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Family Guy hit our television screens in 1999 and although at a glance it may have looked like nothing more than a Simpsons rip-off, it found its feet and, more importantly, its audience with its off-brand, adult and, for lack of a better word, random humour. The show may not hold its own against the likes of Matt Groening’s animated creations in terms of pure storytelling or plot, but its devotion to delivering laughs has been relentless since its inception and and with that has come a lot of great comedy.
Family Guy actually has a lot in common with a lot of the most popular stand-up comedy. What it is best at is observational humour; making fun of popular phenomena, celebrities and the things that make us human. It is Seth MacFarlane’s (and his writers) unique take on the world delivered through the mouths of cartoon characters (which, »
- Joe O'Brien
We spend years viewing the world through the eyes of a child before abandoning it. Not the world, that is—but we grow into players in the game of Life, rub our heavy eyelids, and take to ever-trippy existence from a heightened perspective in which our formative fears and fantasies are filtered through a scope less blurry, unadulterated. And then in doing so we leave a little something behind. For a grown-up to be considered “childish” comes with more negative connotations than posi, but to retain one’s inner child is a paramount strength. So what is the difference?Theodore Geisel, also known under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, authored the most celebrated children’s literature of his time. He presented generations upon generations whimsical visions which, in proper auteur style, require just a single glance to recognize as work of his. Geisel’s simply-worded fables were praised for encouraging youth »
- Oliver Skinner
Exclusive: More than five months after Frank Sivero launched his mega-complaint against Fox alleging that a character from the Matt Groening co-created series was based on the role he played in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film, the studio has hit back – blunt and hard. "Defendant specifically denies that the character ‘Louie’ in The Simpsons television series was based on Plaintiff or any character that he has ever played," Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation said this… »
“Mad Men,” the critically acclaimed television series that popularized everything from period dramas to pear-shaped figures, is coming to an end. To celebrate the launch of the series’ final seven episodes, AMC and Lionsgate TV hosted a high-fashion Black & Red Ball at downtown Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Wednesday night that was only befitting the stylish show known for highballs, hemlines and hijinks in the 1960s advertising world.
“‘Mad Men’ has changed the lives of hundreds of men and women who created 92 hours; 92 successful one-hour works of art,” AMC president and g.m. Charlie Collier said before the screening of the first of the final episodes, as he called to the stage the writers, stars and many production department heads responsible for bringing creator Matthew Weiner’s series to the screen.
Weiner, who received a standing ovation upon taking the stage, opened his speech by joking that “people will stand for anything. »
- Whitney Friedlander
It would be hard to picture life without The Simpsons. As someone who was born in the mid 1980s, I honestly don’t remember life without Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, and Maggie. The Simpsons is currently in its 26th season on television, making it the longest running primetime sitcom ever., and Fox announced earlier this year that the show will be returning for Season 27. Though it does not bring in the 20+ million viewers it used to, The Simpsons is still a profitable series for Fox through merchandising, and it serves as a great lead-in for its Sunday night comedy block. Here are ten facts you may not know about The Simpsons. 1. Why are they yellow? Have you ever been watching an episode of The Simpsons and wonder why Homer, Bart, Lisa, and the rest of Springfield are yellow skinned? Well, there is a reason for that. Creator Matt Groening decided »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Avant-garde geniuses or the world’s longest-running rock novelty act? For those not previously converted or exposed, “Theory of Obscurity” will leave that big question hanging. Its survey of the Residents’ singular 40-year career — marked by anonymity as much as eccentricity — offers plenty of eye- and ear-catching stimulation without really making the case for this large body of work having the depth to match its breadth. Still, fans and newbies alike will be delighted by much of Don Hardy’s documentary, which draws on an expansive archive of surreal expressions from an (alleged) quartet whose creative emphasis was as much visual as sonic from the start. Minor theatrical exposure is possible before a healthy career in niche ancillary.
