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It’s finally time for Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin to bro down and drink up. On Sept. 28, from 9 p.m. all the way to 10 p.m., the animated worlds of Fox’s The Simpsons and Family Guy will collide colossally when Family Guy’s season premiere features the Griffins breaking bread/donuts with the Simpsons. Friendships are formed between the two families before Homer and Peter get in a massive fight over their respective beer of choice.
Dying to know how this crossover came to life? Wondering what to expect when the Quahog crew cruises over to Springfield? Still »
- Dan Snierson
There's no point of reviewing Sunday (September 14) night's The Simpsons Take The Bowl show from The Hollywood Bowl, at least not in a traditional way. Sunday's presentation was the third and final night for The Simpsons Take The Bowl and, alas, if you didn't catch one of the shows... That's it. Sorry. Timed to loosely synchronize with the classic comedy's 25th anniversary, the show's recent syndicated move to Fxx and Sunday, September 28 premiere for the new season, The Simpsons Take The Bowl was a terrific two hours of live music, singing and dancing, culminating in fireworks. The event featured an assortment of new animation tailored around the venue, but also included classic "Simpsons" bits including Homer's plummet down the Springfield Gorge, Homer's gambol through The Land of Chocolate and the transition from the Ajax Steel Mill into The Anvil. I'm not sure that all of my favorite "Simpsons" musical moments were acknowledged. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Even the creators of The Simpsons know we love the old stuff. Specifically, the first 10 to 12 seasons. That’s the period in which Matt Groening‘s iconic yellow family took the world by storm and became a television institution. Since then many fans have fallen off the show, citing a decline in quality, and maybe […]
The post Videos From ‘The Simpsons Take The Bowl’ Musical Event appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
In even more depressing news that I'm getting old, "The Simpsons" turns 25 this year - and to mark the occasion, Matt Groening and friends have been entertaining their asses off at L.A.'s iconic Hollywood Bowl all weekend. Didn't get to go? Sucks for you! Below are 8 YouTube clips that will make you wish you'd been there to "Do the Bartman" with awkward abandon. The opening sketch Oh boy, this must have been really exciting live. Boy. Conan O'Brien sings "The Monorail Song" But not before taking digs at the Bowl's season ticket holders. "Weird" Al Yankovic performs "The Ballad of Homer and Marge" Oh my god, he's famous again. Yeardley Smith and Nancy Cartwright perform "Minimum Wage Nanny" Still the definitive Mary Poppins parody. Nancy Cartwright sings "Do the Bartman" You knew it was coming! 1990 was awesome. The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles performs "Spider Pig" Only in America. »
- Chris Eggertsen
For a show entering its 26th season, "The Simpsons" has been generating a lot of fresh news lately. There was last month's Fxx Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, in which all 552 episodes and the movie were aired in sequence, single-handedly transforming Fxx from a cable curiosity into a destination. For lucky residents of Los Angeles, there's this weekend's The Simpsons Take The Bowl three night event. Starting on Friday, September 12, Hank Azaria will host a trio of live shows at the Hollywood Bowl featuring the likes of Conan O'Brien, Nancy Cartwright, Beverly D'Angelo, Jon Lovitz, Yeardley Smith, "Weird Al" Yankovic, series creator Matt Groening and more, with musical performances accompanied by clips. [Timed around the Bowl show is Thursday night's "Simpsons" music-themed marathon on Fxx, which runs from 8 p.m. to midnight.] And then for everybody, "The Simpsons" returns to Fox on Sunday, September 28 with a fall of new episodes that include a major character death and a "Futurama" crossover and that's not even mentioning the "Family Guy" premiere, which features a much-discussed visit to Springfield. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Not content with crossovers with fellow Matt Groening show Futurama and rival Fox animated series Family Guy, it has now been announced that The Simpsons will be meeting up with their original counterparts from The Tracey Ullman Show shorts as part of the annual ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Halloween special…
According to Entertainment Weekly, the October 19th ‘Treehouse of Horror’ will feature “a segment that parodies The Others, in which the Simpsons are haunted by another ghostly family living in the house. These ghosts turn out to be none other than their crudely drawn former selves.”
