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'The Simpsons' Producer Laughs Off Fox News 'Feud'

12/4/2010 10:16am EST
The Simpsons
A producer behind The Simpsons has dismissed rumors of a rift between show bosses and executives at 20th Century Fox after a recent episode criticized the company's politics.

An episode of the long-running series titled The Fool Monty aired last week and the show opened with a scene featuring a Fox News helicopter with a slogan emblazoned on the side reading: "Fox News: Not Racist, But No1 With Racists."

A followed up installment, which aired on Sunday, again poked fun at the distributor, featuring the helicopter with a new slogan, "Fox News: Unsuitable for Viewers Under 75."

Rumors o...

Facebook Users Changing Profile Pictures To Cartoons To Battle Child Abuse

12/3/2010 3:11pm EST
Facebook users are unifying against child abuse by switching their profile pictures to popular cartoon characters - with a hope that there are "more cartoon faces than human ones" by December 6th.

Indeed, images from Scooby Doo, Flintstones, The Simpsons, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Thundercats, Tom and Jerry, Care Bears, The Jetsons, The Smurfs, Looney Tunes, Spongebob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and more are cropping up all over the social network.

This post is being repeated all over the site: "Change your profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood and invite your friend...

Banksy Directs Dark, Controversial Couch Gag For 'The Simpsons'

10/11/2010 12:30pm EDT
The Simpsons Banksy
Anonymous British graffiti artist Banksy directed a controversial Simpsons opening that was aired last night. The beginning of the show ran with few additions save for "Banksy" graffiti tags added throughout town. However, the couch gag went much further.

The camera panned out from the couch to show Asian workers in a labor camp mass-producing animation cells. The cells were then dumped into toxic chemicals by a boy, near the bones of what are assumed to be previous workers.

Things begin to get over the top, as cats are then shown being thrown into a shredder - their remains b...

Justin Timberlake Stands Up For Facebook Founder

10/8/2010 10:30am EDT
Justin Timberlake
The Social Network star Justin Timberlake has defended founder Mark Zuckerberg from critics who allege he gave $100 million to charity for publicity.

The new movie chronicles the early days of the popular website, which Zuckerberg and a pal co-founded in their dorm rooms while he was a computer science student at Harvard. At the time of the film's opening, Zuckerberg made his generous donation and appeared on hit cartoon The Simpsons, prompting critics to accuse him of attempting to counter his unflattering portrayal in the movie.

However Timberlake, who plays Napster found...

Katy Perry To Guest Star On 'The Simpsons'

9/27/2010 11:37am EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry is swapping Sesame Street for The Simpsons - the singer has signed up to star in a special live action episode of the long running TV comedy.

The pop star was due to make a cameo appearance in the hit kids' show alongside beloved character Elmo later this year, but the sketch was scrapped following a swathe of complaints from parents over her skimpy outfit.

Now Perry has found herself a role in the more adult The Simpsons, in a Christmas episode which will see the famous family transformed into puppets. Perry will play herself in the unusual live action sequence and lead the ...

50 Cent Finally Achieves His Soap Opera Dream

9/14/2010 11:00am EDT
50 Cent
50 Cent is preparing for a long-awaited cameo on U.K. TV - the rapper will appear in hit British soap opera Eastenders.

The In Da Club superstar is an avid fan of the long-running BBC show, set in the East End of London, after catching episodes during promotional trips to the U.K. And he has organized a guest appearance with BBC bosses, according to Britain's Daily Mirror.

However, the star is devastated the talks took so long - because he's too late to appear opposite veteran British actress Barbara Windsor, who retired from her role as tough landlady Peggy Mitchell earlier this month...

Celebs Opt For Short, Strapless Dresses At Creative Arts Emmys (Photos)

8/23/2010 8:19am EDT
Mary Rajskub
Mary Lynn Rajskub ("24"), Melanie Brown ("Dance Your Ass Off") and Kristin Chenoweth ("Pushing Daisies") walked the red carpet at the Creative Arts Emmys looking lovely in similar styled dresses. Mary opted for a pink frock with ruffles, while Kristin wore a dark blue jeweled dress. Mel B was elegant in black.

Betty White picked up her fifth Emmy on Saturday - walking away with a trophy for her work hosting "Saturday Night Live."

Neil Patrick Harris picked up trophies for his work at the 63rd Annual Tony Awards last June, as well as for his guest role on "Glee."

Anne Hathaway's vocal t...

