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'Simpsons' Co-Creator Dead At 59

March 10th, 2015 8:25am EDT
Emmy Winning 'Simpsons' Co-Creator Dies After Cancer Battle
Nine-time Emmy winner Sam Simon, co-creator of “The Simpsons,” died Sunday of colorectal cancer at his home in Los Angeles, his reps confirmed. He was 59 years old.

Simon was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2012.

“Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean also confirmed the news with a tweet on Monday.

.@thesimpsons #everysimpsonsever Just heard terrible news of death of @simonsam. A great man; I owe him everything.

— Al Jean (@AlJean) March 9, 2015

Simon won seven Emmy Awards for “The Simpsons." In 1989 he developed “The Simpsons” with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. Simon co-wrote n...

People's Choice Awards Winners And Highlights

January 8th, 2015 8:36am EST
'Big Bang Theory,' 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big At People's Choice A
"The Big Bang Theory" and "Grey's Anatomy" were some of the biggest winners at the 2015 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater.

Long-running medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" took home the most trophies, including Favorite Network TV Drama, Favorite Dramatic TV Actor and Actress for Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo. Former cast member Sandra Oh was named the Favorite TV Character We Miss Most.

"The Big Bang Theory" also cleaned up, winning awards for Favorite TV Show, Favorite Network TV Comedy, and Favorite Comedic TV Actress for Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

The Goriest Deaths You Won't Believe They Got Away With On Network TV

January 4th, 2015 4:00pm EST
The Goriest Deaths You Won't Believe They Got Away With On Netwo
TV used to have rules. On pay cable- your HBOs, your Cinemaxes- anything and everything is fair play.

Want to turn a TV show into softcore porn? Watch a man's skull pop in the grip of a man-mountain? Replace an entire scene's worth of dialogue with nothing but F-bombs?

Go for it. It's pay cable- no one can stop you.

But the other TV stations- the kinder, gentler ones that don't cost a bundle on top of your normal cable bill each month- those are supposed to tone down the violence.

Not anymore. Now, the same network that once brought you "Friends" brings an assembly line of severed faces...

8 Great TV Moments From 2014

December 10th, 2014 2:04pm EST
Best TV Moments Of 2014: From 'The Good Wife' To 'The Newsroom'
2014 has been another interesting year for television, whether you're talking about the arrival of a new series or the reinvention of an existing hit show. There's been no shortage of buzzworthy happenings on the small screen, across all kinds of channels and genres, and they deserve a little applause.

It's time once again to recognize the best TV moments of the year and the people who made those moments happen. Below, we've selected the eight moments that still have us talking weeks or even months after they aired, in chronological order.

SPOILER ALERT - If you're not caught up on the cu...

'Family Guy' Season 13 Premiere: 'The Simpsons Guy' Was A Little Weird

September 30th, 2014 3:11pm EDT
'Family Guy' Season 13 Premiere: 'The Simpsons Guy' Was A Little
That was... interesting.

The crossover episode between Family Guy and The Simpsons was an interesting idea that could have had a lot of promise - and before we get into it here, the episode was not bad by any means - it was just weird.

The writers at Family guy clearly made a huge effort to please The Simpsons` audience by proving on a number of occasions that The Simpsons has been a far more successful show for a lot longer than Family Guy. Even during the final 'fight scene' between Peter and Homer there was a direct reference to the awards literally being thrown in Peter's face by Hom...

'The Simpson's' Big Death On Season 26 Premiere Is [Spoiler]

September 29th, 2014 9:18am EDT
'The Simpson's' Big Death On Season 26 Premiere Is [Spoiler]
[Warning, SPOILER ALERT: Season 26 premiere episode of FOX's "The Simpsons" ]

It was the premiere that was dreaded for months by fans of the long-running FOX animated series, "The Simpsons." In an episode titled "Clown in the Dumps" Krusty the Clown's FATHER, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky was killed, despite the fact that the big character death was originally rumored to be Krusty himself.

At the Television Critics Association press tour series creator Al Jean stated, “I didn’t say I was killing Krusty…I didn’t say I wasn’t.”

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter prior to the episode's p...

'Simpsons' Marathon Smashes Records On FXX

August 23rd, 2014 2:30pm EDT
The Simpsons
Running a 12-day marathon of "The Simpsons" has been a lucrative move for FXX.

The network launched an ultramarathon of the animated program on Thursday, and the first day (filled with 34 episodes) smashed rating records for the cable network, which launched last year, according to the LA Times.

During prime time, over 1 million viewers tuned in, a fivefold increase, according to Nielsen.