The Simpsons of course made their debut back in 1987 as the stars of a series of 48 animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, before the launch of the actual show in 1989. It returns for its 25th season on September 29th.
- Gary Collinson
There’s only one way to close out The Simpsons binge-fest of all 552 episodes on Fxx last month, and that would be with a visit to the Hollywood Bowl from Sept. 12-14 for The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl. The three-night extravaganza, hosted by Hank Azaria as well as guest stars Conan O'Brien, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, Weird Al Yankovic, Beverly D'Angelo, Jon Lovitz, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and Matt Groening, will feature clips accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra topped off with a fireworks finale. “There’ll be some live performance and a combination
- Jordan Riefe
Just as America is recovering from Fxx’s recent 12-day marathon of every episode of the “The Simpsons,” the cabler has set an eight-episode, music-themed marathon of the cartoon, beginning at 8 p.m. on Sept. 11.
The marathon is tied to “‘The Simpsons’ Take the Bowl!” at the Hollywood Bowl, which will run from Sept. 12-14. The episodes, including “Marge vs. The Monorail,” “Two Dozen and One Greyhounds” and “Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part 2,” all feature a song that will showcased during the live show at the Hollywood Bowl.
“‘The Simpsons’ Take the Bowl!” will be hosted by “Simpsons” voice actor Hank Azaria, and will feature clips of the Fox animated show accompanied by live performances from the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Voice actors Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith will perform with guest appearances including Beverly D’Angelo, Jon Lovitz, “Weird Al” Yankovic and more. Series co-creator Matt Groening will share behind-the-scenes stories from the show. »
- Kevin Noonan
The first photo and details are out from "Simpsorama," an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons" featuring the various characters from creator Matt Groening's other famous and now finished animated series "Futurama".
"Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean tells EW: "We're always looking for things that are compatible with us, and I thought, ‘Well, what's more compatible?' We do a joke, actually, about how similar Bender and Homer look. Like, they just erased Homer's hair."
The crossover episode will include all the core members of the "Futurama" cast: Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil Lamarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice Lamarch. There's also a storyline:
"A complex, ‘Terminator'-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse's rabbit's foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, prompting Bender to travel »
- Garth Franklin
Fans of adult-oriented animation have all sorts of options these days, such as Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Archer, the new Netflix series Bojack Horseman and everything on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming. It could be argued that if not for Fox’s iconic series The Simpsons, none of this would be possible.
Now closing in on its 26th (!) season, we’re already looking forward to the upcoming episode which will see The Simpsons host friendly rival Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy characters the Griffins in a crossover event, but it appears the show also has a similar treat up its sleeve.
EW brings us details and a first image (below) of a planned crossover between The Simpsons and the frequently-cancelled fan-favorite Futurama, another creation of Matt Groening. The episode, called ‘Simpsorama,’ is tagged in ...
Click to continue reading ‘Simpsons/Futurama’ Crossover: First Image & Details Released
- Anthony Vieira
During last year's Comic-Con, it was revealed that "The Simpsons" will do a cross-over episode with "Futurama." That episode will air on November 9th, and thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at that episode. Check it out below. Matt Groening created both shows, which is why "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" referenced each other all the time. Here's what we know about the cross-over episode: * The opening credits will feature a tagline: "a show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes" * The episode will bring back "Futurama" voice actors Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil Lamarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice Lamarche * The plot will be a Terminator-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse's rabbit's foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, »
Ahead of the historic crossover between The Simpsons and Family Guy later this month with the Family Guy season premiere ‘The Simpsons Guy’, Entertainment Weekly caught up with Matt Groening and Seth MacFarlane to delve inside the mash-up between the two long-running Fox shows. As part of the magazine feature, the two creators also put pen to paper to draw each other in their own signature style. Here’s what they came up with…
- Gary Collinson
Unless you’ve been living under a Jebediah Springfield statue, you probably know that the season premiere of Family Guy will transport viewers out of Quahog and into Springfield, as the Griffins meet up with the Simpsons. This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly takes you inside this much-anticipated crossover episode and features a Q&A with the two men who gave life to these characters, Simpsons creator/executive producer Matt Groening and Family Guy creator/executive producer Seth MacFarlane.
