Fox announced their 2014-2015 schedule this morning, and in addition to adding some of their anticipated new series -- Gotham included -- the network has made a few notable changes to their primetime line-up, including moving one of their popular live-action comedies to Sunday night and putting a new hour-long series on Tuesday, ahead of their New Girl/Mindy Project comedy block.
Two of my favorite things are coming together next month for a once in a lifetime event. (If every basic cable limited series can be called an “event,” so can this.) The May 4 episode of The Simpsons is the long-running series’ 550th episode, which they’re celebrating with their most conceptually daring half-hour yet: a LEGO episode titled “Brick Like Me.”
I’m a die-hard Simpsons fan who shamelessly threw away my apologist hat long ago, and while the rise in episode quality over the last few years is arguable, there’s no denying Matt Groening’s crew has finally learned how to stay abreast of the zeitgeist. (Think the recent Letterman tribute and the constantly changing opening credits and guest-animated couch gags.)
This week, Fox’s long-running comedy The Simpsons put together a couch gag for Letterman, and we promise there is something poetic about the veteran animated series paying tribute to the veteran host.
Forget fictional anniversaries, Futurama turns fifteen today, so let’s all wish Matt Groening’s animated series a happy birthday! Well, as happy as an off-air birthday can be. But good news everybody, whether or not they find another network, the Planet Express crew will be back at least once more thanks to the cross-over with The Simpsons. And hey, at least it never overstayed its welcome.
The Simpsons is decking the halls this Sunday night with “White Christmas Blues,” and to tease the holiday episode, Fox has given us an early look at the episode’s couch gag, which shows Springfield covered in snow, and many of its residents looking more elfish than usual.
If you’re a Sunday night drama on ABC or CBS, you’re probably having the best day ever. Because the numbers are in and dramas are all on the upswing, gobbling viewers away (even when the footballers are at play). Sorry, comedy — looks like Sunday just ain’t your day. The last night of the weekend has become a hotbed for dramatic activities and with the revelations from this weekend’s ratings it’s safe to assume that comedy should just look to broadcast itself elsewhere.
In the 25 years The Simpsons has been on the air, nobody has aged or graduated the fourth grade, and no matter what kind of chaos goes down in a given episode, things are restored to normal so that the family can sit down on their couch again int he beginning of the next episode. So when a voice actor for the show dies, as the voice of Mrs. Krabappel Marcia Wallace did on October 25, it is jarring. But The Simpsons writers deal with it beautifully anyway
Anyone who has been paying attention to The Big Bang Theory over the past several years should know that show crushes in the ratings. The higher the rating for a series the better its ad revenue typically is, and The Big Bang Theory is topping the list of programs where money raked in from advertisements is concerned.
The Simpsons’ famed “Treehouse of Horror” episode was a little higher profile than usual this year, thanks to prolific director Guillermo del Toro signing on to direct the opener for the 2013 special episode. The opening sequence was filled with references to past “Treehouse of Horror” gags, as well as a slew of names and movies involved with horror since the dawn of the film. Luckily, this video counts all of those references for us.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, del Toro revealed that the show's producers initially offered him a voice role or to dream up one of the show's famous couch gags, but he wanted to take it much further. "“The Simpsons titles are so iconic and yet they’ve never been riffed in this vein,” he says. “I really wanted to land the connections between the [show’s] set pieces and the titles and some of the most iconic horror movies, and intersperse them with some of my stuff in there for pure joy."
It's that time of year again! For more than two decades, The Simpsons has been celebrating Halloween the best way it knows how; with the special annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode. The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror XXIV includes a special couch gag courtesy of horror masterGuillermo Del Toro. You can devour every morsel of it in the video above, and be on the lookout for some great horror cameos!
Welcome to Homerland, where everyone is in on the plot, from Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton to Itchy, Scratchy, Sideshow Bob… even Maggie. Especially Maggie. In case you couldn't guess, Homeland's return isn't going unrecognized by The Simpsons, which also happens to return for its new season this Sunday night, an hour ahead of the Showtime drama's premiere. The Simpsons pays tribute to the thrilling cable drama by parodying its opening credits and throwing a few Springfield twists in for good measure.
But even those who may complain until the end of time will more often than not tune in for that most famous of Simpsons episodes, the “Treehouse of Horror.” This year’s episode, premiering October 6, has a bigger draw than most, as it will feature an opening directed by none other than the fantastically macabre director Guillermo Del Toro, according to Bloody Disgusting.
The Simpsons and Futurama have crossed over once before, but only in comic form. Now that Futurama is set to go off the air (again), the creator of both shows, Matt Groening, is finally willing to bring it to the big screen. During the Comic-Con panel for Futurama today Groening hinted at a Simpsons/Futurama crossover in an upcoming episode