morgan spurlock simpsons

The Golden Age of the The Simpsons may be long gone, but far be it from the long-running Fox animated series to remind us of the glory days.

The latest reminder comes in the form of a mockumentary directed from Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock in honor of one of The Simpsons greats: “Homer at the Bat.” Believe it or not, it’s been 25 years since that episode first aired, and The Simpsons is going above and beyond to celebrate its anniversary.

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the simpsons game of thrones joke

The 29th season of The Simpsons premiered last night. Season 29. Goodness gracious.

Anyway, the episode takes place outside of the usual Simpsons canon (if you want to call this show’s sprawling, intentionally contradictory world that), transporting viewers to a fantasy realm populated by characters from the long-running animated series. And yes, there was a Game of Thrones joke. And yes, it was a Game of Thrones joke delivered through a very familiar Simpsons joke template. And yes, you can watch it right here.

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The Simpsons Showrunner Interview

Every summer at the Fox party for the Television Critics Association, I catch up with Al Jean. The showrunner of The Simpsons is always dutifully there, as the show is renewed through season 30 and Fox execs have given every impression of wanting to keep it going. I still have new questions for Jean every year because I’ve watched The Simpsons since they spun off the Tracey Ullman Show shorts in 1989 and every year adds new developments in Springfield.

This interview for season 29 happened before the show let composer Alf Clauson go, oherwise I definitely would have asked about it. That’ll be in next year’s interview, but this interview covers another Simpsons milestone (they will have produced more episodes of television than Gunsmoke), the new Halloween episode and season 18 DVDs. The Simpsons returns Sunday, October 1 on Fox.

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neil gaiman treehouse of horror

The Simpsons are reviving their collaboration with renowned science fiction and horror writer Neil Gaiman for the show’s annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode in a positively purr-fect partnership.

But instead of a cameo from an animated version of the author himself, Gaiman will be voicing a character from a familiar story of his.

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Stephen King's It Game

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Amazon reveals the first Lore trailer.
  • An It actor joins the cast of Locke & Key.
  • Netflix has developed its own strains of weed.
  • The truth behind Bryan Fuller parting with Star Trek: Discovery.
  • And more!

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william friedkin treehouse of horror

Who better to cameo in The Simpsons annual “Treehouse of Horror” special than one of the masters of horror himself?

William Friedkin, the director of the 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, will make a cameo in the Fox animated show’s annual horror special, “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII.”

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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.

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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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