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.)
The Simpsons has been on TV forever. Over its long run, The Paley Center has done a number of Simpsons-centered events over the years [...]
Hot on the heels of last week's news that Family Guy is hosting a crossover with The Simpsons in 2014 comes the announcement of on another crossover between The Simpsons and an animated series. At The Simpsons' Comic-Con panel Saturday, showrunner Al Jean revealed that they're about to record an episode of the show that will serve as a crossover with creator Matt Groening's other show, Futurama. The episode will be airing in 2014, either as a season 25 finale in May or a season 26 premiere in the fall. Family Guy's Simpsons episode is also expected to air sometime in 2014.
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 120,000 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.)
I don't think that I would be using hyperbole if I were to say that if it weren't for The Simpsons, I wouldn't even [...]
When The Simpsons debuted 25 years ago as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, it was hard to expect that it would become one of the most successful and longest-running franchises in movie and TV history. While The Simpsons spun off from (and quickly eclipsed) The Tracey Ullman Show, it seems a little odd that, given the show’s rampant popularity, we have yet to see a spin-off from The Simpsons, itself. The show has occasionally mocked the concept of TV spin-offs – most notably in the Troy McClure-hosted “Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase” – but that doesn’t mean Fox and the Simpsons creative team haven’t attempted to use [...]
Here's the trailer for Beauty Is Embarrassing, a documentary about artist and Pee Wee's Playhouse set designer and voice actor Wayne White, the man whom Matt Groening describes as "a little Zach Galifianakis, a little Snuffy Smith, a little Unabomber." The film is premiering at SXSW in March, but let's all hope that it comes out for a much wider audience soon after, because it looks like a great inspiration for anyone trying to be creative. Or trying to put cigarette butts into the mouths of children's puppets.
After seven seasons and 140 episodes, Futurama ended its run Wednesday night. The show's cast and crew sat down with the omnipresent Chris Hardwick for a pre- and post-finale chat in front of a live audience, and here are both of those. Hardwick is joined by creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, voice actors Phil LaMarr and Lauren Tom, and director Peter Avanzino for the pre-show (above), and for the post-show (below), he's with Groening and Cohen, voice actors Billy West and Maurice LaMarche, and producer Patric Verrone.
If you're hoping for a sequel to 2007's Simpsons Movie, it looks like it's gonna be a while – if it ever happens. Speaking at an entertainment symposium this weekend, creator Matt Groening seemed pretty unenthusiastic about another movie based on the show, now in its 24th season. On the topic of the first movie, Groening said, "It took us four years, and it killed us," adding that the movie "stole animators from the show" and took up other resources. You'd think that the movie grossing over $500 million worldwide would prompt everyone involved to rush to make a second one, but that's not the case. Director [...]
"A major use of the Internet here at Futurama, which I wouldn't have seen when we started … we go to fan-run sites to see what we did on old episodes. We don't have our own resources and don't need them. The fans have taken over them, and we go there every day." -Futurama's David X. Cohen, with Matt Groening, discussing with USA Today their love of technology and how it helps them create the show.
After Matt Groening unleashed a firestorm last week by acknowledging that the hometown of the Simpsons was based on Springfield, Oregon – if in name only – he and the writers shot back last night with, what has long been the most powerful weapon in their arsenal, Bart’s chalkboard scrawl: "The true location of Springfield is in any state but yours." The kings have spoken so back to the stables for the rest of us or at least until Groening accidently reveals Mr. Burns's definite age.
While The Simpsons cast pay cut still looms, the show's executive producers have allegedly committed to taking reduced salaries in an effort to keep the show going, which is great news since I am just not ready to say goodbye. The show's EP's include Al Jean, John Frink, James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Matt Selman and Sam Simon, though according to Variety, it's unclear which of them have agreed to a reduced salary. Of course, the amount of money this would save is still nowhere near the amount of money the (depressing, cynical) sources claim Fox could make if The Simpsons is canceled, but the pressure is [...]
So, apparently Groening is able to end very long running things he's involved with – who knew? The 1669th and last Life in Hell ran last Friday, June 15th and for the next four weeks, editors will run strips from the archives, but then on July 13. it's done. Groening commented, "I’ve had great fun, in a Sisyphean kind of way, but the time has come to let Binky and Sheba and Bongo and Akbar and Jeff take some time off.” Other than being at one time an incredibly popular comic strip, peaking at a 379-paper syndication, it is also directly responsible for The Simpsons. James L. Brooks [...]
Here's Matt Groening, spilling the beans on where Springfield actually is located at long last: Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show “Father Knows Best” took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, “This will be cool; everyone will [...]
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