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"The Simpsons: Mathlete's Feat" - Season Finale

15 May 2015 3:23 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek the new 'couch gag' from "Mathlete's Feat" the Season Finale episode of "The Simpsons", (recently renewed for Season 27), premiering May 17, 2015 on Fox:

"...when a modernized 'Springfield Elementary' has a technical meltdown...

"...'Lisa' transforms it into a 'Waldorf' school.

"Meanwhile, 'Groundskeeper Willie' becomes the coach of the 'mathletes'..."

"This couch gag plays like a full-fledged mini-episode," said "The Simpsons" creator/executive producer Matt Groening. "It’s going to be a real treat for fans of 'The Simpsons', fans of 'Rick' and 'Morty' and fans of animated belching..."

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- Michael Stevens

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Watch Rick And Morty Drop In on The Simpsons Season Finale

14 May 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The title characters of the Adult Swim original animated series Rick and Morty are headed to Springfield for this Sunday's season finale of The Simpsons. The longest-running scripted series in television, The Simpsons was recently renewed for its 27th season (this time without key cast-member Harry Shearer). When you're on the air that long, you've got to keep things interesting. In recent years, The Simpsons has brought in guest animators to have fun with the couch gag, and for this weekend's episode Rick and Morty creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's shot.The alcoholic mad scientist (Rick) and his sidekick grandson (Morty) are bringing their inter-dimensional shenanigans to Springfield and you can watch the 2-minute crossover below. Clip via Adult Swim “This couch gag plays like a full-fledged mini-episode,” said The Simpsons creator and executive producer Matt Groening. “It's going to be a real treat for fans of The Simpsons, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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The Simpsons Hand the Couch Gag Over to Team Rick and Morty

14 May 2015 2:06 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Though Harry Shearer is still holding strong that he’s done with The Simpsons, the show must go on. With that, we have this Sunday’s finale. And with that, we have a new guest couch gag. This one comes from the fine people behind Rick and Morty, the acclaimed Adult Swim show, co-created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. As Simpsons creator Matt Groening notes in its press release, it “plays like a full-fledged mini-episode.” And, yes, a Shearer-voiced character appears in it. »

- Jesse David Fox

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Harry Shearer Leaves "The Simpsons"

14 May 2015 6:09 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

One of the most recognisable voice cast members of "The Simpsons", Harry Shearer, is leaving the long-running animated series after twenty-six seasons.

Shearer revealed the news in a tweet on Wednesday night, citing the reason for his departure as: "Because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work.”

The voice cast of the show recently signed two-year extensions for a twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth season. “Simpsons” executive producers Matt Groening, Al Jean and Brooks say in a statement that: “Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed. The show will go on and we wish him well. Maggie took it hard.”

Amongst Shearer's characters are Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and dozens of supporting characters or one-offs ranging from Rainier Wolfcastle to God, The Devil and Hitler.

Rather than killing off his characters, the show will »

- Garth Franklin

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Harry Shearer, Voice of Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Leaving 'The Simpsons'

14 May 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Update: Simpsons co-creator James L. Brooks tweeted his hopefulness that Harry Shearer may still be a part of the show. "Hey, we tried. We're still trying," Brooks wrote. "Harry, no kidding, let's talk."

Harry Shearer, the voice actor behind Ned Flanders, C. Montgomery Burns, Smithers, Otto and countless more beloved The Simpsons characters, announced on Twitter that he is leaving the show after a run dating back to the series' 1989 debut. Shearer's shocking admission comes just days after Fox revealed that the long-running animated show had been picked up for two more seasons. »

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Harry Shearer Leaving ‘The Simpsons’

13 May 2015 11:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Simpsons” has lost one of its most recognizable voices. Harry Shearer, who voices Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner, is leaving Fox’s animated series after 26 seasons.

He tweeted the news on Wednesday night.

“This because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work,” he wrote.

His message suggested that his departure was over a contract dispute. Shearer wrote that the lawyer for “Simpsons” producer James L. Brooks’ delivered the news: “‘Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.'”

“Simpsons” exec producers Matt Groening, Al Jean and Brooks confirmed the news, releasing a statement that read “Harry Shearer was offered the same deal the rest of the cast accepted, and passed. The show will go on and we wish him well. Maggie took it hard.”

They added that the show will recast characters like Burns and Flanders “with the »

- Variety Staff

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Over 50 Pictures from The Simpsons Universal Studios Springfield Attraction

13 May 2015 10:48 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“Springfield” no longer only lives in the animated world of The Simpsons, where it’s been made famous for 26 seasons, but it’s now been brought to life in the real world, as part of a new immersive environment surrounding “The Simpsons Ride” at Universal Studios Hollywood. To bring the comic spirit of the much loved Fox series to life, project director Jon Corfino worked in collaboration with Gracie Films, creator/executive producer Matt Groening and executive producer James L. Brooks so that park goers could experience many of the iconic landmarks of the city, including Mr. Burn’s Nuclear Power Plant, Springfield Elementary School, Comic Book Guy’s Android’s Dungeon, Springfield Police Headquarters, Duff Brewery and Beer Garden, and the Kwik-e-Mart. You can also explore Springfield’s culinary offerings in dining venues that are detailed replicas with signature dishes. As Universal Studios Hollywood makes a concentrated effort to »

