Even the creators of The Simpsons know we love the old stuff. Specifically, the first 10 to 12 seasons. That’s the period in which Matt Groening‘s iconic yellow family took the world by storm and became a television institution. Since then many fans have fallen off the show, citing a decline in quality, and maybe that decline is a fact. But The Simpsons endures. This year is the 25th anniversary of the show, making it the longest-running sitcom in U.S. history.
To celebrate the anniversary, The Simpsons took over legendary Los Angeles concert venue The Hollywood Bowl for a three night concert event called The Simpsons Take the Bowl. Hosted by Hank Azaria (the voice of Moe, Ape, Chief Wiggum and many others), the event featured a slew of guest stars performing songs and score from The Simpsons, with a strong focus on the early years. Mainly, songs from the 1997 album Songs in the Key of Springfield, including The Monorail Song, Who Needs the Kwik-E-Mart, The Stonecutters Song, Happy Birthday Lisa and others. This being Hollywood, there were some references to The Simpsons Movie, too, and Hans Zimmer live-conducting the score to the Oscar-nominated short, The Longest Daycare.
Basically, if you loved The Simpsons as a child or adult, it was a simply fantastic evening of entertainment. And, if you couldn’t be there, several of the numbers from the evening have been uploaded online. Check them out below. Read More »
Here’s why you have to love Conan O’Brien‘s show. His writers read websites like this. How else do you explain that the talk show host knew a rumored Star Wars Episode VII title is “An Ancient Fear?” It’s not like that hit the mainstream media. Plus, what’s even cooler about Conan is he takes rumors like that and turns them into bits. Often time, they’re bits about Star Wars. He’s the guy who gave Harrison Ford $1000 to offer up a hint about the film, remember? And who can forget Triumph slaughtering the fans (myself included) waiting in line for Attack of the Clones?
Well, Conan is back at it again. He offered up a bunch of alternate titles to Star Wars Episode VII. Learn Conan O’Brien’s Star Wars titles below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
Harrison Ford has been pretty good about keeping his lips sealed with regard to Star Wars Episode VII, but would he break his silence for $1,000? Conan O’Brien finds out. Also after the jump:
- Ford thinks modern fandom would’ve ruined Star Wars
- Get details on the Star Wars / Phineas & Ferb crossover
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There’s lots of Star Wars trivia, jokes and crazy fandom in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- A conversation from July 1981 where George Lucas described the prequels, with a few differences.
- Electronic Arts plans to reveal their new Star Wars games at E3.
- Luke Skywalker’s pants from A New Hope sold for $36,000.
- J.J. Abrams promises include a Conan O’Brien Easter Egg in Star Wars Episode VII.
- The world’s largest Lego creation has been revealed, and it’s an X-Wing Fighter.
- A fake J.J. Abrams Star Wars Episode VII trailer plays with the mystery box.
- Awesome new Star Wars art is out next week from Acme Archives.
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Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Until we know who’ll really get to direct the new Star Wars, there’s no harm in fantasizing about people who clearly won’t, right? On a recent episode of Conan, the late-night host imagined what a Star Wars VII directed by Wes Anderson or Todd Phillips might be like. After seeing them, I have to say, I’m almost sorry that neither of them are actually up for the job.
Meanwhile, you can add Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino to the “I’m good, thanks” list, and Kevin Smith shares his hopes for the new trilogy. Hit the jump to continue reading.
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Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
NBC’s shaking things up, while its former employee Dan Harmon’s bouncing back on Adult Swim. After the jump:
- NBC doesn’t want that Dwight Schrute spinoff The Farm after all
- NBC decides to turn Up All Night into a multi-camera sitcom
- Adult Swim orders Dan Harmon‘s new animated comedy to series
- Chloë Sevigny signs up for A&E crime drama pilot Those Who Kill
- See Conan O’Brien hanging around the Arrested Development set
- Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are renewed through 2015-16
- ABC gives full season orders to Scandal and The Neighbors
- AMC decides to renew Hell on Wheels for a third season
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Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s TV Bits is all great news if you like Garden State, or just mostly great news if you don’t. After the jump:
- Oz and Willow will reunite on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother
- Arrested Development adds Andy Richter and Conan O’Brien
- Zach Braff develops the Garden State-esque Garage Bar for ABC
- Steve Carell produces a sitcom for Daily Show‘s Jason Jones
- Greg Daniels and Kevin from The Office team for ABC comedy
- Ted Danson spills plot details on the Bored to Death movie
- Check out photos of Mad Men‘s Don and Megan chilling in Hawaii
- See a trailer for The Carrie Diaries, the CW’s Sex and the City prequel
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Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
With the exception of True Blood creator Alan Ball’s very serious-sounding Banshee, today’s TV Bits is all about the funny. After the jump:
- Dwight Schrute could leave Dunder Mifflin for Schrute Farms
- Paul Feig will direct Goldie Hawn in HBO’s The Viagra Diaries
- CBS orders a pilot written by and starring Bridesmaids‘ Rebel Wilson
- Alan Ball sells an Amish country-set action drama to Cinemax
- HBO decides to turn Indie Game: The Movie into a half-hour comedy
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