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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
Nearly twenty years after "Married With Children" ended its television run, the Bundys could be returning in a spin-off focusing on Bud Bundy, played by David Faustino. It's still unclear if any of the other original cast-members, including Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal and Christina Applegate, would be involved in the spin-off. Unlike Faustino, they all have gone on to success. O'Neill currently stars on "Modern Family," Applegate starred on several TV series and films like "Anchorman." And Sagal was a regular on "Futurama" and "Lost," and is currently wrapping up the final season of the "Sons of Anarchy" series. »
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
Back in July, Fox debuted an extended five-minute clip from Family Guy's Season 13 premiere, "The Simpsons Guy", a crossover with the long-running animated hit The Simpsons. With just under three weeks until this one-hour TV event takes place, Fox has debuted new photos from this highly-anticipated episode.
The premiere follows the Griffin clan as they somehow get stranded in Springfield, where they eventually encounter The Simpsons. These images show Peter Griffin (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and Homer Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) bonding over donuts before getting into a physical altercation. We also see Chris (voiced by Seth Green) trying out a pacifier alongside Maggie, Brian (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) showing contempt for Santa's Little Helper, Lisa (voiced by Yeardley Smith) trying to teach Meg (Mila Kunis) the saxophone and Bart (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) showing Stewie (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) how to skateboard. Check out these images, including »
Some things are just meant to be.“I’ve been walking on those stars my whole life,” says L.A. native Katey Sagal of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now, to celebrate her 40-plus year career in the business, the actress is getting a star of her own — an honor she calls “humbling.”
“It makes me think of my family, it makes me think of my father,” she says. “What I do is what I was raised around, so there’s something familial about that.” Sagal’s father, Boris, was a TV and film director who gave her a start in the business, along with her SAG card — even though she insisted she had no interest in becoming an actor. “But maybe that’s because I was a very dramatic child,” she jokes.
Back then, she only wanted to play music, and that’s how she made her living. »
- Debra Birnbaum
The Simpsons and Family Guy are set to share the small screen this month with the Family Guy season premiere ‘The Simpsons Guy’, but that’s not the only crossover in store for the inhabitants of Springfield in their 25th anniversary year. In November, The Simpsons will also team up with Futurama’s Fry, Leela, Bender and company for ‘Simpsorama’, and Entertainment Weekly has the first still…
‘Simpsorama’ will feature Futurama cast members Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil Lamarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice Lamarche and tells a “complex, Terminator-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse’s rabbit’s foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, prompting Bender to travel back in time to kill Bart and prevent this mega-mess.”
‘Simpsorama’ will air on November 9th. »
- Gary Collinson
The first photo and details are out from "Simpsorama," an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons" featuring the various characters from creator Matt Groening's other famous and now finished animated series "Futurama".
"Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean tells EW: "We're always looking for things that are compatible with us, and I thought, ‘Well, what's more compatible?' We do a joke, actually, about how similar Bender and Homer look. Like, they just erased Homer's hair."
The crossover episode will include all the core members of the "Futurama" cast: Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil Lamarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice Lamarch. There's also a storyline:
"A complex, ‘Terminator'-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse's rabbit's foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, prompting Bender to travel »
- Garth Franklin
Fans of adult-oriented animation have all sorts of options these days, such as Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Archer, the new Netflix series Bojack Horseman and everything on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming. It could be argued that if not for Fox’s iconic series The Simpsons, none of this would be possible.
Now closing in on its 26th (!) season, we’re already looking forward to the upcoming episode which will see The Simpsons host friendly rival Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy characters the Griffins in a crossover event, but it appears the show also has a similar treat up its sleeve.
EW brings us details and a first image (below) of a planned crossover between The Simpsons and the frequently-cancelled fan-favorite Futurama, another creation of Matt Groening. The episode, called ‘Simpsorama,’ is tagged in ...
Click to continue reading ‘Simpsons/Futurama’ Crossover: First Image & Details Released
- Anthony Vieira
During last year's Comic-Con, it was revealed that "The Simpsons" will do a cross-over episode with "Futurama." That episode will air on November 9th, and thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at that episode. Check it out below. Matt Groening created both shows, which is why "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" referenced each other all the time. Here's what we know about the cross-over episode: * The opening credits will feature a tagline: "a show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes" * The episode will bring back "Futurama" voice actors Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Phil Lamarr, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice Lamarche * The plot will be a Terminator-esque story that involves Bart blowing his nose on a sandwich that he places in a time capsule. When that mixes with Milhouse's rabbit's foot and some radioactive ooze, it creates a global catastrophe in the future, »
Homer and Bender face-off in the first image that has been released for The Simpsons and Futurama crossover episode. Futurama was cancelled last year, but it will be brought back to life at least one more time.
