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In its heyday, no show delivered the laughs like The Simpsons. In its early years, Matt Groening’s iconic television phenomenon delivered some of the best and most memorable jokes in the sitcom history. Week after week, audiences would tune into The Simpsons for the laughs – so well observed and unexpected and truly clever was the writing, it changed television comedy forever.
When it comes to ranking the “best” episodes of The Simpsons, then, most lists tend to hone in all those episodes that deliver both excellent jokes and lots of heart in equal measure – episodes like And Maggie Makes Three and Lisa’s Substitute, which managed to offer up a deft blend of hilarity and genuine sentiment at the same time.
But what if you set out to pick the funniest episodes of the show, based entirely on their ability to crack you up and nothing else? »
- Sam Hill
Matt Groening is going to make an animated series for Netflix. Don't worry about The Simpsons TV series being cancelled by Fox, though. The long-running Simpsons was already renewed through its 28th season, which will air in the 2016-17 broadcast season.
Deadline says no details about Groening's new Netflix project have been leaked, but he is reportedly creating and writing the new series. Groening is still an Ep and consultant on The Simpsons.
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Matt Groening is in talks to create a new animated series for Netflix. The 61-year-old cartoonist, who is the mastermind behind the 'Simpsons', has reportedly teamed up with the popular internet streaming network to write a mystery programme, which is yet to be given a name, for later this year. The media site reportedly wants the talented writer to create at least two seasons, both with 10 episodes each, after it was revealed the network is keen to create more original content for its viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. However, details surrounding the collaboration have been kept tightly under wraps as a »
Netflix’s adaptation of A Series Of Unfortunate Events has quite possibly found its Count Olaf. How I Met Your Mother, Gone Girl and 2015 Oscars star Neil Patrick Harris is reportedly in talks to portray the immoral adoptive father – presumably in a variety of disguises – in the upcoming series.
If he takes the part, he’ll be stepping into the shoes of Jim Carrey, who did a fine job portraying Lemony Snicket’s orphan-harassing creation in the 2004 movie version. It’s worth mentioning that Harris has comedic villainous form of his own, having starred in Joss Whedon’s web series Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
This casting rumour has originated from The Hollywood Reporter, who have certainly hit the nail right on the head with their speculation »
Netflix has set the premiere dates for ten of its shows this year including three returning series and several new ones such as Baz Luhrmann's "The Get Down," the Winona Ryder-led supernatural drama "Stranger Things," the French language original series "Marseille," the Will Arnett comedy "Flaked," the Ashton Kutcher-led dramedy "The Ranch" and several kids shows like a modern animated take on "King Kong". The schedule is as follows:
March 11th: "Flaked" (new)
April 1st: "The Ranch" (new)
April 15th: "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" S2, "Kong: King of the Apes" (new)
June 3rd: "Word Party" (new)
June 17th: "Orange is the New Black" S4
July 15th: "Stranger Things" (new)
August 12th: "The Get Down: Part 1" (new)
- Garth Franklin
Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, is developing a new animated series for Netflix. Confirming the news, The Hollywood Reporter has hinted at a possible two-season run with 20 episodes in total for the as-yet-unnamed show. Groening created a cultural phenomenon with The Simpsons before turning his hand to the science fiction genre for follow-up Futurama. Despite a dip in quality in recent years The Simpsons has proven enduringly popular, still going strong with over 550 episodes and holding the title of longest running prime time U.S. television show. With erratic scheduling and a lengthy hiatus, Futurama's run proved less stable despite maintaining a loyal fan base and inventive writing up until its end in 2013. After redefining the American family for a generation of...
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Details of the project are being kept tightly under wraps, but The Hollywood Reporter is suggesting that a two-season pick-up of 20 episodes in total is likely.
- Gary Collinson
Matt Groening, the man behind The Simpsons and Futurama, may just bring his influential brand of animated comedy to the world of streaming TV. Variety reports that Groening is in talks to make an animated series for Netflix. Groening's project would join the likes of BoJack Horseman and F Is for Family on the site, though the details of his pitch are being kept secret. The streaming service is considering ordering two seasons of the series with ten episodes apiece, because if anything is a sure bet, it's an animated series from Matt Groening. »
- Jackson McHenry
As the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama — two of the most beloved animated series of… well, ever — Matt Groening‘s name will always loom large in pop culture. And now he’s preparing to add one more show to his already impressive legacy. Groening is reportedly in talks with Netflix to create a new […]
- Angie Han
Netflix is in talks with “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening to develop a new animated series, TheWrap has learned. Netflix had no comment and plot details are being kept under wraps. Groening will continue to act as showrunner on Fox’s “The Simpsons,” which is in its 27th season, and has already been renewed for a 28th season, consisting of 22 episodes. Also Read: 'The Simpsons' Goes '80s With Epic New Opening Credits (Video) Groening has won 10 Emmys for “The Simpsons” and two for “Futurama,” which ran from 1999-2003 and then was brought back from 2008-2013. »
- Linda Ge
Netflix is teaming with the co-creator of one of the most iconic broadcast animated comedy series. I’ve learned that the Internet network is in talks with The Simpsons co-creator/executive producer Matt Groening for a new animated series. Details about the project, which Groening will create and write, are being kept under wraps. Netflix has been gradually expanding its animated series portfolio, which includes BoJack Horseman, F Is for Family and the upcoming Dr. Seuss’ G… »
Details of the project are being kept under wraps. Netflix is understood to be considering a two-season order of 10 episode apiece. That could be prompted by the long lead time needed for animation production. A larger episode order upfront would allow Netflix to better amortize the production costs. It’s unclear if an outside production entity is involved with the project.
Netflix declined comment. A rep for Groening could not immediately be reached for comment.
- Cynthia Littleton
The Simpsons premiered 26 years ago Thursday, as part of Fox's Sunday night lineup that at the time included Married... with Children. Because the family had popped up as animated shorts on The Tracy Ullman Show a few years earlier - and also because of creator Matt Groening's success with the cartoon strip Life in Hell - they weren't exactly an unknown quantity when the show premiered on Jan. 14, 1990. Critics were quick to respond, too. In honor of The Simpsons' 26th birthday, check out what some of the country's leading pop-culture publications were saying about the show in its first few months on air. »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Chicago – Voiceover artist Alex Borstein is familiar to TV audiences as the legendary Lois Griffin of “Family Guy,” but she also is a stellar character actress, recently in a role on the HBO series “Getting On.” She is back in the animation saddle with a couple of voiceover parts in the new Fox Network show ‘Bordertown.’
“Bordertown” is created by Mark Hentemann and is produced by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy.” It involves the Buckwald and Gonzalez families in a Southwest desert town on the Mexico-u.S. border, and Alex Borstein voices both the Buckwald mother Janice and her hapless daughter Becky. The show is sharp and funny, with the satire that is familiar to Seth MacFarlane animation fans. “Bordertown” premiered on the Fox Network on January 3rd, 2016, and is now on Sunday nights.
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14 items from 2016
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