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What You Can Learn From New Streaming Service Shout! Factory TV

20 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Streaming video is a godsend if you want to catch up with recent seasons of TV series. But what's a TV fan to do who wants to stream older shows? Netflix has very little from before the millennium, and Amazon Prime has very little from before 1990.

That's not a knock; the big streaming services know their market. Still, it's worth remembering that Amazon's initial appeal as a bookseller was it's long-tail catalog, the notion that comprehensiveness was worthwhile because somebody somewhere would want that obscure or ancient title, that the markets for all those titles were collectively significant and worth catering to, and that the Internet had at last made it easier to connect those customers with what they wanted.

But until the big streaming services step into the long-tail breach, Shout Factory TV (at is ready to make a home there. The boutique streaming service, which is free and requires no subscription, »

- Gary Susman

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"The Simpsons: Walking Big & Tall"

8 February 2015 6:30 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek "The Simpsons" episode "Walking Big & Tall", airing February 8, 2015 on Fox...

...with guest voice Pharrell Williams:

"...when 'Lisa' learns the 'Springfield' anthem was stolen from another town...

"...she writes a replacement. 

"Meanwhile, Homer learns the meaning of 'Wide Pride'..."

Regular voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson', Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Hank Azaria as 'Moe', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph' and Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse'.

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- Michael Stevens

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Celebrate 25 Years of The Simpsons with 25 Episodes That Go for the Heart

15 January 2015 12:40 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Twenty-five years ago, the first episode of The Simpsons aired in the Sunday, 8 p.m., time slot that the show still occupies today and has for most of its quarter-century run. In the past 25 years, the show has generated laughs, riffed on countless pop culture sources, and even introduced whole words to our language. However, The Simpsons has also had more tender, human moments than one might expect from a show starring cartoons with massive overbites. Check out 25 moments when the show reminded us that there's some genuine heart beneath all that yellow. 1. 'And Maggie Makes Three'In a flashback, Homer »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Woody Allen to create Amazon TV show

13 January 2015 7:26 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Woody Allen is coming back to television, signing a deal to create a series for Amazon Studios, where he will write and direct every episode. Amazon's press release didn't have much more info on what's for now referred to as "Untitled Woody Allen Project," save that the series will, of course, premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime in the Us, UK and Germany. “Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series,” Amazon Studios vice-president Roy Price said in a statement. “From 'Annie Hall' to 'Blue Jasmine,' Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”  "I don’t know how I got into this," Allen added in the statement. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Footage From "The Simpsons: Bart's New Friend"

11 January 2015 3:08 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from "The Simpsons" episode "Bart's New Friend", written by Judd Apatow airing January 11, 2015 on Fox:

"...'Bart' has a new accomplice and best friend when 'Homer' is hypnotized at the circus and believes he is a young boy again..."

Voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta as 'Homer Simpson', Julie Kavner as 'Marge Simpson, Nancy Cartwright as 'Bart Simpson' and 'Nelson', Yeardley Smith as 'Lisa Simpson', Hank Azaria as 'Moe', Harry Shearer as 'Skinner', Tress MacNeille as 'Dolph' and Pamela Hayden as 'Milhouse'.

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- Michael Stevens

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Judd Apatow discusses his 25 year old Simpsons script, which airs on Sunday

7 January 2015 4:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

On Sunday, Fox will air an episode of The Simpsons scripted by Judd Apatow, which just so happened to be penned back in 1990 when the Knocked Up filmmaker’s career was in its infancy and the classic animated sitcom was still in its first season. Speaking to TV Guide, Apatow has discussed ‘Bart’s New Friend’, and how it finally became a reality after all these years:

“I was 22, a huge fan of The Simpsons, and hoping for a TV writing career,” states Apatow. “At the time I was a fledgling standup comic and people said, ‘If you want to write for sitcoms, you need to do spec scripts.’ Only six episodes of The Simpsons had aired at that point but I tried to copy the style and did a spec script where Homer gets hypnotized and thinks he’s a 10-year-old. He has such a great time being Bart »

- Gary Collinson

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The Simpsons: Season 26 Ratings

5 January 2015 12:29 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It's hard to imagine that The Simpsons will ever be cancelled. Despite a decline in the ratings last season, it remained one of Fox's top-rated shows. Will the numbers go up this year or continue to sag? We'll see.

On The Simpsons, the yellow family that never gets older continues to wreak their own kind of havoc on the strange town of Springfield. The voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. (more…) »


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