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Fox Threatens to Cancel 'The Simpsons' as Actors Fight Back and Producers Take Pay Cuts

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 6th 2011 8:35AM
'The Simpsons'¡Ay caramba! It may soon be time to say good-bye to 'The Simpsons.' Edge of the seat contract negotiations are nothing new for the show, but now Fox has reportedly upped the ante, telling cast and crew to settle or lose their jobs.

According to 'The Wrap,' Fox has said that if no agreement is reached in the ongoing contract dispute the show will be cancelled at the end of the current 23rd season.

And, even if the dispute is settled before tomorrow's deadline, the network will only air one more season of the show.

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Is 'The Simpsons' On the Verge of Cancellation?

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 4th 2011 11:15AM
The Simpsons Canceled?After 23 years, could 'The Simpsons' be signing off for good?

According to a new report by The Daily Beast, the actors are in a tense contract negotiation with 20th Century Fox. Contract negotiations aren't new for the long-running cartoon comedy, but the report -- which Fox didn't comment on -- says studio executives are insisting the cast accept a 45 percent pay cut or face cancellation after the current season.

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Chalmers Takes Us Back to 'The Breakfast Club' on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 3rd 2011 2:15AM
'The Breakfast Club' - 'The Simpsons'When Bart Simpson pranks a fundraising event, Principal Skinner challenges Superintendent Chalmers to try educating the perennial troublemaker on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX). In the heat of the moment, Chalmers accepts, but is immediately consumed with self-doubt.

That doubt takes us to a flashback of the last time he was a teacher, which was apparently in Shermer High School back in 1985, as we saw him stepping into the library of 'The Breakfast Club.' Except, even though their faces were familiar, they said they were the Fight Club and proceeded to give him a beatdown the likes of which both Brad Pitt and Edward Norton would have been proud of.

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Mister Ed is Turning 50! TV's Top Animals Salute Him

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 29th 2011 12:00PM
Mister Ed'Mister Ed' paved the way for animals in the entertainment industry, breaking through the glass ceiling barn door by talking up TV viewers and being as charming as any leading man out there.

As the theme song said, "A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed!"

Yes, Ed was in his hay-day on TV for six glorious seasons, always easily bribed to tell a good story with a little peanut butter, making him a horse we can endorse. But he also gets the sniff of approval from his fellow four-legged friends in Hollywood.

As the 50th anniversary of 'Mister Ed''s big Oct. 1, 1961, network debut approaches, we gathered quotes from some of the biggest names in TV's animal kingdom to roast and pay tribute to the equine entertainer.

Check out our gallery for commentary provided by everyone from Flipper and Lassie to weed-smoking Wilfred and Annie's Boobs, the monkey from 'Community.'

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Kiefer Sutherland is a Security Guard With a Secret Past on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 2:30AM
'The Simspons' season premiere - 'The Falcon and the D'ohmanKiefer Sutherland lent his voice to 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX) as a character reminiscent of his Jack Bauer days. Wayne is the new security guard at the nuclear power plant, but he has flashbacks to a much more dangerous past.

One flashback revealed the special CIA training he received, complete with circus strongmen, ferocious animals, Chucky and Kobe Bryant! But, despite his harrowed past and his resistance to befriending people in Springfield, Homer gets under his skin.

And then Homer needs saving when Wayne's past literally comes to town -- though we're not sure how he found it considering Wayne chose Springfield because it isn't on any maps. It was a fun episode, and a fun character for Sutherland. We loved the Korean animation re-enactment, and we're happy to see Nedna going strong!

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Would You Watch An All-'Simpsons' Channel?

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 17th 2011 3:30PM
The Simpsons'The Simpsons' is popular, that's for sure, but popular enough to sustain an entire channel?

According to SlashFilm, News Corp.'s Chase Carey, the company's chief operating officer, recently discussed the possibility of a 'Simpsons' channel.

While speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills, Carey said the company has had meetings about ways to increase revenue from the long-running series while capitalizing on the show's large episode library. A digital channel has been discussed, but is far from official.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Mad Men' Star John Slattery Coming to 'The Simpsons'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 30th 2011 8:00PM
John Slatter, 'Mad Men'Not everyone in Hollywood really knows each other, but it's pretty darn close. Take, for example, my day on the set of NBC's new sitcom 'Free Agents.' Knowing that they're shooting at the same studios where 'Mad Men' shoots was one thing, but the 'Mad Men' ties don't stop there.

I caught up with star Hank Azaria who plays Alex on 'Free Agents' (previews Wed., Sept. 14, 10:30PM ET), a PR exec whose unlucky-in-love personal life starts to bleed into his work life. We talked a lot about the show -- more to come closer to premiere -- but he also had a few tidbits to share about some of the 'Mad Men' cast.

In a brief moment of 'Simpsons' conversation, Azaria talked about guest stars for the show's upcoming season (premieres Sun., Sept. 25, 8PM ET on Fox). "We're actually recording our 23rd season now, and it's hard to remember anything, because we don't memorize anything, and we've done so many. I just assume every major recording and movie star and television star has been through there -- and they pretty much have -- but I run into John Slattery a lot, and I know he did a voice this year."

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Lady Gaga Lends Voice to 'The Simpsons,' Andre Braugher Heading to 'SVU' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 23rd 2011 4:00PM
Lady GagaLady Gaga is going to make little monsters out of 'The Simpsons.' The pop sensation will be stopping by Springfield in 'Lisa Goes Gaga,' EW reports.

After learning the fictional city is filled with low self-esteem, Gaga tries to cheer up Lisa with a song and a flash mob. In addition to some Lisa interaction, Gaga will have a variety of wardrobe changes and share a smooch with none other than Marge Simpson.

"I would say this is one of the coolest things I've ever done," Gaga told EW about her guest spot. "My dad's probably going to do 80 backflips when the episode comes out."

The episode is set to air in the spring of 2012.

In other casting news ...

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'The Simpsons' to Spoof 'The Social Network'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 27th 2011 8:15AM
'The Simpsons'Facebook co-creator Mark Zuckerberg has already made a guest appearance on 'The Simpsons,' and now the animated comedy is getting ready to spoof the fictionalized version of his life.

Yes, 'The Simpsons' will take on 'The Social Network,' in an episode due to air in 2012 called -- what else? -- 'The D'oh-cial Network.'

'The Sun' reports that 'The Simpsons' homage to Aaron Sorkin's 2010 movie will see Lisa create a social network site in Springfield but give too much credit to everyone else.

And at least one of the movie's stars will be reprising his role in the Springfield version.

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Fox Announces Fall 2011 Premiere Dates

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 23rd 2011 1:30PM
Terra NovaGet ready for singing teens, dinosaurs and cranky doctors -- Fox has announced the premiere dates for the fall 2011 season.

'Cops' kicks things off on Sat., Sept. 10 at 8PM. 'Glee' returns on Tues., Sept. 20 followed by the series premiere of 'New Girl' and Season 2 debut of 'Raising Hope.'

Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor' hits the air with a two-part episodes airing from 8-10PM on both Wed., Sept. 21 and Thurs., Sept. 22.

Dinosaur drama 'Terra Nova' makes its highly-anticipated debut with a two-hour episode on Mon., Sept. 26 at 8PM.

Check out the rest of the premiere dates below.

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Michael Cera to Guest Star on 'The Simpsons'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 3rd 2011 7:10AM
Michael Cera'Arrested Development' and 'Superbad' star Michael Cera joins the long and illustrious list of stars who have recorded a guest spot on 'The Simpsons.' And Cera even got to play a potential love interest for Lisa.

'Simpsons' executive producer Al Jean told 'Entertainment Weekly' that Cera provides the voice for Nick, a seemingly gallant boy.