Betty White Wins Fifth Emmy

8/22/2010 5:27pm EDT
Betty White
Veteran actress Betty White picked up her fifth Emmy on Saturday - walking away with a trophy at the 2010 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for her work hosting "Saturday Night Live."

The "Golden Girls" favorite has enjoyed a huge career resurgence over the last 12 months, and was the subject of a campaign to get her to front the hit comedy sketch show.

And her fans' dedication was worth it - White won the prize for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearance on the show in May.

Another host who went home a winner on Saturday was Neil Patrick Harris - he picked up ...

When Does Your Favorite TV Show Return?

8/21/2010 11:05am EDT
shit my dad says
There are a lot of TV shows returning and premering in the fall. Start making room on your DVR now because there are many can't-miss series on the boob tube.

I spent hours last weekend clearing out tons of space on my DVR. I know it can be a chore, but it's so refreshing afterwards! (Did that sound like a body wash commercial to anyone else?)

Check out the list for your favorite shows, mark your calendars and get ready for a long winter with some great TV.

Shows marked with an asterisk (*) are new and all times are ET/PT.

Tuesday, Sept. 7
Sons of Anarchy (FX), 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Sep...

Ricky Gervais To Appear On 'The Simpsons' For A Second Time (Video)

8/2/2010 2:04pm EDT
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais has confirmed that he is joining a small list of celebrities to appear on The Simpsons more than once. He will be voicing himself in a 2011 episode that sees Gervais guiding the Simpsons family to L.A. for the Oscars.

Gervais voiced a man browbeaten by his wife in 2006 in the episode "Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife," which Gervais wrote himself. It remains to be seen if the show will reference his previous appearance as a different character.

Other celebrities that reportedly have cameos in the upcoming season include Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Laurie, and...

Happy 21st Birthday Daniel Radcliffe!

7/23/2010 8:51am EDT
Daniel Radcliffe
Happy birthday Harry! It's true, the boy who became Harry Potter is now a man. Daniel Radcliffe is 21 today!

From his big breaks as a 10 year old in an epic TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield" and Pierce Brosnan's "Tailor of Panama" - a film he has never seen - to landing the coveted title role in the "Harry Potter" franchise, we've seen young Dan grow up before our very eyes on the big screen.

In between his Potter outings, Radcliffe has stripped onstage in London and New York, found success as a poet and enjoyed romance onscreen with Hollywood's new it girl Teresa Pal...

Jon Hamm To Join 'The Simpsons'

7/21/2010 8:09am EDT
Jon Hamm
Mad Men star Jon Hamm is to voice an FBI agent character on The Simpsons.

The actor will lead a sting operation against Joe Mantegna's character Fat Tony on the upcoming episode.

The Simpsons' executive producer Al Jean tells, "Jon's a gruff FBI man... He has no patience for Homer."

And Hamm's Simpsons debut might lead to more appearances on the show - because the Mad Men star was a big hit. Jean adds, "You gave him one note and he immediately did 12 great things with it. He was really funny. And handsome. He had it all."

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Triumphant Return For 'Futurama'

6/25/2010 11:11am EDT
After a seven year hiatus, the animated comedy "Futurama" returned with new episodes on Comedy Central Thursday night.

Following the footsteps of "Family Guy," "Futurama" originally aired on Fox, was canceled, and was eventually revived due to increased popularity found after its demise. Two brand new episodes kicked off the sixth season premiere on Thursday.

The show, introduced by "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, follows slacker Fry (Billy West) who is cryogenically frozen in 1999 and thawed out a millennium later in "New" New York City. He lands a job at an interplanetary deli...

Russell Brand To Have A 'Relapse' On 'The Simpsons'

6/21/2010 7:58am EDT
Russell Brand
Teetotal Russell Brand is considering an alcoholic relapse on TV - he wants his cartoon cameo on long-running animated hit The Simpsons to be a drunken affair.

The British "funnyman" is open about his past battles with booze and drugs, which spiraled into heroin addiction before sobered up in 2002.

However, the star insists he'd love to have a "relapse" with Homer Simpson and his hard-drinking pal Barney when his yellow alter-ego appears on the show later this year.

He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "It's true I'm going to be on The Simpsons. I was having an amazing birthday party...

Homer Simpson Is Number One

5/31/2010 2:53pm EDT
The Simpsons
"The Simpsons" dumb dad Homer Simpson has topped a new list of the best TV and movie character of the last 20 years.

