The SimpsonsLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
A Ukrainian artist has found success creating custom “Simpsonized” portraits
Andrew Solop has created more than 2,500 custom-made portraits on Etsy showing his customers as Simpsons characters.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Flawed TV parents are the norm these days, but that wasn’t always the case
In the early days of television, parents knew best, and they always had everything under control. But that control evolved with chaotic family shows like Roseanne and The Simpsons. As Jen Chaney notes, “most of the people creating or portraying parents on television at the moment are either Generation-Xers or older millennials, the same people who were raised on Brady Bunch reruns and The Cosby Show, but also embraced Roseanne and The Simpsons. These generations spent more time during childhood watching TV than any previous generations, and having their ideas about family shaped by that from an early age. They saw parents they wanted to emulate, but also eventually became acutely aware that much of what sitcoms had fed them was comfort food.”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Hank Azaria: The Simpsons will “definitely address” criticism over the Apu character
Azaria didn’t say if The Simpsons reached out to comedian Hari Kondabolu to discuss Apu after his The Problem with Apu documentary made headlines. But Azaria said at the TV press tour, while promoting Brockmire for IFC, that “they will definitely address, maybe publicly but certainly creatively within the context of the show, what they want to do, if anything, differently with the character.” Azaria also said he’s been thinking a lot about the criticism about the Indian immigrant character. "The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased — or worse — based on the character of Apu on The Simpsons, or the voice or any other tropes of the character is distressing, especially in post-9/11 America," he said. "The idea that anybody was marginalized based on it or had a time was very upsetting to me personally and professionally."
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Check out The Simpsons’ original “Steamed Hams” draft script
Simpsons writer Bill Oakley recently shared the draft script from the famous Season 7 episode, "22 Short Films About Springfield.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
At Fox, it’s business as usual despite Disney deal — but Fox execs insist Disney won’t dilute The Simpsons or Family Guy
Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s may take between a year and 18 months, so Fox executives are proceeding with their jobs as usual. Fox Television Group chairman Gary Newman did joke at this morning's the Television Critics Association session that he would be addressing “the elephant in the room… or in our case, the Mouse.” He added: “We have to operate at Fox as if this deal doesn’t go through ... We’ll worry down the road when this deal happens.” Asked if Disney will have any impact on Fox’s edgy animated comedies, Newman added: “They’re not acquiring Fox to create some kind of PG company, or as Bob Iger has put it, to ‘Disney-fy’ it.”
- Ryan Murphy had an “emotional" reaction to the Disney-Fox merger: "Am i going to have put Mickey Mouse in American Horror Story?" he said at the TV press tour. “I was not prepared for what happened,” but “I’m hopeful," he said. Murphy added that he received calls assuring him from both Fox's Rupert Murdoch and Disney's Bob Iger. "I’m sort of interested to see what that company is going to look like before I make any decisions," he said.
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 10:49PM EST
Watch Ed Sheeran’s Simpsons cameo
The British singer-songwriter makes his latest TV cameo on Sunday’s edition of the Fox series, playing a boy who sings. ALSO: Why Sheeran’s cameo is a sign that The Simpsons has run out of ideas.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 9:22PM EST
How would House Hunters evaluate The Simpsons home?
The Springfield house would probably not rate very high on the HGTV home reality show.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 1:14PM EST
The Simpsons’ Disney-21st Century Fox prediction “just got a bit crazier”
The Simpsons made the prediction on Nov. 8, 1998. As one Twitter user notes, if you add November’s month (11) + 8 + 1998, you get 2017. ALSO: Here are more Simpsons predictions that could still come true.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
The Simpsons has mocked Disney for 28 years, so what happens next?
As Peter Allen Clark notes, The Simpsons under Disney ownership could mean a wide range of things, including the possibility of the classic animated series joining Hulu. “Oh, and The Simpsons has always really despised Disney,” he adds. “You can't forget that. But on the other hand, Disney might be a little disappointed that The Simpsons has only had ONE movie. Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 basically to make more Star Wars. Who's to say that they aren't interested in exploring the vast Simpsons universe and creating a bevy of annual movies. This may be a good or bad thing for fans. Maybe people would love to see a procedural cop show starring Chief Wiggum, a super-dark Moe Szyslak movie, or a Milhouse Vah Houten college romp.”
- Disney’s 21st Century deal will help it better compete with streamers Netflix and Amazon
- What Netflix could lose if the Disney deal goes through
- Animator Don Hertzfeldt reminds Disney it now owns his weird Simpsons intro
- Disney acquiring Fox Sports Regional Networks gives ESPN a massive amount of new content
- How is the streaming landscape affected?
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 5:10PM EST
Homer Simpson strangles Micky Mouse to “welcome” Disney
The Simpsons co-creator James L. Brooks reacted to this morning's Disney deal with 21st Century Fox by posting an image of Homer strangling Micky Mouse “with respect (he’s a lot older than we are).” ALSO: The Simpsons has President Trump trying to bribe Robert Mueller.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 1:58PM EST
The Simpsons boss on 1998 Disney prediction: "I predict people will make far too much of this mere coincidence”
Showrunner Al Jean played down the gag from a November 1998 Simpsons episode showing that Disney owned 20th Century Fox.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 9:52AM EST
Disney buys much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion, including The Simpsons, Modern Family and This Is Us
Fox’s TV division is one of the most prolific content producers, as The New York Times notes, and the deal means that Disney will acquire ownership of shows like This Is Us, The Simpsons, American Horror Story, Homeland, New Girl, The Americans and Modern Family. “Disney hopes that the Fox television juggernaut can supercharge its ambitions by producing original series for the services and providing access to a catalog of older offerings,” reports The Times. “Fox would also contribute its stake in Hulu, the streaming service that shows ABC content and original programming like The Handmaid’s Tale, giving Disney a majority share.” The deal will also give ESPN Fox’s regional sports networks, including the New York Yankees-carrying YES Network, which will bolster ESPN, in addition to FX and the National Geographic Channel.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 9:52AM EST
The Simpsons predicted Disney’s ownership of 21st Century Fox nearly 20 years ago
A Nov. 8, 1998 episode of the Fox animated series showed 20th Century Fox as “A Division of Walt Disney Co.”
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 9:42AM EST
Here’s what Disney would own under a deal with 21st Century Fox
Under the preliminary deal, set to be announced Thursday, Disney would obtain 20th Century Fox's movie and television studios, 22 regional Fox Sports cable networks, Fox’s stake in Hulu and cable channels that include FX and National Geographic. The deal would mean shows like The Simpsons and FX’s The Americans would go under the Disney umbrella.
Posted Tuesday 12/12/17 at 2:13PM EST
Disney could own The Simpsons as part of a deal with 21st Century Fox
The proposed deal would give the Walt Disney Company control of most of Fox’s entertainment assets, including the iconic Fox animated series.