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Title: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Scott on October 30, 2003, 09:52 AM
How bizarre would that be...only in America

Fox nearly sued itself over 'Simpsons' parody: Matt Groening (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20031029/od_afp/lifestyle_us_television_031029172820)
Title: Re: Fox Suing The Simpsons???
Post by: Mikey D on October 30, 2003, 09:58 AM
I particulary like the following:

"Now Fox has a new rule that we can't do those little fake news crawls on the bottom of the screen in a cartoon because it might confuse the viewers into thinking it's real news," he said.

How stupid are the viewers who think anything on The Simpsons is real?
Title: Re: Fox Suing The Simpsons???
Post by: Scott on October 30, 2003, 09:59 AM
Hey, let's use Ruppert Murdoch's money to sue his most successful show!  
Title: Re: Fox Suing The Simpsons???
Post by: DSJ™ on October 30, 2003, 10:42 AM
This just in D'oh!  ;D
Title: Re: Fox Suing The Simpsons???
Post by: MisterPL on October 30, 2003, 11:02 AM
Parody and satire MUST be stopped.

(And sarcasm, too.)
Title: Re: Fox Suing The Simpsons???
Post by: Jesse James on October 30, 2003, 12:14 PM
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"Now Fox has a new rule that we can't do those little fake news crawls on the bottom of the screen in a cartoon because it might confuse the viewers into thinking it's real news," he said.

This sets up a good joke about Fox News, but I'll simply refrain.  :)  I just wondered if anyone else saw this wonderful opportunity presented?
Title: Re: Fox Suing The Simpsons???
Post by: Angry Ewok on October 30, 2003, 03:33 PM
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"Now Fox has a new rule that we can't do those little fake news crawls on the bottom of the screen in a cartoon because it might confuse the viewers into thinking it's real news," he said.

This sets up a good joke about Fox News, but I'll simply refrain.  :)  I just wondered if anyone else saw this wonderful opportunity presented?
Non-verbal gesture here...  ;)

If a cartoon new-crawl could be confusing to viewers... Fox better stop airing half of the movies in their line up...
Title: Re: Fox Suing The Simpsons???
Post by: Angry Ewok on October 30, 2003, 03:35 PM
IE. these stand out on Fox's schedule :

 THE ANIMAL  Friday, November 14 at 8PM7C  
   When a man is critically injured in a car accident, a deranged scientist secretly uses animal organs to rebuild him. Everything is going great until his animal instincts start taking over his body.

 DIE HARD  Sunday, December 28 at 7:30PM/6:30C  
   John McClane (Bruce Willis) a New York City policeman is visiting his estranged wife for the holidays when the party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for is taken over by terrorists and everyone in it. He soon realizes that there's no one to save the hostages -- but him.
Title: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: FX-7 on January 5, 2004, 02:33 PM
3 cheers for the show that is STILL the best show on the boob tube!

I laugh at least 3 times an episode which is better than most shows out there right now
Title: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: Lady Jaye on February 6, 2005, 11:01 PM
Jeff Albertson. Who would have thought the Simpsons would ever reveal a name in this lackluster fashion??? So far the rest of the episode aint that great either.
Title: Re: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: Diddly on February 7, 2005, 12:10 AM
How much do you want to bet that the writers never mention his name again?

That whole episode stunk (Remember when celebrity guests actually MEANT something and helped the show?), and American Dad wasn't that great either.
Title: Re: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: Lady Jaye on February 7, 2005, 12:34 AM
How much do you want to bet that the writers never mention his name again?

That whole episode stunk (Remember when celebrity guests actually MEANT something and helped the show?), and American Dad wasn't that great either.

Yea I do. What I want to know is why after all these years they gave him a name?? I mean what in the hell was it going to do for the show in general??? He will always be known as Comic Book Guy, not Jeff Albertson. ::)

Oh and the whole episode sucked. I mean the part with the Flanders making a movie like Passion of the Christ wasfunny, but the whole Homer bit totally sucked. And I agree with the part of the stars. Just having a bunch of random sports stars with no real meaning is stupid, espcially when you have to really try to come up with something funny for them to do. Whatever happened to the great episodes like Burn's Softball team, now that was a great episode!! :-[ They really just need to cancel that show. Put it out of it's misery.
Title: Re: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: BillCable on February 7, 2005, 12:58 AM
Man... a little harsh there, don't you think?  Cancel the show??

