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Fox reimagining “Frankenstein” Fox’s version of the Mary Shelley mythology revolves around a corrupt FBI agent who is brought back from the dead as a younger and stronger man by an antisocial billionaire and his bio-engineer twin sister. It’s from “Homeland’s” Howard Gordon” and “Crisis” and “Life” creator Rand Ravich. Fox and Will Smith are remaking “Hitch” as a sitcom Smith will serve as a producer on a comedy based on the 2005 rom-com he made with Kevin James. HBO bringing back Michael Kenneth Williams with “Crime” The “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Wire” vet will play a NYC gangster in the eight-hour miniseries that James Gandolfini was originally set to star in. Click Read Full Post For More Carlton from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” is named after “Lost’s” Carlton Cuse “The Strain” and “Bates Motel" exec producer mentioned that tidbit in an on-stage conversation with “Fresh Prince” creator Andy Borowitz, »
- Norman Weiss
Now here's a number that's hard to fuggedabout. Character actor Frank Sivero, most recognizable from roles in The Godfather Part 2, Goodfellas and The Wedding Singer, has sued Fox Television Studios and parents company 21st Century Fox for $250 million, claiming that the character of wise guy Louie on The Simpsons is based on him—henceforth, he deserves several suitcases-full of cash for the use of his likeness. Seriously, that's a lot of simoleans. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by E! News, Sivero claims that he is the "originator of the idea and character of Louie," who is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and is part of mob »
Wall Street's lackluster response to Netflix's Q3 2014 earnings isn't hurting the online premium subscription video on-demand service's originals game. The company just announced a deal for the all new animated series F Is For Family, based on the comedy of Bill Burr. Created by Burr and Emmy-winner Michael Price (The Simpsons), F Is For Family will follow the story of the Murphy family in the changing era of the 1970s. Burr will voice Frank Murphy, Laura Dern will play his wife Sue, and Justin Long will take on the role of their oldest son, Kevin. The six-part series will be produced by Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Television and Gaumont International Television, the latter of which has already seen two of its other series developed for Netflix: the horror-based Hemlock Grove and the upcoming drama Narcos (starring one Oberyn Martell). “[F Is For Family is] the show I've always wanted to do," said Burr to The Hollywood Reporter. »
- Bree Brouwer
Frank Sivero, best known for playing mobsters in The Godfather Part II and Goodfellas, is suing Fox Television Studios for $250 million, alleging that "Louie," one of the "wise guy" mafia characters on The Simpsons, infringes on his likeness. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor claims that unspecified Simpsons writers modeled Louie on Sivero's Goodfellas character, Frankie Carbone.
Sivero alleges that, in 1989, he lived next door to the writers in a Sherman Oaks, California apartment complex. "They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas, »
Netflix has picked up the animated comedy “F is for Family,” a series based on the comedy of Bill Burr that features the voices of Burr, Laura Dern and Justin Long. See photos: 30 of TV's Best Father Figures Who Weren't Actually Dads The six-episode series will follow the Murphy family in the 1970's, with Burr providing the voice of Frank, the family's extreme patriarch, Dern as his wife Sue, and Long voicing the family's oldest son, Kevin. “F is for Family” was created by Burr and Michael Price, who won two Emmys while writing for “The Simpsons.” Vince Vaughn‘s Wild West Television. »
- Ryan O'Connell
The good news: As of Tuesday afternoon, every episode of The Simpsons is finally streaming online for free.* The bad news: Thanks to hordes of rabid fans like you and me, the website and app aren't working particularly well—think long load times, endless buffering, and frequent error messages. Sure, these bugs will undoubtedly get ironed out as the initial rush on Simpsons World subsides; as of today, things are already running a lot more smoothly than they were when the site officially launched yesterday. But for those who have been drooling in anticipation, Homer-style, since the site's advent was announced over the summer, »
- Hillary Busis
The overall network ratings picture hasn’t changed much in the early going this season, as NBC last week made it four straight primetime victories in adults 18-49 while CBS remained top dog in total viewers for a fourth straight time.
According to same-night Nielsen estimates for the week of Oct. 13-19, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” reclaimed the top spot in the “live plus same-day” program rankings, with its San Francisco-Denver NFL game — in which Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set the career NFL touchdown passing record with its 509th career score in the second quarter — netting an 8.2 rating in adults 18-49. In its second week back, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” did a still-monster 7.7 rating.
The football game also ranked No. 1 in total viewers, while CBS claimed the week’s two most-watched scripted programs with its Tuesday combo of “NCIS” (17.26 million) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (16.14 million).
