Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 4

In this round-up of TV Bits:

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will end with season four
  • The Good Fight on CBS All Access will get a third season
  • Tim Allen’s canceled Last Man Standing could get revived
  • A Lost in Space featurette goes behind the scenes of the series
  • Timeless is again close to being canceled
  • AMC’s new series Dietland gets a new trailer
  • Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon are back as Cord & Tish

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Clayne Crawford Fired

Fox’s Lethal Weapon TV series is suddenly in danger following the firing of star Clayne Crawford. Crawford had previously been accused of “emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment” on set. Now it looks like his behavior has caught up with him.

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apu controversy

The problem with Apu doesn’t seem like it will be solved any time soon. The Simpsons, which just hit a record-breaking 636 episodes, has been criticized for the Indian stereotypes pushed by its long-running character Apu, the Kwik-E-Mart owner voiced by Hank Azaria. And while the Fox sitcom dismissed the Apu controversy in a recent episode — igniting even more controversy — some people are willing to do something about it.

Castlevania producer Adi Shankar challenged writers to “fix” Apu, starting a contest to rewrite the character without mocking Indian stereotypes. But just as Shankar took us in a step in the right direction, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening took us one step back, doubling down on the show’s polarizing response.

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simpsons gunsmoke parody

The Simpsons just hit a historic milestone: it beat Gunsmoke to become the longest-running primetime scripted series on television. Will this animated series ever end? Who the heck knows! Watch a Simpsons Gunsmoke parody below!

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tv bits friday night lights

In this edition of TV bits:

  • A trailer for Netflix’s true crime documentaries
  • Fox might cancel Lethal Weapon because of the behavior of the show’s star
  • A new Cobra Kai trailer
  • Friday Night Lights is now on Hulu
  • Lost in Space featurette focuses on the show’s robot
  • Sense8 sets a date for its finale
  • A24 will finance the series Moonbase 8, wfrom Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker, Jonathan Krisel and John C. Reilly
  • Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan join Troupe Zero
  • Kim Possible live-action movie casts its leads
  • The Path has been cancelled
  • A trailer for the new season of Animal Kingdom

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

hank azaria apu

The problem with Apu has reached a fever pitch ever since The Simpsons decided to clumsily brush off criticisms of the character’s Indian stereotypes. But the voice actor behind Apu, Hank Azaria, has a much more dignified response to the controversy.

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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 »