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How a Classic Simpsons Episode Came to Be

Monorail show had two coups by a young Conan O'Brien

(Newser) - It's one of the classics in the long history of The Simpsons: the monorail episode. More precisely, it's "Marge vs. the Monorail," the 12th episode of season 4. "With its grand scale, silly asides, and abundance of absurdist humor, [the episode] represented a stark departure...

'Ordinary Suburban Housewife' Has an Answer for Trump Adviser

Jenna Ellis had said Kamala Harris sounds like the Simpsons star

(Newser) - Among the slurs and insults lodged at Sen. Kamala Harris since Joe Biden chose her as his running mate was one about her voice. At least, Lisa Simpson took it as an insult. Jenna Ellis, an adviser and lawyer to President Trump, said Wednesday that Harris sounds like Marge Simpson,...

The Simpsons Makes a Big Announcement

Looks like characters of color will be played by new actors

(Newser) - Producers of The Simpsons relented Friday and said they will no longer let white actors play non-white characters, the BBC reports. The move follows years of criticism over white actor Hank Azaria playing the voice of Indian-American character Apu, a role Azaria dropped in January, saying he found it "...

Homer Has Words for 2020 Grads

'Simpsons' say congrats as only they can

(Newser) - The Simpsons have joined the ranks of celebrities bestowing virtual congratulations on the Class of 2020, notes Time . Watch it yourself here . On a Zoom call from their Springfield home, Marge looks a wee bit frazzled in the kitchen, a silent Bart moons grads, and Homer is defeated by a...

Big News About the Simpsons' Apu

Hank Azaria says he's done voicing the character

(Newser) - Controversy has long been swirling around Apu, the Simpsons' Indian character, being voiced by white actor Hank Azaria. Now, Azaria tells Slashfilm he won't be voicing the character anymore. "We all made the decision together. We all agreed on it. We all feel like it’s the right...

Disney Launches Netflix Competitor

Disney Plus includes Marvel, Star Wars , Simpsons

(Newser) - Disney will sprinkle its pixie dust on the streaming arena Tuesday, as its Disney Plus service debuts with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to boot. The $7-a-month commercial-free service is poised to set the...

Simpsons Composer Sues, Says He Was Fired Over Age

Alf Clausen, 78, is suing Fox

(Newser) - Alf Clausen was fired from his role as composer for The Simpsons in 2017 after 27 years on the job , and he says he was told the show was "taking the music in a different direction." But the real reason, the 78-year-old says in a lawsuit against Fox,...

After 1 Simpsons Episode, Angry Viewers in 2 Countries

Show skewers upstate New York, and then Canada

(Newser) - The Simpsons are not big favorites in Canada at the moment, judging from the online reaction to the cartoon family's visit in their most recent episode. For that matter, the show probably hasn't won the hearts of many in upstate New York either, thanks to the same episode....

More Michael Jackson Fallout: This Time, the Simpsons

Producer cites Leaving Neverland documentary in yanking episode that featured the singer

(Newser) - Six months ago, Matt Groening proudly confirmed that Michael Jackson had voiced a character in a 1991 episode of The Simpsons. Now, after allegations of child sexual abuse in the searing documentary Leaving Neverland, it's an episode the show would like to forget about. Executive producer James L. Brooks...

We May Be Saying Goodbye to Simpsons' Apu

A producer says 3 people connected to the show told him the character will be eliminated

(Newser) - The Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who has been criticized for promoting negative stereotypes about South Asians (and is voiced by white guy Hank Azaria ), may be getting cut from the show. "I got some disheartening news back, that I’ve verified from multiple sources now: They’re going...

There's a Mistake in This Image From the Simpsons

Producer spots photo of Maggie in episode about Marge being pregnant with Maggie

(Newser) - A sharp-eyed executive producer of The Simpsons spotted a subtle mistake that seems to have gone unnoticed for more than two decades. In his tweet , Matt Selman points out that a photo of Maggie is hanging on the wall in an episode that takes place before she was born. In...

After 27 Years, Groening Confirms Simpsons Rumor

He says Michael Jackson was in 1991 episode

(Newser) - Simpsons creator Matt Groening has confirmed a fan rumor that has been circulating for 27 years: Leon Kompowsky is Michael Jackson. Groening told Australian chat show The Weekly this week that the King of Pop ended up voicing the character, a psychiatric patient convinced he is Michael Jackson, after Jackson...

Simpsons Writer: Springfield Isn't in Massachusetts

It's 'nowhere,' Mike Reiss says

(Newser) - A veteran writer for The Simpsons says the show isn't based in Massachusetts despite several references to the state. The Boston Globe reports Mike Reiss recently sat down for a segment on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss the show and his new book, Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets,...

In Apu Debate, Hank Azaria Proposes a 'New Direction'

Hank Azaria says he's 'willing to step aside'

(Newser) - Lots of people weren't quite satisfied with The Simpsons' response to a discussion of negative stereotypes of South Asians pushed by character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon—perhaps including the man who voices him. In an interview on Tuesday's Late Show , Hank Azaria told Stephen Colbert he "had nothing to...

Simpsons' Response to Apu Controversy Not Going Over Well

The show is being widely criticized for its response to documentary

(Newser) - Last November, a documentary looked at the Indian Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and the way the exaggerated mannerisms of the Springfield Kwik-E-Mart owner push negative stereotypes of South Asians. On Sunday, The Simpsons responded to The Problem With Apu —and that response is not going over well. In Sunday...

Word Invented by Simpsons Now in Dictionary

D'oh, it's 'embiggen'

(Newser) - Merriam-Webster's dictionary just got heavier, with 850 new words added to its pages for 2018. "Self-care," "life hack," "dark chocolate," and "tzatziki" finally got the nod, in addition to "glamping" (glamorous camping with plumbing), "mansplain," "hmm," "...

He Was With The Simpsons for 27 Years. Now He's Fired

Alf Clausen composed the music for more than 560 episodes

(Newser) - After an impressive 27 years and more than 560 episodes, The Simpsons has fired its longtime composer, Alf Clausen, Variety reports. Clausen says he was told by a producer the show was looking for "a different kind of music" moving forward. While Fox isn't commenting, it seems possible...

Simpsons Creator Announces His Futurama Follow-Up

Matt Groening is making a new cartoon for Netflix

(Newser) - The man behind the greatest cartoon of all time—and also The Simpsons—is back. Quartz reports Futurama creator Matt Groening will be making a new show for Netflix. Disenchantment is an "adult fantasy" about a "hard-drinking young princess," an elf, and a demon in a medieval...

Simpsons' Take on Trump's First 100 Days Isn't So Kind

Particularly to Sean Spicer

(Newser) - It opens with a scene involving Sean Spicer and a noose, and it's pretty much downhill from there. The Simpsons on Wednesday released a 96-second clip that weighs in on President Trump's first 100 days in office, with Mashable calling the show's take "scathing." The...

The Simpsons Have Officially Been on TV for 30 Years

The first short aired on April 19, 1987 on 'The Tracey Ullman Show'

(Newser) - The Simpson family first appeared on television 30 years ago today—April 19, 1987—in a short on The Tracey Ullman Show called "Good Night," EW reports. Three decades later, The Simpsons is in its 28th season, has aired more than 600 episodes, and is the longest-running scripted...

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