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
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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
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 Hours, Avatar, and Dexter, but we think you might agree that it’s the following scene which breaks terrifying new
ground wind. READ FULL STORY
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
. 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.”
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.
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
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
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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