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Fox Upfront: 7 Takeaways From Beacon Theatre Presentation to Advertisers

With Fox’s presentation to advertisers in the books, we’re officially done with Day 1 of the 2018 broadcast upfronts week.

Fox opened its Beacon Theatre show with ad sales chief Joe Marchese and closed with “The Four” judge Meghan Trainor — though there was plenty in-between. Oh yeah, and along the way, the broadcast net debuted trailers for new fall series “The Cool Kids,” “Rel,” and “Proven Innocent.”

Read on below for 7 things we observed from 74th and Broadway.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Genius at V.O.

The voice in the sky prompting us to take our seats and reminding attendees to keep their ticket stub for the after-party was none other than “Cosmos” host Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

We could listen to smooth astrophysicist read the ingredients off our (non Fda-approved) multivitamin label. “Cosmos” fans will
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Matt Groening Responds to Apu Controversy: "People Love to Pretend They're Offended"

The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has spoken out about the current controversy surrounding one of his animated show's characters, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, and claims that Springfield's resident Kwik-e-Mart owner is a stereotype of South Asian immigrants.

When asked about the tumult during an interview last week with USA Today, Groening said, "I’m proud of what we do on the show. And I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended."

The character of Apu was at the center of comedian Hari Kondabolu's truTV documentary, The Problem With Apu, which sparked the debate. Voiced by...
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‘Simpsons’ Creator on Apu Controversy: ‘People Love to Pretend They’re Offended’

In a recent interview with USA Today, “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening addressed the criticism around character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon for the first time, and seemingly questioned the outrage.

When asked about his thoughts on critics claiming Apu represented a racist stereotype, Groening said, “I’m proud of what we do on the show. And I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended.”

He also spoke about a “Simpsons” episode that aired on April 8, when during a scene, Lisa faces the camera and says, “Something that started decades ago and was applauded
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Matt Groening on The Simpsons' Apu row: 'People love to pretend they’re offended'

The show’s creator claimed critics of the Asian character were faking their outrage when he addressed the row for the first time

Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, has brushed off criticism over the Apu character, saying that people love to fake taking offence.

In an interview with USA Today, Groening was asked if he had anything to say about the row, which started when Hari Kondabolu – a standup comic from New York – made a documentary about how the character was used to bully him when he was growing up.

Related: Hank Azaria on The Simpsons' Apu controversy: 'I'm willing to step aside'

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‘The Simpsons’ Creator Brushes Off Apu Criticism: ‘People Love to Pretend They’re Offended’

‘The Simpsons’ Creator Brushes Off Apu Criticism: ‘People Love to Pretend They’re Offended’
The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening doesn’t have much to say in response to criticism of the show’s Indian character, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

“I’m proud of what we do on the show,” Groening said in an interview with USA Today. “And I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended.”

The character has been criticized as a stereotypical portrayal of Indian immigrants, and because it is voiced by a white actor. The debate was reignited earlier this month when the show seemed to disregard the matter in a recent episode.

Also Read: Hank Azaria Says He's 'Happy and Willing to Step Aside' as Voice of Apu on 'The Simpsons' (Video)

Set up as a response to comedian Hari Kondabolu’s documentary “The Problem with Apu,” the episode seemed to shrug at the entire debate.

“Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive, is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” one character asks in the episode, to which another responds, “Some things will be dealt with at a later date.”

For his part, Hank Azaria, who has voiced Apu since 1990, said he would be “perfectly happy and willing to step aside” if that would help alleviate some of the issues with the character.

“I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel, how they think about this character, and what their American experience of it [is],” he said during an appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” last week.

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Producer Adi Shankar Wants to Fix ‘The Simpsons’ Apu Problem, Launches Spec Script Contest to Crowdsource a Cure

Producer Adi Shankar Wants to Fix ‘The Simpsons’ Apu Problem, Launches Spec Script Contest to Crowdsource a Cure
“‘The Simpsons’ is sick and this contest is crowdsourcing the cure.” That’s the pitch for producer Adi Shankar’s spec script competition, which he is launching today in an effort to find a solution to what has become known as the show’s “Apu Problem.” The long-running character, a convenience store owner voiced by Hank Azaria, has become a controversial figure because many believe him to be an inaccurate and hurtful portrayal of Indian Americans.

“Apu is not even a stereotype, that’s what everyone is missing out on,” said Shankar, who was born in India, in an interview with IndieWire. “The stereotype of Indians is we’re doctors, we’re smart people, leaders in tech, the CEO of Microsoft, CEO of Google. We’re high achievers and we are that because to immigrate here from India there were so many restrictions literally only the best of the best
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The Simpsons Makes TV History With 636th Episode

The Simpsons Makes TV History With 636th Episode
The Simpsons is making TV history on Sunday, April 29 when the Fox animated series airs its 636th episode, beating Gunsmoke's record of scripted episodes. However, Gunsmoke and Law & Order are both still tied for the longest-running Us primetime live-action series with 20 seasons produced. In "Forgive and Regret," the 636th episode of The Simpsons, Grandpa Simpson (Dan Castellaneta) makes a deathbed confession to Homer (also Castellaneta), but after recovering, Grandpa realizes the issue is not one easily reconcilable. "We certainly didn't expect to last this long," The Simpsons creator Matt Groening told USA Today. "When we started, we didn't even know if the Fox network was going...
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Culture Dump #31: Is It Time For ‘The Simpsons’ to End?

