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2015 is looking up a particularly good year to be a Carrie Brownstein fan. She'll be back on the road with the reunited Sleater-Kinney, who will also be dropping No Cities To Love, their first new album since 2005's The Woods. You'll also see Brownstein pop up in a role in Todd Haynes' "Carol." But before all that, "Portlandia," the show that has raised her profile over the last half decade, will be back, and a new trailer has arrived. And make no mistake, the fifth season of the hipster skewering show will be bigger than ever. Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch are all confirmed to make appearances, with Jeff Goldblum, Kumail Nanjiani, Ed Begley Jr. and Kyle MacLachlan reprising their roles. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Season five of Portlandia premieres on Jan. 8, and if you were excited about the creepy clip they teased on Halloween, you're going to love the full trailer. Guest stars Olivia Wilde and Jeff Goldblum are back joining Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in IFC's offbeat comedy, and we also get sneak peeks at Paul Reubens and Brigitte Nielsen. Though they're not featured in the trailer, guest stars Seth Meyers, Matt Groening, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Parker Posey, Paul Simon, Natasha Lyonne, Anna Gunn, and Justin Long are set to appear this season. The whole trailer has a somewhat ominous feel, and I like it. Take a look below! »
Carrie and Fred are back, and as epic as ever.
IFC also set the premiere of the new 10-episode season for 10 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2015.
Coming up in the new season, Bryce and Lisa’s precious Taxidermy Shop is vandalized, Malcolm and Kris are a public failure as parents, Lance and Nina seek out couples therapy, and Fred and Carrie attempt to buy a home in Portland’s cutthroat real estate market.
“‘Portlandia’s’ characters have always been central to the show, but this season we went deeper into their lives so that viewers can connect with and appreciate them even more,” said Armisen and Brownstein. “We can’t wait to share their new adventures and what keeps ‘Portlandia’ so special. »
- Kevin Noonan
If you’ve ever wondered what Women & Women First looked like long before it opened its doors, Portlandia‘s fifth season — bowing in January — is for you.
Expect the episodes to go deep with your favorite characters, such as feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace, who’ll reveal how they came to open Portland’s lady-championing storefront.
The Simpsons vs. Family Guy debate has been raging for decades now, with the recent crossover lightly poking the fire. But despite all the discussion no general consensus has been reached. And frankly, there likely never will be any agreement – but it’s worth trying to figure it out, arguing and debating, because, after all, they’re shows we love.
Now, keep in mind that the question here is “which is better?” not “while gives you more laugh out loud moments.” That may seem odd when talking about comedies, but there are a lot of other factors in judging the two shows. Family Guy tells you right in its opening sequence that the aim is to make you both laugh and cry, after all. The Simpsons is well known for producing some heart-warming, tear-jerking moments; both have the ability to go the dramatic route as well as the comedic. »
- Jay Anderson
The creator of "The Simpsons" says Smithers was color incorrect when he first appeared on the show ... black.Waylon Smithers' black hue was simply a mistake, but producers didn't have the money to turn him to his intended yellow ... so says Matt Groening.Groening gives an interesting explanation for the error, which was short-lived. It was corrected for Smithers' second appearance in the town of Springfield ... whatever state it's in.Groening also tells us why »
- TMZ Staff
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not yet watched Sunday's episode of “The Simpsons” entitled “Simpsorama.”) For the second time in this young season, “The Simpsons” starred in a crossover with another popular Fox animated series. “Family Guy” kicked things off by having the Griffins crash Springfield for its season opener. This time, “The Simpsons” invited guests from the far-flung future. Also read: 11 Surprising 'Simpsons' Deaths That Rocked Springfield The twice-cancelled “Futurama” made yet another triumphant return to the airwaves in “Simpsorama,” which was essentially a “Futurama” episode run through the classic filter of Matt Groening‘s most. »
- Jason Hughes
How I love Futurama! Matt Groening's other show never had the audience or the acclaim of The Simpsons. It aired sporadically for four seasons, frequently shifting timeslots in an era when "timeslots" were things that people cared about. But eventually people found Futurama: In reruns on adult swim, on DVD when DVDs were things that people cared about. And what they found was a show that was somehow both darker and sillier than its more famous older sibling. The Simpsons is a family show about characters who fundamentally love each other, living in a vividly drawn cartoon city »
- Darren Franich
Having crossed over with Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy back in September, The Simpsons will be linking up with another Matt Groening creation with tonight’s episode as the stars of Futurama head to Springfield for ‘Simpsorama’, and you can check out a selection of clips right here…
Will you be tuning in to ‘Simpsorama’ tonight?
