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Swimming With the Sharks on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 26th 2010 1:45AM
Swimming With the Sharks on 'The Simpsons'On an Earth Day-themed episode of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on Fox), Homer decides to become more ecologically conscious. Of course, this eventually results in him falling off a boat and being surrounded by deadly sharks. Why "of course"? Because when Homer Simpson is involved, any seemingly good idea will always lead to danger and disaster.

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'The Simpsons' - 'Chief of Hearts' Recap

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 19th 2010 1:34AM
(S21E18) Homer Simpson and Clancy Wiggum becoming BFFs should have been comedy gold; instead, this episode of 'The Simpsons' was a colossal bore. It seems like everything hilarious you can do with the Springfield police -- high-speed car chases, putting squirrels down your pants for the purpose of gambling -- has already been done. They never even go out for donuts!

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Chief Wiggum Gets Shot on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 18th 2010 11:00PM
Chief Wiggum Gets Shot on 'The Simpsons'Chief Wiggum has been an awesome supporting character on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on Fox) for many years now. Granted, he's a totally incompetent cop, but we still love him anyway. And on the latest episode of the show, Wiggum and Homer Simpson become instant best friends. Unfortunately, this leads to danger for the both of them.

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Five of the Creepiest Real Life Versions of Famous Cartoons

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 15th 2010 6:03PM
The real life Mr. GarrisonIn TV, there are two distinct worlds: our world and the cartoon world. So far, we've gotten along pretty well because, for the most part, cartoons have kept their animated butts in their world.

We don't allow it to happen very often because when cartoons try to invade the real world on those rare occasions, the transference is nightmarish. Their distorted animated features and expressions can make 'Eraserhead' look like an Olson Twins movie.

Here are five of the creepiest looking and sounding real life cartoon crossovers that will have you bleaching your brain with the magic of Clorox 2.

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When the Shows Go Marching In: A History of TV Shows Set in New Orleans

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 13th 2010 11:04AM
The skyline of New Orleans from Uptown
Very few shows have featured New Orleans as its setting, and it's not hard to see why. The list is a mix of critically acclaimed but quickly canceled shows, and critically disemboweled and canceled-just-as-quickly shows.

'Treme,' HBO's new drama from 'The Wire' creator David Simon and 'Wire' writer/producer Eric Overmyer, could break the mold that so many others have tried to crack. Judging from the first episode, their chances are looking good. If 'Treme' goes on to achieve the fame that 'The Wire' has, it won't just have its staff, creators, or even the city to thank for providing such beautiful inspiration.

It will have these other shows to thank for choking on that overcooked beignet for them.

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Hatching a Plan on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 12th 2010 12:30AM
Hatching a Plan on 'The Simpsons'On the latest episode of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on Fox), hated millionaire Montgomery Burns is thrown in jail. He's the boss who has made Homer Simpsons' life a misery for the past 21 seasons or so. But once Mr. Burns is in jail, Homer and his pals start to... unaccountably miss him. And so they devise a plan to bust Mr. Burns out of the joint.

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'The Simpsons' -- 'American History X-cellent' Recap

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 11th 2010 11:58PM
'The Simpsons' - season 21, episode 17

There's far more 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'The Green Mile' on 'The Simpsons' when Montgomery C. Burns goes to jail than 'American History X,' but I guess 'The Montgomery Redemption' or 'The Green Monty' just didn't sound as funny. The only similarity to the Edward Norton Neo-nazi flick is that Mr. Burns also has Nazi leanings (like that's a surprise): When he surrenders his personal effects, the guard lists one "Social Security card." "That's just an SS card, you dumkopf!" Burns huffs.

Luckily, Springfield has an impressively dank penitentiary for the occasion when Burns is found with a stolen Vermeer painting. The story is told, film noir style, in flashback, with Homer, Carl and Lenny dressed as cops descending on an unknown prisoner in a jail cell. The reveal: it's Burns!

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TV Casting: Michael Nouri Joins 'All My Children'

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 8th 2010 4:35PM
Michael NouriIt looks like Erica Kane may have finally found her match. According to ABC, actor Michael Nouri ('Brothers & Sisters,' 'The OC') has joined the cast of the longrunning soap opera 'All My Children,' playing Caleb McGraw, a man who hits Erica's (Susan Lucci) radar "airplane crashes into his remote, mountainside home." Suffice to say the two don't get along much after that. Nouri's arc begins May 24. [Hollywood Insider]

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Fox Upping the Music for a Week

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 7th 2010 3:04PM
Homer SimpsonWith the success of 'American Idol,' 'Glee,' and other music-related franchises, it should be no wonder that Fox wants to milk it by having music-themed episodes of several of its shows for the end of April and beginning of May. These shows include 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy,' 'Bones,' 'Fringe,' and 'House.'