The yellow cartoon character with a love of doughnuts beat out boy wizard Harry Potter and Sarah Michelle Gellar's TV vampire slayer Buffy to take the top spot on the new Entertainment Weekly magazine countdown.

Tony Soprano and Batman villain The Joker round out the top five, while Jennifer Aniston's Friends character Rachel Green, Johnny Depp's Edward Scissorhands, Hannibal Lecter, Carrie Bradshaw and Spongebob Squarepants made the top 10.

Nike Launches Epic World Cup Ad Campaign

5/21/2010 10:14am EDT
Nike Launches Epic World Cup Ad Campaign
With the World Cup less than a month away, Nike has kicked off (pun extremely intended) its advertising campaign with an absolutely epic commercial titled “Write the Future.” Featuring global soccer stars like Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Landon Donovan, the commercial is a three minute cinematic experience directed by Alejandro Inarritu, the man responsible for “21 Grams” and “Babel.” There are cameos by Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer, and even Homer Simpson, making this commercial’s scope go far beyond anything we have ever seen.

Also intriguin...

2010-11 TV Lineup

5/20/2010 9:05am EDT
2010 Fall TV Lineup
The big networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox & CW) unveiled their schedules for the 2010-11 season this week at their various upfront presentations. Several shows were canceled (such as "Heroes," "Ghost Whisperer" & "Law & Order"), while many new series were added to the lineup ("Hawaii Five-O" & "The Event.")

Check out the schedule to see if your favorite shows made the cut and to find out which new series are coming your way:


8 p.m. House
9 p.m. Lonestar (new)

8 p.m. Glee
9 p.m. Raising Hope (new)
9:30 p.m. Running Wilde (new)

8 p.m. Lie to Me
9 p.m. Hell's Kitch...

TV DVD Spring Cleaning: How Do You Decide What DVDs To Purge?

3/13/2010 9:11am EST
For those of you too young to remember what it was like to have a video collection in the pre-digital days of VHS, lemme tell ya… It was a pain in the butt. Bulky, inconvenient plastic blocks of ridiculously fragile tape that usually held a mere two hours took up tons of shelf space and took forever to navigate. And if you wanted to own a TV show on video, the few that were commercially available would clear your bank account and fill an entire media room!

And then came DVDs. Squishing all those ones and zeroes into small, manageable, resilient discs made the concept of a video library fa...

Why You Should Be Watching 'The Middle'

3/10/2010 10:30am EST
the middle
Contrary to modern belief, the sitcom (or “comedy” for those born after 1995) has not been derailed. Yes, that little thing called reality TV has made networks almost forget about that television genre that made the ‘80s, and part of the ‘90s, so great. But, fret not. Networks haven’t completely forgot about sitcoms.

With new favorites like Modern Family and Glee and older favorites like How I Met Your Mother and The Simpsons dominating the ratings, there’s the little-show-that-could called The Middle that may have slipped off the radar.

Set in the small fictional town of Orson, Indiana, ...

Underappreciated TV Stars

3/9/2010 10:00am EST
Glenn Close - Damages
They’re talented. They’re loveable. They’re hard-working TV thespians. Yet they don’t always get the credit they deserve. Here are 10 (seven, with three Honorable Mentions) out of the many TV stars that are often underappreciated.

Glenn Close – Alright, Close gets tons of credit for her work, including a string of film roles and awards galore, but she still earns a nod here. With Oscar nominations for The Big Chill, The Natural and Fatal Attraction, Close shines just as bright on the small screen. She currently stars as the lead character Patty Hewes, the ruthless litigator on the FX drama...

2010 Super Bowl Ads Round-Up

2/8/2010 10:33am EST
2010 Super Bowl Ads
For everyone that read my Memorable Super Bowl Ads last week, I apologize for offering you hope of entertainment during the commercial breaks. The spectacle of the Super Bowl ad was not present this year, instead it was full of ads that could easily premiere during lesser sporting events.

The first ad that had people talking was Betty White's Snickers commercial, and even that was kinda weak. "They're just warming up," we told ourselves, "The good commercials come later." They didn't: it was considered the best ad of the night.

Even the "controversial" Focus on the F...

Memorable Super Bowl Ads From The Last Decade

2/5/2010 11:55am EST
Super Bowl Ads
Ah, Super Bowl ads: the event within the event. It's the reason why non-sports fans take bathroom breaks during the game instead of the commercial breaks. Over the last ten years we've enjoyed ads that run the gamut from hilarious to poignant to controversial. Here are ten memorable ads from this decade.

