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'The Simpsons' To Write Apu Out Of The Series

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 28 October 2018

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It comes after several months of controversy regarding the Kwik-E-Mart owner and the portrayal of racial stereotypes.

Following a backlash regarding alleged racial stereotyping, ‘The Simpsons’ is set to write the character of Apu out of the long-standing animated series after 30 years, according to one of its producers.

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the owner of Springfield’s convenience store the Kwik-E-Mart, will be quietly dropped from the series to “avoid the controversy”, Adi Shankar said.

Indian-American Shankar told IndieWire on Friday (October 26th) that he was told of the development by two staffers on the show, and a third source who works closely with ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening.

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'The Simpsons' Exec Producer Spots Glaring Continuity Error From Season 6

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 07 September 2018

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'And Maggie Makes Three' was first broadcast in January 1995, but it's taken more than 23 years for the mistake to come to light.

One of the production team on ‘The Simpsons’ has noticed a long-standing continuity error so glaring that it’s incredible that the show’s legions of eagle-eyed fans have never spotted it before.

Executive producer Matt Selman took to Twitter earlier this week to show fans a still image from the season six episode ‘And Maggie Makes Three’, from a flashback scene in which Marge tells Homer she is pregnant with their third baby, Maggie. In the background to the left on the wall, however, appears to be a picture of Maggie, who hasn’t been born yet. It’s taken more than 23 years for someone to point it out – the episode was first shown in January 1995.

Selman’s colleague Al Jean responded to the initial tweet, writing that the “canon is in ruins” and adding: “I hope you're happy because we just fired SEVENTEEN people for that blunder. Fired. Through. Done.”

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'The Simpsons' Attack On Apu Criticisms Slammed By Viewers

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 10 April 2018

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Al Jean predicts Twitter storm following the new episode.

'The Simpsons' might be a much adored show by many, but it has always faced controversy over racial stereotypes, particularly in regards to the Indian character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Writers Al Jean and co. tried to tackle the issue in a recent episode, but it didn't have quite the desired effect on viewers.

Image caption Al Jean at a Fox party

Latest episode 'No Good Read Goes Unpunished' makes something of a response to criticisms of the Apu Nahasapeemapetilon character that American-Indian filmmaker Hari Kondabolu made in his 2017 documentary 'The Problem with Apu'. Viewers aren't exactly happy with their views on the Apu situation.

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Simpsons' Creator Revealed 21st Century Fox Executives Asked The Show To Tone Down Fox News Jokes

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25 July 2017

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Matt Groening answered questions at San Diego Comic-Con

Long-running funny show, The Simpsons, has reportedly been asked to curb some of its content by executives at 21st Century Fox, creator Matt Groening has revealed. The genius behind the longest running scripted show in broadcast history revealed he has been asked to ease up on jokes about Fox News.

Image caption The Simpsons has been asked to curn their jokes about Fox News

The Simpsons has previously said the cable news network was 'No. 1 with racists.'

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'The Simpsons' Roasts Donald Trump In Hilarious White House Skit

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 28 April 2017

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As Donald Trump celebrates 100 days in office, 'The Simpsons' have their own tribute.

What better way to reflect on Donald Trump's first 100 days in office than with a dedicatory 'Simpsons' sketch? The popular Matt Groening animation tore into the President of the United States with a new video this week that has already received more than 3 million views.

Image caption Donald Trump seen going to vote on Election Day

The clip is an ominous look at the White House during a dark, stormy night. Sean Spicer has hanged himself from the ceiling with a note reading 'I quit', while Kellyanne Conway insists she will not be the one to replace him. A nude portrait of Melania Trump handcuffed to a briefcase hangs on the wall in the stairwell while two other White House employees throttle each other in the hall.

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Could There Be A Second Simpsons Movie?

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 31 October 2016

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Producer Jame L Brooks has cast some light on the question

Next year it will be ten years since The Simpsons’ movie graced international cinema screens and, amazingly, one of the show’s producers has hinted that the animated cartoon could be releasing a second movie at some point.

