the simpsons showrunner interview

Somehow, in 29 years of The Simpsons, I still have not run out of things to ask showrunner Al Jean. And this year, there have been some pretty monumental changes to address. Longtime composer Alf Clausen ended his run with season 28. The Disney acquisition of 20th Century Fox makesThe Simpsons now a Disney-produced show, even as their network, Fox, remains separate.

I caught up with Jean at the Fox party for the Television Critics Association. In addition to the big news, we also went over some specific risque lines and cameos from fan favorites Leon Kompowski and the Pin Pals. The Simpsons airs Sunday nights on Fox.

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gone baby gone tv pilot

More than a decade after the release of the feature film adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s best-selling novel, Gone Baby Gone, Fox has ordered a pilot for a TV series adapting the story of working class Boston detectives investigating a young girl’s kidnapping.

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party of five reboot

Did you want a Party of Five reboot? Well, even if you didn’t, you’re getting one anyway. Freeform, formerly ABC Family, just gave the go-ahead to a Party of Five reboot from the show’s original creators Chris Keyser and Amy LippmanParty of Five, the story of a bunch of siblings and their dead parents, ran from 1994-2000 and featured Neve Campbell, Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Lacey Chabert and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

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Cosmos Season 2

With the Television Critics Association winter tour continuing over the weekend, news has been plentiful on new and returning TV shows on all the various broadcast/cable networks and streaming services. Today, we have word on the fate of two shows, one that will continue after lying dormant for a few years, and another that has come to an end after just two seasons.

Fox and National Geographic have given a second season order to the science documentary series revival Cosmos while Netflix have opted not to order a third season of Maria Bamford‘s acclaimed comedy series Lady Dynamite. Find out more about the news on each of these shows below. Read More »

The Problem with Apu

Last year, comedian Hari Kondabolu released a documentary called The Problem with Apu, addressing problems the titular character from The Simpsons, a convenience store owner of Indian-American descent. Hank Azaria, who voices Apu, was on a Television Critics Association panel for season two of his IFC series Brockmire when he was asked about the documentary. Azaria was grateful for the chance to respond, but does it mean The Simpsons will make any changes to the character?

Find out what Hank Azaria had to say about The Simpsons Apu problem below. Read More »

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Anyone hoping Gillian Anderson’s comments about retiring Dana Scully were taken out of context… Sorry. She really means it and she confirmed it at a Television Critics Association press conference for the new season of the recently revived The X-Files. She wouldn’t even entertain suggestions that maybe in 10 years, she’ll be ready to play Scully again.

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A new limited The X-Files series premiered this week, following the 2016 six episode return and star Gillian Anderson has said she intends this to be her last appearance as Agent Scully. X-Files creator Chris Carter said that he does not see continuing The X-Files without Scully. During their executive session for the Television Critics Association, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden concurred with Carter.

“It seems like if those are the circumstances, there won’t be more X-Files,” Walden said.

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Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson are gearing up for the 11th season of The X-Files, the second set of episodes after the seminal sci-fi series was revived more than a decade after its 2002 cancellation. But the revival is likely short-lived: Anderson will be turning in her gun and badge after the season 11 wraps, no longer reprising her role as FBI Agent Dana Scully. So what does that mean for the fate of the X-Files? Series creator and showrunner Chris Carter has shared his thoughts.

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