Technically, The Simpsons is the longest running scripted TV show of all time. With their 28th season, they have long surpassed the two shows in second place, Law & Order, and Gunsmoke. However, when it comes to the latter program, Gunsmoke is actually still the longest-running scripted TV show by episode count, because even though it lasted just 20 seasons, those seasons in total contained 635 episodes. But The Simpsons will soon blow that record out of the water as well.
Fox has confirmed that The Simpsons has been renewed for a 29th and 30th season, and when all is said and done, that will take their episode count well past Gunsmoke‘s record-holding number. However, with all the trouble Fox had getting all the cast back for the last renewal, can we expect any more issues this time? Find out after the jump. Read More »
Even if you’ve seen every single movie featuring legendary comedian Jerry Lewis, it’s almost a guarantee that there’s one you haven’t seen. In 1972, Lewis directed and starred in a film called The Day the Clown Cried, a movie that sees the comedian playing a German circus clown arrested after mocking Hitler. While imprisoned by the Gestapo, he is forced by the Nazis to perform and help lead Jewish children to concentration camp gas chambers.
Based on that premise alone, you can see why the film never saw the light of day. But beyond that, the production ran into trouble behind the scenes, and the few who ever saw a rough cut have said that it was an absolute disaster. Don’t worry if this is the first you’re hearing of the project, because the BBC has just released a 28-minute documentary that dives into the story of the infamous film. Read More »
The Simpsons just began its 27th season lat night, and thankfully, after some rough negotiations over the summer, Harry Shearer was back with the rest of the veteran voice cast, reprising a few of his many voice roles on the show.
We already know a couple of fun storylines for episodes coming in this new season of the long-running animated comedy, and now one more has just been revealed by showrunner Al Jean (who we just interviewed recently as well). It turns out one of the characters on The Simpsons will be coming out as gay.
This season, The Simpsons gay character will be… (spoiler after the jump, you have been warned). Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 28th, 2015 by Fred Topel
Al Jean may be the only other person alive who’s seen as many Simpsons episodes as I have. As showrunner for most of the series’ 27 plus year run, he only missed two years while he ran the short lived series The Critic, but still kept up with The Simpsons. I have literally never missed an episode which seems daunting now, but as it was running I just thought, “Well, there’s a new Simpsons this week. I’ll tape it so I can still see it if I’m not home.” That was 26 years ago. When I once told Jean I’d never missed one, he said, “Me too.”
So I’ve met Jean a few times. At the twice yearly Television Critics Association press tours, he’s usually the one representing The Simpsons, and I always have more questions for him. Season 27 premieres Sunday, September 27 on Fox, and this year almost brought massive changes. Harry Shearer had decided no to renew his contract but ultimately changed his mind. The season premiere promises Homer and Marge break up, but spoiler alert, Jean told us how that was going to turn out, as well as discussing HD cropping of earlier episodes, the FXX marathon and specific characters like Comic Book Guy.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
Harry Shearer is headed back to Springfield. Two months after the voice actor revealed that he was leaving The Simpsons, Shearer has finally agreed to rejoin the series as it heads into its 27th(!) season. His signature characters include fan favorites like Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Principal Skinner. More details on the Harry Shearer Simpsons return after the jump. Read More »
We’re always thankful when it’s Friday. Not only is it the beginning of the weekend, but that’s when new movies are in theaters everywhere. And now Friday will also be when you can catch up on all the important stories from the week before. Starting with this post, every Friday, we’ll recap some of the best stories of the week, from the biggest trailers to the most buzzed about movie news to our own features and editorials.
This week was chock full of big stories, from a new trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak to a sneak peek at the return of The Muppets to television. We also had a glowing review of Mad Max: Fury Road (in theaters now), news of a new project at Fox expanding the X-Men universe and much more. Check out all the best stories of the week after the jump! Read More »
Harry Shearer may not voice any of the Simpsons themselves, but he’s pretty essential to what makes The Simpsons a show that has lasted more than quarter century. Shearer voices dozens of the show’s large and small characters, and though things are still up in the air according to show producers, there’s a good chance the famous comedian and voice actor might be leaving this show with the upcoming season.
Just how essential is Shearer to The Simpsons? We’ve ranked his 25 best characters, which only scratches the surface of the characters he voices. Will we ever see or hear these characters again? Read about the 25 best Harry Shearer Simpsons characters below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
As The Simpsons heads toward a record-breaking run, one of its cast members is jumping ship. Harry Shearer, the actor behind some of Springfield’s most prominent citizens including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Principal Skinner, has announced he is departing after 26 seasons on the show.
But just because Shearer is exiting, doesn’t necessarily mean his characters are going with him. Find out more about The Simpsons Harry Shearer exit after the jump, including what the show’s post-Shearer plans are, after the jump. Read More »
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In the early ’70s, Jerry Lewis directed and starred in The Day the Clown Cried, which would go on to become of the most notorious “lost” films in cinema history. In fact the film isn’t really lost — it exists, and Lewis has a copy. Harry Shearer is among the very few people that claim to have seen it, and Lewis says it will never, ever be released.
But this isn’t just a Jerry Lewis movie. It’s the Jerry Lewis Holocaust movie, where he plays a German clown arrested for ragging on Hitler, and who ends up in a concentration camp for political prisoners before being shipped to Auschwitz. There he’s used to lead kids into the gas chamber, and Lewis finally joins the kids inside the room, giving his last performance . That’s some seriously dark, weird stuff, and it is reportedly even weirder to watch than it sounds. According to Shearer, the idea may have been to release it in a string of family-oriented theaters that Lewis owned at the time.
The movie has been completely suppressed over the years, with varying reasons given for its disappearance. But now some new behind the scenes footage has shown up online, and it’s probably as much of the movie as you’ll ever see. Check it out below. Read More »
The first full-length movie trailer for The Simpsons Movie has hit the web.
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