Their story told by various fans and collaborators — at least some of whom almost certainly are members of the “band” — the Residents themselves have never been identified by name. Their roster and »
- Dennis Harvey
The Simpsons said goodbye to a one of their own. The Sunday, March 15 episode included a tribute to executive producer Sam Simon. Simon, who is credited as a co-developer on the beloved long-running animated comedy, died at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer. Simon helped develop the show with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks in the late 1980s, but left in 1993. He remained an executive producer on the Fox series. The tribute at the end of the episode included a video clip of Simon and the below tribute cards. "I see it as kind of a triumph of doing your work from that very pure place of just doing stuff that you personally enjoy," Simon said in the undated clip at the end of the »
Sam Simon, a producer and writer who co-created "The Simpsons" along with Matt Groening and James L Brooks, has died after along battle with colon cancer. He was 59 years old. Early in his career, Simon served as an executive producer on the "Taxi" sitcom. At the age of only 23. He also wrote and produced such comedies as "Cheers" and "The Drew Carey Show." More recently, he worked as a consultant on Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" sitcom. But Simon will always be known for creating "The Simpsons." He worked with Groening and Brooks on "The Tracey Ulman Show," on which The Simpsons got their start and later getting their own series in 1989. "The Simpsons" has since become the longest-running primetime series in television history. Simon eventually left the show in 1993 to become a philanthropist, who gave away his fortune to charities as PETA, Save the Children and his own Sam Simon Foundation, »
Sam Simon, who co-created The Simpsons, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles at 59. The Emmy winning writer, who was diagnosed in February 2013 with terminal colon cancer, spent the last few years of his life as a philanthropist, giving millions to charity. Much of his work focused on helping animals. After Simon was diagnosed with colon cancer, he bought zoos and circuses and freed the animals.
Simon was an honorary director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which named its headquarters The Sam Simon Center.
"It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over", the Sam Simon foundation said in a statement. "We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work at The Sam Simon Foundation. »
20th Century Fox
If Sam Simon had got his way, The Simpsons would have ended a long time ago. The co-creator, whose fractious relationship with Matt Groening was the stuff of legend, had initially imagined the show would be a disaster, and that it wouldn’t last beyond its 13 commissioned episodes.
He was a genius, but thank God he was wrong.
He might not have stuck around for much longer than that first season – he left in 1993 feeling underpaid and under-appreciated (something he felt the opposite of in later years when his royalties kept piling in) – but Simon’s legacy at the show was cemented in the spirit and the characters he introduced.
The creator and great philanthropist died after defying his diagnosis of terminal cancer for more than two years, and while the show has grown massively since his departure, his presence will be felt as long as The Simpsons airs. »
- Simon Gallagher
Sam Simon, who died Sunday of colorectal cancer, will not just be remembered for his work on “The Simpsons,” “Taxi” and other memorable TV shows. He was also an active philanthropist, including creating the dog-focused nonprofit the Sam Simon Foundation and serving as honorary director of PETA.
Here, Variety has gathered tributes that have highlighted both his personal and professional endeavors.
“We will miss Sam’s phenomenal talents, sharp intelligence, and sly sense of humor. He is gone from our industry too soon.”
“He was truly one of the great ones. He found so much outside the work to give him pleasure and left so much behind for others.”
“The Simpsons” executive producer-showrunner Al Jean:
“He was a genius and a great humanitarian in ways public and private. I personally owe him more than can be repaid, »
- Variety Staff
Prolific television writer and producer Sam Simon has passed away, Deadline is reporting. Simon succumbed to the colorectal cancer that he had been fighting since 2012. He was 59.
Simon began his career in television working on animated features such as Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a storyboard artist. Having an interest in writing as well, Simon submitted a spec script for the television show Taxi, which subsequently led to the hiring of him as a writer and eventual showrunner for the series’ final season, where he first worked with James L. Brooks.
