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Keanu Reeves and director Roland Emmerich team for a sci-fi series called New Angeles; CBS orders a pilot for the Stephen King adaptation The Things They Left Behind; TNT begins development on a Shooter adaptation; Penny Dreadful season 2 casts Patti LuPone as a guest star; and The Simpsons reveals an upcoming crossover episode will feature the old version of the Simpsons from The Tracey Ullman Show.
Slingshot Global Media announced it is developing a sci-fi series, titled New Angeles, with Keanu Reeves attached to star and Roland Emmerich (White House Down) attached to direct and executive produce.
Slingshot will produce and ...
- Daniel Johnson
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
Football dominated primetime’s ratings action on Sunday, with CBS leading early with the conclusion of its late NFL doubleheader game and NBC winning the rest of the way with “Sunday Night Football.” One of pigskin’s victims was ABC’s “Miss America” pageant, which was down about 25% from last year to its lowest score to date on a broadcast network.
According to preliminary, “live plus same-day” estimates from Nielsen, “Sunday Night Football” averaged a 7.6 rating/21 share in adults 18-49 and 19.4 million viewers overall on the net’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise by between 10% and 15% when the nationals are released tomorrow. The game, in which the Chicago Bears overcame a 17-0 early deficit and scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20, averaged a 14.0 household rating/23 share in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets — 3% above the 13.6/24 for last year’s San »
- Rick Kissell
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 […]
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- Germain Lussier
It’s been a cruel, cruel summer for the lofties of Fox’s New Girl, who’ve endured wedding after wedding with little more than a refrigerator door full of save-the-dates to show for it.
But as Season 4 opens (Tuesday at 9/8c), the group’s long, nuptial nightmare is drawing to a much-desired close.
“We pick them up [as they're] about to attend the very last wedding of the season,” executive producer Brett Baer tells TVLine. And all of those champagne toasts and garter tosses have proven fertile romantic ground for some (Schmidt, Coach), not so much for others (Jess, Winston).
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
Cecily Strong reacts to leaving “SNL’s” Weekend Update desk "I don't see this as me leaving update,” she wrote on Instagram, "just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I'm better at. Unless you are just a person who enjoys being angry or sad. Then I guess play on, playa. Also, I danced.” Plus: Why a woman is needed on “Update." “Utopia” plummets yet again The 3rd airing of the year-long “reality experiment" slipped to 2 million viewers. Watch Conan, Weird Al and more sing at “The Simpsons” at the Hollywood Bowl Conan O’Brien performed "The Monorail Song." »
- Norman Weiss
If Mr. Burns were in attendance at the live "The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl" show Friday, he might have referred to the show as "excellent." Conan O'Brien, Weird Al, Jon Lovitz and Hank Azaria were among the high-profile stars who performed songs and talked about their involvement with the long-running Fox series. The live show, celebrating The Simpsons' 25th anniversary, continues through Sunday. Azaria — who voices numerous characters on the show, including Apu, Moe the bartender and Chief Wiggum — hosted the event and sang Apu's tune "Who Need the Kwik-e Mart?" All of
- Ryan Gajewski
The Simpsons took to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl last night to kick off a three-day series of tributes and performances in anticipation of its 26th season. Conan O'Brien got onstage to perform a classic scene from a classic episode, the monorail song (voiced by the late great Phil Hartman) from "Marge v. the Monorail." Conan's an appropriate choice considering he wrote the episode. Also in attendance was Weird Al, who performed a parody of "Jack and Diane" as "Homer and Marge." Watch the clips below, and sorry for the nosebleed seats. »
- E. Alex Jung
If you caught any of Fxx’s epic 12-day Simpsons marathon, then you must have seen at least one great musical moment. Now Springfield is getting the big Hollywood salute it deserves with three performances of The Simpsons Take the Bowl.
Hosted by Hank Azaria (and the countless characters he voices on the show), the event—featuring the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra—highlights some of the sitcom’s best song parodies and musical scoring. Also on tap: Special guests, both in person and in animated form. Here are 6 of the most memorable moments from Friday night’s opening concert:
The Simpsons are fans too! »
- Jake Perlman
In light of the upcoming vote on Scottish independence, “The Simpsons” has released a video featuring noted Scot Groundskeeper Willie sharing his views on the issue. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Willie — who is voiced by Dan Castellaneta — and his “Aye Or Die” birthmark lean toward independence.
