the simpsons apu

In the 2017 documentary The Problem with Apu, comedian Hari Kondabolu questions the legacy of Apu, the long-running The Simpsons character voiced by Hank Azaria. The stereotype of the thick-accented convenience store owner has haunted Indian-Americans for decades, and Kondabolu takes the caricature to task in the hour-long film, which interrogates the character’s impact on South Asian representation on television.

“[He’s] a white guy doing an impression of a white guy making fun of my father,” Kondabolu jabbed about the character.

Now, The Simpsons has finally responded to The Problem with Apu’s criticisms. And the long-running Fox series addressed it with what was essentially a wave of the hand and a shrug.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Revival

Buffy the Vampire Slayer knows a thing or two about letting things stay six feet under. But in the age of a million revivals and reboots, even the slayer of the undead could end up resurrected.

A Fox executive says that a Buffy the Vampire Slayer revival has been “frequently” discussed at the Fox Television Group. But thankfully, the revival would never move forward without the blessing of creator Joss Whedon.

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The Simpsons - Who Shot Mr. Burns Pitch

One of the most famous episodes of The Simpsons is the two-part mystery episode “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” that aired in 1995 as part of both the sixth and seventh season of the animated comedy series. Taking cues from the famous Dallas cliffhanger episode about who shot J.R. Ewing, the mystery was created in the season finale of the sixth season and wouldn’t be solved until the season premiere of the season seven.

It was quite the television event, with fans looking for clues and trying to figure out who shot Springfield’s maligned millionaire. While we all know that the culprit ridiculously turned out to be none other than Maggie Simpson, the original pitch for the episode had a variety of threads that could have been followed to reveal someone else behind the crime. A hard copy of the Who Shot Mr. Burns pitch has emerged online and provides some new details on where the episode could have gone. Read More »

Fox commercials

Traditional broadcast media outlets have historically been slow to adapt to changes in the television industry. But at a recent private event, the ad sales chief of Fox Networks Group announced that the network is hoping to switch things up in a significant way: by cutting its ad time down to two minutes per hour by the year 2020. Read more about the new Fox commercial strategy below. Read More »

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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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 »

x-files ending

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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