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OTRC: 'The Simpsons' premiere nabs Kiefer Sutherland as guest star

A scene from 'The Simpsons' season 23 premiere episode set to air on September 25, 2011. (FOX)

"The Simpsons" airs its 23rd season premiere on Sunday, September 25 and they're bringing back former "24" star to kick things off in a big way.

Sutherland, who has lent his voice on two episodes of the series so far, will play Wayne, a new security guard at Homer's power plant. On the episode called "The Falcon and The D'ohman," Wayne is actually former CIA agent agent who is haunted by violent flashbacks, who must save Homer after he is kidnapped by a Ukranian terriorist. As for the rest of the Simpsons clan, Marge has dreams of becoming a constant on "Top Chef" and Tom Colicchio, who is a judge on the reality series, stops by for a guest voice appearance to play himself.

The show is the longest running animated series and will air its 500th episode in February 2012. News Corp, which is the parent company of the Fox Broadcasting Company, which airs "The Simpsons," recently addressed rumors that there are plans to create a 24-hour "Simpsons" channel.

"This is a unique franchise ... and it provides us a unique opportunity to do some interesting things with it," the company's Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey, told reporters last week, according to Forbes. "The Simpsons" has been on the air for 23 seasons, yielding a library of programming few series could ever amass."

"I wouldn't say we're drawing up plans to have a 'Simpsons' channel, but, you know, there are a lot of 'Simpsons' fans out there," he added.

"The Simpsons" premieres on Sunday, September 25, at 8 p.m. on Fox. Check out a preview clip here.

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