‘Family Guy’-'The Simpsons’ Crossover Episode Set For 2014

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 3:24pm PDT

Call it Animation Domination Integration. Fox said today that a fall 2014 episode of Family Guy will feature those venerable Springfieldians visiting the Griffin family. In the episode, … Read More »

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‘The Simpsons’ Car Jumps From Screen To Racetrack — But Can It Do Donuts?

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 7:45pm PDT

OK, Simpsons fans, remember that one where Homer finds out he has a half-brother? Said relative Herb (unmistakably voiced by Danny DeVito) runs a car company in Detroit and asks Homer to design a vehicle for the … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Billboard Awards Surge From 2012, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Finale Falls, ‘Simpsons’ Finale Flat

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 9:19am PDT

Just like last year, the last Sunday of the broadcast season saw a schedule full of specials and finales. Unlike 2012, the specials and the finales split the difference for the top spots. With wins by Taylor Swift and Madonna, boos from the audience directed at Justin Bieber and a closing performance from Prince, the 2013 Billboard Awards (3.6/10) was up big from last year.  On ABC for the third year in a row, the live three-hour Tracy Morgan-hosted ceremony surged up from its 2012 broadcast. The highest-rated show of the night. The Billboard Awards was up 33% among adults 18-49 and up 28% in total viewers to 9.47 million watching. ABC aired the season finale of America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.8/6) before the Billboard Awards. The most watched show of the night with 9.84 million viewers, the original found footage show was up 29% from its May 12 show and up 20% from last year’s finale on May 20, 2012. With 8.863 million watching, ABC won the night among viewers and adults 18-49.
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Seth MacFarlane Makes ‘Simpsons’ Debut On Season Finale

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 10:13am PDT

Seth MacFarlane on Simpsons FinaleHe produces and voices a good chunk of Fox’s Sunday animation block but Seth MacFarlane has never been on The Simpsons until now. The multitasking MacFarlane will make his debut on TV … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Rises, CBS Wins Night With Masters Coverage, ‘Cleveland Show’ & ‘Simpsons’ Down

By | Monday April 15, 2013 @ 9:16am PDT

There was a healthy dose of reality, lots of repeats and some golf on Sunday’s primetime.  With the final round of the 2013 Masters tournament running 56 minutes into CBS’ primetime in the East Coast and Central time … Read More »

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TV Teaser: ‘The Simpsons’ Get Off The Couch To Channel ‘Breaking Bad’

By | Thursday April 11, 2013 @ 4:21pm PDT

The Simpsons‘ famed couch bit in the Fox series’ opening credits will be replaced this Sunday with a Breaking Bad-inspired version ahead of the AMC series’ final episodes airing this summer. It’s a nice tip of the hat from one team to the other, but it begs the … Read More »

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R.I.P. Don Payne

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 8:20am PDT

Don Payne, whose screenwriting credits include 2011′s Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer and My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and who was an award-winning writer/producer on The Simpsons, … Read More »

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Fox Sets ‘Glee’, ‘Mindy Project’, New Girl’ And Animation Return Dates

By | Thursday December 13, 2012 @ 3:17pm PST

Glee will be back on January 24, 2013, Fox announced today. The musical comedy-drama’s return for more of its fourth season was just one of many Fox series the network set Winter 2013 premiere dates for. The SimpsonsRead More »

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Seth MacFarlane A Guest Of ‘The Simpsons’

By | Friday November 30, 2012 @ 7:51pm PST

Seth MacFarlane can add another credit to his resume. He’s set to guest star in the season premiere of The Simpsons that will air on Fox in fall 2013. MacFarlane will voice the character of a married man who pursues Marge … Read More »

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Matt Groening To Get Lifetime Nod From WGA West Animation Caucus

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 10:29am PST

The Simpsons creator will receive the WGA West Animation Writers Caucus’ annual Animation Writing Award at the group’s annual meeting tomorrow in Los Angeles. His Futurama co-developer David X. Cohen will present the award to Groening, with … Read More »

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Even ‘The Simpsons’ Takes Shot At Karl Rove: Photo

By | Monday November 12, 2012 @ 8:27am PST

Karl Rove‘s live, on-air reluctance to accept his own Fox News’ call of Ohio and thus the presidential race for Barack Obama has been fodder for many since Election Night, with everyone from Jon Stewart to Brian Williams and David Letterman taking their pokes at … Read More »

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Mr. Burns Endorses Mitt Romney: Video

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 7:59pm PDT

Fox and The Simpsons has posted Montgomery Burns’ endorsement of Republican Presidential nominee Mitt (or “Meat” as Burns calls him) Romney.

