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Meet the two brave souls who watched 86 hours and 37 minutes of 'The Simpsons' in a row

Have you ever won a marathon? No, we’re not talking about one of the 26.2 mile sort. That’s beginner stuff. We’re talking about sitting on your butt, watching episode after episode after episode after episode after episode of The Simpsons until you’re seeing double Disco Stus. Two California residents, Jeremiah Franco, 22, and Carin Shreve, 33, broke the Guinness World Record for longest continuous television viewing by absorbing 86 hours and 37 minutes of Homer’s exploits at an Ultimate Fan Marathon hosted by Fox from Feb. 8-12 in L.A. (The animated comedy presents its 500th episode on Sunday.) We caught up with the winning eye-hard fans, who were among 100 contestants and now are both $10,500 richer. READ FULL STORY

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange to guest on 'The Simpsons' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Here’s some news that we couldn’t wait to leak: Julian Assange will play himself in the 500th episode of The Simpsons! EW has learned exclusively that the WikiLeaks founder/editor-in-chief recorded a guest spot over the summer that is part of the animated Fox comedy’s landmark episode airing Feb. 19.

So, how did this casting curveball come about? Simpsons exec producer Al Jean says that series creator Matt Groening heard a rumor that the polarizing and elusive activist who runs the whistle-blowing website was interested in guest-starring on the series, “so we asked our casting director Bonnie Pietila — who had been able to unearth Thomas Pynchon and got Tony Blair to do the show — to find Mr. Assange. And she did.” Assange recorded his lines at a location unknown to Simpsons producers — he was and is still under house arrest in Britain — as Jean directed him remotely from Los Angeles. (“I was just given a number to call,” sums up Jean.) READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time' ratings top Sunday entertainment shows

The magic is still with ABC: Once Upon a Time led all non-sports shows Sunday night in the ratings.

Though NBC won the night, thanks to the Pro Bowl NFL game, ABC’s Once Upon (10.8 million viewers, 3.4 adults 18-49 rating) rose 6 percent and had its most-watched episode in 11 weeks. The fantasy drama led into a Hallmark movie that was actually called A Smile as Big as the Moon (6.9 million, 1.5). READ FULL STORY

Steve Carell to return to TV... as a guest on 'The Simpsons'! -- EXCLUSIVE

Steve Carell said goodbye to The Office earlier this year, but he’ll be back in prime time next year to lend his voice to an episode of The Simpsons, EW has learned exclusively. Carell will play Dan Gillick, a tightly wound accountant for Fat Tony (returning guest Joe Mantegna), who may go from crunching numbers to crunching skulls when he’s put in charge of the mob by Fat Tony while the big boss serves jury duty.  READ FULL STORY

'Pan Am' hits series low, 'The Good Wife' is flat

Was everyone watching football or at the movies catching another showing of Breaking Dawn? Dramas like Pan Am and The Good Wife hit some depressing lows on Sunday, which was dominated by football and the animated shows on Fox.

NBC won the night in the key demo (5.2 rating/13 share) and viewers (13.7 million), as the game between two probable NFC playoff times (Detroit and New Orleans) earned a 6.5/15, according to early results. Fox came in a close second (5.1/12), with The Simpsons earning a 4.0/10, followed by Allen Gregory (2.4/6), Family Guy (3.5/8), and The Cleveland Show (2.5/6).

ABC came in a distant third (2.2/5), with all of its shows hitting troubling lows. America’s Funniest Home Videos was down 22 percent to a 1.4/4, followed by Once Upon a Time (down 9 percent to a 3.1/7), Desperate Housewives (down 13 percent to a 2.6/6), and Pan Am (down 11 percent to a 1.6/4). We already know that the period drama is one step away from flat-out cancellation: The ABC drama’s co-star Karine Vanasse sent a tweet that heavily suggested the show was finished: “Well, we received THE call, #PanAm is only coming back for one more episode after Christmas. But up to the end, we’ll give it our all!”

CBS finished fourth with a 2.1/5, with 60 Minutes down 51 percent to a 1.8/5, followed by The Amazing Race (down 7 percent to a 2.7/6), The Good Wife (flat with a 1.9/4), and CSI: Miami (up 16 percent with a 2.2/5).

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'Simpsons': See Homer's epic fart scene in 'Treehouse of Horror' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

What if we were to tell you that on the night before Halloween, you will witness an unprecedented act of flatulence from Homer Simpson? What if we also were to point out that this was all part of a send-up of the acclaimed 2007 French film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? Would that excite/intrigue/slightly disturb you? We thought so. That is why we have scored a first look at one of the three segments from this Sunday’s “Treehouse of Horror XXII.” In “The Diving Bell and the Butterball,” Homer becomes paralyzed after being bitten by a spider, and Lisa soon discovers that the only way he can communicate is via his derriere. This year’s trilogy also includes winks to 127 HoursAvatar, and Dexter, but we think you might agree that it’s the following scene which breaks terrifying new ground wind. READ FULL STORY