Will you be picking up the Lego Big Bang Theory set?
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- Gary Collinson
“A show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes,” is the opening tagline description for The Simpsons-Futurama crossover, Simpsorama. That’s right folks, the gang from the twice-canceled space comedy are staging a brief comeback to the small screen. In this Sunday’s weekly instalment of The Simpsons, Homer and co. will be uniting for a crossover with Matt Groening’s other animated serial.
Bringing together the Planet Express delivery crew with Springfield’s infamous family, the special episode will kick off in a traditional way: via the couch gag. The Simpsons‘ opening credits have been a long-running source of some of the series’ finest quips. Beginning with Bart’s chalky scrawls on his schoolroom board, they culminate with a different couch joke every week. So, to accurately commence this spinoff episode, the powers that be have created an amalgam of the two shows via the Simpsons’ sofa. »
- Gem Seddon
Back in September, it was reported that "The Simpsons" will air an episode that will crossover with "Futurama," another show created by Matt Groening. The episode is called "Simpsorama" and we now have the couch gag from it, featuring Homer meeting Hedonismbot. Check it out below. The story centers on Bart sneezing on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule, which mixes with Millhouse's rabbit's foot and radioactive ooze to create a catastrophe in the future. Bender is sent back in time to kill Bart and prevent the crisis from ever happening. "Simpsorama" is set to air on November 9th at 8pm Est on Fox. Video: »
Futurama lives! For one night at least. The long-running sci-fi cartoon spoof, which signed off last year, is making a time-traveling comeback on The Simpsons (Sunday, Nov. 9 at 8/7c on Fox). Despite the fact the shows are set 1,000 years apart, the crossover makes sense, given that both series were created by Matt Groening and share a similar animation style. "At the table read, I said, "Let's celebrate this joyous reunion between Matt Groening's left and right brains,'" says Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. "And I really think that's what it is."
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- Rich Sands
The future is looking good for Homer Simpson. Fox's “The Simpsons” finally meets with Matt Groening‘s other animated brainchild,”Futurama,” in a special crossover episode on Sunday, and a first look at the episode's couch gag reveals that 742 Evergreen Terrace's resident layabout will find plenty to enjoy about the conveniences of the post-modern age. See photos: 11 Surprising ‘Simpsons’ Deaths That Rocked Springfield (Photos) Such as a couch that not only allows him to plop his ample behind down, but gives him a massage to boot. Also read: See photos: 11 Surprising 'Simpsons' Deaths That Rocked Springfield The crossover episode, airing 8 p. »
- Tim Kenneally
Back in September, we reported that The Simpsons will be crossing over with Futurama, both of which were created by Matt Groening, in a special crossover episode entitled "Simpsorama", airing Sunday, November 9 at 8 Pm Et on Fox. Today, the network has released the couch gag fans will see this weekend, which features Springfield's favorite family meeting Futurama's Hedonismbot (voiced by Maurice Lamarche).
The story centers on Bart (Nancy Cartwright) sneezing on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule, which mixes with Millhouse's (Pamela Hayden) rabbit's foot and radioactive ooze to create a catastrophe in the future. Bender (John Di Maggio) is sent back in time to kill Bart and prevent the crisis from ever happening.
