THE SIMPSONS Renewed for Seasons 29 and 30


Fox is not giving up on The Simpsons family anytime soon. Today the network announced that THE SIMPSONS has been renewed for seasons 29 and 30.

The renewal takes the long-running animated series to 669 episodes, the largest number of episodes for any scripted television show ever, breaking the record previously set by GUNSMOKE (635).

“Take that GUNSMOKE! You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!,” said Homer Simpson.

“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. “THE SIMPSONS has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt, Jim and Al. Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series – from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team – you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of SIMPSONS fans around the world, thank you for watching all these years. We’re happy to tell you there’s lots more to come.”

Fox at TCA: Mariah Carey on EMPIRE, a One-Hour SIMPSONS and a Comedy Crossover


There were several big announcements coming out of Fox’s TCA presentation today.

First was the (almost inevitable) guest star appearance of Mariah Carey on season 3 of EMPIRE. Carey will play Kitty, “a mega-superstar who comes to Empire to collaborate with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) on an explosive new song. When the duet encounters obstacles, Kitty helps Jamal dig deep to overcome personal difficulties and reach a musical breakthrough”. Carey’s appearance airs Wednesday, October 5. Season 3 of the show premieres Wednesday, September 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Additional guest stars this season include Taye Diggs, Sierra McClain, rapper French Montana and music mogul Birdman, who plays himself.

Fox also announced that THE SIMPSONS will be airing its first ever one-hour episode in January 2017. In the one-hour ‘The Great Phatsby,’ featuring Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (EMPIRE) as a guest voice, “Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer) tries to relive his glory days, and crosses paths with a mysterious music mogul. After being conned by him and reduced to bankruptcy, Mr. Burns seeks revenge on the music producer with the help of Homer, Bart, rapper Jazzy James (guest voice Keegan-Michael Key) and the mogul’s ex-wife, Praline (guest voice Henson). Also in the episode, Lisa (Yeardley Smith) is courted by the richest kid in town, Smithers (Shearer) begins a perilous journey and Marge (Julie Kavner) opens an obscure boutique store.”

THE SIMPSONS returns for its 28th season on Sunday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. In the episode, titled “Monty Burns’ Fleeing Circus,” Springfield is burned to the ground and the Simpsons beg Mr. Burns (Shearer) to fund its rebuilding. Burns agrees – with one condition: he gets to put on a variety show at the Springfield Bowl.

Fox has also decided to do a special preview of the new comedy SON OF ZORN on Sunday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT following the season’s first NFL doubleheader. The series will then premiere in its regular time period with an all-new episode Sunday, September 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Finally, the network also announced that there will be a crossover between BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and NEW GIRL this coming season. Characters from both shows will meet in back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, October 11 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Additional details about the crossover will be announced.

Season 4 of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE and Season 6 of NEW GIRL premiere on Tuesday, September 20 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. In the season premiere of BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Holt (Emmy Award nominee Andre Braugher) remain in Florida under the Witness Protection Program, with only one human link to their regular lives – U.S. Marshall Karen Haas (guest star Maya Rudolph). Then, on NEW GIRL. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) faces Nick (Jake Johnson) for the first time after realizing she has feelings for him, while Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) begin a frustrating hunt for their first house.

Exclusive Interview Series: Andrea Romano…More On ANIMANIACS, Mindy, Buttons and a Girl Named Bart Simpson

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Eight-time Emmy-winning animation casting and voice director, Andrea Romano, has been instrumental in launching careers, as well as giving actors and crew some sage advice.

With over 40 Emmy nominations under her belt, Romano’s advice is certainly worth its weight in Emmy gold.  Here is more on STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS ANIMANIACS, Mindy and Buttons, the classic Warner Bros. style and a very recognizable voice.

This is Part 3 of our exclusive interview series with Andrea Romano.  For more in our series, click here.

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THE TV ADDICT:  STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS ANIMANIACS was an eclectic delight of different styles.  Can we talk about Mindy and Buttons with regard to that?

ANDREA ROMANO:  Mindy and Buttons was a series of segments on ANIMANIACS.

Buttons was a pet dog, and Mindy was a toddler who was a latchkey kid.  Her mom would put her out in the backyard in a harness, put her on a swing and leave her in the backyard alone with the dog.

