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'The Simpsons'/'Family Guy' crossover is one of the most fascinatingly weird things to ever happen to television

The first thing to remember when you watch the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover is that it is an episode of Family Guy. This is when you groan, because Family Guy is an unoriginal rip-off of The Simpsons that retells tired old gags with an ironic approach. Or maybe you cheer, because you’re over The Simpsons: It hasn’t even been good in 13 years. Those aren’t my opinions. Those are the implicit opinions of the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover–or at least, those explicit self-mocking assertions are how “The Simpsons Guy” portrays every possible critique you could have about the two shows. “It’s just a lousy rip-off!” screams Homer Simpson. “I think I speak for all of us when I say I am over the Simpsons!” screams Peter Griffin back at him. READ FULL STORY

'Simpsons' producer talks character's death in premiere

[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read until you have watched Sunday night's episode of The Simpsons, titled “Clown in the Dumps.”] READ FULL STORY

Watch this, DVR that: Your guide to Sunday's perfect night of TV

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In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your fall Sunday-night game plan:

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'Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' creators Matt Groening and Seth MacFarlane talk crossover episode, movies, rivalry

They are two of the most famous creators in the universe. Their work is quoted almost as often as Scripture. They have turned their pens into ATMs, making them richer than the creator of the universe. They have given rise to—and remain the symbolic deities of—two sides of a pop culture debate that is being fervidly argued out on some message board as you read this. But on this toasty summer afternoon in L.A., dressed in white shirts, jeans, and sneakers, Matt Groening, the 60-year-old creator/exec producer of The Simpsons (and Futurama), and Seth MacFarlane, the 40-year-old creator/exec producer/vocal star of Family Guy (and American Dad), are just two dudes in a room, talking ‘toons. READ FULL STORY

Peter gets 'Taken,' Stewie gets pregnant, and more 'Family Guy' scoop

Family Guy returns for season 13 with a vengeanceor at least the most-anticipated crossover episode in years as the Griffins spend some quality time in Springfield with the Simpsons (Sept. 28, 9 p.m. Fox). “I don’t have any expectations that it will start world peace,” executive producer Steve Callaghan tells EW. “I hope it entertains people for an hour, and I hope it puts to rest rumors that there’s a big feud between us and The Simpsons. And I hope it gets people to end global warming.” If that’s the goal of the premiere, how high did Family Guy aim with the rest of the season? Read on to see what’s in store for the Quahog bunch in this upcoming batch of episodes. READ FULL STORY

11 things you'll want to know about the 'Simpsons'-'Family Guy' crossover

It’s finally time for Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin to bro down and drink up. On Sept. 28, from 9 p.m. all the way to 10 p.m., the animated worlds of Fox’s The Simpsons and Family Guy will collide colossally when Family Guy’s season premiere features the Griffins breaking bread/donuts with the Simpsons. Friendships are formed between the two families before Homer and Peter get in a massive fight over their respective beer of choice.

Dying to know how this crossover came to life? Wondering what to expect when the Quahog crew cruises over to Springfield? Still trying to free up some DVR space by powering through the leftovers of the FXX’s Simpsons marathon? You’re on your own on that last one, but Family Guy co-showrunner/executive producer Richard Appel gave EW some insight and intel into the long-awaited mashup.

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'The Simpsons' star Yeardley Smith heads to 'The Mindy Project'

Lisa Simpson is popping up all over TV this fall. Yeardley Smith, who voices The Simpsons’ eldest daughter, will guest-star on an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project, EW has learned exclusively.

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'Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' creators Matt Groening and Seth MacFarlane draw each other

Unless you’ve been living under a Jebediah Springfield statue, you probably know that the season premiere of Family Guy will transport viewers out of Quahog and into Springfield, as the Griffins meet up with the Simpsons. This week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly takes you inside this much-anticipated crossover episode and features a Q&A with the two men who gave life to these characters, Simpsons creator/executive producer Matt Groening and Family Guy creator/executive producer Seth MacFarlane.