Remember when Bruce Wayne was debating packing in the whole Batman thing in The Dark Knight and Harvey Dent suggested he might actually be on to something? “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain,” he said, shortly before becoming a villain himself. While it’s usually not advised to take the advice of supervillains, The Simpsons might be able to learn something from this Rogue Gallery baddie. Especially following their recent fumbled response to accusations of cultural appropriation regarding Springfield regular and Kwik-e-Mart clerk Apu.

Miss this? Here’s a quick recap: In late 2017 TruTV aired stand-up comic Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem With Apu, a film that explored exactly what its title might suggest by inviting a handful of recognized names to discuss the subliminal negative impact Springfield’s solo Indian American character has had on modern popular culture. Reaction
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Syfy to Air Hypnotoad-Centric Futurama Marathon on 4/20

All Glory To The Hypnotoad. Syfy has announced plans to celebrate the unofficial holiday known as 4/20 with a Futurama marathon that’s all about celebrating that lovable, charismatic, handsome and all-powerful creature known as the Hypnotoad.

Created by Matt Groening (of The Simpsons fame), Futurama ran for a total of seven seasons between 1999 and 2013 – with the first four seasons airing on Fox, and the latter three on Comedy Central.
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‘Broad City’ Will End After Season 5, As Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson Sign New Deal with Comedy Central

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‘Broad City’ Will End After Season 5, As Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson Sign New Deal with Comedy Central
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are packing up and moving on from “Broad City.” But first — yaaaassssss, queen, they still have one more season of the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series left. “Broad City” will be back in early 2019 for its fifth and final season, the network announced on Thursday.

But that’s not the end of Glazer’s and Jacobson’s relationship with Comedy Central. The channel has signed a new first-look development deal with both stars, which means they’ll continue to create and develop programming for Comedy Central. The deal actually covers all of Viacom’s networks, which means Glazer and Jacobson could wind up developing and producing for other outlets like MTV and Paramount Network as well.

Under the deal, Glazer and Jacobson will create and develop projects both together and separately for Comedy Central and Viacom. They already have three projects in the works at the channel: “Mall Town USA,
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The Simpsons Responded to the Apu Controversy All Wrong

The Simpsons has tried to respond to the controversy surrounding Apu, but in doing so the show has only made things worse. The Problem with Apu is real, and they’ve just shut their way out.

It’s hard to oversell the impact The Simpsons has had on the past 30 years of pop culture. Its first ten seasons remain, to many, the greatest television ever made, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a contemporary American comedy that wasn’t in some way influenced by Matt Groening’s Emmy winning juggernaut (its creator is able to leverage a <a href="https://screenrant.
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Conspiracy theory says The Simpsons keeps predicting stuff because Matt Groening is a freemason

The Simpsons, when it’s good, is a keen reflection of American pop culture. At its best, however, it also has the eerie ability to portray real-world events years before they come to pass. This last part, as we all know, is due entirely to the fact that series creator Matt Groening is a Freemason who is subtly playing…

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A Wrinkle In Time alternates clumsiness with moments of honesty and grace

In Matt Groening’s old Life In Hell comic strip, he refers to high school as “the second-deepest pit in hell.” The deepest pit, he clarifies, is junior high school. This feels true; the confusion and awkwardness of the transition from tween to teen is at least as potent as the transition from teen to adult. Yet there…

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The 18 Netflix Original Series to Be Excited About in 2018

If you have a Netflix account, odds are you aren’t short on things to watch. The streaming giant has been putting out unprecedented content week-in and week-out, whether it’s Netflix original series like “Ozark,” foreign acquisitions like “Peaky Blinders,” original movies like “Bright,” festival pick-ups like “Mudbound,” comedy specials, documentaries, and more, more, more.

Well, in 2018, Netflix is not slowing down. With nearly $8 billion to spend on original content and a mission to make half its library Netflix originals, there’s plenty of exciting options heading to subscribers’ queues this year. Below, IndieWire has rounded up a preview of 18 new shows, with an eye toward proven creators and exciting properties that are trying to craft the next big show.

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Release Date: February 2, 2018

Length: 10 hourlong episodes

Creator: Laeta Kalogridis

Cast: Joel Kinnaman,
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Titan & Statix Press announce ‘Factory’ from Elgo

Titan Comics and Statix Press have announced a brand-new comic series, Factory, from Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius collaborator – Yacine ‘Elgo’ Elghorri (Character designer on Matt Groening’s Futurama).