I thought the CBG thing was hilarious.  I mean, they did choose their biggest venue possible to reveal it.  And it was like... "How are they going to weasel out of giving his name this time... ACK!!!!" It was funny because it shattered TV convention... like if they'd just have Vera walk into the bar on Cheers one random episode.

 The sports thing wasn't realized as well as it could have been, but I got some decent chuckles out of it.  And I laughed out loud at least 3 or 4 times.  Not the best episode, but certainly no stinker.  So far I've enjoyed this year's season much better than the two before it.  I think they're on a roll.

American Dad was pretty lame.  I mean, it was like "Let's do Family Guy, but instead of a talking dog we'll have a talking fish AND a talking alien."  It felt forced.  There were a couple laughs, but not enough for 30 minutes.
Title: Re: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: CorranHorn on February 7, 2005, 01:11 AM
I agree with Bill, I thought the new Simpson episode was an ok episode, nothing great but certainly not horrible. The Homer-related sports antics did seem a bit dull after a while, but I found the Flanders' movies to be hilarious despite all the previews I read sayng that storyline had nothing to add to the episode.

As for American Dad, I felt it was really bad. It was like taking Family Guy and doing Family Guy again, but with lameass jokes. I actually stopped watching it after the first commercial, better things to watch, like Stargate.
Title: Re: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: Mikey D on February 7, 2005, 08:03 AM
Cancel the Simpsons??? Not going to happen.  A bad Simpsons episode is still better than half the drek on TV.  It'll be off the air when Groening decides he doesn't want to do it anymore.

As for the episode, I didn't watch it.  Watched the post game shows and then passed out.
Title: Re: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: John C on February 7, 2005, 08:54 AM
I think it's been a long time since there has been a really good Simpsons episode.  It may be time for them to find some new writers.  Or maybe there aren't any more situations to put the family into.  It's hard to say.  Last night's show was not horrible.  It had it's moments.  The CBG thing could have been funnier.  I liked the Mario/Homer Kong thing.  The Pac Man wedding was kind of funny, too.  But overall, the show is not what it used to be.  Family Guy is way better.  American Guy needs work.
Title: Re: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: Brian on February 7, 2005, 09:19 AM
I thought that was a surprise as well, hearing CBG's name like that.  I didn't think the episode was horrible, and still laughed here and there, but it was just built up to be bigger than it was I think.  I agree, the Simpsons aren't going anywhere, and I'm glad for that.  I still enjoy watching it, even if many feel it isn't as consistently funny as it used to be.  I wasn't overly impressed with American Dad either.  I thought it was fairly funny at parts, but like others have said, it seemed too much like Family Guy....only not as good.  Can't wait for the new episodes of that to start in May though, should have never left the air honestly.  I thought it was hilarious the first time it was on Fox, but they were so inconsistent with its' airtimes it was tough to find it.
Title: Re: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: DSJ™ on February 7, 2005, 09:42 AM
(http://www.telusplanet.net/public/djustus/Comic%20Book%20Guy%20Jeff%20Albertson.jpg)
Title: Re: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: The Collector on February 8, 2005, 01:59 AM
****...... I might just change my username after this crappy episode.
Title: Re: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: SPIDERLEGS on February 8, 2005, 03:20 PM
I fell asleep during it. Missed the name revelation. Sounds like I didn't miss much.
Title: Re: Comic Book Guy's name is....
Post by: Lady Jaye on February 8, 2005, 07:33 PM
(http://www.telusplanet.net/public/djustus/Comic%20Book%20Guy%20Jeff%20Albertson.jpg)

LOL!!! That was funny.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: BillCable on March 1, 2009, 09:58 PM
It was a glorious evening indeed... they broadcast the first ever High Definition episode of The Simpsons!  And to pull it off, they changed the opening sequence!  They redid the entire thing... updated it significantly... added a bunch more gags.  It was the first time they've changed anything besides the chalkboard and couch in 19 years, if I'm not mistaken.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Diddly on March 2, 2009, 01:13 AM
I honestly can't remember the last time I watched a new episode of the Simpsons. Every time I remember it's on it ends up being another "Marge and Homer separate" episode. Everything from 2003-present is just a big blur. I'm much happier watching my DVD sets (especially anything in Seasons 4-9).

I'll have to check out this new intro on YouTube however. I wonder if there will be a lot of backlash ala the Homer head DVD set - Simpsons fans don't really care for change. :P
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: BillCable on March 2, 2009, 07:54 AM
It was strange to see something new.  Everything was just a little more dynamic and fluid.  It was all essentially the same scenes, just modified.  Like Bart rode on his skateboard past the octuplets instead of Bleeding Gums.

Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZGz1Ajg7QU

Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: GrandMoffNick on March 2, 2009, 08:45 AM
They actually changed the opening two weeks ago when there was a new episode. I am so glad the show got picked up for 2 more years. It has been a long time since it has been as good as it used to be but it still is a great show.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: BillCable on March 2, 2009, 10:51 AM
My DVR didn't tape it two weeks ago... must have been preempted by something.  I'm glad I was there last night to watch it... stupid NASCAR race ran 30 minutes long.  Anybody on the East Coast who recorded it missed it.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: DSJ™ on April 10, 2009, 03:31 AM
'Simpsons' stamps to hit post offices (d'oh!) (http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/09/simpsons.stamps/index.html)

(http://shop.usps.com/wcsstore/PostalStore/upload/images/679040_600x600.jpg)

(http://shop.usps.com/wcsstore/PostalStore/upload/images/841965_600x600.jpg)
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: BillCable on February 16, 2012, 07:55 AM
This Sunday Fox will air the 500th episode of The Simpsons.  I'm gonna actually sit down and watch the thing live instead of DVR.  It's an occasion worth celebrating!   ;D

Interesting article about it:

‘The Simpsons’ Showrunner Al Jean Talks About The Bumpy Road To Episode No. 500 (http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/the-simpsons-showrunner-al-jean-talks-about-the-bumpy-road-to-episode-no-500/#more-231564)

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Regarding how long The Simpsons can conceivably continue, Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said during TCA in January that the show has “3 1/2 more seasons in the can.” Jean noted today that everyone is signed for 559 episodes in the latest deal.

I still love the show.  There have been some good ones this season.  The episode where Homer became Glenn Beck was particularly inspired.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: iFett on February 16, 2012, 09:40 AM
I haven't watched this show in years, but I still pick up the box sets for some reason.  Maybe I'll make an event out of it and catch the 500th episode.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Jeff on August 27, 2014, 11:40 PM
#everysimpsonsever marathon on FXX has reminded me how awesome the first 8 or 9 seasons of the Simpsons were... and how it was pretty much downhill from there.   :-\
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: McMetal on August 28, 2014, 08:27 AM
#everysimpsonsever marathon on FXX has reminded me how awesome the first 8 or 9 seasons of the Simpsons were... and how it was pretty much downhill from there.   :-\

I thought exactly the same thing.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Diddly on September 1, 2014, 05:44 AM
Yep. I was watching the Marathon for the first weekend and then gave up after around Season 12. The stuff from 2001 onward is bad, bad, bad, though to be fair I don't think I've seen anything after 2007.

There's just something slightly comforting about knowing the Simpsons is on TV though. My local stations dropped it years ago in favor of Big Bang Theory, which is a rant in itself.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: BillCable on September 1, 2014, 08:30 AM
The past few seasons have been much better, IMO.  There was a brilliant anime-themed episode this last season with a ridiculous number of references.  There are still good and bad episodes, but there have been a lot of good.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: GrandMoffNick on September 1, 2014, 09:03 AM
I think Bill nailed it. And overall it's still entertaining so I say keep making them.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Scott on September 1, 2014, 11:50 PM
I think the real problem is they have done everything already...everything

How stupider can you make Homer, how many environmental issues can Lisa do, how long can Maggie not talk

The first 8-9 years is amazing to have both lived through and relive again with my
boys.  That said they think the recent ones are funny too (Prequels are for kids for $200 Alex)
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: McMetal on September 2, 2014, 08:52 AM
It's a number of different things IMO, viewer fatigue is certainly a factor, but the writing has definitely changed over the years. (Which makes sense as guys come and go, like Conan O'Brien) The early episodes have more of an edge, more biting satire. The newer stuff is shmaltzy by comparison.

The main problem now IMHO is the proliferation of "celebrity" guests. They rarely leaned on that schtick back in the day, but now it has become a staple of almost every episode. Enough already!
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Master_Phruby on September 2, 2014, 08:55 PM
That show goes for 25 years and gets major its own land at Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood. While Disney still can't figure out what to do with Star Wars beyond a Star Tours refresh and a new kids tv show.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Diddly on September 29, 2014, 04:18 AM
Did anyone else catch the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover? Not as bad as I had imagined it would be, but also something I hope never, ever happens again.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: RyanMan12 on September 29, 2014, 09:14 AM
Did anyone else catch the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover? Not as bad as I had imagined it would be, but also something I hope never, ever happens again.

