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Watch the Simpsons Meet a Bunch of Other Simpsons

Here's a clip from last night's Treehouse of Horror Simpsons episode, which ended up including a lot more than just the Tracey Ullman Simpsons — turns out it had Simpsons inspired by everything from Adventure Time, Archer, and South Park to Lego, Despicable Me, and Triplets of Belleville (as seen in a couch gag earlier this year).

Billy Eichner Will Guest Star on 'New Girl' in December

Billy Eichner just landed a very Billy Eichner-esque guest role on New Girl. THR reports that the Billy on the Street host and recurring Parks and Recreation star will appear on the holiday-themed December 9th episode of New Girl, where he'll play "a beleaguered airline representative" named Barry: "The gang encounters Barry … while trying to get out of Los Angeles for Christmas. Having to deal with holiday travelers, Barry is not pleased to see them." Considering that Eichner has tons of experience screaming at people on the streets of New York City, the role of a grumpy airline rep sounds just about perfect.

'Mulaney' Scores the Lowest Series Premiere Ratings This Fall

John Mulaney's new Fox sitcom premiered last night, and unfortunately the overnight ratings are just as bad as the reviews. According to Variety, the series premiere drew the lowest score of every fall series premiere this year with just 2.3 million viewers — just over 50% of its Family Guy-lead in, which itself was down 50% from last week's Simpsons/Family Guy crossover premiere. Compared to Mulaney, Fox's other comedies did notably better and at least broke the 3 million mark — The Simpsons (4.1M), Bob's Burgers (3.2M), Family Guy (3.7M), and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (3.3M) — so hopefully Mulaney finds a way to rebound next week before getting [...]

Check Out Don Hertzfeldt's Trippy 'Simpsons' Couch Gag

More interesting than the character killed off on last night's Simpsons premiere was the delightfully creepy couch gag by animator Don Hertzfeldt, which reimagines the Simpsons — or the Sampsons — in the very distant future. Be warned that this couch gag may cause nightmares and disturbing revelations about how television will utilize our exo-skulls in the years to come.

'New Girl' and 'The Mindy Project's Season Premieres Drew Less Viewers Than Last Year

Returning Fox comedies The Mindy Project and New Girl aired their respective third and fourth season premieres last night, but they lost steam with viewers. According to Entertainment Weekly, both premieres dropped significantly in ratings compared to their last season premieres; New Girl dropped 45% with only 3.1 million viewers, while The Mindy Project dropped 32% with 2.8 million viewers — not far off from its season 2 finale of 2.4 million, but significantly less than the season 2 premiere, which drew 4 million viewers. Both shows suffered a weak lead-in this season with the reality program Utopia compared to Dads and Golden Globe-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine [...]

Fox Cuts 'Mulaney' Season Order from 16 to 13 Episodes

After bad ratings and bad reviews, here's some more bad news for Mulaney: THR reports that Fox has wrapped production on the freshman sitcom early and cut its season order down from 16 to 13 episodes, but for now there are no plans to move it from the 9:30pm Sunday night time slot. While Mulaney's ratings fared poorly during its series premiere earlier this month, its second episode saw a 10% increase thanks in part to its Family Guy lead-in — a sign of hope that Fox is counting on. According to THR, Will Forte's midseason sitcom Last Man on Earth will likely take Mulaney's [...]

Charlie Grandy Sells a Comedy Called '48 Hours Until Monday' to Fox

Fox just added a new single-cam comedy to the mix. The Wrap reports that the network has bought a half-hour series called 48 Hours Until Monday, which hails from Mindy Project producer Charlie Grandy — who has also written and produced for The Daily Show and SNL's Weekend Update — and former Samantha Who? executive producer Peter Traugott. No cast has been announced yet for the series, but it will reportedly follow "a husband's desperate struggle to not let every weekend go completely to hell" — finally, the kind of struggle we can all relate to.