The Simpsons could be heading out for a second time to the big screen

The Simpsons Movie was a hit with fans and critics alike raking in over $525 million (£345 million) at the box office worldwide in 2007 and executive producer, James L Brooks has discussed the possibility of a sequel.

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The Simpsons - Celebrities attend 25th annual Environmental Media Awards at Warner Brother Studios Lot. at Warner Brother Studios Lot - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 24th October 2015

Mr Smithers Will Finally Come Out As Gay In New 'Simpsons' Episode

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 28 September 2015

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Mr Burns assistant had long been thought to be gay by fans of the show.

Mr Smithers, the long suffering assistant to Mr Burns on 'The Simpsons' is to finally come out as gay during the show’s latest season. The character’s sexually had long been hinted at on the show, but the new season will see Smithers finally telling Mr Burns.

Mr Smithers will come out as gay in a new 'Simpsons' episode.

Speaking to TV Line, 'The Simpson’s' executive producer Al Jean said, "In Springfield now, most people know he's gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t. We deal with that in two episodes.”

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Drink Like Homer Simpson: Duff Beer Goes On Sale

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 12 July 2015

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Fans of 'The Simpsons' will soon be able to enjoy Homer’s favourite beer.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to drink like Homer Simpson be prepared to get very excited, as an official Duff beer is finally hitting the market! 21st Century Fox has announced that from next week the company will start selling the Duff branded beer in Chile, before expanding to the rest of the world.

Image caption Duff beer will soon be on sale for all, now all you’ll need is a couch.

After next week's launch the company plans to bring to the beer to other parts of South America and Europe by early 2016. Previously Fox has been selling the Duff branded beer at theme parks but it has not yet been released on the commercial market.

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Excellent... Harry Shearer Is Returning To 'The Simpsons' After All!

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 08 July 2015

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A Springfield without Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner and

Woo hoo! ‘The Simpsons’ is saved after all! Voice actor Harry Shearer, an integral part of the long-running animated series, is returning to the cast after a couple of uncertain months where he had appeared to have left the show.

Back in May, news emerged that Shearer, who voices a number of key Simpsons characters, was parting ways with the legendary series after more than a quarter of a century.

Image caption Harry Shearer, voice of so many popular characters, is returning to 'The Simpsons' after all

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'The Simpsons' Renewed For Two Seasons, Bringing Episode Count To 625

By Michael West in Movies / TV / Theatre on 05 May 2015

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'The Simpsons' is coming back guys.

Fox has renewed The Simpsons for two new seasons, taking its series run to 27 and 28 and bringing its episode tally to a whopping 625. The animated hit is already the longest-running scripted prime time series of all time.

Image caption The Simpsons is returning for two more seasons - and probably more after that

The new deal will see the Simpsons creators work on 44 new episodes. According to Entertainment Weekly, there will be no delay in the airing schedule for next season as the show has a reserve of seven episodes and each instalment at least six months to produce. The show continues to draw big ratings and ranks in the Top 10 among males aged 18-34, averaging around 6.2 million per episode. It's also claimed 31 Emmys.

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Yeardley Smith, Lisa Simpson and The Simpsons - Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons, wearing shoes of her own design) New York City, USA - After party celebrating the new cast of the Off-Broadway production of 'Love, Loss and What I Wore', held at B. Smith's restaurant Thursday 11th August 2011

Harry Shearer, The Simpsons and Dublin International Film Festival Tuesday 22nd February 2011 The voice behind The Simpsons characters Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders at a screening of 'The Big Uneasy' at the IFI as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Dublin, Ireland

Robert Englund and The Simpsons Sunday 18th October 2009 at the Simpsons Treehouse Of Terror and 20th anniversary party held at the Barker hangar in Santa Monica California, USA

Spider Pig and The Simpsons Tuesday 11th December 2007 Spider Pig, star of 'The Simpsons Movie' took to the skies over Battersea Power Station in celebration of the release of the film on DVD and Blue-ray disc London, England