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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
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.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
The Simpsons showrunner still thinks the show should end by returning to its very first episode
Source: The A.V. Club
Al Jean says an eternal time loop will allow the series to continue on “without a beginning or an end."
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 9:16PM EDT
Watch The Simpsons' "Treehouse of Horror XXIX" trailer
"The Spores Attack" shows alien spores attacking Springfield residents.
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 1:42PM EDT
The Simpsons creator Matt Groening: Apu debate is "tainted now"
Source: The New York Times
In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, Groening said of The Problem with Apu director, "my guess is I agree, politically, with 99 percent of the things that Hari Kondabolu believes. We just disagree on Apu." Groening said he loves the character of Apu, and "it makes me feel bad that it makes other people feel bad. But on the other hand, it’s tainted now — the conversation, there’s no nuance to the conversation now. It seems very, very clunky. I love the character. I love the show." Groening went on to say he had a "scholarly intention" with Apu by naming the character after Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy. "I am sorry that The Simpsons would be criticized for having an Indian character that, because of our extraordinary popularity — I expected other people to do it. I go, maybe he’s a problem, but who’s better?" said Groening. "Who’s a better Indian animated character in the last 30 years? I’ve been to India twice and talked about The Simpsons in front of audiences. That’s why this took me by surprise. I know Indians are not the same as Indian-Americans." Groening also addressed his USA Today interview earlier this year, where he said of the controversy, "people love to pretend they’re offended.” Groening told The Times that comment "wasn’t specifically about Apu. That was about our culture in general. And that’s something I’ve noticed for the last 25 years. There is the outrage of the week and it comes and goes." As for whether Apu will appear again, Groening said: “If we come up with a good story, we’ll do it."
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
The Beatles' Yellow Submarine premiered 50 years ago today, becoming a major influence on The Simpsons
Family Guy and Ren and Stimpy also owe a debt to the 1968 animated film, says former Simpsons and Futurama writer Josh Weinstein. “What I think is great about both Yellow Submarine and The Simpsons is it's for everybody," he says. "It's for kids, but it's for adults, and I think one thing is it doesn't talk down to kids. It doesn't bother to explain a joke that will go over their head, because it knows somebody will get it. And it's the same with The Simpsons. You have big, broad jokes, but you also have these really oblique references as well. So I think that helped influence its writing style.”
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Tracy Morgan to guest on two episodes of The Simpsons
Source: Entertainment Weekly
One episode will have Morgan playing himself in a nod to his survival after a fatal car accident in 2014.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Emmy nominations showed some progress, but voters were still too reliant on old favorites
The Emmy nominations announced Thursday showed that "the industry and its members are still broadening their scope in terms of the voices and types of shows they recognize, which counts as progress," says Jen Chaney. "But there’s also still a repetitive quality in the nominations that has been endemic to the Emmys basically since forever and hasn’t quite gone away." Modern Family was finally dropped from the outstanding comedy series category, but every outstanding drama series contender this year has been nominated in the category before. "While most if not all of them are deserving, that speaks to a long-standing trend of carbon-copy voting," she says. She also points out that the same seven reality competition series were also re-nominated from last year. The outstanding variety talk series remained nearly identical from last year, too, with the exception of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah replacing Real Time with Bill Maher. The rubber-stamping is especially flagrant in the outstanding animated series category, which has often featured South Park and The Simpsons since the 1990s -- while rejecting groundbreaking animated shows like BoJack Horseman (Rick and Morty earned its first nomination in that category on Thursday). "I said this last year, I’m saying it now, and I’ll probably say it again at roughly this same time in 2019: the television landscape is enormous and the Emmy nominations recognize only a fraction of it," says Chaney. "That’s inevitable to an extent. There’s simply too much to nominate everything that’s deserving. But while Emmy voters are recognizing more of the breadth of quality viewing that exists, they could still do even better. More than anything, they need to be more daring, something that is, admittedly, hard to do when a persistent chunk of your voting block leans toward old favorites."
- Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos on his groundbreaking day: "I’m most happy that the nominations were spread out among 40 different shows"
- Freshman comedies had their best showing in two decades, while no freshman dramas were nominated for outstanding drama series
- Late-night hosts react to Emmy nominations: Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at ABC while celebrating his show's two noms
- This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman is honored to have the only network show up for best drama series: "To be popular and well-regarded by fancy people is exciting because it means we’re threading a very fine needle"
- This was the last chance for Emmy voters to pay proper respect to The Americans, and they did the bare minimum
- Comedy has benefitted the most from Peak TV, and TV Academy is starting to recognize that
- Winners and Losers: Comedy was the big winner this year, Drama was the big loser
- Ozark was a big disappointment because Netflix sunk a lot of money into its Emmy campaign, expecting it to become the next big awards competitor
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
The Simpsons unveils the poster for the Jurassic Park-spoofing 29th "Treehouse of Horror"
"Treehouse of Horror XXIX" will also send up Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Three Faces of Eve.
Posted Sunday 7/08/18 at 6:39PM EDT
President Trump shares a YouTube montage of his naysayers that kicks off with a Simpsons clip
"They just didn't get it, but they do now!" the president tweeted Sunday afternoon in sharing a YouTube video of those in the media who thought he would he never become president. The video was first uploaded last November.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
Did The Simpsons predict the upcoming World Cup final?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
A 1997 episode shows the Simpsons family watching a final between Mexico and Portugal.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 3:55AM EDT
The Simpsons writer calls Trump "a shot in the arm for the show," defends calling The Problem with Apu "a nasty little documentary"
"I'll get right to it: I mean, the Trump years have been a shot in the arm for the show," says longtime Simpsons writer Mike Reiss, author of the new book Springfield Confidential. "They've really been great for us. The show's quality or its creativity have always pegged to how weird the news is and how crazy society has gotten and it's never been better. The proof of this is, Donald Trump was elected President on November 8, 2016; on November 9 Fox called us and said, 'You're picked up for two more years.' He really is a job creator." (Actually, The Simpsons was renewed for two seasons on Nov. 4, four days before Election Day.) As for Hari Kondabolu's documentary The Problem with Apu, Reiss says: "First up, I agree with him. I have no problem with this point; it's given us great pause. It's a nasty documentary. The documentary ends with them stabbing a picture of Apu. I just think that's gross and weird and a little sick. He's just a cartoon character. Don't stab him; don't stab anyone." He adds that Apu was addressed two years ago and "for all the outrage about Apu, he hasn't had a line in three years."