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'Simpsons' on the Jury for Peter and the Boys on 'Family Guy' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 5th 2011 2:30AM
'Family Guy' - 'Cool Hand Peter'After a fun cameo by 'King of the Hill' on 'The Simpsons' earlier in the night, 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX) went for a triple crossover. This time, though, it wasn't exclusively with Seth MacFarlane's other shows. Well, not entirely.

In a rather blatant attempt to remind viewers about 'The Cleveland Show,' Cleveland and Donna both crossed over to Quahog, with Cleveland reuniting with the boys for a road trip adventure. The adventure itself saw them arrested under false charges and tried before a jury of their peers.

"I don't think they see it that way," Joe said after the camera panned across a jury made up entirely of characters from 'The Simpsons.' It's a pretty accurate assessment of the two shows which may share a night and a network, but little else as the people behind making both shows don't seem to get along very well.

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Joan Rivers Boots Janeane Garofalo for Being Too Funny on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 5th 2011 2:00AM
Joan Rivers and Janeane Garofalo, 'The Simpsons'It was a very meta episode of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), as the opening minutes dealt directly -- or directly through talking about 'Itchy & Scratchy' -- with the dated references issues. Sure, they explained that it takes a long time to animate the series, but is explaining the technical reasons behind the problem supposed to make the audience simply accept it and be happy about it?

The rest of the episode had a chance for some sharp satire, but as 'The Simpsons' tend to do, went for the soft approach. When Krusty the Clown's show got cancelled, he hooked back up with the talent agent who first scouted him, played by Joan Rivers. She first booked him on a live show à la Pee Wee Herman's recent broadway revival, and ultimately on HBOWTIME.

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Marge Simpson Finds Herself Getting Seduced in 'Mad Men' Spoof (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 28th 2011 2:30AM
'The Simpsons' - 'The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants'In a spoof of 'Mad Men' so sharp, you'll swear it's 2008, Homer Simpson took a job as an account man for the nuclear power plant on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX). While it was a charming enough episode, there were no stand-out moments of clever satire or unexpected twists.

That said, we did enjoy the scene where Marge went to confront the man who held the job before Homer. Clearly a Roger Sterling type, we loved how during her conversation, she found herself suddenly sitting on his bed, and then standing outside the shower while he washed up. That's the 'Mad Men' seduction that washes over women so fast they don't even know what happened until it's too late.

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Neil Gaiman Wants in on the Teen Book Job on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:45AM
Neil Gaiman, 'The Simpsons' - 'The Book Job'It almost feels weird to say this, but in a very clever and entertaining episode of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), Homer develops a plan to make a fortune by churning out a tween novel by committee. Popular fantasy author Neil Gaiman played himself, as an existing author wanting in on the scheme.

The entire episode was framed as a heist, with Homer assembling his team, writing the novel and getting it published. The head of the publishing house was in place as the evil villain, while Gaiman proved to be the cleverest of them all, duping everyone by getting the book ultimately published under his own name.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 14 - 20

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 14th 2011 9:35AM



Bones - Thursday November 17, 9PM ET/PT, Global/Fox

I do enjoy it when 'Bones' decides to have a little bit of fun with their murder scenes. This week, they find their victim shrink-wrapped with a Prince Charming doll. Turns out, the woman worked for a toy company headed by guest Morgan Fairchild, who always adds a dash of creepy camp when she turns up. Meanwhile Sweets prepares for his gun certification, despite the fact that Booth still objects to him carrying a weapon.

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Gordon Ramsay Invades Marge's Dream on 'The Simpsons,' Or Is She in His? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 14th 2011 1:30AM
Gordon Ramsay, 'The Simpsons'Determined to have the kids think of her as a fun parent, too -- they call Homer the "fun dad" -- Marge finds some inroads with the kids when they start exploring unique foods with her. Suddenly, it's a competition to see who's more fun on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on FOX).

Marge stressed about it so much, she started getting yelled at in her dream. And who better to yell at a new foodie on FOX than Gordon Ramsay, who told her, "You're not as f****** fun as [Homer] and you never will be!"

Then apparently, he commandeered her dream as his own and forced himself to wake up, though I think that leaves him with the stranger dream. Marge dreamed of a world-famous chef. He dreamed of a strange housewife with crazy tall, blue hair.

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Homer Outsmarts Jane Lynch on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 7th 2011 8:05AM
Jane Lynch, 'The Simpsons'Jane Lynch took off the red track pants last night to guest-star on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX) as Homer's new assistant, the scheming Roz.

It's rare to see Homer outsmart anyone, but after Rox stole his job at the nuclear power pant he managed to find her one weakness and exploit it to his advantage. It turns out that Roz just hates to be hugged, so who better to have her hug -- in public -- than Monty Burns?

As Mr. Burns wraps his arms around Roz she starts to groan with disgust. Then, losing it altogether she pushes him away, wraps him into a little ball and kicks him into touch. Result? Roz is fired and Homer gets his job back. Plus, Roz even admits to a little grudging respect for Homer: "I underestimated you."