"He starts quoting Hemingway and she says, 'You're not a product of the Springfield public schools, are you?' And he goes, 'No, I come to Springfield for the food and the women.' So he talks a good game."

Sadly for Lisa, first appearances can be deceptive, and she starts to realize that Nick is "less than expected."

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Ned Flanders Finds Love in an Unexpected Place on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 23rd 2011 1:36AM
'The Simpsons' season finale - 'The Ned-liest Catch'On the season finale of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), Ned Flanders found love in the arms of Edna Krabappel after saving her life. An unikely pairing considering her background boozing and sleeping around with the men of Springfield.

Conversely, Ned told her, "I'm a little uncomfortable with premarital sex. But I think if we hold off for awhile, you'll find I'm well worth the wait."

Krabappel agreed to be patient on the romance side, but the pair agreed that kissing was all right. Where it gets fun is in determining what happens next.

All summer long, fans get to log into the show's official site and vote for whether or not "Nedna" will stay together. Then, in the Season 23 premiere this fall, we'll all find out the results. Do you want them to stay together?

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Fox Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 16th 2011 9:30AM
The X FactorIn advance of this afternoons Upfront presentation in New York, Fox announced its fall 2011 TV schedule this morning. There aren't any big surprises, aside from the 'Bones' spinoff 'Finder' getting its debut at midseason instead of this fall as a contingency plan for Emily Deschanel's pregnancy like many predicted.

The long-delayed 'Terra Nova' finally gets its official debut this fall, with the Steven Spielberg-produced dinosaur show airing Monday nights at 8PM before 'House.' 'The X Factor' takes over 'American Idol''s time slot, and will help launch a new comedy on Wednesday nights.

Another interesting tidbit to note: 'America's Most Wanted' has been discontinued as a regular TV series; after 23 years Fox has decided to bring back the show in the form of occasional specials.

Check out the full lineup after the jump.

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After Ruining His Relationship, Lisa Kisses Milhouse on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 9th 2011 9:00AM
Lisa kisses Milhouse, 'The Simpsons' - 'Homer Scissorhands'While Homer was busy with hair salon shenanigans on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), a much sweeter B-story was proving far more compelling. Rejected by Lisa once again, Milhouse surprised perhaps himself most of all when a cool girl from school was interested in him.

Played by Kristen Schaal, Taffy proved to be too keen an observer of human behavior. When Lisa interrupted a moonlight evening of romance between the new couple, Taffy laid it on the line.

"You're a great guy but we're not gonna work out for one reason," she told Milhouse. "It's because you'll always be in love with her."

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'Project Runway' Preps All Stars Season, Ted Nugent Readies Presidential Run on 'The Simpsons' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted May 4th 2011 6:00PM
Heidi KlumIt was bound to happen: 'Project Runway' will have an all star season.

Lifetime will have eight one-hour episodes of the season with veteran designers. Last time 'Project Runway' assembled past contestants was for the 2009 'Project Runway All Star Challenge.' Season 2's Daniel Vosovic won the 'All Star Challenge.'

In addition to season 9 of 'Project Runway' and 'Project Runway All Stars,' Lifetime has also announced 'Project Accessory.' The new series will follow artists as they attempt to create the newest trend in accessories.

In other TV news ...

Ted Nugent is running for president ... on 'The Simpsons.' The conservative rock star/hunter will lend his voice to an episode of the Fox series next season. [Entertainment Weekly]

Comedy Central has renewed 'Workaholics' for a season 2. "It's not only gratifying to know the audience for 'Workaholics' has grown week-by-week, but also rewarding to see how the show is changing the way people live and work," Kent Alterman, head of original programming and production at Comedy Central, said in a statement. "Pretty soon, our national productivity will be so low, we will all have more leisure time." [Deadline]

Neil Patrick Harris is returning to the Tony Awards. This will be his second time as host. [Deadline]

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