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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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'Simpsons' writers explain how to survive FXX's 552-episode marathon

On Thursday at the strike of 10 a.m. ET, FXX will drop an absurdly daunting challenge into the laps of channel surfers by airing all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in a row. (In case you’re wondering, two people once made it 86 hours and 37 minutes through a Simpsons marathon before Fox ended the contest in a record-breaking tie.)

How can you binge 25 seasons of the animated comedy just 12 days, bearing witness to every Homer “Woo hoo!”, Barney belch, and grisly Scratchy disemboweling? Hydration, meal breaks, micro-naps, and multiple empty DVRs will help, for starters. But you also might want to check out these 15 survival tips, given to EW by the writers of The Simpsons. READ FULL STORY

Richard Branson to cameo on 'The Simpsons'

Last month at Comic-Con, producers of The Simpsons announced that Tesla mastermind Elon Musk would be dropping into Springfield this season to serve as a thorn in Mr. Burns’ financial side. Now it appears that another extremely rich dude is going to match wits with the town’s terrible tycoon. Virgin founder Richard Branson has recorded a cameo as himself for an upcoming episode of the animated comedy, EW has learned. READ FULL STORY

'Revenge' taps 'Simpsons' star Yeardley Smith for season 4

Lisa Simpson is heading to the Hamptons.

Yeardley Smith, who voices The Simpsons’ eldest daughter, has landed a guest-starring role on Revenge, EW has confirmed.

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See 5 minutes of the 'Simpsons'-'Family Guy' crossover episode

If you’ve always wondered what would happen if Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson hung out at a bar while Bart and Stewie made prank phone calls, Family Guy is about to satisfy your crossover craving. In the Sept. 28 season premiere, “The Simpsons Guy,” the albino Griffins wind up by accident in Springfield, where they are greeted warmly by the hepatits-y Simpsons. But a fast friendship christened with delicious doughnuts may be forever destroyed by an argument over Pawtucket Patriot Ale and Duff Beer, which leads to an epic chicken fight.

To see the collision of these two animated worlds—plus a cameo by Bob from Bob’s Burgers—check out nearly five minutes of footage from the double-sized episode, which was screened on Saturday during the Family Guy panel at Comic-Con. READ FULL STORY

Sneak a peek at the 'Simpsons' season premiere, in which one character will die

In the Sept. 28 season premiere of The Simpsons, a familiar character from the animated comedy will meet his/her maker. Is it Homer? Of course it’s not—that would be dumber than… well, Homer in pretty much any situation.

But in this scene from the episode, which was screened at the Simpsons’ Comic-Con panel on Saturday, he looks to be in pretty rough shape. See for yourself in the video below and then begin wildly speculating about who will be six feet under by the end of the episode, titled… “Clown in the Dumps.”

D’ohn’t just sit there scratching your head. Press play and revel in the misdirection. READ FULL STORY

What will happen when every episode of 'The Simpsons' is at your fingertips?

Apparently, the answer is total focus… combined with the total collapse of America.

This October, FXX will launch “Simpsons World,” a portal/wormhole that will allow viewers to access every single freakin’ episode of the series—552, at last count—through their computers, phones, or Krusty the Klown Alarm Klocks (warning: gets extremely hot when plugged in). All seasons of the animated comedy—25, at last count—will be searchable (bring me… every Barney belch????), and you will be able to both create your own playlists with the archive and share your favorite clips.

Check out this FXX promo to see the end of the world as you know it… and the birth of “Simpsons World.” And remember, it’s never too early to start training for the toughest marathon in the world, which begins on Aug. 21 when FXX starts showing all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in a row. READ FULL STORY

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