The Critics Are Not Being Kind to Fox's 'Mulaney'

John Mulaney's sitcom premieres this Sunday, and while fans and critics across the board agree that Mulaney himself is a talented and likable writer/performer, between the endless Seinfeld comparisons (in reviews and the actual show) and the series' long evolution from an NBC pilot to Fox series, he's had to face an unusually harsh response from TV critics over the past few weeks. So far, Mulaney has been called a "contrived, airless comedy" (Huffington Post), "something a dutiful student might have produced for his final project in his 'Tropes and Themes in the 1990s Sitcom' class" (Time), and labeled doomed to fail by The Hollywood Reporter: "There is no saving a show this heinous."

Mulaney's traditional [...]

Al Jean Calls the 'Simpsons' Season Premiere Character Death "Over-Hyped"

The Simpsons aired its 26th season premiere last night, and after nearly a year of anticipation around which character would be killed off, the result was decidedly non-climactic. While many speculated that Krusty would be the one to go during last night's episode "Clown in the Dumps," it was — and here comes the big spoiler — Krusty's father Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, voiced by Jackie Mason, who died and went to "Jewish Heaven." Last year Al Jean hinted that the character's voice actor won an Emmy for the role, which Mason did in 1992.

Speaking to THR, showrunner Al Jean reflected on what he called [...]

Fox Is Developing a Comedy Starring John Stamos from 'Office' Writer Danny Chun

Fox might be adding another single-cam comedy to its lineup with today's news that they've given a put-pilot commitment to an untitled show starring John Stamos. Written by former Simpsons and Office writer Danny Chun and executive produced by Stamos and Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors), the series centers on Stamos playing a version of himself as "a charismatic longtime bachelor whose life is upended when he discovers he's a father — and a grandfather." In addition to the Fox pilot, Stamos will also star on an ABC drama called Members Only as well as an in-the-works Full House reboot, which is reportedly being considered by Netflix as a [...]

'South Central': A Sitcom 20 Years Before Its Time

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

This summer, with the events of Ferguson, Missouri making headlines around the world, a lot of people were talking about California in the early [...]

Nick Stoller and the 'Allen Gregory' Co-Creators Land a Pilot at Fox

The minds behind the short-lived Fox animated series Allen Gregory just landed a new pilot on the same network. Deadline reports that Fox has given a put pilot commitment to a single-cam comedy by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul called The Grinder with Neighbors director Nick Stoller on board as an executive producer and possible director. No cast has been revealed and plot details are slim aside from the hint that the show "revolves around two brothers." Mogel and Paul also co-wrote the 2008 Jim Carrey film Yes Man together with Stoller and were also tapped to pen the in-the-works Bruce Almighty sequel back in 2012.

John Mulaney on His New Fox Show, 'SNL,' and the Scars of Catholic Schooling

It's been nearly two years since news first broke that standup and former SNL writer John Mulaney landed his very own television show. Since then, Mulaney has evolved from a proposed NBC series to a highly anticipated Fox sitcom with the backing of executive producer Lorne Michaels and an all-star cast including Nasim Pedrad, Martin Short, and Elliott Gould. Ahead of Mulaney's series premiere this Sunday, I recently got the chance to talk with the man who co-created Stefon about how the pilot evolved from NBC to Fox, why he prefers the multi-cam sitcom format, and some of the misleading advice he took during [...]

'Simpsons' Executive Producer Al Jean Teases Season 26 and the Show's Future

With the hit FXX Simpsons marathon and live Hollywood Bowl event now complete, the next source of Simpsons anticipation will be which character is killed off during the season 26 premiere as well as how long we can expect the show to keep churning out new episodes on Fox. In a recent interview with Deadline, executive producer Al Jean gave a few teases for the new season as well as his thoughts on the future of the show: As for which character will be killed off during the season premiere "Clown in the Dumps," Jean commented on some fans' prediction that Krusty will be getting [...]