Okay SIMPSONS fans, set your DVR for hyper-drive because, starting at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, FXX will be running every single episode of THE SIMPSONS ever aired. Slated to end at midnight on 9/1, THE SIMPSONS marathon will give fans a chance to bask in the nostalgia of fave episodes while, at the same time, introducing ancient eps to a whole new generation.
Originally conceived as an interstitial bumper for THE TRACEY ULLMAN SHOW, artist MATT GROENING’S characters caught on and THE SIMPSONS debuted on Fox in 1989 and has aired upwards of 600 episodes.
Widely considered one of the best television shows ever produced, the series has undergone an interesting evolution that will be evident to die-hard fans ‘binge watching’ this unprecedented event.
At a recent Television Critics Association press conference to promote the marathon, Executive Producer AL JEAN admitted that the writing has always been on track but the animation has been the most evolved. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE SIMPSONS marathon runs from 10:00 a.m. 8/21 – midnight 9/1 on FXX
Hank Azaria is probably one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. Many people may not recognize his face, but know his voice. For the past 24 seasons, he has voiced more than 30 characters on the FOX iconic hit series The Simpsons. Some of the many voices that he does include bartender Moe Szyslak and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. Azaria, who just wrapped up work on The Smurfs 2 (reprising the role of Gargamel), told us that he is still amazed that he has a job on the series and is amazed at how long the show has lasted on FOX.
The Fall TV season is upon us, and FOX continues to give viewers highly entertaining and dependable programming, thanks to the return of Bones and the intricately plotted Fringe. The Office’s Mindy Kaling is front and center with her new sitcom The Mindy Project and one of Alfred Hitchcock’s leading ladies (Tippi Hedren) pops up on Raising Hope(along with daughter Melanie Griffith). It should be another solid year for the network, even though Houseis history. Here’s a look at some of the shows you can look forward to:
Bones (September 17th, 8/7 central) – It’s hard to find a twosome who have better chemistry on television than Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, and their back and forth banter is what makes Bones an engaging show as it enters its eighth season. This season may be a bit darker, as Bones (Deschanel) is the prime suspect in a murder investigation.
David Boreanaz, who plays FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, says it’s been a pleasure to work with Emily Deschanel. (Click on the media bar below to hear David Boreanaz).
The Mob Doctor (September 17th, 9/8 central) – Any show which has the potential to mix the Goodfellas and Grey’s Anatomy is worth of a look, but who knows if that’s the intent behind The Mob Doctor, a Chicago set drama centering on a doctor (Jordana Spiro) torn between two worlds. Spiro gives us the details on her character Grace Devlin. (Click on the media bar below to hear Spiro).
Ben and Kate (September 25th, 8:30/7:30 central) – Although Nat Faxon worked on FOX’s short-lived animated series Allen Gregoryand received an Oscar nomination as a co-writer on The Descendants, his visibility will dramatically increase this year as a cast member on Ben and Kate. The show focuses on the loving yet eccentric bond between siblings (Dakota Johnson, Nat Faxon). Co-star Dakota Johnson, whose father is Miami Vice star Don Johnson, talks about the premise of the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dakota Johnson).
The Mindy Project (September 25th, 9:30/8:30 central) – Mindy Kaling is hilarious in The Office, but can she carry her own sitcom? Created and co-written by Kaling, the sitcom is hoping to reach similar heights to last year’s New Girl, the FOX sitcom that turned Zooey Deschanel into a TV darling.
The Mindy Project, although filled with snarky and off the cuff humor, originated from an extremely personal place, as the program is inspired by Kaling’s late mother. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mindy Kaling)
Fringe (September 28th, 9/8 central) – One of television’s most complex shows comes to a close, as Fringe ends its run after five seasons. The brainchild of J.J. Abrams and screenwriters/TV producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the show has built a steady and devoted fan base over the years.
As for the new season – it is now 2036 as the Fringe team (Jasika Nicole, Joshua Jackson, Georgina Haig) are searching for Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv). Series regular Joshua Jackson, who plays Peter Bishop on the show, is highly content with the program’s finale. (Click on the media bar below to hear Joshua Jackson)
The Simpsons (September 30th, 8/7 central) – Television’s most beloved family continue their Springfield adventures at the end of this month, and the most refreshing aspect of the iconic show lies in its continued excellence. Dan Castellaneta, who has carved out a solid career as the voice of Homer Simpson, is extremely proud of The Simpsons’ success. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dan Castellaneta)
Family Guy (September 30th, 9/8 central) – Seth McFarlane had a memorable summer thanks to the monumental success of Ted, and now he’s back to oversee and voice Family Guy. Although the program’s acerbic humor is inspired by McFarlane’s own comedic sensibilities, he credits his writing staff for keeping Family Guy a first rate show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Seth McFarlane)
Raising Hope (October 2nd, 8/7 central) – Raising Hope is back for its third season, and the show will feature guest starring roles for actress Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and daughter Melanie Griffith (Working Girl). The Raising Hope cast features talented veteran actress Martha Plimpton, who also starred in the films The Mosquito Coast and Running on Empty. Plimpton credits Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia for the show’s off the wall and engaging humor. (Click on the media bar below to hear Martha Plimpton)
In September, the FOX animated series The Simpsonsenters its 24th season. It’s been a long road since the program started as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman show back in 1987. Since then the program has made television history, as it is the longest running American primetime (scripted) series.
Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, talked to us about auditioning for the series, which she described as “no big deal.” (Click on the media bar below to hear Nancy Cartwright)
Commemorating its 500th episode Sunday night on Fox-TV, THE SIMPSONS will air an all-new installment dealing with the expulsion of the eponymous family from their hometown of Springfield. Created by the (formerly) underground cartoonist MATT GROENING as a satirical parody of middle class American life, the characters have been a television staple since first originated in 1989 as interstitial bumpers for THE TRACY ULLMAN SHOW.
One of the greatest success stories in TV history, the series has made superstars of its voice-over principals DAN CASTELLANETA, JULIE KAVNER, NANCY CARTWRIGHT, YEARDLEY SMITH, HANK AZARIA and HARRY SHEARER. As iconic bad-boy Bart Simpson, CARTWRIGHT has one of the most recognizable voices in the world. But, she recently confessed that the role wasn’t the one she originally tried out for and she actually wasn’t too excited about getting the job. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)