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Nickelodeon Picks Up Two Comedy Pilots

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 10th 2010 10:51AM
Brian RobbinsNickelodeon has given the greenlight to two comedy pilots: 'Supah Ninja' and 'Everyday Kid.'

Producer Brian Robbins (pictured), a Nickelodeon stand-by, is behind 'Ninja,' which follows some high school kids who also happen to be ninjas. The pilot was written by Eric Garcia and Leo Chu, with contributions from Andy Bobrow (ABC's 'Samantha Who?').

Robbins is well-known to the network, having partnered with Michael Tollin to create Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series 'All That,' which launched the careers of Jamie Lynn Spears, Kenan Thompson and the central stars of 'The Amanda Show' and 'The Nick Cannon Show' (series they also fronted).

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Fox Plans Season Finales, So Set Your DVRs

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 19th 2010 1:02PM
FoxGood news for everyone who likes to plan their schedules far in advance. Fox has released the season finale dates for some of their most popular shows. If you already know that you won't be around, you can set the DVR right now. Either that or cancel that Aruba trip for fear of missing the finale of 'The Cleveland Show'.

The network is giving a whopping 127 minutes for the finale of 'American Idol'. There is also a double-feature finale of '24' and and a one-hour finale for 'Family Guy'. Oddly, they are showing a repeat of 'House' during its season finale (most likely they're showing the new episode finale and a repeat back-to-back). It doesn't seem likely that any of the listed shows will be series finales.

The finales end in early June with 'Glee', which paves the way for repeats during the summer. So which season finale are you looking most forward to?

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'The Simpsons' - 'Boy Meets Curl' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 15th 2010 1:00AM
'The Simpsons' - 'Boy Meets Curl'(S21E12) Nothing says "I love you" quite like ... mixed curling? 'The Simpsons' take another look at the sport that's "sweeping" the Winter Olympics by storm. Yeah, sorry about that. I couldn't help myself. Hopefully you can just brush it off.

I respect all athletes, but try as they might I don't think the writers and animators managed to make curling any less weird for me. Surprisingly, the show didn't even really take any potshots at the sport. As far as I can tell, they depicted it fairly accurately, without mocking the inherent goofiness of it, other than to say Marge has been training for it her whole life by sweeping floors at home.

Even still, that may be accurate. The sweeping motion is, after all, a sweeping motion. That is how we clean our floors. I get that this was an Olympics-themed episode to celebrate the Winter Games going on right now, and that it was a Valentine's Day episode airing on the holiday, but the two themes made uncomfortable bed fellows.

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Coca-Cola gives us a sneak peak at their Simpsons Super Bowl ad

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 31st 2010 5:06PM

Since I started writing for this site, I've had the pleasure of seeing episodes of shows like Dexter and Leverage before anyone else. I've had the pleasure of conversing with some of the industry's most interesting characters. But now I know I've truly made it: I got to watch a Super Bowl ad before the rest of the world. Who wants to touch me?

This year's Super Bowl will, of course, feature new commercials for Coca-Cola including a rather interesting one featuring that mecca of brand advertising, The Simpsons.

It actually takes quite an interesting turn from what you might expect. It's not all that silly. It's actually quite sad and even sullen, compared to ads featuring the show's characters in campaigns for Butterfinger and KFC. Watch it for during the game, even if you're like me and you actually watch the Super Bowl for the actual Super Bowl.

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Job Advice for TV's Workers - and You

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 13th 2010 9:00AM

I have so many friends who seem stuck in jobs that are going nowhere. Maybe it's my age - which you can't expect me to confess. Suffice to say, my friends and I are of that age where most summer weekends are spent at weddings, and conversations are increasingly interrupted by the mewling of babies in the background. It's an age where your priorities shift away from painting the town red towards buying paint for the kids' room. And it's an age where you start to wonder if you'll always have a job, or if you'll ever get a career.

Sometimes it's hard to see the truth of what's going on in your own life, and easier to judge the lives of others. Like the fictional others of television shows. If you find yourself relating especially closely to any of the following, it might be time to spruce up your resume.

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'Simpsons' Anniversary Special Profiles Obsessed Fans (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 11th 2010 11:30AM
Last night's 'Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice!' chronicled the impact of the long-running animated show, and profiled a number of 'Simpsons' enthusiasts and obsessives such as those in this clip.

One fan chose to tattoo his entire back with ink inspired by the 'Treehouse of Horror' Halloween specials; another has literally packed his U.K. home with the largest known collection of 'Simpsons' memorabilia.

Watch the video after the jump.

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An apology to The Simpsons

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 11th 2010 9:00AM
The SimpsonsForgive me, Simpsons, but I don't watch you as often as I used to. I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point, watching The Simpsons slipped from an every-week ritual to catch as catch can.

I'm sure I'm not unusual in that respect. I'm sure there are people who were with The Simpsons from those very first shaky frames, who saw them adopt No. 9 and laughed at Homer botching Christmas songs on the closing credits, and faithfully watched for several years, maybe even a decade before they dropped off.

But one of the best things about the show is, you can always come back. The Simpsons never forget. Yesterday's episode and the 20th Anniversary Special that followed was a nice reminder of that. The episode wasn't the funniest I've seen, but I did realize there has never been an episode of the show that wasn't worth at least a few laughs.

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Review: The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice!

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 11th 2010 12:15AM
The SimpsonsA documentary film may not be the way most television shows would choose to spend their 20th anniversary hour-long special, but The Simpsons isn't an ordinary show. It's easy to forget in 2010, with an entire lineup of animation on FOX, Adult Swim and several cable channels devoted to animation, that The Simpsons was groundbreaking for its time.