FXX president of program strategy Chuck Saftler said in a statement: "We knew that 'The Simpsons' could be transformative for FXX and its performance yesterday truly exceeded our wildest expectations." ...

5 Best Television Shows To Waste A Half Hour Watching

August 22nd, 2014 12:09pm EDT
5 Best Television Shows To Waste A Half Hour Watching
In honor of FXX's marathon of all 552 episodes of The Simpsons, which began yesterday and runs through September 1, we've put together a list of our favorite shows to waste a half-hour watching. They're those programs that you can tune to when you've only got a little time and always enjoy yourself. From Springfield to the United Kingdom, here are our six picks for half-hour escapes.

The Simpsons

Whether you're still a devoted fan or don't watch as much as you used to, chances are you've still got dozens of fond memories from The Simpsons. There's Homer falling down Springfield Gorge, Ma...

Petter Griffin And Homer Simpson Duke It Out In 'Family Guy'-'Simpsons' Crossover Preview

July 28th, 2014 12:08pm EDT
Petter Griffin And Homer Simpson Duke It Out In 'Family Guy'-'Si
One would assume Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson, the patriarchs of Family Guy and The Simpsons, could easily be best buddies. However, a debate over beer has the two FOX characters trading blows in a five-minute preview that aired at Comic-Con.

The two FOX stars and their families appear to hit it off at first, sharing donuts and prank calls (which leads to Stewie making an unfortunate rape joke). Peter also manages to include Homer in one of Family Guy's infamous cutaway gags, where the two are World War I aces and have to "carry" Bob from Bob's Burgers.

However, things sour when Home...

The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!

July 24th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
The 10 Most Annoying TV Kids Of All Time!
Character-driven storylines are the life breath of any avid television watcher. The more interesting, the better. Still, in order to flesh out a main character, several sub characters need to be added. Often times, they are younger. Unless there are substantial reasons why a particular child character is added to a new or existing show, they fall by the wayside, not pushing the plot forward and often, holding it back. These television kids all have one thing in common, their presence on their shows is ultimately annoying.

1. Joffrey Baratheon, Game of Thrones

Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) mi...

We Guess Which Simpsons Character Will Die During The 26th Season Premiere

July 21st, 2014 2:01pm EDT
The Simpsons
The Simpsons producers have been teasing the death of a prominent character for the premiere of the show's 26th season, and during a recent panel at the Television Critics Association tour they dropped a few more hints on who the character could be.

We first heard of the upcoming death last October, when producer Al Jean said, "I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is." The joke was that multiple voice actors won Emmys for their work on The Simpsons. The show then took a break promoting the idea, in respect ...

10 Hilarious Cartoons Not Just for Kids

June 8th, 2014 10:00am EDT
10 Hilarious Cartoons Not Just for Kids
With Fox's The Simpsons now well into its third decade on the air, it's been established for a while that animated television shows can appeal to the masses or even be aimed squarely at adult viewers.

From the antics of Peter Griffin to the adventures of Kyle, Stan, Cartman and Kenny, there are plenty of great shows that lull you in with the cartoon animation you watched as a kid, only to wallop you over the head with their over-the-top adult humor.

Here are 10 of our favorite cartoons aimed at adult audiences.

The Critic

We'll start our list with one of our personal favorites that ...

Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May Not Work

May 15th, 2014 2:40pm EDT
Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May No
Now that all the big networks have revealed what they’ll be showing us this fall, let’s take a look at what may or may not work.


ABC is essentially playing it safe, and keeping Sunday Night intact. American Crime will swap for Resurrection at midseason. Resurrection was a buzzy drama that started seeing a ratings decline. Not waiting till midseason is probably a smart move. You don’t want to lose any more audience. It’s not a winning strategy, but ABC just doesn’t want to be in last place.

NBC has football, another super safe move. CBS is shaking things up, banishing Amazing Race...

'The Simpsons' Get The Lego Treatment In 550th Episode (Watch The Trailer)

May 1st, 2014 10:57pm EDT
The Simpsons LEGO episode
Producers of The Simpsons are marking the show's milestone 550th episode with Legos in an episode titled, "Brick Like Me."

In the new episode, Homer wakes up where everything is made of Legos and he has to figure out how to get back to reality.

Everything in Springfield is now made of bricks, and when he goes to The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop, owned by Comic Book Guy, to purchase a toy for daughter Lisa, he has a vision of normality when he touches the box. Homer begins hallucinating and starts seeing himself normally in mirrors and reflections while dealing with the difficult...

9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

April 15th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits
Remember what it was like when you were dedicated to one show only, you never missed an episode and hoped your favorite characters (or personalities) would get their turn in the spotlight? Well that did happen to these classic spin-offs, who found their niche in television history and rightly remain some of the most unique and diverse group of programming ever made for television.

