The successful television spin-off has a high wire act to maintain. It has to differentiate itself from its source material while maintaining enough of what fans love so they’ll come along with it in the first place. But for every Better Call Saul there are a dozen Joeys – spin-offs that fail right from the start. With the former returning for its third season, let’s take a look at ten spin-offs that were just as good (if not better) than their parent series.
Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
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 »
Sequel Bits: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5,’ ‘Pacific Rim 2,’ ‘ Major League 3,’ ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’
Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has a new title in some territories.
- Pacific Rim 2 adds a new cast member.
- Charlie Sheen says a script for Major League 3 is good to go.
- Star Trek Beyond‘s screenwriter wants more Star Trek movies.
- No, James L. Brooks will not confirm a new Simpsons movie.
- Underworld: Blood Wars reveals a new poster.
- That Cube reboot has stalled.
- And more!
Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
To celebrate the 600th episode of The Simpsons, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel took a tour of Springfield with its most famous resident, Homer Simpson. Hit the jump to watch the two-minute animated segment. Enjoy the Jimmy Kimmel Simpsons Springfield tour video now, after the jump.
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Theme Park Bits: A New ‘Finding Nemo’ Ride, ‘Stitch’s Great Escape’ Goes Seasonal, and Universal Studios Adds More ‘Simpsons’ Characters
Posted on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- The much-maligned Stitch’s Great Escape attraction goes seasonal.
- Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents will shut down in January to prepare for the next audio-animatorinc commander-in-chief.
- A new proposal sheds more light on the original version of Epcot.
- Go behind-the-scenes of Disneyland’s new Halloween attractions.
- Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are getting new attractions based on Finding Nemo and Zootopia.
- Updates on season pass information for Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors.
- Universal Studios Hollywood adds more characters from The Simpsons.
Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
After being on the air for almost 30 years, is there anything The Simpsons haven’t done? They’ve gone 3D, they have conducted live phone-in segments, they even had Guillermo del Toro direct their opening sequence. But for the 600th episode, Fox wants to take The Simpsons someplace they’ve never been before — Virtual Reality.
Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
The Simpsons just began its 28th season this past weekend, which is quite an achievement. Though the show is named for the family who acts as our main characters, The Simpsons has a cavalcade of supporting characters who have appeared throughout the show’s long history. Surely one of you out there once wondered which of those characters outside The Simpsons themselves talked the most, and now we have an answer.
Todd W. Schneider is a big fan of data mapping, and he’s taken it upon himself to create some infographics looking at certain details on the iconic animated TV series that has been airing on FOX for nearly 30 years. Most of his charts tally up the amount of dialogue for characters and where that dialogue takes place, but no statistical look at The Simpsons would be complete without looking at the show’s ratings over time.
Check out The Simpsons supporting characters dialogue count and other infographics below. Read More »
Interview: ‘The Simpsons’ Showrunner Al Jean on Amy Schumer, the Hourlong Episode, and More to Come in Season 28
Posted on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 by Fred Topel
The Simpsons is entering its 28th year, yet I still have new questions every time I see showrunner Al Jean at the Fox Television Critics Association party. Jean has been the show runner for 26 of the 28 years. He took two years to do the short-lived animated series The Critic, and may be the only other person besides myself who has watched every single episode of The Simpsons.
This year, Fox made some announcements during their TCA executive session. Amy Schumer is doing a voice role on all of their Sunday night animated shows, and The Simpsons will do their first ever one-hour episode. Read our interview with Al Jean below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
In recent years, The Simpsons has been executing some very elaborate and outstanding sequences for their traditional couch gag for the opening credits. Earlier this year The Simpsons got a Disney style makeover by Aladdin animator Eric Goldberg and last year featured references to Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty and even another opening done by Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi.
Now The Simpsons is getting the Adventure Time treatment, and going through Springfield in the same style of the opening credits of the popular Cartoon Network animated series that kids and adults alike rather enjoy. It’s an impressive sequence, and it’s actually twice as long as the usual Adventure Time opening credits. See which Adventure Time characters The Simpsons become and see if you can spot all the Easter eggs, including a monorail reference, in the full couch gag after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Back in 2014, FXX had the honor of hosting a marathon of every single episode of The Simpsons ever in honor of all the episodes being made available to stream for the first time ever. Since then, FX’s sister network has been running reruns non-stop from every season (except whatever season is current). Now FXX will be having another marathon of every episode of The Simpsons ever again, but this time it will be even longer, breaking the record it previously set as the longest-running marathon in TV history.
Get details on The Simpsons marathon after the jump. Read More »