Day: April 15, 2013

“The Simpsons” writers and Conan O’Brien reminisce in 2013

Has it really been 25 years since The Simpsons rejuvenated the idea of animated TV in primetime? Well, yes and no. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson first emerged as shorts on the fledgling FOX network during The Tracey Ullman Show in April 1987 — 26 years years ago. But only in December 1989 did the shorts break out and earn their own half-hour. The Simpsons was an immediate hit both on TV and in pop culture, with Bart Simpson T-shirts and merchandise flying off store shelves. All of these years later, The Simpsons continues to entertain the...

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Mike Judge brings Hank and “King of the Hill” for a “Family Guy” crossover

Holy animation domination crossovers! In another blink-and-you-missed-it, and yet slightly longer than that, moments on Family Guy, the animation legend behind Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill¬†brought a little bit of the latter to FOX’s current hit series. Mike Judge voiced King of the Hill‘s Hank in a dream sequence within a dream sequence within an opening montage that led into Family Guy borrowing the pose and theme song for King of the Hill. Got that straight? Here it is straight from the source. “I was on Family Guy last night. Voice, drawing and all.” — @MikeJudge...

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Push and Believe! Comedy Central greenlights first-ever “dramatic comedy” series, “Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!”

Comedy Central has swooped in and grabbed another comedy series from the development plans of another cable network, ordering 12 episodes of Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!¬†and unveiling a separate 17-episode webseries, “Push and Believe.” Enjoy It! originally ran for six 15-minute episodes online for HBO last year. Calling it Comedy Central’s “first-ever dramatic comedy series,” the cable net will expand those existing episodes into half-hours plus offer six new half-hour episodes, to air this summer. That’s not so coincidentally when Brody’s own stand-up special for The Half Hour debuts. As a season finale or coda, perhaps? Director Dean Fleischer-Camp...

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SNL #38.18 RECAP: Host Vince Vaughn, musical guest Miguel

Is Vince Vaughn still money to you? How you answer that question will sway how you felt about this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, which featured Vaughn as host for his first time back to the studio since Swingers was his main credit. If, for you, Swingers remains his biggest credit, then please see the above paragraph. Alrighty then. Let’s begin. We open cold with President Obama (Jay Pharoah) holding a press conference with the two U.S. Senators whose names you need not remember just yet (played by Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis) who have crafted a “compromise”...

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