1. "The Simpsons"

(Spun off of "The Tracey Ullman Show")

"The Simpsons" was a cartoon short utilized in the series "The Tracey Ullman Show" during its run from 1987-1990. The show took on a life of its own i...

25 Best Moments From 'The Simpsons'

March 9th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
25 Best Moments From 'The Simpsons'
It’s hard to believe that "The Simpsons” have been providing television viewers with 25 years of biting satire and top notch TV comedy. Never proving redundant or stale even after the passage of the series’ early golden years, "The Simpsons" still proves to be a highly relevant voice in pop culture today, one that equally influences and parodies the latest trends in entertainment and culture. But even after 25 years on the air, there are still some key Simpsons' moments that prove to be the shining pinnacle of the series’ work, so hilarious and irreverent that they’re still as fresh and fun...

The Simpsons To Get Lego Treatment In May Episode

February 17th, 2014 12:03pm EST
The Simpsons
Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie will look very different in May when The Simpsons debut an episode made out of Lego pieces.

FOX announced the 550th episode, set for a May 4 airing, will be titled "Brick Like Me" and will have the entire town of Springfield "Lego-ized."

The tagline for the episode reads, "Homer wakes up in a world where his family and everyone in Springfield are made of Legos. Will he be able to 'put together' how he got there and how to get back home before he's stuck in the brick world forever?"

The announcement comes hot off the heels of another successful weekend...

Blu-Ray Spotlight: 'Doctor Who,' 'Futurama,' 'Simpsons,' 'Star Trek,' 'Wolverine'

December 8th, 2013 4:06pm EST
If you're a fan of the sci-fi genre, you've had a great few weeks in the home video department. Doctor Who, Futurama, The Simpsons, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Wolverine have all hit Blu-Ray since November. Here are our capsule reviews of all the new releases, so you can decide which ones deserve a place on your shelf. All hail the Hypnotoad!

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

Just a few weeks after its global simulcast and special theatrical release, BBC Home Entertainment has made the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special available in a Blu-Ray 3D/Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. The pri...

'The Simpsons' To Air On FXX In 2014

November 16th, 2013 10:00am EST
The Simpsons
FXX has secured exclusive rights to air "The Simpsons" on cable and VOD starting next year. FXX landed the longest-running scripted series in television history after a fierce bidding war involving a reported five other cable networks.

FX president John Landgraf said in a statement: "The Simpsons is indisputably one of the greatest shows in television history. We are honored to have it associated with FX Networks and FXX."

Starting in August 2014, FXX will play every season of "The Simpsons," excluding those airing in their first run on FOX. 

20th Century Fox TV Chairmen and CEOs Gary Ne...

Bart Pays Tribute To Marcia Wallace In Sad 'Simpsons' Opening

November 4th, 2013 4:08pm EST
The Simpsons
The Simpsons left a touching note to voice actress Marcia Wallace, who died October 25 at the age of 70.

Wallace voiced Bart's elementary teacher Edna Krabappel, so it was suiting that the bad boy wrote, "We'll really miss you Mrs. K." during his weekly blackboard gag. It was a few sweet moments dedicated to the woman before the show went on.

Ironically, the show killed off another character during the episode. Simpsons producers teased audiences with the death, saying someone would die that was voiced by a cast member with an Emmy award (the joke being that all of the main cast members h...

Guillermo Del Toro Packs The Horror References Into 'Simpsons' Couch Gag Opening (Watch It!)

October 7th, 2013 1:04pm EDT
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Guillermo del Toro opening
Director Guillermo del Toro created the opening "Couch Gag" for this year's 24th annual Halloween-themed "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons, and it's nothing short of an animation masterpiece.

The director paid homage to countless horror movies and weaved in scenes from his own films, such as Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and his more recent Pacific Rim.

Del Toro was originally approached by producers of the show to make a simple guest appearance or to come up with a basic opening credit scene, but instead he went all the way with his near three minute gag.

“I really wanted to land...

Trending: Major Character On 'The Simpsons' To Be Killed Off, Kimberly Perry Engaged To Blue Jays Catcher

October 2nd, 2013 10:01am EDT
The Simpsons
A "major character" on "The Simpsons" will be killed off within the next year. The show's producer, Al Jean confirmed the news and only gave one clue about who it could possibly be: the actor who voices the character won an Emmy for playing that character. That narrows it down to about the entire main cast since they've all won Emmys for the show. Our guesses are pictured above and below. (story)

Singer Kimberly Perry, of The Band Perry, is engaged to Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia. The couple got engaged on her parents' property in Greeneville, Tenn., on Monday. The couple met i...

