Michael Cera to Guest Star on 'The Simpsons'

Michael Cera to Guest Star on 'The Simpsons' Michael Cera is a surprisingly controversial figure. If you're in the "ability to play different kinds of characters means you're a better actor" camp, then you probably despise him. But if you value the performances of James Stewart, Cary Grant, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey, Jr., or any other number of truly great actors throughout history, you probably find that Cera's shtick is a hoot.

Well he's about to take that shtick back to TV. After getting his start on "Arrested Development," Cera has pretty much steered clear of the small screen, but who can ignore the call of "The Simpsons"?

Entertainment Weekly revealed today that Cera will play another potential love interest for Lisa (who has had more gentlemen callers than Emma Bovary at this point). They spoke to longtime "Simpsons" producer Al Jean to get the scoop:

"He start quoting Hemingway and she says, 'You're not a product of the Springfield public schools, are you?' And he goes, 'No, I come to Springfield for the food and the women.' So he talks a good game. [But] she starts to realize that he's less than expected."

Cera sells this kind of stuff well. "Youth in Revolt" was a criminally underseen movie - it's nothing great, but it's far better than it was treated - and in it Cera played a cocky hipster who traded talk of classic foreign films like he was just rapping about a sports game.

The episode, title "The Daughter Also Rises," will air next fall.