5 items from 2015
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
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
"...'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
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
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…) »
5 items from 2015
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