'The Simpsons' Bosses Plan To Kill Off Major Character

October 1st, 2013 5:00pm EDT
The Simpsons
A major character is going to be killed on the upcoming season of "The Simpsons."

The Sun Times quotes executive producer Al Jean as saying: "I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is."

Actors Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria have lent their voices to so many Simpsons characters and have won multiple Emmys for their work, so it's tricky to guess which character is on the chopping block. In fact, nearly all the major voice actors have brought home Emmy awards.

It isn't the first time the animated series is h...

'Homeland' Returns: Season 3, 'Simpsons' Parody, Blu-Ray

September 29th, 2013 12:14pm EDT
This is a huge week if you're a Homeland fan. Not only does Season 3 launch tonight, but The Simpsons kicks off its 25th season with a parody of the hit Showtime series, and Season 2 has already arrived on Blu-Ray in spectacular form.

Season 3 resumes the action two months after Season 2's attack on Langley, with the CIA simultaneously targeting the responsible parties and still searching for the fugitive Brody (Damian Lewis). Saul (Mandy Patinkin), as the acting director of the Agency, finds himself in hot water when a Senate investigation into CIA practices is launched. And Carrie (Clair...

2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On FOX

September 7th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
New Girl
We've reached the end of the 2013 Fall TV Preview.

BONES returns Monday, September 16 at 8PM

Booth and Bones find a friend in the priesthood. The priest will help counsel the couple. Oh, he's an ex-priest now working as a bartender. A wedding's in the works for Bones and Booth. Apparently, the wedding will happen. I've found absolutely nothing about Bones solving murders. The early going of the season seems focused on romance.

NEW GIRL returns Tuesday, September 17 at 9PM

I've heard a few interviews with New Girl creator, Liz Meriweather. I really dig listening to her talking about wri...

'Simpsons' Co-Creator Sam Simon Giving Multi-Million Fortune To Charity

July 29th, 2013 3:37pm EDT
Sam Simon
Sam Simon is making sure he leaves a lasting impact on the world before he dies.

The co-creator of hit show The Simpsons was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer earlier this year, leading him to augment his will to give his earnings to charity. In May, Simon revealed he was told he had three to six months before the sickness claimed his life.

Simon left The Simpsons in 1993, but retained his Executive Producer title as the show skyrocketed in popularity. He says that his stake in the show earns him "tens of millions" in royalties per year.

Simon tells the Hollywood Reporter that just ab...

'The Simpsons' To Appear On Special 'Family Guy' Crossover Episode

July 19th, 2013 9:34am EDT
The Simpsons
Animated rivals "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" will meet face to face in a special crossover episode that will air in 2014 on Fox.

The highly anticipated episode will feature Seth McFarlane's dysfunctional Griffin family traveling to Springfield and meeting Matt Groening's cartoon clan.

"Family Guy" patriarch Peter Griffin said in a mock statement: "Fox hasn't spent this much money since they took Simon Cowell tight t-shirt shopping."

Both animated shows are massively popular. "Family Guy" will begin its 12th season this fall, while "The Simpsons" holds the record for longest-running sc...

Margaret Groening, Inspiration For Marge Simpson, Dies At 94

May 8th, 2013 10:48am EDT
Marge Simpson
Matt Groening, creator of hit Fox animated TV series The Simpsons, is mourning the death of his mother Margaret, who inspired the show's matriarch Marge Simpson.

Mrs. Groening died in her sleep on April 22 in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 94. She was born Margaret Wiggum on March 23, 1919, in Chisolm, Minn. Wiggum is another familiar "Simpsons" name -- the town's police chief and his son Ralph share the surname.

Margaret is survived by her son and two daughters -- yes, Lisa and Maggie. Her eldest daughter, Patty, passed away earlier this year and was the inspiration for Marge Simpson's ...

'The Simpsons' Co-Creator Sam Simon Battling Cancer

March 20th, 2013 8:47am EDT
Sam Simon
The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon is undergoing chemotherapy after he was diagnosed with cancer.

The 57-year-old writer and producer, who devised the hugely popular cartoon with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, was told by doctors he has colon cancer last year, but reveals the potentially deadly disease has spread to other vital organs.

Explaining his health battle to radio presenter Jon Leiberman on Howard 101's Leiberman: Live at 5, a spin-off of Simon's pal Howard Stern's daily radio show, he says, "The diagnosis was - I was feeling bad for a couple (of) years, and I was diagnosing...

2012 Television Premiere Dates

September 8th, 2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...