The Simpsons was recently renewed for two more seasons, keeping the animated sitcom going strong as the longest-running primetime scripted series of all time. This weekend they’ll be getting a boost from one of the biggest blockbuster filmmakers of the 21st century. Star Wars and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams is making an appearance on The Simpsons this weekend, and as you’ll see in a teaser clip, he’s bringing some of his trademark lens flares with him.
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At this point, I think the heat death of the universe will occur before The Simpsons comes to an end. The longest-running primetime scripted show in television history just got longer as Fox has gone ahead and renewed the show for seasons 33 and 34. At one point, I was a Simpsons obsessive, and my brain is a mess of Simpsons quotes and references that go all the way up until, oh, let’s say season 14, at which point I bailed. But obviously, other people keep watching, or Fox wouldn’t keep ordering new seasons.
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Did you hear there’s a new comic putting Batman in the world of Fortnite? Want to know about all the new characters in Spawn Universe? Which Guardians of the Galaxy scene did James Gunn rewrite on set? What do Anthony & Joe Russo remember being a difficult part of the Spider-Man casting process? Did a leaked LEGO box give us our first look at Simu Liu as Shang-Chi? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
When you have a beloved animated show like The Simpsons that has been credited with predicting the future over and over again, it should come as no surprise that when they finally get around to turning it into a movie, they’ve already covered all the same ground before. The Simpsons Movie Honest Trailer reminds us about all the plot points in the movie that we’ve seen in episodes of The Simpsons, but ultimately admits that it doesn’t stop anyone from wanting to see a sequel. Read More »
For 31 years, actor Harry Shearer has provided the voice of Dr. Julius Hibbert on The Simpsons. But that streak came to an end with this past Sunday’s episode, “DiaryQueen.” As promised last summer, the show’s producers have hired a Black actor to replace Shearer and voice the Black character. Read More »
What can we expect from the second season of Batwoman? Who is lending their voices to the animated DC Comics movie Justice Society: World War II? Want to see a new clip from Batman: Year of the Dragon? What idea did James Gunn steal from fan theories for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Want to know the origin story of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, find out about the much longer cut of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and what ended up on the cutting room floor. Plus, take a tour of Walt Disney‘s office with the director of Walt Disney Archives, and finally, learn how you can make your very owned “Steamed Hams” inspired by one of the most memorable scenes from The Simpsons. Read More »
About six months ago, Disney+ introduced various collections of The Simpsons episodes with some recurring themes that have appeared over the years. There’s a collection of episodes following the family taking various trips, another collection featuring all of their sports-related antics, and even a collection of episodes that contain the frequently surprising prescient predictions that the show somehow made, such as Disney buying 20th Century Fox and Donald Trump becoming president. However, the one that was frustratingly missing was a collection of all the Halloween-themed Treehouse of Horror episodes. Thankfully, that has changed this month. Read More »
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Once upon a time, The Simpsons was a great show. And one of its very best episodes was season 8’s “Homer’s Enemy,” in which hard-working guy Frank Grimes lands a job at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and grows horrified at the constant buffoonery of Homer Simpson, the plant’s safety inspector who is perpetually drunk, stupid, or taking a nap in a radiation suit still hung on a hook. Simpsons player Hank Azaria famously voiced Grimes, or “Grimey,” as he liked to be called, but at one point a very different – and very famous – actor was considered for the role: Nicolas Cage.
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Three years ago, Hari Kondabolu released a documentary called The Problem with Apu, which snowballed into a years-long discussion about The Simpsons and the racial stereotypes it may have perpetuated with a mostly white writer’s room and voice cast. Earlier this year, it resulted in Hank Azaria stepping down from voicing Apu to leave room for an actual Indian actor to voice the character.
And what of the other character of color who Azaria voiced, Carl Carlson? Black actor Alex Désert has made his debut as Homer Simpson’s nuclear plant coworker in the season 32 premiere, replacing Azaria after 30-plus years.
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