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Spin-Off Copies? No, These 9 Shows Were Real Hits!

April 15th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
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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
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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...

Judas Priest Singer To Appear On 'The Simpsons' This Weekend

January 4th, 2014 11:32am EST
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Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will appear in an episode of The Simpsons in America this weekend.

The rocker has been animated for the cult cartoon series and will appear in an episode alongside director Judd Apatow, Channing Tatum, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.

According to The Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman, Halford performs a parody of Judas Priest hit Breaking the Law to highlight cartoon stars Bart and Homer Simpson's pirated movie viewing operation.

Selman tells Entertainment Weekly, "Even though Homer is stealing, he's doing it for the community, he’s doing it out of the g...

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...

Pneumonia and breast cancer contributed to Marcia Wallace's death

November 24th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Marcia Wallace
The Simpsons star Marcia Wallace died from a combination of pneumonia, sepsis and breast cancer, coroners have ruled.

The TV veteran, who famously voiced teacher Edna Krabappel on the longrunning cartoon series, died on 25 October (13) and officials have now listed the lung infection as one of the main causes of her passing, in addition to sepsis inflammation due to infection.

Lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was also named as a primary factor, while cancer was a "significant condition" contributing to her loss, according to the details on her death certificate.


'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
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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...

'The Simpsons' star Marcia Wallace dead at 70

October 27th, 2013 6:41pm EDT
Marcia Wallace
Actress Marcia Wallace has died, aged 70.

The TV veteran, who voiced Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, died on Friday night, according to reports.

As well as her animated role on The Simpsons, Wallace was a regular game show panellist on programmes such as Hollywood Squares and the Match Game, and she also starred on The Bob Newhart Show and appeared on ALF and Murphy Brown.

Sources tell that Wallace had been unable to work on The Simpsons for several weeks due to health issues, but producers were still planning a major storyline for her teacher character, for which she won an Outs...

'The Simpsons' To Retire Marcia Wallace’s Edna Krabappel

October 27th, 2013 6:14am EDT
Marcia Wallace, who played Bart Simpson’s  fourth-grade teacher on The Simpsons for 23 years, has died, RumorFix has confirmed.

She was 70. Her cause of death is not known.

The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean wrote on Facebook, “She was beloved by all  at ‘The Simpsons’ and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”

He added that any rumors that he was going to kill off the Emmy-award winning character early were not true, “Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away. This was not Marcia’s Edna Krabappel. Marcia’s passing is unrelated and ag...

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
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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
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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...

The Simpsons top cartoon series poll

September 24th, 2013 8:43pm EDT
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The Simpsons have topped a new list of the best cartoon series of all time.

The TV family has beaten out The Flintstones and Looney Tunes to grab the number one spot on TV Guide Magazine's animated poll.

Peanuts, Scooby-Doo, Batman: The Animated Series, SpongeBob SquarePants and South Park have also made the new top 10.

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...

'Twilight' Saga Leads Teen Choice Award Winners

August 12th, 2013 11:01am EDT
The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part II
'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II' was the big winner at last night's Teen Choice Awards, picking up seven prizes.

The final movie in the popular vampire franchise picked up the Choice Movie accolades in both the Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Romance categories, while its star Kristen Stewart took home Movie Actress in both categories. Her co-star and former boyfriend Robert Pattinson scooped Choice Movie Actor: Romance, while Taylor Lautner picked up the same prize in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section, while Kellan Lutz took home Choice Movie Scene Stealer from the fan-voted ceremony.

Elsewhere, '...

'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 co-creator offers up fortune to charity as he battles cancer

July 25th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
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Sam Simon, the man who co-created The Simpsons, is giving away his vast fortune to animal rights and poverty groups as he battles terminal cancer.

The 58 year old, who came up with the concept for the animated TV hit with Matt Groening in 1983, was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer earlier this year (13) and given three to six months to live, and he has vowed to give away millions to the charities he has supported through the Sam Simon Foundation, which provides vegan food to the hungry and homes for stray pets.

He has also supported PETA, Save the Children and marine organisation the ...

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

July 19th, 2013 9:34am EDT
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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...