Arriving March 2018, Factory is part of Titan Comics’ new Statix Press imprint, which showcases the best comics from Europe and around the globe, introducing audiences to fresh new creators & titles.

In the new Factory comic series, Mad Max meets Fallout in a nightmarish vision of life on a dystopian planet. A band of mutants slog through the harsh deserts of a dystopian planet in search of The Factory – the last semblance of civilization left among the wasteland. Said series creator Elgo:

The first time I was published in the USA was in the magazine Heavy Metal. I was 22 years old… Years later and after working on movies and TV shows in Los Angeles I briefly worked for Marvel and Idw,” However, my
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‘The Simpsons’ Creators Respond to Disney-Fox Deal in a Very Homer Way

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‘The Simpsons’ Creators Respond to Disney-Fox Deal in a Very Homer Way
Welcome to the family, man! “The Simpsons” team took to Twitter on Thursday morning to give the classic cartoon’s initial reaction to the announcement Disney had bought their home — 21st Century Fox — for $52.4 billion in stock. An illustration drawn by creator Matt Groening was tweeted by executive producer Matt Selman, writer James L. Brooks and more of “The Simpsons” family, showing Mickey Mouse getting choked by Homer Simpson as Bart Simpson looks on in glee. The massive deal, which was announced Thursday, will bring not just “The Simpsons,” but many Fox properties over to the Disney empire, namely its.
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‘The Simpsons’ Producers on How They Predicted Disney Would Buy Fox 19 Years Ago

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‘The Simpsons’ Producers on How They Predicted Disney Would Buy Fox 19 Years Ago
The Disney-Fox merger is one of the biggest industry stories of the year, and it turns out “The Simpsons” saw it coming 19 years ago. The show has always managed to predict the future, be it Trump’s presidency or the FIFA corruption scandal, and it appears Matt Groening and company somehow knew their series would one day be owned by Disney.

Read More:Disney/Fox Deal: How The Battle to Beat Netflix Starts Today, What Happens to the Fox Network, And Other Burning Questions

In the 1998 episode “When You Dish Upon a Star,” Homer becomes the personal assistant to Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger after they leave Hollywood behind and move to Springfield. When Ron Howard comes to visit the actors, Homer pitches a time-tralveing robot movie. Later in the episode, Howard is seen pitching Homer’s script to 20th Century Fox, and the sign in front of the studio lot
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TV Animators Tooned Up for Big Screen Features

TV Animators Tooned Up for Big Screen Features
The creative lines between film and television are blurring ever more frequently these days, with many live-action directors, writers and other talent moving with increasing ease between the two media. But in the animation industry, only a handful of directors and writers have made the transition.

One of those is Rich Moore, who is directing Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” alongside Phil Johnston and who earlier this year won the animated feature Oscar for Disney’s 2016 hit “Zootopia” with director Byron Howard. Moore has an extensive background in TV animation, working on “The Simpsons,” “The Critic” and “Futurama” for many years before making his feature directing debut on the first “Wreck-It Ralph” film in 2012.

Moore himself realizes he’s part of a rare breed.

“I’ve noticed that, too, and it’s a shame because there are some amazing TV directors out there who should be making features,” says Moore. “If
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Writers Guild Animation Award Goes to Wolverine Co-Creator Len Wein

Writers Guild Animation Award Goes to Wolverine Co-Creator Len Wein
Len Wein, co-creator of the Wolverine and Swamp Thing characters, will posthumously receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Animation Writers Caucus Animation Writing Award.

The ceremony will take place Tuesday night at the guild’s Los Angeles headquarters. DC Comics co-publisher Dan Didio will present the guild’s Awc lifetime achievement award to Wein’s widow, Christine Valada, in recognition of his significant impact on animation, as well as the legacy of his work. Wein died on Sept. 10.

The evening will also include a special appearance by the creators and cast of “The Thrilling Adventure Hour” podcast, as well as video tributes from “Logan” star Hugh Jackman, who portrayed the Logan/Wolverine mutant character in seven superhero movies from 2000’s “X-Men” through 2017’s “Logan,” and novelist-screenwriter Neil Gaiman.

“There are few writers in our industry whose work has made such a lasting impact as Len Wein,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman. “The current
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The Simpsons: Season 29 Ratings

Fans don't have to worry that The Simpsons will be cancelled anytime too soon. Above and beyond (and okay, because of) its strong Nielsen ratings, Fox renewed its top scripted comedy series through season 30, back in November of 2016. Could that be the end of this long-running TV series? Will The Simpsons be cancelled or renewed beyond its 30th season? Stay tuned. An animated Fox sitcom, featuring the vocal talents of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, and Hank Azaria, The Simpsons comes from creator Matt Groening. The ageless yellow family continues to stir up the Springfield citizenry in this satirical sketch of small town Middle America. Read More…
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