I saw  it. I felt  that family  guy  carried  the Simpsons
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: McMetal on September 29, 2014, 09:40 AM
I liked it. Not a lot for Maggie or Chris to do, but it was pretty funny. Esp the Bob's Burger's slam.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: iFett on September 29, 2014, 06:18 PM
I saw  it. I felt  that family  guy  carried  the Simpsons

I haven't seen it yet but I believe it was a Family Guy episode so that kinda makes sense.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: GrandMoffNick on September 29, 2014, 09:10 PM
I saw  it. I felt  that family  guy  carried  the Simpsons

I haven't seen it yet but I believe it was a Family Guy episode so that kinda makes sense.

I was thinking the same thing (though really Family Guy couldn't carry Homer's jock strap).
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Matt on April 13, 2015, 11:27 AM
AVClub.com: The Simpsons will no longer be released on DVD (http://www.avclub.com/article/simpsons-will-no-longer-be-released-dvd-217796)

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...Simpsons showrunner Al Jean has revealed that Fox will no longer be releasing its seasons on DVD—and presumably, any other physical media. It’s the end of an era, and given the durability of the series, probably the right decision to save Mother Earth.

Jean let the news slip on Twitter, in a series of conversations with fans who wanted to know when Fox—after skipping from season 17 to 20—would be putting out seasons 18 and 19, or any of the other seasons the show has had since then and possibly since the beginning of this sentence. The answer is never, thanks to what Jean blames on a dying market for DVDs—even among diehard Simpsons fans who almost singlehandedly have been keeping it alive through their demand for commentaries, deleted scenes, and the like.

Man oh man am I glad I stopped buying the DVDs early on. Not having Seasons 18 or 19 would drive my OCD through the ******* roof.

This kinda sucks, though. Those first few DVD releases were a huge deal at the time.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: McMetal on April 13, 2015, 12:48 PM
Wow...I stopped buying right around Season 13, when they started putting them out on Blu Ray and I couldn't reconcile switching from the "plastic head shaped" DVD releases they had been doing for years.

I'm sure they will do a "complete series" one day when it finally (mercifully) lays down and dies. But yeah, it's a real kick in the nuts to be missing those last few.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: iFett on April 13, 2015, 06:27 PM
I stopped buying these a few years ago.  Most are still wrapped in plastic.  Nice waste of money.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Diddly on April 14, 2015, 01:10 AM
The first few seasons have been out of print for years now anyway... sad move, but I stopped buying the DVDs after season 12-ish. I couldn't tell you anything about the newer seasons, so I won't lose any sleep over this move.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Master_Phruby on April 14, 2015, 09:43 AM
It's not like that show changes and evolves. The characters don't get older and Maggie is still a baby. At least one of these 40-50 year old soap operas get new main characters but this show never does that.  I haven't actually sought out watching that show in about twenty years. It's like SNL, it just won't die. It's like the network is contractually obligated to continue making it forever.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Diddly on September 9, 2016, 10:04 AM
Frank Grimes Returning for The Simpsons' 600th Episode (http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/08/simpsons-frank-grimes-600th-episode-treehouse-horror-homer)
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: McMetal on September 9, 2016, 02:48 PM
"I don't think they're paying us to sleep"

"Yeah...they're always trying to screw ya"

 :D
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Scockery on September 9, 2016, 04:11 PM
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A couple of caveats: His guest spot is only a cameo, and it comes in the form of an apparition (see image above), as Sideshow Bob and the ghost of Grimey join forces with two other characters over a shared hatred. “They’re forming a sinister squadron of Simpsons enemies to try to kill the Simpsons,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW. “If that doesn’t make people tune in, I don’t know what else we can say.”

How about what you can DO. Make good episodes. You can bring back characters for more than a pre-credits cameo.

I'd be more impressed if Homer's brother Herb came back.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: Scockery on September 25, 2016, 11:48 PM
Season premiere. Springfield gets trashed, only to get restored and that was just the lead in to another plot to make Mr. Burns pathetic. Shouldn't Lard Lad's corporation have paid for it anyway?

Show after it. Son of Zorn, the latest in a long, long list of doomed post-Simpsons timeslot shows. They might as well air static.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: McMetal on September 26, 2016, 09:03 AM
I didn't have anything else to do and still had no interest in watching. And I've seen every episode. Show fatigue.
Title: Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
Post by: BillCable on September 26, 2016, 01:13 PM
I just read it was the most-viewed show Sunday night, excepting football.  Not too shabby after 28 years.