In the 1970s came the most controversial and accessible comedy ever seen. The National Lampoon was a magazine featuring some of the most socially terrifying taboos and became a groundbreaking publication in the world of American humour. Unafraid were the editors to approach subjects regarding politics, war, sex, drugs and culture, and nothing was allowed to stay censored; it was, indeed, best known for the highly outrageous cover art that ranged from parodic images of Van Gogh and Hitler to a gun threat against a dog. From pages full of laughs came a multimedia comedic world with radio shows, music and television all spawning from that one paper. The most memorable incarnations of the Lampoon were the 'Animal House', 'Class Reunion' and 'Vacation' movies which took the whole franchise to a new level of fame.
Sam Simon was one of the beloved show's first developers alongside Matt Groening and James L. Brooks.
‘The Simpsons’ has remembered its executive producer Sam Simon with a touching tribute on its most recent episode.
Simon, who passed away on March 8th following a battle with cancer, was credited variously as a co-developer and executive producer during his long association with the beloved animated series. The Sunday March 15th episode featured a black and yellow message at the end, saying “One of the greatest comic minds ever” followed by “Thank you, Sam”.
'The Simpsons' paid tribute to one of its first developers Sam Simon
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So long, [spoiler alert], you will be missed.
Before we get into this, here’s your spoiler warning: if you haven’t watched Sunday night’s episode of The Simpsons, don’t even read ahead. Spoilers. Huge Spoilers. Elephant-sized spoilers. You’ve been warned.
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The new television giant should streamline expenses and focus on digital content production on the Fox lot.
It’s no secret that finances have been an issue with Fox for some time now. The recent restructuring of the entire movie and television production branch, however, is a more drastic move than anyone could have predicted. The management switch, announced by the company this week, puts longtime television head honchos Gary Newman and Dana Walden in charge of all of Fox’s television operations, effectively consolidating 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Broadcasting into one massive unit under the lordship of Newman, Walden and 21st Century Fox. The point, beyond streamlining all operations, is to benefit from from licensing around the world and the increasing demand of digital buyers, according to Variety’s analysis.
Dana Walden will preside over the new super-unit with Gary Newman.
The end game would be to merge all entertainment operations on the Fox lot, including the film and newly created television branch. The Frankenstein monster of an entertainment unit would fall under the supervision of Fox Networks Group CEO Peter Rice.
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Errr. Wiggum, Chief Wiggum - he'll die
The Simpsons are reverting to a trick increasingly adopted by TV shows nowadays: killing major characters off. Game of Thrones have a roundabout cull every so often to keep the masses enthralled (don’t kill me because I don’t like Game of Thrones – I think it’s silly and prefer The Wire) and Family Guy took down Bryan recently, only to resurrect him and gain a ratings boost in the process.
The Simpsons’ "Yellow Wedding" not only confirms Game of Thrones’ entrance into the official zeitgeist (a thing isn’t a thing until Homer’s involved) but it also means the show will incur a death; a major death. It will be "an even bigger deal" than the Red or Purple Weddings that have appeared in HBO’s fantasy melodrama. Seriously, I’m allowed not to like it.
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Having aired for nearly 24 years, 'The Simpsons' looks to the futur(ama).
A 26th season of the ever-popular cartoon series, The Simpsons, has been confirmed by Fox, as reported by Sky News. What has become America's longest running television show ever will now continue "with no end in sight," according to producer Al Jean.
The Simpsons Showing No Signs Of Running Out Of Gags.
The 25th season premiered in the US on Sunday with a well-timed Homeland spoof, entitled 'Homerland' and attracted 6.4 million viewers and will draw in a worldwide audience with later DVD releases and TV airings.
Continue reading: 'The Simpsons' 26th Season Confirmed, Time For A 'Futurama' Crossover?
Paddy Power has history with offering odds on The Simpsons, and it isn't pretty.
Over 10 million people tuned in to watch the finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday (September 29, 2013). 83 million people tuned in to discover who shot J.R, while 19.8 million simply couldn't wait to find out who gunned down Phi Mitchell on Eastenders.
Which Simpsons Character Will Be Killed Off?
Now, millions are expected to tune in to discover which major character from The Simpsons will be killed off, with bookmakers are already taking bets on the subject.
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Let play the guessing game, and try to think who could be written out of the long-running show
The Simpsons is still going strong after more than a quarter of a century, but with the threat of it growing stale (again) becoming an ever-likely possibility as the show enters season 26, the writers need to come up with something fresh to keep viewers coming back. After killing off Maude Flanders in season 11, and Homer's Vegas wife in season 16, and five other minor characters throughout the series, the Grim Reaper will be back in Springfield once again, but for who?
Jean wouldn't give much away
Al Jean revealed the morbid plans to The Hollywood Reporter this week, but refused to reveal which character the show's writers were thinking of getting rid of. He told THR, "We are doing this story for the same reason we do all others -- we think it has a good emotional through line...The story will be produced this year though it may air in season 26."
Continue reading: 'The Simpsons' Will Kill Off A Major Character Next Season, But Who?