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- Rick Kissell
Actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television, arguing that Simpsons character Mafia Louie (a member of Fat Tony’s crew) was based on his likeness and personality and was specifically inspired by the character Frankie Carbone, whom he played in 1990’s Goodfellas. According to Deadline, Sivero — who also played a mobster in The Godfather Part II — claims he lived next to Simpsons writers in an apartment complex back in 1989, and they knowingly ripped off the character he was developing at the time. The suit goes on to allege that James L. Brooks was "highly aware of who Sivero was, the fact that he created the role of Frankie Carbone, and that The Simpsons character Louie would be based on this character," and notes that "Louie's appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative of character actor Frank Sivero." While it might seem strange to file a »
- Anna Silman
MTV’s “Scream” TV show won’t feature Ghostface The holder of the rights to the iconic masked character says Ghostface is not a part of the MTV remake, but he wouldn’t rule out any involvement at a “later date." “Svu” will tackle NFL domestic violence issue with Chad Coleman and Meagan Good Colman from “The Walking Dead” and “The Wire” will play a an ex-sports star turned reporter who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend, played by Good. “Sleepy Hollow” books Michelle Trachtenberg The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum will play First Lady Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams. Click Read Full Post For More “Goodfellas” actor files a $250 million lawsuit against “The Simpsons” Frank Silvero, who played Frankie Carbone in Scorsese film, claims the mafioso character of Louie is based on him. Louie has appeared in 15 "Simpsons" episodes since 1991. NBC to announce Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski as its new No. »
- Norman Weiss
Sneak Peek new revealing images,plus footage of 'Catwoman' actress Anne Hathaway in the November 2014 issue of "Elle" (UK) magazine:
Following several stage roles, Hathaway appeared in the 1999 television series "Get Real". She came to prominence after playing 'Mia Thermopolis' in the Disney film "The Princess Diaries" (2001) and in its 2004 sequel.
In 2008, she won several awards for her performance in "Rachel Getting Married", also earning an Academy Award nomination for 'Best Actress'. In 2010, she starred in the box office hits "Valentine's Day", "Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland", and "Love and Other Drugs", winning an Emmy Award for her voice-over performance on "The Simpsons".
- Michael Stevens
It's always fun when our favorite TV shows give us Halloween themed episodes during this fun and creepy time of year. Some shows offer us real horror, while others use the opportunity to make us laugh. There are certain Halloween episodes that I have enjoyed watching over the years that have stuck with me, and I've put together a list of ten of my favorites that I think are awesome. I didn't include Halloween specials like It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or Garfield's Halloween Special because those was more specialized, and not really a part of a series. You can go through my picks below, and when you're done, let me know what some of your favorite Halloween episodes are!
The X-Files - "Home"
Technically this isn't a Halloween-themed episode, but it did air in October, and it was one hell of a terrifying hour of television. I mean, »
- 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
40 years after Richard Nixon's resignation, Harry Shearer is playing the 37th President's shady White House dealings for laughs. Shearer is the star of Nixon's The One, a six-episode series that is now available via My Damn Channel. In Nixon's The One, Shearer steers the former President through a series of conversations with his aides and confidants. The series' main gimmick is that the script is entirely true to life; Shearer and co-creator Stanley Kutler combed through hundreds of hours of White House tapes in search of “bizarre, funny, spooky, crazy, weird conversations." The result is a profile of a man who Shearer calls "the great American comic character of the 20th century. The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live cast member has been fascinated with Nixon from a young age; grew up in California in the 50s, when Nixon served as one of the state's Us Senators. "He was so »
- Sam Gutelle
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
Have “The Walking Dead” fans become numb to all the atrocities? "'The Walking Dead' has always lived in uncharted television territory, and you can’t say that viewers weren’t warned that this season was determined to go even further beyond Thunderdome,” says Jeff Labrecque, adding: "But is it too far? And is 'The Walking Dead' getting a free pass because its explicit depictions of violence are framed within a zombiefied landscape?” “The Real World" Season 30 is going with a "Skeletons” format The Chicago-set "Real World: Skeletons" will feature "skeletons" from the housemates’ past, who move in to "drum up secrets and dark memories.” “Gossip Girl’s” Penn Badgley will romance Mary-Louise Parker on NBC’s “The Slap” He’ll play her much-younger boyfriend on the NBC miniseries about a slap gone wrong. Click Read Full Post For More Ryan Murphy was wrong to claim he's »
- Norman Weiss
“Buffy’s” Nicholas Brendon apologizes for arrest, says he’s going to rehab Brendon says in a Facebook post his arrest was the result of mixing prescription painkiller with alcohol. "The result was embarrassing and unacceptable,” he explains. "I intend to seek appropriate treatment and therapy for my medical ailments as well as my emotional demons.” “The Walking Dead” holds up in Week 2 with Peyton Manning as a competition About 15.143 million watched last night’s episode. Henry Rollins goes from History channel to “He Never Died” horror-comedy miniseries The punk rocker, who currently host H2’s “10 Things You Didn’t Know About,” has singed on to star in a miniseries based on the 2014 film “He Never Died,” which he also stars in. Click Read Full Post For More DirecTV’s “Full Circle” Season 2 cast includes Calista Flockhart, Eric McCormack, Kate Burton, Terry O’Quinn Also joining Season 2 are Chris Bauer, »
- Norman Weiss
It's hard to imagine that The Simpsons will ever be cancelled. Despite a decline in the ratings last season, it remained one of Fox's top-rated shows. Will the numbers go up this year or continue to sag? We'll see.
On The Simpsons, the yellow family that never gets older continues to wreak their own kind of havoc on the strange town of Springfield. The voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mulaney, Family Guy, America's Funniest Home Videos, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, Revenge, 60 Minutes, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, and CSI. Sports: Football Overrun: NY Giants at Dallas, The Ot, Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football: 49ers at Broncos. Reruns: (none).
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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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