In addition, EW asked the two animation dominators to take pen to paper and draw each other in any way they saw fit, »
- Dan Snierson
Homer and Bender face-off in the first image that has been released for The Simpsons and Futurama crossover episode. Futurama was cancelled last year, but it will be brought back to life at least one more time.
Creator of both series, Matt Groening, had this to say in a statement to EW, "That was a really tough one to negotiate, because I had to talk to myself." Simpsons executive producer Al Jean added,
"They were going off the air, so I thought people would really love it if we had one more chance to see those characters. We’re always looking for things that are compatible with us, and I thought, ‘Well, what’s more compatible?’ We do a joke, actually, about how similar Bender and Homer look. Like, they just erased Homer’s hair."
According to the report, the episode is called "Simpsorama," and it's a "Terminator-esque story that »
- Joey Paur
Good—no, great—news, everyone: Springfield will be the site of another crossover episode besides the invasion of the Griffins from Family Guy when the Simpsons encounter a familiar pack of now-homeless space adventurers. Futurama, the 31st-century animated comedy that was canceled (again) last year, will return to life—or at least Fry, Leela & Co. will—in a special episode of The Simpsons airing Nov. 9.
“That was a really tough one to negotiate, because I had to talk to myself,” says Matt Groening, creator of, well, both shows.“Simpsorama” is taglined in the opening credits as “a show out of »
- Dan Snierson
Mark counts down 15 great episodes of The Simpsons from its often-overlooked past 15 years...
Last week, we counted down our list of the top 50 episodes of The Simpsons ever made. It's a tough list to make, picking out less than 10 percent of the 552 episodes broadcast to date, to select the very best of the best. This is despite the off-hand consensus of some viewers that the series has been total rubbish since season 10.
We don't hold much truck with this assumption. The Simpsons is an institution and to suggest that more than half of it is garbage is more than a bit reductive. Admittedly, there's much to support the argument that few episodes produced in the twenty-first century can quite stand up to the genius of the earlier canon, but anything would suffer in comparison to that golden age of the show.
If you're one of the people who stopped watching the series after the nineties, »
Having taken the crown as the longest TV marathon ever, The Simpsons can add another achievement to its trophy case—launching Fxx as a viable network.
While many at FX expected the “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon to draw viewers, the results proved to be beyond anyone’s expectations. Bill Carter at The New York Times has a breakdown of the 12-day marathon’s viewership, and the results would even make Comic Book Guy crack a smile.
Simpsons episodes screened in prime time averaged 1.32 million viewers over the course of the marathon, a huge jump from the network’s previous average »
- Jonathon Dornbush
It’s happening. No, really. Crack open a cold one (Duff, Pawtucket, whichever you prefer), because Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin are finally going to hang out. The Sept. 28 season premiere of Family Guy will send the Griffins to Springfield for a hour of comedy power—and a chicken fight to remember between Peter and Homer. You may have come to EW.com in July when we premiered nearly five minutes of footage from the episode, and now you may be itching for more info about this massive mash-up and how it came to be. Well, this week’s issue »
- EW staff
"Kids' TV isn't what it used to be."
We've all said it, our rose-tinted spectacles firmly affixed - but there's an animated show airing right now on Cbbc that's earned plaudits across the board.
Strange Hill High - a fantasy mystery series created using a combination of puppetry and digital effects - was nominated for a BAFTA in 2013 and has been branded "sharp, funny" and "a sure-fire success" by critics.
Set in a school filled with fantastical secrets, the series follows the quick-witted and street smart Mitchell Tanner (Doc Brown), ever-confident Becky Butters (Emma Kennedy) and class nerd Templeton.
"It's my favourite thing that I've ever done - even more than The Simpsons," says head writer Josh Weinstein, who penned some of the Springfield clan's most memorable episodes - 'Who Shot Mr Burns?' , '22 Short Films About Springfield' and more - and worked as showrunner on the long-running animation »
Rob counts down the top 50 episodes of TV's longest-running animated series, The Simpsons...
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
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