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Bill Cosby’s website yanks meme generator after it backfired with rape allegations Cosby’s Twitter account also erased all mentions of the ill-advised meme generator, which backfired immediately. Is TV exploiting Veterans Day? From A&E’s “Dogs of War” to HBO’s “The Concert For Valor,” there’s an onslaught of Veterans Day programming that are so empty that they threaten to turn "the day chosen to recognize their sacrifices like another Hallmark holiday,” says Bryan Lowry. Is “A to Z” canceled? Ben Feldman says the situation is like his 1st high school girlfriend Feldman promoted his “canceled” sitcom on Seth Meyers’ show last night, where he said that his show ran into trouble thanks in part to a “popular girl” named Shonda. Click Read Full Post For More “Homeland” director on this week’s episode: “We didn’t want it to get into the sci-fi/horror arena” “At the same time, »
- Norman Weiss
(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…
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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
This weekend, two of the most beloved animated TV shows will meet up episodically for the first time, as Futurama’s Planet Express crew from the 31st century heads to Springfield for a crossover episode called “Simpsoroma.” The main voice cast from 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 creation, in which rage-robot Bender travels back in time to eliminate Bartbefore. “They were going off the air, so I thought people would really love it if we had one more chance to see those characters,” Simpsons exec producer Al Jean told EW this summer. “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, »
- Kyle Reese
Fox has released the opening couch gag and clip for this weekend's Simpsons and Futurama crossover episode called "Simpsorama," which will send the Simpsons to the 31st century. The episode follows 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, prompting Bender to travel back in time to kill Bart and prevent this mega-mess." The episode also has a great tagline that reads, "A show out of ideas teams up with a show out of episodes."
This is going to be quite the epic event for fans of both series. It will definitely be good to see the return of the characters from Futurama. The episode will also reunite the Futurama voice cast of Billy West, John Dimaggio, Katey Sagal, »
- Joey Paur
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
“Futurama” star John Dimaggio is starring in a brand new film coming to theaters in 2015. The film, “The Shoot,” gives a humorous and dark take on the music and fashion industries. Take a look at the synopsis: “Written and directed by John Adams and Toby Poser, the film is a dark, sometimes funny comment on American dreams and nightmares in the rock and roll and fashion industries. In the pic, a fashion shoot in the desert goes horribly wrong when two hard up rockers try their luck at robbing it.” The film seems to be a promising thriller/horror with dark comedy elements, so if you’re into off-kilter films, take [ Read More ]
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
Update: The list has been amended to include the three segments from "Treehouse of Horror Xxv." That's right: In honor of The Simpsons' 25th (!) annual Halloween special, EW didn't just rank the top 25 "Treehouse of Horror" segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single "Treehouse" segment ever seen on the show—and you'll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below. Even when longtime fans sniff that The Simpsons' Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because "Treehouse" segments give the series' writers a break »
- Hillary Busis
That’s right, coming up is a crossover with Matt Groening’s “other” show, the little sci-fi animated comedy that could, Futurama. Aired, cancelled, brought back in televised movie form, resurrected, then cancelled again – and now brought back by way of The Simpsons – it’s hard to keep the Planet Express team down.
Futurama has popped up a couple of times for throw-away jokes in The Simpsons, but this season sees a full blown cross-over between the two. The cast of characters are incredibly different, prompting some exciting potential moments. Really, the only thing close to the Futurama cast on The Simpsons would be Kang and Kodos, and they’re usually relegated to appearances on Halloween specials.
How will The Simpsons handle the influx of new characters? »
- Jay Anderson
Just in the same way that good people die, sometimes good TV shows get cancelled. And just like people, sometimes those TV shows rise from the dead with the sole purpose of finding us and consuming our brains. In a good way.
There are plenty of reasons a TV show can get cancelled. Whether it’s poor ratings, financial problems, or bad reviews, shows are regularly taken off the air to make way for something else. Sometimes shows aren’t cancelled because they were bad though, or even necessarily that unpopular. Maybe they just hadn’t reached the right audience. Perhaps they were ahead of their time or just weren’t a big hit in their home country. Maybe the network was just too shortsighted to see a cult classic in the making.
Let’s look at some shows that rose from the dead to live another day.
As you probably know, »
- Jonathan Milward
Pics: Robin Williams and More Stars We've Lost
Hooks joined SNL in 1986 as a part of a cast that included Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz and Dennis Miller. She made a name for herself on the sketch show through her spot-on impersonations of Bette Davis, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Sinead O'Connor, Jodie Foster and Hillary Clinton.
The Georgia native was nominated for an Emmy in 1998 for her guest role on 3rd Rock From the Sun and was most recently seen on television in NBC's 30 Rock as Verna Maroney, the mother of Jenna Maroney (played by Jane Krakowski).
After her appearance on 30 Rock, Tina Fey said in 2013 that it was one »
The Simpsons' media gimmicks, crossovers and auteur couch gags have become a bigger story than the show itself over the last few years...
“It's not selling out, it's co-branding. Co-branding!”
So says Homer Simpson in the throes of a feverish nightmare at the beginning of Brick Like Me, the 550th episode of The Simpsons, which then unfolds mostly in a Lego version of Springfield.
It's a cute way to start an episode that uses an exercise in product placement to tell a story about parenting and creativity, which is mirrored at the end of that story when the episode acknowledges how The Lego Movie did the exact same thing a few months earlier.
Such meta-textual hat-tipping may be appreciated by more pernickety fans of The Simpsons, (it's also telling that the antagonist of Brick Like Me »
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