In addition to the couch gag, we have two new clips, one of which features Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and Bender taking their turns beating on Bart, while the second shows Professor Farnsworth »
NBC orders 5 more “Marry Me” episodes That brings the total Season 1 order to 18 episodes. Broadcast TV is getting raunchier Competition with cable has led shows like “New Girl” to talk about fisting, “The Mindy Project” to tackle anal sex, and “How to Get Away with Murder” to discuss penis pictures. Carol Burnett is writing a book about her variety show In a conversation with Rosie O’Donnell, Burnett says the book will include liner notes of some of her and the cast’s favorite sketches. Click Read Full Post For More Emily Watson joins Lifetime’s “Marilyn” miniseries The Oscar nominee will play Marilyn Monroe’s guardian. Did “Sons of Anarchy” just jump the shark? The FX series might've shown its dumbest scene yet on this week's episode. How “Garfield” the cat saved primetime cartoons The "lasagna-loving, Monday-hating orange feline” paved the way for shows like “The Simpsons.” HBO expects »
- Norman Weiss
Like Sweet Zombie Jesus, Fry & Co. will rise from the dead for one more animated adventure on The Simpsons. The Planet Express crew from the 31st century is scheduled to touch down in present-day Springfield in the Fox comedy's Nov. 9 episode, titled "Simpsorama." The main voice cast from beloved-and-cancelled-once-again Futurama—John Dimaggio, Billy West, Katey Sagal, Phil Lamarr, Lauren Tom, Maurice Lamarche, and Tress MacNeille (who is part of the Simpsons voice cast as well)—reprised their roles for this crossover creation, in which rage-robot Bender travels back in time to eliminate Bart before he does something snotty that leads to a mass catastrophe. »
- Dan Snierson
The Simpsons' showrunner Al Jean has worked on the animated series since 1989 when he came on as a writer. If anyone has a say in how this show should end (if it ever ends), it's him or creator Matt Groening. In an interview with CNN, Jean reveals how he thinks the ideal way to end the series would be. He wants The Simpsons to have a circular narrative, and his idea involves going back to the very first episode of the series that aired on Fox. That episode happens to be the famous Christmas special, “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.” Here’s the idea that Jean came up with.
“There is an ending I've always had in mind, which was, I thought it would be cool if in the last episode they're getting ready to go to a Christmas pageant, and they go to the Christmas pageant that opens up the first episode, »
- Joey Paur
If you’re looking for a science fiction cartoon that is full of hilarious characters and sharp writing, then you should look no further than Matt Groening’s Futurama. As one of the most beloved cartoons of its generation, Futurama soared on Fox from 1999 to 2003, producing some of the finest in comedy animation.
It created a vision of the future that seemed credible while also being just nutty enough to sustain 22 minutes of humor week to week, along with a very grounded protagonist in Fry that was a charming stand-in for 20th century humans. And even though it was born from the same pedigree as The Simpsons, Futurama was able to attain an even higher degree of quality than perhaps any animated show ever did.
Futurama’s first run on Fox was easily the single best animated program ever made, with its consistent quality from episode to episode serving »
- Matthew Fisher
Even if you're not a watcher of "The Simpsons," one of the Fox series' great annual pleasures is the Halloween "Treehouse of Horror" special, which had its 25th edition Sunday night. Matt Groening and company have spoofed Stanley Kubrick before (see "Treehouse of Horror" classic "The Shinning") but Sunday was a true homage to the great director, a hilarious, unsubtle, over-the-top meta, allusion-packed mishmash of "Barry Lyndon," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Full Metal Jacket," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "A Clockwork Orange." Along with a winking nod to the director's supposed cover-up of the Apollo moon landing (as alleged in Rodney Ascher's neat pomo doc "Room 237"). Here's a clip. Watch the full episode here. (Thanks, Vulture.) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The genesis of “Simpsons World” — the authenticated app that is the multimedia playground for all things connected to the iconic toon — was a deal point in the megabucks syndication deal that brought “The Simpsons” to reruns to Fxx.
As FX Networks and Fox’s Twentieth Television were hashing out the transaction in the early fall of 2013, it became clear that FX would need expansive streaming rights to the 550-plus episodes to make the deal, with an estimated pricetag of $750 million, financially viable.
Throughout the sale process, Twentieth TV kept close counsel with James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and the other pillars of “The Simpsons.” Twentieth’s Steve MacDonald, FX’s Chuck Saftler and other other execs handling the deal wanted to make sure the creative stewards of the franchise were comfortable with the sale that made “Simpsons” reruns available on cable for the first time.
When it came to the »
- Cynthia Littleton
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