Female TV writers

The entertainment industry can be brutal, and that often goes double for women. It’s tough to break into a system that’s been designed to keep them relegated to the sidelines and the struggle for representation in front of and behind the camera rages on, with occasional small victories fueling this generation of female filmmakers to battle for the right to share stories with audiences.

It’s not just directors, either: women accounted for only 13% of writers of movies last year. But while there’s still a lot of work to be done, things are looking up a little bit, and a couple of recent stories from the TV world illustrate the strides that have been made from the early days of The Simpsons to the new season of Rick and Morty.
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Inflatable Moe's Tavern

If you’ve ever lamented the fact that you can’t go to Moe’s Tavern unless you go to Universal Studios, now you can make your dreams come true, and you can do it from your own yard.

The company Inflatable Pub is known for creating, you guessed it, massive inflatable pubs. They’re basically big inflatable tents with interiors that look as close to a real pub as a giant inflatable structure. Their products look like a few various pub styles, from Irish to Texas, and they even have fake fireplaces inside them. But their latest inflatable pub comes straight from the fictional town of Springfield, from the animated series The Simpsons. It’s Moe’s Tavern.

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The Simpsons Big Bang Theory Couch Gag

Another Sunday has passed, which means a new couch gag from The Simpsons has come and gone. The animated series will be coming into its 29th and 30th seasons with a renewal already in place that will solidify the show’s place in TV history with the highest episode count ever. That means there are plenty more couch gags to come, but for now, the most recent one gives us an abridged history of the show that has spanned nearly three decades. The only downside is that it’s in the style of the opening credits for the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Watch The Simpsons Big Bang Theory couch gag after the jump. Read More »

The 10 Best Television Spin-Offs of All Time

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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.

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The Simpsons Renews For Season 29 and Season 30

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 »

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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!

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Jimmy Kimmel Simpsons Springfield Tour Video

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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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.

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The Simpsons VR

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.

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The Simpsons Supporting Characters

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 »