The Simpsons

‘The Simpsons’ will celebrate its 500th episode next series.

The animated series – which focuses on the exploits of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie – has been commissioned for a 23rd season which will start in autumn 2011.

The landmark episode will be broadcast in 2012 and the next run of episodes will extend ‘The Simpsons’ record as the longest running American primetime entertainment series.

Executive producer Al Jean: “That you get to keep doing it is the greatest thing. That we got to do 50 of these, much less 500, is a thrill.”

Jean insists one of the biggest challenges facing the team now is trying to keep the storylines fresh and original after 500 shows.

He added: “Part of my job is being the grumpy guy who says, ‘No, we did that, we did that.’ Once you hit on something you haven’t done, we’ve got these great characters and voices and this terrific production that turns it into something really special.”

‘The Simpsons’ is one of the best-loved TV shows in the world and has featured numerous celebrity cameo appearances over the years, creating animated versions of Sir Paul McCartney, Sting and Simon Cowell. 

Source: Bang!

Clarkson offends on Top Gear

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BBC comedy Rev closes to 1.7m

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Conchords to share Simpsons ep with Glee

The Flight of the Conchords will have to share their Simpsons episode with Glee stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn) and Amber Riley (Mercedes) with news the actors will be appearing on the cartoon.

MasterChef heading to six more countries

The MasterChef franchise has expanded to a further six countries, proving the popularity of the original British series. The show will now be developed in Belgium, India, Iceland, Ukraine, The Netherlands and France, with versions already proving popular in the likes of Australia, New Zealand and America.

Ricky Gervais releases Simpsons cameo details

Ricky Gervais has released details of his upcoming cameo on The Simpsons. The comedian says he only has a small part on the episode, but says he managed to adlib a fair amount of his part as well as insult several people at the same time. The episode is believed to be airing in the US in February next year.

Comedian Ricky Gervais will return to Springfield for his second appearance on The Simpsons later this year.

The Office and Extras star will join actress Halle Berry on the cartoon in an episode in which Homer and Bart attend the Academy Awards.

The pair will bump into Gervais while out and about in Los Angeles.

The comedian first appeared on the show back in 2006 where he co-wrote an episode called Homer Simpson, This is Your Life in which he lent his voice to a character.

Gervais is one of many stars set to appear this year on the show, with others including Daniel Radcliffe, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, kiwi Flight of the Conchords duo Bret and Jermaine and Hugh Laurie.

Source: TV Squad


Celebrity MasterChef premiere draws 4.6m

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ITV doco for X Factor runner-up

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Facebook creator goes yellow

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg will feature as himself on an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. The American will appear on the cartoon in an episode where he meets Lisa at an entrepreneurs’ convention and advisers her on how to run a bike company.

South Park critic arrested

The Islamic man who threatened the creators of South Park after they aired the controversial Mohammad bear episode, has been arrested. Zachary Chesser, who posted the death threat on radical Islamic website Revolution Muslim, was detained for providing material support for a Somali terrorist group with Al-Qaeda links.

Top Gear screening later

The August 1 episode of Top Gear will screen at the later time of 9.30pm due to the extended athletics coverage on BBC Two. The motoring show will take a backseat to the network’s coverage of the European Athletics Championships. 

Homer Simpson has been crowned the greatest character created for film and television in the past 20 years.

The cartoon character has edged Harry Potter to win the title in a survey in industry magazine Entertainment Weekly.

Following the pair were Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Heath Ledger’s Joker from the Batman film, Tony Soprano and Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel from Friends.

The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening said the character of Homer was easily relatable to its viewers.

“People can relate to Homer because we’re all secretly propelled by desires we can’t admit to,” he said.

“Homer is launching himself head-first into every single impulsive thought that occurs to him.

“His love of whatever has caught his eye is a joy to witness.”

Other characters to place in the EW poll were The X Files Moulder and Scully, South Park’s Cartman, The Office’s David Brent and Mike Myers Austin Powers.

Source: Herald Sun


Check out what they did with the opening titles of the latest Simpson’s episode

Thursday, September 17 on 4

Series 16 of The Simpsons comes to Channel 4. Bart adopts a 1970s “Playdude” lifestyle when he finds Homer’s old girlie mags. Meanwhile, Lisa catches Marge cheating in the Ovenfresh Bakeoff.

The Simpsons are pretty famous. So it makes sense that someone (Universal Studios) has put two and two together and has decided to take the show to a new level. Yes, we all know the series, and yes we are all holding our breath in wait of the movie, but now there is something else that is likely to take our breath away. The Simpsons, as of next year, will have their very own adventure-filled, fast-paced, screaming theme ride…

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