The SimpsonsLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
"The Problem with a Poo" continued South Park's distinct yet subtle subversion of expectations this season
This week's episode's "#CancelTheSimpsons" ending made it so that nobody could figure out which side South Park was advocating, and that's the point, says Jess Joho. "For the first time, South Park seems to be genuinely engaged with questioning its own place in the current cultural climate," she says. "The #CancelTheSimpsons was actually an extension of the season's #CancelSouthPark marketing campaign, a hashtag also playing into the show by appearing at the end credits of each episode so far. Many have been left wondering what this dare to 'cancel' South Park means. It could just be more typical fuck-you humor — or it could be indicative of a huge turning point for the animated TV legend. Arguably, both 'The Problem with a Poo' and #CancelSouthPark campaign is adding a meta layer of meaning to South Park's social commentary that's never been there before. And it's a gamble with a potential to pay off as much as its move to serialization did."
Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
The Simpsons boss: South Park was siding with us when it said "#CancelTheSimpsons"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Problem with Apu's Hari Kondabolu wondered, "Did @SouthPark just side with me? WHAT IS HAPPENING?" after last night's South Park seemed to take a shot at The Simpsons' portrayal of Apu. But The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean saw things differently. "it's actually in favor of us saying people are too critical," says Jean. "Hari Kondabolu tweeted he thought they agreed with him but pulled the comments showing he was wrong. All season the show has had a #cancelsouthpark hashtag so my response (which I tweeted) is: #pleasedontcancelsouthpark." ALSO: South Park was indeed trolling people who would call on The Simpsons to be canceled.
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
South Park takes on The Simpsons' Apu and Roseanne Barr
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
This week's "The Problem With a Poo" episode not only tackled the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, but also took a shot at Roseanne and her Ambien excuse for her racist tweet. South Park also used its racism storyline to allow for a cameo from The Simpsons' Apu.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Japanese anime fans are shocked to learn The Simpsons voice actors make a boatload of money
While each Simpsons actor brings home $6 million per season, the highest-paid voice actor in anime earns about $630,000 per gig, while other famous stars half of that salary. “I wish the Japanese anime industry could pay creators, the foundation the industry is built on, like the Simpsons cast gets paid,” one fan admitted.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 3:43AM EDT
Gal Gadot auditions to play Lisa Simpson in the trailer for The Simpsons Season 30 premiere
Sunday's premiere will follow Homer Simpson and Ned Flanders' attempt to make a movie -- while bashing DC Comics films.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 6:56PM EDT
Former Black-ish and The Simpsons writer who pleaded guilty in insider trading scheme was accused of sexual misconduct at Harvard
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Damilare Sonoiki, 27, pleaded guilty last week to security fraud after he was caught feeding insider trading tips to NFL player Mychal Kendricks. The guilty plea ended a meteoric rise for Sonoiki, a Nigerian immigrant who attended Harvard, then worked at Goldman Sachs, and followed that up with stints in the writers' rooms of Black-ish and, until recently, The Simpsons. The Wall Street Journal that Sonoiki didn't actually graduate from Harvard because his degree was withheld due to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including rape. Sonoiki never faced criminal charges, and in a statement he “denies that he has engaged in any sexual misconduct.”
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
The Simpsons unveils its 30th anniversary logo
The Fox cartoon's Season 30 logo features Marge and baby Maggie. ALSO: Billy Eichner to guest on Season 30.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 2:04PM EDT
A Simpsons executive producer recently spotted a massive blunder from a 1995 episode
Source: ET Canada
Executive producer Matt Selman noticed that Season 5's “And Maggie Makes Three” episode features a picture of Maggie on the wall in the background while depicting Marge pregnant with Maggie in the foreground. "Oooops," tweeted The Simpsons star Yeardley Smith, while showrunner Al Jean joked that 17 people were fired for the error.
Posted Wednesday 8/29/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Matt Groening: Michael Jackson really did make a cameo on The Simpsons
In honor of Jackson's 60th birthday, Groening cleared up rumors about pop icon's cameo in the 1990s. “You don’t have to put it in quotes,” said Groening. “We really did have him.”
Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Broad City and The Simpsons win early Emmys
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Simpsons scored its 33rd Emmy, for outstanding individual achievement in animation, while Broad City was honored for motion design.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Real-life The Simpsons-inspired Kwik-E-Mart opens in South Carolina
The Myrtle Beach convenience store opened Friday with products ranging from Duff non-alcoholic energy drinks to Squishees to Lard Lad Donuts. ALSO: Watch Matt Groening's reaction to an artist's 3D human rendering of Homer Simpson.
Posted Saturday 8/18/18 at 6:39AM EDT
Check out a 3D human-looking version of Homer Simpson
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Artist Miguel Vasquez has created his vision of what The Simpsons patriarch would look like in real life.
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
A Simpsons movie sequel and a Family Guy film could be in the works
The Wall Street Journal reports, via Uproxx, that 20th Century Fox has "a second Simpsons movie in development, and a Family Guy film that would mix animation with live action." That would be in addition to the live-action Bob's Burgers film scheduled to be released in 2020.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Fox execs address the Apu controversy and whether The Simpsons will exit for another network
Source: USA Today
Fox co-chairman Dana Walden says the network wasn't surprised by the reaction to how The Simpsons addressed the Apu controversy. “We have had the conversation with (producer) Jim Brooks and his team and we’ve basically left it up to them,” said Walden. “They’ve treated the characters with so much respect. We trust them to handle it in a way that will be best for the show. Ultimately we decided that would be their decision.” Walden also addressed concerns that The Simpsons could end up on another network as a result of the Disney deal. "Simpsons' has been so much a part of the brand, there are no plans for the show to go anywhere but Fox," said Walden. "For the foreseeable future, there’s so much upside and benefit to have such a great, Emmy-winning series… (There is) no consideration of not ordering more Simpsons."
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 12:49AM EDT
Matt Groening: Disenchantment grew out of ideas we couldn't do on The Simpsons
“I keep sketch books that are full of characters and I started drawing fantastic creatures we couldn’t do on The Simpsons and we just went from there,” Groening said at the TV press tour while promoting his medieval animated series. “I filled up an entire sketch book full of imps and gnomes and trolls and fairies." ALSO: Groening declined to further discuss The Simpsons' Apu controversy at press tour.