going to say something stupid, so the material's already written.

Al Jean

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There's no question that people are going to talk about the election and about voting, and Trump is clearly the topic that sucks up all the oxygen.

Al Jean

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We did a lot of shows about Homer and Marge being married and about the problems that come (with it), but what we haven't done is Marge saying, 'That's it, I've had it, I'm getting a separation, the Simpsons.

Al Jean

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We thought it'd be interesting if both Bart and Skinner have a crush on the same woman, she feels Skinner is a wounded soul that she wants to take care of. She is a vet like Skinner, and that's his attraction.

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We have a situation where Bart doesn't have a regular teacher, so (Vergara) may or may not come back.

Al Jean

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I hope he comes back, and I hope he tells us soon what his plan is, and if he doesn't, the show will continue regardless.

Al Jean

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