Simpsons Character Contest winner announced

Winner Peggy Black with "Simpsons" EP Al Jean

Peggy Black of Orange, CT, has hit it big in yellow and been selected by producers of The Simpsons as the winner of their Character Contest, which called for submissions of new secondary character ideas for the long-running animated comedy. Black created the character Ricardo Bomba (nicknamed “La Bomba”), a smooth-talking ladies’ man from South America with a luxurious black mane, chiseled physique and silky smooth voice. By day, Ricardo works as safety inspector at the nuclear power plant, and by night works Springfield’s singles scene.

Bomba will make his debut in the “Million Dollar Maybe” episode of The Simpsons, premiering Jan. 31 on FOX. In this episode, Homer blows off a date with Marge to buy a lottery ticket. When Homer wins the million-dollar jackpot, he fears how Marge will react when she finds out why he missed their date. Homer keeps his newly inherited fortune a secret, and instead spoils his family with “anonymous” gifts. When Bart finds out, he gives Homer a lesson in looking out for number one. Chris Martin of Coldplay makes a guest voice appearance as himself in the episode, if you need extra enticement to watch.

For winning the contest, Ms. Black won a trip to Los Angeles to meet with Simpsons producers and animators, and work with them to bring her character to life.


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