This is not the first time the Fox animated series has ventured into political and social debates. It has produced episodes on hot-button issues like gay rights and immigration. A season nine episode that deals with patriarch Homer’s purchase of a gun allows the show to depict arguments for both sides of the gun rights debate:
The 26th season of “The Simpsons” will air at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 on Fox.
- Kevin Noonan
On September 18, Scottish citizens take to the polls to vote for or against their independence from England. The polls show residents are split almost 50/50 on whether or not to continue living under the rule of Queen Elizabeth. Enter Groundskeeper Willie. The ginger janitor has a message for his fellow Scots. He's not here to judge their opinions, whether they be for independence…or wrong. The 26th season of the "The Simpsons" premieres on Sunday, September 28, at 8/7c, on Fox. »
- Donna Dickens
As “The Simpsons’ ” gruff barkeep Moe Szyslak — and several other Springfieldians — Hank Azaria has been a part of the longest-running American TV show almost since its inception. He’s now wrapping a run in quite a different role, as the overly ambitious head of the L.A. division of the FBI on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” In fact, it was a part as an FBI agent in the 1988 TV film “Nitti: The Story of Frank Nitti, the Enforcer” that landed him his first Variety credit.
What do you recall of the movie?
I remember being tremendously excited that I was going to be on television. I think it was actually the second job I ever got, but it was the first thing to actually air.
Do you remember the first time you did see your name in Variety?
I definitely remember the first time I was like a story. The »
- Whitney Friedlander
With the new fall season of television set to kick off in the next couple of weeks, Fox is hoping to see a ratings boost after suffering a slump these past few months. With the long-awaited The Simpsons / Family Guy crossover set to debut in just a couple of weeks, as well as many other new shows, CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden spoke to the press at their annual Fall Launch party, and in amongst the questions was whether superman Jack Bauer, and Kiefer Sutherland, would return in a new Live Another Day event series.
“We are talking about it, thinking about when would be the best opportunity for it. We are checking with our creative partners how much enthusiasm they have for doing another installment. We were really pleased with this past season, just thought creatively it was top-notch. That was a great reward to the fans of »
- Scott Davis
Tim here. Earlier today, we posted our Team Top 10 for the best voice performances in the movies, focusing on ten individual performances that impressed us the most. But as good as those vocal performances all are, I wanted to follow that post up by singing the praises of a different sort of voice acting. As great as any one performance in a single feature film can be, there’s also something truly exceptional about those people who have created entire careers out of voice acting without necessarily having the kind of showcase roles we were talking about today. With that in mind, I’d like to share this list of some of the most important contemporary voice actors that you should know about.
Why you know him: He’s the current voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger for Disney.
Where else you’ve heard him: An astonishingly prolific Disney workhorse, »
- Tim Brayton
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
[Press Release] Hillside, NJ – September 9, 2014 – The wait is over! The National Entertainment Collectibles Association (Neca), an entertainment conglomerate and global leader in licensed consumer goods, in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, announced today the next line-up of celebrities as part of The Simpsons exclusive “25 of the Greatest Guest Stars” program. The fourth installment of talent in this limited-edition boutique collection includes Buzz Aldrin, Tom Jones, Elvis Costello, Weird Al, and Aerosmith. In addition, the third wave of five celebrity figures and merchandise, featuring Penn and Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy and R.E.M. is now available at various retailers, including Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com, as »
- Pietro Filipponi
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
Nothing says “Happy Hump Day” like a video about procreation from New Girl‘s season premiere.
Related Fall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 42 Returning Favorites, Including New Girl
In TVLine’s exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the comedy’s Sept. 16 return, Jess and Kat (guest star Jessica Biel) wage biological warfare — literally — over Ted, the best man at a wedding they’re both attending.
“Ted is the only eligible guy here, and we are his two best options for procreation,” Kat explains. “I am the better choice of mate, from a purely biological standpoint. You’re shorter, weaker and dumber — no offense, »
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