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Bart Finds Alien Love in His Avatar on 'Simpsons Treehouse of Horror' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 31st 2011 4:15AM
'The Simpsons' - 'Treehouse of Horror XXII'This year, 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX) annual Halloween spook-tacular was filled with fresher-than-usual satire. 'Treehouse of Horror XXII' -- and doesn't that make you feel old? -- opened with a nod to Aron Ralston and the film '127 Hours,' and proceeded to mock 'Dexter,' 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' and 'Avatar.'

The 'Spider-Man' story was perhaps the most bizarre, as it featured a catatonic Homer Simpson ultimately fighting crime even though he couldn't move. But the accidents caused by that were a clear poke at the accident-prone musical.

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Your Favorite TV Shows Celebrate Halloween (PHOTOS)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 23rd 2011 7:30PM
'Happy Endings' does Halloween!Halloween is just a week away, and the stars of your favorite TV shows are all dressed up and ready to go!

We've already given you some fun how-tos for TV-inspired costumes, but your favorite TV characters have a few more clever tricks and treats to feast your eyes on.

From 'Community' to 'Modern Family,' 'The Simpsons' to 'Happy Endings,' 'The Middle,' 'The Office' and more, click through this spooktacular gallery for some awesome Halloween episode teases.

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Sneak Peek: 'The Simpsons' Takes On 'Avatar' and More in 'Treehouse of Horror 22'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 18th 2011 10:30AM
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror 22It's that wonderful time of the year: 'The Simpsons' is celebrating Halloween.

In the 22nd annual 'Treehouse of Horror,' our favorite Springfield residents spoof '127 Hours,' 'Avatar,' and many more pop culture phenomenons.

Check out Fox's official description and posters for the event below.

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The 23 Best 'Simpsons' Musician Cameos

by AOL Music Staff, posted Oct 15th 2011 3:00PM
When we heard 'The Simpsons' was on the verge of cancellation, we started reminiscing about all the rockers and rappers that have appeared on the show throughout its 23-season existence. With that in mind, we decided to compile this list of our favorite musician cameos, and here's hoping to many more now that the show has been renewed.

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Comedy Writers Rejoice in the 'The Simpsons' Renewal

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 10th 2011 12:15PM
Fans of 'The Simpsons' heaved a sigh of relief when news emerged late Friday that the show had been renewed for two more seasons.

And there are no bigger fans of the show than comedy writers. Recently I got in touch with some TV comedy professionals, none of whom could imagine a TV landscape without Homer -- or a world without the comedy college that is the 'Simpsons' writing room.

I asked veterans of shows as varied as 'Cheers,' 'Conan,' 'Cougar Town' and 'Futurama' what the show's 23-year run has meant for television, and why they are happy 'The Simpsons' is still around. Here's what they had to say.

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'The Simpsons' Gets Renewed, But Will Season 25 Spell the End?

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 10th 2011 11:35AM
The SimpsonsAfter teetering on the edge of cancellation, 'The Simpsons' has gotten a two season renewal from Fox. But, will these be the final two seasons of America's longest-running scripted series? According to 'Simpsons' executive producer Al Jean, no.

"Believe me, we don't look at this as these will definitely be the last two [seasons]," Jean told Entertainment Weekly. "We just want to keep fighting and go as long as we can ... We really feel this isn't an end but a beginning. It's a cliché, but it's the truth."

The studio and actors settled their salary dispute -- Fox wanted to cut their salaries by 45 percent and the cast wanted a share of the merchandising and syndication profits -- and the show was renewed.

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'The Simpsons' Renewed for Seasons 24 & 25

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 7th 2011 8:35PM
The Simpsons Ending'The Simpsons,' American's longest-running scripted series, is coming back for not only a Season 24, but Season 25 as well.

The decision to continue the series came after 20th Century Fox TV and the voice actors -- Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer -- squabbled over pay cuts for days.

Producers agreed to the necessary cuts first, but the actors held out. Ultimately, they gave in.

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'Simpsons' Star Harry Shearer Speaks Out on Salary Dispute

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 7th 2011 11:50AM
Harry Shearer SimpsonsIs this the beginning of the end for 'The Simpsons'? Voice actor Harry Shearer is speaking out for the first time on the dramatic salary stalemate between Fox and the 'Simpsons' actors.

Fox has asked the actors to take a 45 percent salary cut. Originally, it was reported the cast would take a 30 percent salary cut if they were also included in profits from syndication and merchandising. Fox said no dice. In a new statement on the matter, Shearer, who voices Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and several other 'Simpsons' characters, said he would agree to a 70 percent cut if the studio let him in on the back-end profits.

"Fox wants to cut our salaries in half because it says it can't afford to continue making the show under what it calls the existing business model," he wrote. "Fox hasn't explained what kind of new business model it has formulated to keep the show on the air, but clearly the less money they have to pay us in salary, the more they're able to afford to continue broadcasting the show. And to this I say, fine -- if pay cuts are what it will take to keep the show on the air, then cut my pay. In fact, to make it as easy as possible for Fox to keep new episodes of 'The Simpsons' coming, I'm willing to let them cut my salary not just 45 percent but more than 70 percent -- down to half of what they said they would be willing to pay us. All I would ask in return is that I be allowed a small share of the eventual profits."

Again, Fox said no. Read the full statement below.

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