His path through television led him to the writing rooms of other luminary TV shows such as Cheers, Barney Miller, and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, ultimately leading him to be a writer and producer on The Tracey Ullman Show, where he once again worked with Brooks.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Co-creator of The Simpsons Sam Simon has passed away. Simon was born in 1955 and grew up in Beverly Hills. While still in college at Stanford, Simon got work as a sports cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. Upon graduation, Simon parlayed that experience into a job working for the animation studio behind Mighty Mouse and Fat Albert. Based on the recommendation of a producer, Simon wrote a spec script for Taxi, which landed him a job on the show's staff and quickly led to him becoming the showrunner. It was on Taxi that Simon first met James L. Brooks, which would come into play a few years later, when Brooks was working with Matt Groening to turn his Simpsons cartoon into a TV series.Simon's impact on The Simpsons cannot be overstated. As co-creator and co-showrunner, he is often credited with establishing the show's sensibility »
- Jesse David Fox
Comedy writer, director and producer Sam Simon passed away last night. He was 59 years old, and had been diagnosed with terminal cancer since late 2012. Simon was quite accomplished as a writer/producer of TV's “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” before teaming up with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks to develop The Simpsons in 1989. Simon began his career at Filmation - writing Fat Albert and Heckle & Jeckle cartoons. He moved into live action selling scripts to Barney Miller and Taxi in 1981. In 1989 he joined the Simpsons development team after a stint on The Tracy Ullman Show. Simon co-wrote several Simpsons episodes during shows first seasons, serving as co-showrunner, character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor, developer, and writer. He left the show day-to-day in 1993 - but remained involved an executive producer. He won nine Emmy Awards (seven for The Simpsons / two for Tracey Ullman) for his...
- Jerry Beck
Sam Simon, a nine-time Emmy winner and one of the co-creators of "The Simpsons," died on Sunday (March 8) after a long battle with colorectal cancer. He was 59. A writer and later showrunner on "Taxi," Simon also produced and wrote for "Cheers." Simon was part of the original team that helped develop "The Simpsons" into a regular-length series after it began its run as shorts on "The Tracey Ullman Show." Credited as series co-creator with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, Simon assembled the original team of "Simpsons" writers, a murderers' row that included legendary show scribes including John Swartzwelder, Jon Vitti, Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky. Simon, and the staff he brought together, has been given much of the credit for helping craft the sensibility of the series, as well as the ever-expanding universe of Springfield. Simon left the show in 1993 and had a wildly eclectic »
- Daniel Fienberg
The news that Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon has died was greeted with sadness from those who worked on or were fans of the long-running Fox series. Simpsons showrunner Al Jean said of Simon, "He was a genius and a great humanitarian in ways public and private. I personally owe him more than can be repaid, but I will do my best to help every animal I can in his memory." Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, with whom Simon developed the show, both released statements remembering their colleague. "We will miss Sam’s phenomenal talents, sharp intelligence, and
- THR Staff
Hollywood and animal lovers are honoring the life and legacy of The Simpsons‘ co-creator Sam Simon who died today following a very public battle with cancer at the age of 59. The nine-time Emmy winner (he co-shared seven for The Simpsons) produced Cheers and Taxi before he co-developed the iconic animated series The Simpsons with Matt Groening and Al Jean in 1989. Later in life, he devoted much of his energy and resources to animal causes worldwide through The Sam Simon… »
Post by The Sam Simon Foundation.
News: Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Talks Terminal Colon Cancer
"It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over," they wrote. "We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work at The Sam Simon Foundation. We take comfort in knowing how many greetings he is receiving across that Rainbow Bridge. We love you Sam!"
The writer/producer reportedly passed away at his Los Angeles home, surrounded by his family and his dog. As an animal rights advocate who worked closely with PETA and various other animal welfare organizations, Simon's dog was an important part of his life. He continued to fight for the rights of animals up until his last days, most »
The 59-year-old TV veteran was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012, at which time he was given only months to live. He immediately began giving his fortune away to various charities close to his heart, many of which were dedicated to the preservation and well-being of animals.
Born in Los Angeles in 1955, Simon received his education from Stanford University before pursuing a career in Hollywood. Prior to co-creating The Simpsons, he wrote for a number of successful primetime series, »
Sam Simon — a nine-time Emmy winner who co-created The Simpsons with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks and later became showrunner — died Sunday at his home in Pacific Palisades, CA, after a very public battle with cancer. He was 59. His foundation made the announcement on Facebook: “It is with much sadness that we must let you know that Sam Simon has passed over. We all miss him, and in his honor, we will continue bringing his vision to light through our work at The Sam… »
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