In addition, EW asked the two animation dominators to take pen to paper and draw each other in any way they saw fit, and you can see the results below. Oh, and congrats on that mayorship, Mr. Groening.
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See the first image from the 'Futurama'-'Simpsons' crossover episode

Good—no, great—news, everyone: Springfield will be the site of another crossover episode besides the invasion of the Griffins from Family Guy when the Simpsons encounter a familiar pack of now-homeless space adventurers. Futurama, the 31st-century animated comedy that was canceled (again) last year, will return to life—or at least Fry, Leela & Co. will—in a special episode of The Simpsons airing Nov. 9.

“That was a really tough one to negotiate, because I had to talk to myself,” says Matt Groening, creator of, well, both shows. READ FULL STORY

FXX sees ratings boom thanks to 'The Simpsons' marathon

Having taken the crown as the longest TV marathon ever, The Simpsons can add another achievement to its trophy case—launching FXX as a viable network.

While many at FX expected the “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon to draw viewers, the results proved to be beyond anyone’s expectations. Bill Carter at The New York Times has a breakdown of the 12-day marathon’s viewership, and the results would even make Comic Book Guy crack a smile.

Simpsons episodes screened in prime time averaged 1.32 million viewers over the course of the marathon, a huge jump from the network’s previous average of 206,000 viewers at the same time. These numbers not only catapulted FXX to third place among all cable networks in the 18-to-49 demo during the marathon, but it also made it the highest rated network in all of cable television for three out of the 12 nights.

Somewhere, Mr. Burns is whispering “Excellent” to himself as he looks over the marathon’s results.

The marathon also proved to be a hit with fans. The Every Simpsons Ever Twitter profile tweeted along with each episode, retweeting viewer photos and tweets from Simpsons writers, artists, and others involved with the show’s production.

Only a year old, FXX was, prior to the marathon, a struggling network that took over what had previously been Fox Soccer. The Simpsons marathon gave the channel a needed jolt in the ratings and paved the way for FXX’s nightly programming in the months to come.

Visit the Times for a full analysis of the ratings, along with input from FX executives and James L. Brooks, who helped develop the show with Matt Groening and described viewer affection for the marathon as “emotional in ways that we didn’t anticipate.”

Surprise! FXX will air 'The Simpsons' A LOT after 12-day marathon

FXX was so woo-hoo! thrilled to acquire the rights to The Simpsons that it programmed a 12-day marathon of all 552 episodes as well as The Simpsons Movie. (Only three-and-a-half-more days to go, sleep-deprived masses!)

The marathon, which has been a big ratings hit for the fledgling network, is actually just a training run, though: FXX announced today that starting September 2, it will offer up Simpsons reruns on Mondays from 6 p.m. to midnight, Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursdays from 8 p.m. to midnight, Fridays from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m.

That leaves you two nights a week to find the show airing elsewhere in syndication, make some headway into your Springfield-overloaded DVR, or attempt to rebuild relationships with loved ones.

11 late-period 'Simpsons' episodes you should watch this week

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When the “Every Simpsons Ever” mega-marathon of The Simpsons began last Thursday on FXX, it renewed interest in a show that will go down as one of the all-time greats—but has nevertheless been struggling commercially and creatively for awhile at this point. The show’s unimpeachable heyday in the ’90s is rightfully heralded, and as the marathon got going, it was those episodes that created the most excitement. Sure, they’ve been out on DVD for some time, but rebroadcasting them in order emphasized how great the show was at its peak.

Precisely when The Simpsons began to descend from that peak has been fiercely debated for at least 15 years—but no one argues it hasn’t happened yet as the show heads into its 26th season. Many diehard fans of The Simpsons‘ heyday have fallen out of touch with the show by this point, which is a shame. Even if it missemore than it hits, The Simpsons is still The Simpsons: sharp, occasionally biting, and emotionally resonant in ways that can still be surprising. READ FULL STORY

Homer Simpson takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge

Now that there are no more available celebrities to take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, it’s time for animated characters to get in on the act. Taking a break from his 12-day, round-the-clock marathon, Homer Simpson is ready to take an Arctic dousing for a good cause, as you can see in the video below. Donald Trump, are you charitable enough to accept Homer’s nomination? Ned Flanders, prepare the old push-broom for battle.

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