'The Simpsons' promo reacts to two-season renewal -- FIRST LOOK VIDEO

Fans of The Simpsons will not be having a cow for at least two more years, given last Friday’s announcement that Fox has renewed the animated comedy for a 24th and 25th season. Clearly in a festive mood after those touch-and-go negotiations, the show’s writers have put together a Simpsons promo for you that riffs on the big announcement via clips from past episodes. As a bonus, Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer, has even updated the lyrics from the season 13 song “They’ll Never Stop The Simpsons.” To sneak a peek, press play and celebrate the family that doesn’t know the meaning of the word “canceled.” READ FULL STORY

'Simpsons' exec producer Al Jean on renewal: 'This isn't an end but a beginning' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Image Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Fox

Crack open those cans of Duff beer: The Simpsons is staying on TV. After a public round of negotiations between the voice actors and the show’s studio, 20th Century Fox TV, Fox announced on Friday afternoon that the venerable animated comedy has been
renewed for two additional years, bringing its run to at least 25 seasons and -- holy Homer! -- 559 episodes. “In the words of Mark Twain: Woo Hoo! Two more seasons!” Simpsons exec producer Al Jean summed up to EW. “Our mood is elation, mixed with a sense of ‘Man, we've got a lot of work to do.’ Believe me, we don’t look at this as these will definitely be the last two [seasons]

. We just want to keep fighting and go as long as we can…. We really feel this isn’t an end but a beginning. It’s a cliché, but it’s the truth.”

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'The Simpsons' renewed by Fox for two more seasons

Simpsons fans, it’s time to stop saying ‘D’oh!’ and start shouting ‘Woo Hoo!’ Signaling that the negotiating stalemate has ended, Fox announced today that it has renewed the animated comedy featuring Homer Simpson for two more seasons. The deal takes the series — already the longest-running prime time comedy in TV history — through the 2013-2014 season, its 25th, totaling 559 episodes. The statement did not specify whether that 25th season would be the show’s last, but noted: “In the words of Homer Simpson, ‘Woo Hoo! I outlasted Andy Rooney!’”

The negotiations between the show’s principal voice actors and studio, 20th Century Fox TV, hit a major snag on Oct. 4, prompting the studio to issue a statement saying that it could not “produce future seasons under its current financial model.” The studio asked the actors to take a 45-percent pay cut; the actors reportedly countered with a smaller reduction but requested a share of the show’s considerable profits. Harry Shearer, who voices Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders among other characters, released a statement earlier today, noting that he would be willing to take a pay cut of more than 70 percent in exchange for a piece of the back end.

This, of course, wasn’t the first time that renewal talks became heated. In 1998, the studio maintained that it would replace the cast with cheaper voice actors if a new deal couldn’t be reached.

The show’s 500th episode airs Feb. 19.

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'Simpsons' actor breaks silence, says Fox should share profits

UPDATE: ‘The Simpsons’ renewed by Fox for two more seasons

The cast and producers of The Simpsons have been silent since news of their latest contract war with studio 20th Century Fox TV broke out. Until now. Cast member Harry Shearer — who provides the voice for Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman, and other characters — issued a lengthy statement explaining his position on why the actors are holding out for a better deal to keep the show on the air (it’s a bit awkward when you’re publicly demanding a large salary in the middle of a recession, a fact Shearer seems very aware of here). See what you think, below. Does Shearer come across like humble Ned Flanders? Or Mr. Burns? READ FULL STORY

'Simpsons' studio says show cannot continue without cutting costs

Is Homer about to utter his final ‘D’oh!’?

The producers of The Simpsons and the voice actors are currently at an impasse in negotiations for a new deal that would allow for new episodes of the animated Fox comedy beyond the current season. 20th Century Fox Television, the studio that produces the series — which, in its 23rd season, is the longest running prime-time comedy in TV history — has asked the voice actors to take a 45-percent pay cut to renew their contracts for additional seasons, according to the Daily Beast. Fox isn’t commenting, but 20th Century Fox TV released the following statement today:  READ FULL STORY

'Simpsons': See Kiefer Sutherland go all Jack Bauer on Sunday's season premiere! Plus, Comic Book Guy on Nedna -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The clouds are parting and the angels are singing: Season 23 of The Simpsons is almost upon us! In the premiere, “The Falcon and The D’ohman,” Homer will buddy up to Wayne (returning guest voice/24 vet Kiefer Sutherland), the new security guard at the power plant who is actually an ex-CIA agent haunted by violent flashbacks. But why wait until this Sunday to see Sutherland in Springfield? Below is an exclusive clip from the episode, which shows off Wayne’s egg-cellent superspy skills. And given that this episode also reveals the fate of Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel as a couple (which was determined by a fan vote), we’ve also included the stakes-setting opening moment, which stars the show’s most romantic character, Comic Book Guy. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga to guest on 'The Simpsons' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

This should make all the little TV-watching monsters happy: Lady Gaga has recorded a guest spot for an episode of The Simpsons! In “Lisa Goes Gaga,” the singer (seen here recording her lines on Aug. 22) makes a pit stop in Springfield after learning that it’s teeming with low self-esteem, and winds up trying to cheer up a dejected Lisa through the power of speech, song, and a flash mob. The adventurous performer admits that her visit to Simpsons HQ was “a little nerve-wracking.” READ FULL STORY

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