Careerbuilder, Maybe It's Time, 2009

It takes a few moments for the commercial to get going, but this hilarious ad builds momentum as it goes along. It's also one of the longest Super Bowl ads ever.

Tide To Go, Talking Stain, 2008

Ever wonder what people are thinking when they ...

The Best And Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows (Videos)

1/29/2010 2:49pm EST
The Who
The Who will do the honors of entertaining Super Bowl halftime audiences that don't switch over to the Puppy Bowl this year. The history of the halftime show is a surprising display of ups-and-downs, from mind-blowing performances to corny overproduced ego trips.

Best: Michael Jackson, Super Bowl XXVII

The halftime show was hurting. Two years prior, the New Kids on the Block performance was pre-empted by coverage on Desert Storm and their performance was edited down and shown after the game. Then, FOX swooped in and scooped million of viewers away from the halftime show the next year (mo...

Fox Pulls 'Our Little Genius' Episodes

1/8/2010 11:35am EST
Our Little Genius
"Our Little Genius" will not premiere Wednesday, Jan. 13, as previously announced due to contestant tampering.

Below are statements released today by Mark Burnett and Fox Broadcasting Company.


"I recently discovered that there was an issue with how some information was relayed to contestants during the pre-production of 'Our Little Genius.' As a result, I am not comfortable delivering the episodes without re-shooting them. I believe my series must always be beyond reproach, so I have requested that FOX not air these episodes."


Seth Rogen On 'Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space' & 'Green Hornet'

10/28/2009 10:00am EDT
Seth Rogen Monsters Vs. Aliens
Seth Rogen is a busy, busy...well, monster...oh, and green hornet. He recently spoke with us about the new "Monsters Versus Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space" NBC Halloween special (airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET), life on the set of The Green Hornet and more!

On B.O.B. in "Monsters:"

I'm very loud, that's what's good about an animated film. I don't have to even be on screen for you to hear me necessarily. But B.O.B. is around. He's - I'm in it; I don't know the exact seconds. Normally I do know the exact amount of seconds I appear on screen in everything I do but I have not yet ...

Q&A: Kelsey Grammer Talks ABC's New Series 'Hank,' His Health And More

9/28/2009 10:00am EDT
Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer should mean gold for any TV series. His long run on Cheers and Frasier is legendary, and he keeps popping up as Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons. It didn't quite work out for Back to You, but that certainly wasn't his fault. His new show, Hank, could be the next winner in his stable.

Hank is a disgraced Fortune 500 honcho who has to adjust to small town sitcom life. Moving back home with his family provides a culture clash with Grammer clinging to the sort of highbrow luxuries familiar to Frasier Crane. Reality provides the humor.

Over the summer, Grammer presented the new...

Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

9/21/2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?



The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...

New TV On DVD, Aug. 18

8/18/2009 8:00am EDT
Sons of Anarchy
The gritty FX drama follows the lives of a chapter of the Sons of Anarchy, an international outlaw motorcycle club akin to the Hell's Angels. Season 1 is available. Also on DVD: Dexter season 3, Simon & Simon season 3, and The Simpsons season 12.

'Mad Men' Star Vincent Kartheiser: 'I Like This Season Most Of All, It's Really, Really Brilliant'

8/13/2009 10:31am EDT
Vincent Kartheiser
The critically acclaimed and Emmy award winning series "Mad Men" is returning for its third season (Sunday, August 16 at 10 p.m. on AMC). Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the dastardly, at times, Pete Campbell -- who we last saw left alone on his office couch, rejected by Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss) after being told that he not only had a child with her, but she had given the child away -- joins us to discuss the motivations behind Pete's actions and looks ahead to this upcoming third season.

Mike: I want your opinion on this. Why do I, in this weird way and I don't think I'm supposed to, ...

Emmy Nomination Surprises, Snubs And Shouldn't Be Nominated

7/16/2009 3:17pm EDT
How I Met Your Mother
To paraphrase Ned Flanders, apparently an Emmy nomination is easier to get than an acceptance letter from Arizona State.

This morning, Emmy tried to one-up Oscar's new rule of ten by including six nominees in the acting categories and a whopping seven in the series categories. Yes, if you made a television series this year, or appeared on one, chances are you heard your name called in North Hollywood this morning.

With so many nominess, it seems impossible that any deserving performances or series were left out. Right? Sadly, no. And, of course, there are plenty of nominees who sh...