Hank Azaria is the voice of a generation. We know him as the voice of ‘The Simpsons‘ characters such as Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Apu, and Comic Book Guy. Those who are not familiar with (!) ‘Simpsons’ can find him as the Guatemalan houseboy in ‘The Birdcage.’ If you still don’t make out the guy, he is there as the French scuba instructor in ‘Along Came Polly.’ From the child, Hank has been lured by the breathtaking male voices at the end of commercials and sportscasting. He joined ‘The Simpsons’ at a younger age. With no relevant experience in giving voice expect as an animated dog in Fox’s ‘Hollywood dog.’
In ‘The Simpsons,’ the first recorded voice fir Chief Wiggum and then, Apu. He never looked after that. He emerged as one of the prominent American stage, film, and television actor in the years followed. Even though he had stamped his mark on acting, writing, stand-up comedies and producing, fan always likes to admire him for his energetic voice. Hank Azaria bagged six Emmy Awards so far, four awards for ‘The Simpsons’ and another two awards for one for ‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’s each.
At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Hank Azaria movie and TV show? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Hank Azaria films/TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Hank Azaria movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
1. The Simpsons (TV Series, 1989 – )
After the controversy of Hank’s Indian character, Apu in ‘The Simpsons’ was a racist caricature, the voice actor is keen on his picks in the series. The voice actor plays the characters Comicbook Guy, Kirk Van Houten, Chief Wiggum, Professor John I.Q. Nerdelbaum Frink Jr., and Moe. The series has Dan Castellaneta as Homer and Abe Simpson, Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson, Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson, and Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson.
When the row over the racist portrayal of Apu was at its peak, Hank announced his willingness for step down, He also he called for the creators of ‘The Simpsons’ to heed to the criticism over Apu. The standup comedian Hari Kondabolu turned up with a documentary titled, ‘The Problem with Apu.’ He raised crucial questions about the characterization of Apu as the notorious Kwik-E-Mart clerk, to elaborate on the social issue of representation, identity, and prejudices in popular culture.
Anyhow, after this 30 long years, ‘The Simpsons’ are ahead of their game in the race with shows popping up daily. The thirtieth season has been hailed by the critics as a return to the show’s days of glory. Created by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Sam Simon, the Simpsons’ is running past 30 seasons.
2. Brockmire (TV Series, 2017 – )
Hank Azaria is all set to return to his home turf of IFC with the third season of ‘Brockmire.’ The popular sport-drama has been renewed for Season 3 and 4. ‘Brockmire’ follows Jim Brockmire, played by Hank Azaria, popular voice as an announcer in the major league baseball. An embarrassing mistake that happened when he was live made public his beloved wife’s serial infidelity.
Brockmier tastefully blends baseball and drama to generate immersive entertainment. The series earned a significant fan base for Hank and Amanda Peet’s stunning onscreen chemistry. Hank’s performance as the titular character who he’s going through a rough patch when his life turns upside down and the job that made him a celebrity topples him to embarrassment.
In Seasons 1 and 2, Jim desperately tries to make his career and personal life straight. The Season 3 starts after Jim left the rehab but holds firm to his brazen and narcissistic outbursts. But, his luck turns for the good when an irresistible job offer hits him on the face. Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet return as the lead pair. Season 3, which consists of eight episodes, is lined up for an April 3 release.
3. Outsourced (TBA)
Hank Azaria’s directorial debut, ‘Outsourced‘ has long been in development hell. The project was on soon after Hank completed his short movie ‘Nobody’s Perfect.’ But, nothing promising about the project surfaces for a long time. ‘Outsourced’ tells the story of a US factory the closed down to relocate to Mexico. In the confusion and job loss that ensue, two American factory workers decide to embark a journey across the border to reclaim their lost jobs in the factory. Earlier, the names of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were associated with the movie. But currently, no cast is attached.
4. The Fame Economy (TBA)
‘The Fame Economy’ is CNBC’s pilot for numerous shows based on people trying to get rich quick. Under the working title, ‘The Fame Economy,’ Hank Azaria investigates the cost of fame in an economy as a commodity. According to reports, the show intends to find answers for the questions like ‘Can a YouTube star out-earn an A-list actor?’ ‘How does a tweet generate six figures?,’ and ‘Where do Mystery Men and 28 years on the world’s most successful cartoon put someone on the Hollywood pecking order?’
But the project has long been frozen for unknown reasons. Both Hank and CNBC are tight-lipped about the current status of the show. As Hank moves on with his other projects, ‘The Fame Economy’ lands in a limbo.
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