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‘Simpson’ Fans Invited To Weigh In: Create A “Couch Gag”

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 11:40am PDT

In the words of Homer Simpson, “We are looking for a brilliant, original way to get my butt on a davenport.” Now The Simpsons fans can contribute their own ideas for the iconic “couch gag” that appears … Read More »

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COMIC-CON TV PREVIEW: What To Watch For – July 14-15

If the first three days of Comic-Con look to be a whirlwind of previews and panels, the last two days don’t slow down at all. There’s more exclusive sneak peeks, blood-sucking star-crossed lovers, the new show from JJ Abrams and Jon Favreau, Showtime’s family of drunks, a double shot of Seth MacFarlane, a high school singing club, outlaw bikers, Bart Simpson, a Time Lord and Kevin Smith. Like the first few days, some stuff will likely change and unexpected stuff will emerge, but Deadline has the breaking small-screen news covered. Here’s what to look out for at the convention on Saturday and Sunday.

Related: COMIC-CON TV PREVIEW: What To Watch For — July 11-13

Saturday, July 14
11-11:45 AM — Once Upon A Time
Reality and myth mix on the ABC series, so let’s see if they do at Comic-Con. Executive producers and co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are joined by the breakout drama’s cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Emilie de Ravin Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Meghan Ory and Josh Dallas to discuss their upcoming second season. Ballroom 20 Read More »

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UPDATE: Animation Producers Want Emmy “Equal Treatment,” TV Academy Responds

UPDATE, 5:48 PM: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences issued a statement in responsed to today’s letter from The Simpsons’ Al Jean, Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane and 50 other animation producers and writers over Community’s eligibility in Emmy animation categories.

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‘The Simpsons’ Pokes At Fox News On Fox’s 25th Anniversary Night

By | Monday April 23, 2012 @ 1:49pm PDT

The Simpsons Fox NewsThe Simpsons stayed right in character with its 25th anniversary salute to its network, Fox, on Sunday night, using the occasion to take a shot at Fox’s sister network Fox News Channel. The show pokes fun at … Read More »

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‘The Simpsons’ Live In Oregon, Matt Groening Tells Smithsonian Magazine

By | Tuesday April 10, 2012 @ 4:55pm PDT

The Simpsons has aired more than 500 episodes and been the subject of numerous analytic and academic examinations, so it seems there can be little mystery remaining regarding the family at the center of Fox’s animated series … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Amazing Race’ Up In Return, ‘Apprentice’ Down, ‘Simpsons’ 500

By | Monday February 20, 2012 @ 9:41am PST
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The broadcast networks packed a rate typical Sunday night with season premieres and special episodes. CBS (2.2/6 in adults 18-49, 10.5 million viewers, won the night sandwiched between the Grammys and the Oscars, which featured the season openers of CBS’ … Read More »

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‘The Simpsons’ Showrunner Al Jean Talks About The Bumpy Road To Episode No. 500

By | Wednesday February 15, 2012 @ 4:30pm PST

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

The salary showdown with voice actors last October on The Simpsons was “less of a close call than people thought” as a threat to the Fox show’s future, according to exec producer and showrunner Al Jean. Speaking to reporters on a conference call promoting the series’ landmark 500th episode that airs this Sunday night, Jean said the tense contract renegotiations were “really all about the network insisting that the cost of the show had become prohibitive. Basically, they said that as long as we could get down to a certain number, they’d like to see the show go as long as it can. And we did. The cast [salaries] were part of that budget. But we never really got close to that point” of seriously considering pulling the plug. Unlike the way it was characterized in the press, Jean said “this was never a holdout or a walkout, merely a renegotiation. It’s just the way business works.” Had any members of the cast actually followed through and left the series, Jean stressed that no other actors would have been recruited to replace them. “We would simply have stopped the show,” he said. “We wouldn’t want to do the show without the people we have now.” Read More »

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