- Christina Radish

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'Simpsons' Creator Matt Groening Says Everyone's Signed On ... But We Know Differently (Video)

10 May 2015 10:02 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

"Simpsons" creator Matt Groening took issue with our story that there's a major holdout in the cast, but we know it's true, and now we know who. Groening told our photog Saturday night all the actors have signed on for the next 2 seasons.  Fox has already announced the renewal. But sources intimately familiar with the production tell us Harry Shearer, who voices multiple characters on the show, has not re-resigned.  As we reported, all members »

- TMZ Staff

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The Simpsons Renewed Through Season 28

5 May 2015 7:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

First, a brief musical interlude: “They’ll never stop The Simpsons! Have no fears, we’ve got stories for years, like Marge becomes a robot, Maybe Moe gets a cell phone, has Bart ever owned a bear? Or, how ’bout a crazy wedding? Where something happens and doo doo doo doo doo… Sorry for the clip show. Have no fears, we’ve got stories for years!” – “Gump Roast” (Season 13, Episode 17)

That’s right – Fox is standing by the longest-running primetime scripted show on television, having picked up perennial animated sitcom The Simpsons for not one but two additional seasons. The pickup will see the series run through season 28, if you can believe that. It’s not the first time that Fox has seen fit to renew The Simpsons for more than one season at a time – back in 2011, after negotiating new deals with the primary voice cast, the network also »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘The Simpsons’ Has Been Renewed For Two More Seasons

5 May 2015 5:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

TV’s The Simpsons has been renewed for another two season, taking it to a near record-breaking 28. Besides the Western Gunsmoke, The Simpsons will, at the end of season 28, become the second-longest prime-time television series ever with 625 episodes to its credit. Gunsmoke made it to 635.

The Simpsons debuted in December 1989. Created by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Sam Simon, the show has been syndicated around the world to record-breaking ratings. It’s 26th season climaxes in a season finale in the Us on May 17th.

Source: La Times »

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Fox renews 'The Simpsons' through Season 28

4 May 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Taking us one step closer to the apocalyptic reality implied by Don Hertzfeldt's season-opening couch gag, "The Simpsons" was renewed for two additional seasons on Monday (May 4) afternoon. This latest renewal, which Fox called a "Double D'OHse" takes "The Simpsons" through its 27th and 28th season, which will bring Matt Groening's creation to 625 episodes. "I've outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and ‘McDreamy,’ because I have something they don’t: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction," blurbs Homer Simpson, who is a fictional animated character and not a real person capable of giving press release statements. In its current season, "The Simpsons" is averaging 6 million viewers and a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49. It still ranks among the Top 10 shows on broadcast TV in men 18-34 and male teens. This past weekend's episode was No.572 for the Emmy-winning favorite. And, honestly, given the show's production timetable, I'm not sure how this was possibly news. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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‘The Simpsons’ Renewed for Two More Seasons

4 May 2015 2:13 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Simpsons” is coming back for two more seasons.

The pickup for seasons 27 and 28, announced by Fox on Monday, will bring the series to 625 episodes total. The animated show already holds the title as the longest-running scripted series in TV history.

Expressing his excitement, Homer Simpson quipped, “I’ve outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and ‘McDreamy,’ because I have something they don’t: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction.”

The Simpsons” premiered in 1989 and has since won 31 Emmys, became the first animated show to win a Peabody Award, was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 for theatrical short “The Longest Daycare” and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.

Currently in its 26th season, the show has surpassed 570 episodes; another animated Fox hit, “Family Guy,” just hit its 250th episode this weekend. The latter series has yet to be renewed, though the season 14 order is a no-brainer. “Bob’s Burgers, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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'The Simpsons' Renewed for Two More Seasons

4 May 2015 2:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TV's longest-running primetime scripted series just got longer. Fox has handed out a two-season renewal for animated hit The Simpsons, the network announced Monday. The renewal means the series from Al Jean and Matt Groening will extend through season 28. See more Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2015-16 This marks the latest multi-season renewal for TV's longest-running hit. Following prolonged negotiations with its voice cast, the network reached new deals and picked up the show for two additional seasons in 2011.  With the additional season order, the animated family comedy following the misadventures of Homer,

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15 Family Guy Quotes To Use In Everyday Life

30 March 2015 6:06 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


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

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Beautiful Disasters: "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T"

30 March 2015 5:27 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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

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Fox Wants To Whack $250M ‘Simpsons’ Lawsuit By ‘Goodfellas’ Actor

27 March 2015 12:56 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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… »

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Matt Weiner: Finale’s Premiere Is First-Ever ‘Mad Men’ Convention

26 March 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Simpsons’

23 March 2015 5:57 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents’

17 March 2015 7:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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The Simpsons Honors Sam Simon With Touching Tribute

16 March 2015 8:18 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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 »

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