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Posted Friday 12/07/18 at 1:25PM EST
Broadcast TV is living in a "golden age" of long-running series: 18 network shows have been on for at least a decade
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Four of those 18 decade-plus series are in at least their 20th year, and at the extreme end of the spectrum, The Simpsons is in its record 30th season," says Rick Porter. "And in a postmodern twist, several of these shows that debuted before the rise of streaming shows may at least partly owe their continued existence to the likes of Netflix." He adds that network schedulers and researchers say that "in the Peak TV era, the allure of stability has never been greater — and neither have the ways for veteran shows to be found by new audiences." Or as ABC executive vice president of strategy Andy Kubitz put it: "Some of these shows are being rediscovered by younger viewers because there are so many episodes on other platforms that they binge-watch and come back to linear. The perfect storm is where you keep these shows on for many, many years — then they're rediscovered and relaunched and brought to a whole new group. It can become a self-supporting cycle."
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 3:19PM EST
FXX to air a 15-hour The Simpsons marathon featuring one episode from each of the 30 seasons
Longtime Simpsons showrunner Al Jean will handpick each of the 30 episodes for the Dec. 16 marathon.
Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 5:37PM EST
The Simpsons to re-air its first full-length episode
The "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" episode from 1989 that launched the series will re-air on Fox on Dec. 23. The Simpsons also announced that Jane Lynch will be part of Sunday's holiday episode, titled "Tis the 30th Season."
Posted Saturday 12/01/18 at 12:30AM EST
Argentine TV uses The Simpsons' Apu to depict India's leader
A Buenos Aires TV station put an image of the much-derided Indian character while showing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plane arriving in the city for the G20 summit. Underneath, the chyron read "Llegó Apu," Spanish for "Apu arrives."
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25PM EST
The Simpsons turns Lisa and Homer into TV recappers
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This week's episode became super meta by tackling TV episode recaps.
Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST
No show has been affected by the passage of time as South Park
South Park's recent mea culpa on climate change is a reminder that, by their very nature, animated shows tend to be out of step with the times, according to Todd VanDerWerff. That can be seen in how South Park has had trouble handling the rise of Trump. "It’s as if the series isn’t sure how to live in a world that governs itself by South Park logic," says VanDerWerff. "Yet that’s the larger conundrum South Park finds itself in. For a TV show driven by the same rationale as an internet troll — that provoking a reaction from those who care about literally anything is funnier than anything else on the face of the planet — it’s also become a show that increasingly seems uneasy about living in a world where the trolls have their way." From The Simpsons to Family Guy to South Park, "the thing about animated TV shows is that they don’t really change, while the world around them does," he says. VanDerWerff adds: "But no series has been as affected by the passage of time as South Park. On one hand, the series has been able to pivot more successfully than others, thanks to (Trey) Parker and (Matt) Stone’s continued involvement in every aspect of its production. On the other, it has never quite shed its status as TV’s most libertarian show, built atop the ethos that you shouldn’t bother caring about what other people do, unless they try to make you do something for the greater good, in which case, you should make fun of them. In the 2010s, South Park has occasionally grappled with this element of its legacy....And yet South Park is still trapped, to some degree, by having launched in 1997, amid a booming American economy, where the issues that got Americans most worked up too often amounted to trivial bullsh*t. Even if you disagreed with South Park’s central 'caring is stupid ethos, it was a lot easier to let the show have its fun back then, without worrying about its cultural impact." He adds that with the recent climate change episodes, "now even Parker and Stone seem to wonder sometimes what South Park’s legacy might turn out to be."
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
An Austin bar dressed as The Simpsons' Moe Tavern for Halloween
The idea to transform the bar, Nickel City, came after a worker suggested that it already resembled Moe's.
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
The Simpsons boss' responds to Adi Shankar's claim that Apu has been quietly scuttled
"Adi Shankar is not a producer on The Simpsons," showrunner Al Jean tweeted last night. "I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show." The film producer had claimed that The Simpsons had quietly eliminated the controversial character.
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Producer Adi Shankar: I hear The Simpsons decided to quietly drop Apu
In April, the Indian-American movie producer launched a spec script contest to solve The Simpsons' "Apu problem." He has since found what he calls the "perfect script," one that won't apparently be produced. “I got some disheartening news back, that I’ve verified from multiple sources now: They’re going to drop the Apu character altogether,” Shankar tells Indiewire. “They aren’t going to make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they’ll drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy.” Asked to respond, a Fox spokesperson provided a cryptic response: “Apu appeared in the 10/14/18 episode ‘My Way or the Highway to Heaven.’” In the episode, Apu only appears in a single wide shot that showed dozens of characters gathered around God. Shankar says eliminating Apu is a mistake. “If you are a show about cultural commentary and you are too afraid to comment on the culture, especially when it’s a component of the culture you had a hand in creating, then you are a show about cowardice,” says Shankar. “It’s not a step forward, or step backwards, it’s just a massive step sideways."
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:31PM EDT
The Simpsons' “Treehouse of Horror XXIX” features The Orville and Futurama cameos
Watch a clip from Sunday's episode that will display a banner reading: "Bring Back Futurama." ALSO: The Simpsons predicted Canada's legal marijuana 13 years ago.
Posted Tuesday 10/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
The Simpsons will mark Episode 666 with next year's "Treehouse of Horror"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“Next year, ‘Treehouse of Horror XXX‘ will coincidentally be Simpsons episode 666,” showrunner Al Jean tells EW. “As we planned it in 1989!”
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.