Before anybody panics and starts envisioning David Boreanaz or Hugh Laurie breaking out in a rendition of 'Feelings' in the middle of a dramatic moment, the article states that the episodes will be music-themed but not necessarily musicals. 'Family Guy' often has musical numbers in their episodes and it's not even a stretch to have Homer and Marge to break out in song. But the character of Bones? Or House? No way.

House will most likely treat a rock star patient and Bones will have to investigate something involving an opera singer or some such plot device. Yes, it's silly, but it could be worse. Remember when NBC went green for a week and introduced Greenzo? I rest my case.

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Homer Unites Religions Through Peace and Chicken on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 28th 2010 11:30PM
Peace and Chicken on 'The Simpsons'Now that the religious holidays of Easter and Passover are upon us, we may find ourselves in need of a little spiritual guidance. Luckily, as always, we can look to one man. And that man is -- Homer Simpson.

On the latest episode of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on Fox), Homer finds himself in the holy city of Jerusalem. There, he has a vision of himself as the Messiah, and takes it upon himself to unite all the warring religious faiths. So naturally, he then gives a confusing, yet rousing speech.

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The Onion's A.V. Club Reviews a "Very Special Episode" of 'The Simpsons'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 26th 2010 7:00PM
Chief Wiggum and Snake Jailbird Actually, very special doesn't begin to describe it. It's more "stupendawesomagnifi-
centabulousness." It should be a word, dammit.

The Onion's A.V. Club published a very extensive review of one of the funniest and most creative 'Simpsons' episodes, in my humble opinion: "22 Stories About Springfield."

If you haven't seen it (go punish your eyes), it's exactly as it sounds. It starts with Bart and Milhouse spitting on cars from an overpass and pondering the existence of their townfolk's lives. Then the episode goes from presenting what appears to be the start of a linear story into a very funny series of comedy vignettes featuring the show's background characters.

It's so good to this very day, I wish the 'Simpsons' would pick up where they left off with it: a peek into "The Tomfoolery Of Professor John Frink." It's already got a catchy theme song.

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TV 101: Canaries In The Mineshaft (Pt. 1) - When Characters Become Caricatures

by Jay Black, posted Mar 26th 2010 11:21AM
Sometimes I feel like doing this to MY TV, but I'm married.One of my least favorite internet memes is the race among people who frequent TV blogs to be the first one to comment that a show has "jumped the shark." I'll take a busload of LOLCATS and Epic Beard Men if it means that I won't have to see "JTS!" four minutes into a show's pilot episode.

That said, the fact that JTS has been defanged by ubiquity doesn't take away from its ability to be a useful tool for analyzing pop-culture. Shows tend to weaken over time and the JTS moment is a fun way to decide where, exactly, the wheels came off.

In thinking about JTS, it occurred to me that there are a few warning signs that a show is about to jump. Today I'll be looking at the first in a series of canaries in the mineshaft: when characters become caricatures.

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Michelle Obama Defends Lisa on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 22nd 2010 10:06AM
Michelle Obama on The SimpsonsLisa Simpson's years of being the family geek -- teased, bullied and misunderstood -- were rewarded last night on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX). First lady Michelle Obama made a special appearance on Lisa's behalf, reminding the good citizens of Springfield (and all of us) to be nice to nerds: They end up running the country.

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'The Simpsons' - 'Stealing First Base' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 22nd 2010 5:25AM
'The Simpsons' - 'Stealing First Base'(S21E15) Our overly litigious society comes under fire in this week's installment of 'The Simpsons,' when a first kiss leads to zero tolerance on touching of any kind at the school. The new policy led to some pretty hilariously awkward moments later in the episode.

Bart learned the complexities of women and relationships while Lisa got a major boost in her self-esteem from Flotus1, a commenter on her gardening blog who was revealed to be someone everyone knows: the First Lady of the United States. The episode focused almost entirely on the school, and was incredibly entertaining throughout; definitely one of the strongest installments of the season so far.

So many of the gags and little jokes worked, like Lisa's teacher deriding her overachiever tendencies, Nelson taking a blind kid under his wing and even Bart and Nikki's discussion on proper vampires.

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What to Watch: March 22 - 28

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 22nd 2010 2:41AM

Cougar Town
- Wednesday March 24, 9:30 pm, Citytv/ABC

Sheryl Crow guest stars as a wine rep who sets her sights on Grayson. A wine rep, for those who aren't sure, is someone who lubricates the sales of wine to restaurants, bars, hotels, etc. It usually involves charm, some wine knowledge and an ability to hold one's liquor. They have so absolutely nailed the general feeling of the show with this choice of occupation that I think they should start over with the show and call it 'The Wine Reps' and make Jules and Ellie wine reps too. In all other ways the plot would remain the same - and the characters would drag a bottle of merlot around with them in every scene.

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