While everything today is compared to The Simpsons, The Simpsons were being compared to The Flintstones, a prime-time cartoon that lasted six seasons in the 1960s. Nobody was doing animation for adults when The Simpsons came on the air, and they got a lot of grief for what they were doing. But The Simpsons put FOX on the map, and made it okay to have a cartoon for grown-ups, too.

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Homer Simpson Presents Top 10 List on 'Letterman' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 8th 2010 9:20AM
In honor of the 20th anniversary of 'The Simpsons,' Homer Simpson appeared on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' and presented a list of the top 10 things he's learned after 20 years in the business.

In addition to such lessons that purchasing sushi from the Home Shopping Network is unwise, and that, sadly, 'Cougar Town' is not a show about people getting attacked by giant cats, Homer has learned the most crucial lesson about television of all -- it's not a vast wasteland as some critics say; it is, in fact, "a cesspool."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Fat Guys on Sitcoms Are ALWAYS (Pathetically) Trying to Lose Weight

by Patricia Chui, posted Jan 7th 2010 12:34PM
Jason AlexanderJason Alexander was just announced as the new Jenny Craig spokesperson, which is a pretty far cry from his old KFC-touting gig.

Do we want to see Alexander in a bikini? Hell, naw. But if there's any way his new attitude can help reverse the trend of fat guys starring in sitcoms (often with svelte, gorgeous wives -- seriously, what's up with that?), then we're all for it.

Of course, it's not as though those chubsters never tried to shed the pounds ... some more enthusiastically than others. Because you know what's more hilarious than a funny fat guy? A funny fat guy as he pathetically attempts to lose weight. Here's hoping Alexander has more success than these guys did.

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Family Feud and The Simpsons on the iPhone

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 27th 2009 1:05PM
With the invention of the App Store, it should be no surprise that game versions of various television properties would appear on the iPhone and iPod Touch. I have managed to get my hands on two of them (Family Feud and The Simpsons) and offer a brief review of each.

Family Feud - This game is a wonderful recreation of the environment of the game show it's based on, right down to the camera pans. The big difference is that one has to type any of the top-however-many answers rather than speak them, so it's best if the player have excellent spelling skills. Currently the game is on sale for $2.99 in the App Store.

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Top TV Stories of 2009: TV coverage of Michael Jackson's death

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 24th 2009 3:18PM
Michael JacksonAs a fan of music from the 80's and the early 90's, I didn't believe it at first when one of my friends told me that Michael Jackson died. Since TVs were rare where I was at the time, my first instinct was to check CNN.com. As soon as I got confirmation, I found a TV and was glued to one of the news-only channels to get all the latest updates on the death of one of my music idols.

TV coverage of Michael Jackson's death was worldwide and every source of media. The news of his death, the coroner's investigation, the rumors that his death may have been faked (see the video after the jump), the news of where he would be buried, the details of the various tributes, as well as coverage of the special funeral ceremony, etc., made Michael Jackson's death one of the 2009 events that got the most air time around the world. Even as huge an MJ fan I am -- I do have about 30 of his hits on my MP3 -- I can admit that this event got too much air time.

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The Vatican loves The Simpsons

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 24th 2009 9:00AM
Who would have thought that the Pope and I could have been switched at birth, assuming I was born in some kind of time riff? It could happen.

The Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, offered its congratulations to The Simpsons for reaching its 20th anniversary in an article titled "Aristotle's Virtues and Homer's Doughnut."

Why would the Vatican heap such praise on a show that has long made religion the butt of so many jokes? (My favorite is from The Simpsons Movie when Grandpa flips out during church and Marge asks Homer to do something and all Homer can do is flip through a Bible and scream, "I would but this book doesn't have any answers!" ) The newspaper says that Homer's attitude toward religion are "a mirror of the indifference and the need that modern man feels toward faith."

So I guess this means that the Protestant Church is going to give Family Guy their annual Martin Luther Award.

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Fox Going Yellow for 'Simpsons' Anniversary

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 22nd 2009 11:45AM
Apparently, yellow is the new green.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Fox graphics will turn yellow to celebrate 'The Simpsons'' 20th anniversary, beginning the week of Jan. 3. Among the items going yellow include on-air graphics and promos, social networks -- even local news anchors' ties, according to the report.

The "yellowing" continues an aggressive marketing campaign that has already featured stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service and an online scavenger hunt.

As previously reported, a special one-hour "documentary" entitled 'The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: in 3-D! On Ice' will air on January 10, directed by 'Super Size Me' director/star Morgan Spurlock.

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Time Warner Cable may not carry Fox

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 19th 2009 12:00PM
FoxWhile watching Dollhouse last night, I couldn't help but notice a bunch of commercials slamming Time Warner Cable. It turns out they're having difficulties at the negotiating table regarding rebroadcast fees for the free-to-air network. The last time the companies involved played this tune, it ended up being a bunch of hot air.

Seriously, at this stage of the game Fox is a pretty major channel. It would be somewhat prohibitive on both sides to not carry it. They'll likely reach some agreement between $.50 per subscriber (which is what Time Warner Cable wants) and $1 per subscriber (which is what Fox wants).

If negotiations do fall though and TWC stops providing the Fox Network, it's possible that more shows would simply go on the Fox website as streaming video so that people could see them anyway. If people could pick and choose their channels as I wished for Festivus, this wouldn't be a problem.

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