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'Rebel with a Cause: The Sam Simon Story' Airs on Fusion This Sunday

The documentary Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon teamed up with Fusion to make last year is set to air one week after his death. According to Deadline, Rebel with a Cause: The Sam Simon Story will debut on Fusion this Sunday on 8:00pm and repeat on the network throughout the following week. "Our hope is to pay tribute to his life and career while also sparking an important conversation about animal rights and empowering young people to be a catalyst for change,” Fuson CEO Isaac Lee said on the project last year. The documentary follows the final months of Simon's life with colorectal cancer, in which he gave [...]

Al Jean Says There's a 50/50 Chance of Another 'Simpsons' Movie

It's been seven and a half years since The Simpsons Movie, but it turns out that a recent Simpsons episode was initially developed as a potential film sequel. Executive producer Al Jean recently revealed that the January 4 episode he cowrote with David Mirkin "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner" was originally set to air as the season 24 finale in 2013, but it was held back by Jean and James L. Brooks to instead use as a plot for a possible film sequel. The film idea was ultimately scrapped because the episode was set in space: "We were worried that people might think it’s an idea that’s [...]

'MythBusters' Will Air a 'Simpsons'-Themed Episode Next Month

The Discovery Channel's hit series MythBusters returns for a 13th season next month, and hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the premiere will be dedicated to busting some myths from the world of Springfield. "Several people were like, 'This is a cartoon! What can you do with this?'" Savage said. "We looked through many, many, many different bits on The Simpsons, but I think that we found stuff that really is entertaining and not totally outside the realm of physics — unlike, say, Wile E Coyote stuff might be. We reached out [to The Simpsons producers], and they were totally into it."

So which Simpsons [...]

FX's "Simpsons World" App Launches Tomorrow

After a long wait, FX Networks announced today that its comprehensive Simpsons app called "Simpsons World" will finally be made available to fans tomorrow. The app (which requires a cable subscription login) will include clips, trivia, and access to all 552 Simpsons episodes including current episodes made available the day after they air on Fox, not to mention a bunch of other goodies the network revealed at TCA back in July. Said Simpsons showrunner Al Jean: "Hello 'Simpsons World,' goodbye free time! Seriously."

Check out the full list of "Simpsons World" features below:

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 [...]

'The Simpsons' Co-Creator Sam Simon Dies at 59

Sad news: TMZ is reporting that television writer/director/producer and Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon died yesterday in Los Angeles at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer. Simon revealed on an episode of WTF back in 2013 that he was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, and since then he's been donating nearly all of his Simpsons fortune to hunger and animal rights causes. He also teamed up with ABC News and Fusion last summer for an in-the-works documentary about the final months of his life. In addition to his work on The Simpsons, Simon has also written, directed, and produced for Cheers, Taxi, The Tracey Ullman [...]

Here's a Sneak Peek of the 'Simpsons'-Themed 'MythBusters' Episode

MythBusters returns to The Discovery Channel tomorrow, and the new episode follows Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman tackling some classic Simpsons myths from the world of Springfield. The network released the first sneak peek today, which has everything from toilet cherry bombs to a life-size Homer. The episode airs on Discovery tomorrow night at 9:00pm.

Behold This Year's Christmas-Themed 'Simpsons' Couch Gag

This year's Simpsons holiday episode "I Won't Be Home For Christmas" airs on Fox this Sunday, and the network released a clip of the very Christmassy couch gag featuring all the best things about winter, which apparently are polar bears, snowboarding, hockey, Festivus, and obligatory Frozen references.

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).

Former 'Simpsons' Showrunner David Mirkin Explains the Importance of Timeless Comedy

"A policy that I always try to follow — and that really everybody does— is that you’re really trying to write something that’s going to be funny 20 years from the time you write it … We always think of not dating the show. And therefore it can become timeless. And that’s what classic things are. It’s not fun to see something 20 years later that’s laden with references that no longer work."

- Former Simpsons showrunner David Mirkin explains how to create comedy that's timeless in a new interview with Vulture.

'Louie,' 'High Maintenance,' and 'Last Week Tonight' Win WGA Awards

The 2015 Writers Guild Awards were announced over the weekend, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, Louie, The Simpsons, High Maintenance, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver all took home awards for their work last year. Budapest won Original Screenplay, Louie won both Comedy Series and Episodic Comedy for its season 4 episode "So Did the Fat Lady," and High Maintenance's episode "Rachel" won for Short Form New Media. Check out the full list of comedy winners below:

Judd Apatow's 25-Year-Old 'Simpsons' Episode Airs This Sunday

Back in 2012, Judd Apatow revealed that the first script he ever wrote was a 1990 Simpsons spec script about Homer acting like a 10-year-old kid again and becoming best friends with Bart after a hypnotist dies of a heart attack in the middle of performing on him. The news led to Simpsons producer Al Jean reaching out to Apatow to turn the script into a real episode, which finally airs on Fox this Sunday. Apatow told TV Guide that the script — titled "Bart's New Friend" — was reworked from the original, which he wrote when he was 22:

It's a pretty rough script — [...]

Here's the Couch Gag for This Sunday's 'Simpsons'/'Futurama' Crossover

The Simpsons has yet another crossover episode planned for this Sunday, which will see the Simpsons paired up with the world of Futurama in a mashup show Fox is calling "Simpsorama" (with the honest tagline "A Show Out of Ideas Teams Up with a Show Out of Episodes"). In the meantime, Fox released the couch gag this week as a sneak peek, which perfectly combines the worlds of both shows.

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.