The Simpsons theme park to open in Florida

May 24th, 2013 3:11am EDT
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The Simpsons are heading to Florida as bosses at Universal Studios Orlando prepare to open a theme-park version of the dysfunctional family's hometown of Springfield.

Fans of the longrunning animated series will be able to visit a new Universal Studios attraction based on the fictional town.

With an existing Simpsons Ride at its heart, the park will boast new additions including Moe's Tavern, Lard Lad Donuts store and the Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop.

Jeffrey Godsick, president of Fox Consumer Products, says, "Fans will literally be able to live and breathe Springfield as they ...

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, ...

Justin Bieber To Guest Star On 'The Simpsons'

August 22nd, 2012 8:12am EDT
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber has cemented his superstar status by landing a guest role in The Simpsons.

The pop singer will play himself in an upcoming episode of the long-running animated show, and will be seen attempting to enter a talent contest.

The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean has confirmed the news to website, revealing, "He tries to get into a talent show that Bart is playing piano in and they won't admit him. Draw your own conclusions... It's a cameo, but all of his fans should watch every minute of the show, before and after he's on."

Bieber also shared his excitement with fan...

'The Simpsons' Nab Steve Carell, Zooey Deschanel, Others For Voice Roles

July 23rd, 2012 2:07pm EDT
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The Simpsons are no stranger to having guest stars on their series - you could argue they are the Saturday Night Live of animation. For the unprecedented 24th season, Springfield will once again have the who's who of Hollywood in their midsts.

Bart Simpson will be chasing after a long-lost love voiced by Zooey Deschanel when the family heads to New York once more. Steve Carell will be a bowling buddy of Homer's that apparently has ties to the mob. Patton Oswal will be a neighborhood child that befriends Bart. Other guests for the season include Jeff Gordon, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein,...

Benedict Cumberbatch Lands 'Simpsons' Role

July 5th, 2012 11:25am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has scored a cameo on The Simpsons after a chance encounter with the cartoon's bosses.

The Sherlock star was at a meeting when he overheard a role on the animated series was up for grabs, and he jumped at the chance to lend his vocal talents to an upcoming episode.

He tells Britain's InStyle magazine, "I was at a meeting yesterday in the same place The Simpsons is recorded and heard there was a part going in an episode. I said, 'I hate to muscle in here, guys, but could I record it?' Next thing, I'm standing in a room with all those famous voices: Bart...

Fox Adds Three New Comedies & Drama Starring Kevin Bacon To 2012-13 Lineup

May 14th, 2012 10:25am EDT
Kevin Bacon
FOX has released its primetime schedule for the 2012-2013 television season, adding three new comedies and two dramas to its slate. "Glee" will move this fall to Thursdays, following all-new installments of "The X Factor," which will feature two new judges (Britney Spears and Demi Lovato).

This fall, two new half-hour comedies – "The Mindy Project" and "Ben And Kate" – will join "Raising Hope" and "New Girl" on an all-new Tuesday night comedy block.

"The Mindy Project" features Mindy Kaling as a skilled OB/GYN navigating the tricky waters of both her personal and professional life, as sh...

Betty White Inducted Into NAB Hall Of Fame

April 18th, 2012 9:27am EDT
Betty White
Golden Girls legend Betty White is the latest star to enter the National Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.

The veteran actress was inducted into the prestigious institution at a special ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

White was selected for the honor in recognition of her lengthy career, her seven Emmy Awards and her numerous TV and film roles.

NAB President-CEO Gordon Smith says, "Betty White is admired by generations of audiences. She has remarkable energy and an incredible ability to connect with viewers. Betty's contributions to television and entertainment as a whole a...

'The Simpsons' Live In Fictional Town Of Springfield, Oregon

April 11th, 2012 8:34am EDT
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"The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening has revealed which Springfield inspired his fictional town in the cartoon series.

For years fans have been debating which of the many American Springfields gave the animator the idea for the town where his colourful characters live - and now he has revealed he based his fictional place on another fictional Springfield, based in Oregon.

Groening tells the Smithsonian Magazine, "Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show 'Father Knows Best' took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrill...

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