Creator of both series, Matt Groening, had this to say in a statement to EW, "That was a really tough one to negotiate, because I had to talk to myself." Simpsons executive producer Al Jean added,
"They were going off the air, so I thought people would really love it if we had one more chance to see those characters. We’re always looking for things that are compatible with us, and I thought, ‘Well, what’s more compatible?’ We do a joke, actually, about how similar Bender and Homer look. Like, they just erased Homer’s hair."
According to the report, the episode is called "Simpsorama," and it's a "Terminator-esque story that »
- Joey Paur
Good—no, great—news, everyone: Springfield will be the site of another crossover episode besides the invasion of the Griffins from Family Guy when the Simpsons encounter a familiar pack of now-homeless space adventurers. Futurama, the 31st-century animated comedy that was canceled (again) last year, will return to life—or at least Fry, Leela & Co. will—in a special episode of The Simpsons airing Nov. 9.
“That was a really tough one to negotiate, because I had to talk to myself,” says Matt Groening, creator of, well, both shows.“Simpsorama” is taglined in the opening credits as “a show out of »
- Dan Snierson
The digital age has changed television dramatically within the past two decades. With the advent of cable channels, home video media, dish on demand and the internet, the average TV viewer has a variety of venues to access television programs. With all these ways to access television shows, the viewing audience has become more aware of repetitive story lines, inconsistency in character development and continuity errors. In short, these advances in technology have made for a more sophisticated casual television viewer, therefore allowing for the progression of serialized storytelling.
Today’s television writers have a landscape to develop complex narratives beyond the limitations of the episodic format, and now that audiences have better accessibility to these shows, there is a higher demand for serialized storytelling where there wasn’t one before.
Although there have been many television shows that have contributed to the overall progression of the modern serialized television series, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
It’s happening. No, really. Crack open a cold one (Duff, Pawtucket, whichever you prefer), because Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin are finally going to hang out. The Sept. 28 season premiere of Family Guy will send the Griffins to Springfield for a hour of comedy power—and a chicken fight to remember between Peter and Homer. You may have come to EW.com in July when we premiered nearly five minutes of footage from the episode, and now you may be itching for more info about this massive mash-up and how it came to be. Well, this week’s issue »
- EW staff
The 66th Annual Emmy Awards (airing live at 8 p.m. Et / 5 p.m. Pt on NBC) are finally here, which means that an elite group of stars, shows, mini-series, and TV movies are going to go home winners. And joining those winners on stage will be a slew of A-list presenters, including Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, and Matthew McConaughey, Nbd; and a sure-to-be moving tribute to the late, great Robin Williams, led by Billy Crystal featuring a performance by Sara Bareilles. We can also expect a few surprises from host Seth Meyers & co.
We'll be updating the 2014 Emmy Winners list below all night long, so if you're not in front of a TV we've got you covered.
Full List of 2014 Emmy Winners
Best Drama Series
"Breaking Bad" - Winner
Outstanding Comedy Series
- Tim Hayne
Last month at Comic-Con, producers of The Simpsons announced that Tesla mastermind Elon Musk would be dropping into Springfield this season to serve as a thorn in Mr. Burns’ financial side. Now it appears that another extremely rich dude is going to match wits with the town’s terrible tycoon. Virgin founder Richard Branson has recorded a cameo as himself for an upcoming episode of the animated comedy, EW has learned.
“Richard Branson is the Flanders to Mr. Burns,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW. “He’s Mr. Burns’ nosy neighbor.”
The episode featuring Branson—who was briefly depicted in »
- Dan Snierson
So the big Emmys don't air until next Sunday night and at Moviefone we will have, of course, full coverage. But last night the Creative Arts Emmys were handed out, for the people that are largely responsible for making these shows that you absolutely love -- you know, the behind-the-scenes talent tasked with conceptualizing and realizing your favorite programs. Oh -- and some guest actor and actresses awards were handed out, so there's that too!
In the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category Uzo Aduba took home the prize for "Orange is the New Black." Since we are, very shamefully, one of a handful of Americans who hasn't seen a single second of "Orange in the New Black," this doesn't mean a whole lot to us, but we are very happy for her! (We promise, we'll watch soon.) For the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, the »
- Drew Taylor
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles last night (August 16).
HBO scooped the highest number of awards, with Game of Thrones and True Detective among the winners.
Digital Spy presents a full list of all the winners and nominees below:
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Programme
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Programme
Deadliest Catch - Winner
Million Dollar »
The first round of 2014 Emmy Awards were handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday (August 16) night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony, which precedes the Monday, August 25 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, offered signs of hope for a number of drama and comedy hopefuls. Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black," for example, won Emmys for editing, series casting and for Uzo Aduba, who is considered a guest actress for the purposes of these awards. No other comedy series was able to build any other momentum going into next week's show, with "The Big Bang Bang Theory," "Nurse Jackie," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" grabbing isolated tech prizes and Jimmy Fallon winning the Guest Actor in a Comedy Series award for the second time in three years for his "Saturday Night Live" hosting duties. The two guest acting awards on the drama side »
- Daniel Fienberg
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