The mom would tell Buttons, “Now you’re responsible for Mindy.  Take care of Mindy.”  Then, the mom would go back into the house for hours.  Mindy would invariably slip out of the harness and get into incredible trouble.

The dog, Buttons, always would be the one to save the day.  It was in the very classic style of the Warner Bros. cartoons.

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Mindy would crawl over to a construction site and end up on a girder at the top of a 30-story building, toddling along the top of the building.  Buttons would be teetering behind her, trying to save her.

She would step off of one girder onto another girder safely, and Buttons, of course, would fall and get squished while she was perfectly safe.

Mindy would see Buttons doing all kinds of crazy stuff and giggle, “Silly puppy.”

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They would end up back in the backyard at the end of every episode.  She would be back in her harness but would be a little bit dirty after the adventure.  Poor Buttons would be an absolute pancake and a mess.

Mom would come out and say, “Oh Mindy!  How did you get dirty?”  Then, she would yell at Buttons, “Bad dog! Bad dog!”  After saving her life, Buttons was in trouble because Mindy got dirty.

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TVA:  Was there a particular challenge when casting that segment?

AR:  Mindy was described as the “cutest baby ever,” so we needed the voice to be really cute.

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[Actress] Nancy Cartwright was able to portray cuteness when she said, “Silly puppy” to Buttons as a girder was squishing him or when he was being hit by an anvil…whatever precarious thing that hit him and missed her.

She also could do sound effects, kind of like a female Frank Welker as far as doing all kinds of inanimate objects as well as people.  We needed that very often when she was voicing Mindy.

Mindy and Buttons was one of those very sweet cartoons, and we were very lucky to get Nancy to voice that.  I had known Nancy back from my Hanna-Barbera days, and I gave her some advice when she was doing a series called POPEYE AND SON.

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She was doing a little girl’s voice, and I told her that she really needed to expand into little boys’ voices, because she absolutely had the type of edge in her voice that would allow her to do that.

I told her, “I really think you’ll have more opportunities if you find a way to do both ‘little girl’ and ‘little boy’ voices.”

So, again, not to toot my own horn, but she has gone on and done very well doing little boy voices.

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(Editor’s Note:  Nancy Cartwright has been the voice of Bart Simpson since 1989.  That’s 26 seasons and counting…)

If you missed other parts of our interview with Andrea Romano, click here.  Stay tooned for Part 4.

Breaking TV News: All Six Principal Voice Performers will Return to THE SIMPSONS for Seasons 27 and 28


Press Release: Following the announcement of THE SIMPSONS’ renewal for an unprecedented 27th and 28th seasons, FOX is proud to confirm that each and every member of the iconic series’ voice cast will be returning in the roles they’ve brought to life since the show’s beginnings as a series of animated shorts nearly 30 years ago. [Read more…]

First Look: THE SIMPSONS Gets a Minecraft Makeover!

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Before THE SIMPSONS get lego-ized in an upcoming May episode, America’s favorite animated family get digitized. Case in point, this first look at the digital opening sequence of the April 6 episode entitled “Luca$” that sees Bart start to receive anonymous gifts in the mail after helping Snake escape from the cops. More first look photos of which can be found after the jump. [Read more…]

First Look: Daniel Radcliffe Gets SIMPSONized and Sideshow Bob Returns!


Heeeeeeeee’s Back! Just when we thought we couldn’t get any more excited for the return of THE SIMPSONS comes not just one, but two upcoming episodes featuring some fairly familiar faces. On Sunday March 9th at 7:30PM, in an episode called “Diggs,” Bart befriends a recent transfer student and aspiring falconry champion voiced by none other than Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe. Then, at 8PM on the very same night, one of THE SIMPSONS most iconic characters voiced by Kelsey Grammer returns when Lisa discovers that Sideshow Bob is now the chief scientist at a massive chemical engineering company in “The Man Who Grew Too Much.” More first look phtos of which can be found after the jump. [Read more…]

Photo of the Day: RIP Mrs. Krabappel

With television talent both in front and behind the camera making a habit of tweeting photos ranging from spoilerific to hilarious, thought it might be fun to introduce a new feature to the site that we’ve not-so-cleverly decided to call “Photo of the Day.” Today’s subject, direct from Sunday night’s episode of THE SIMPSONS comes a fitting tribute actress Marcia Wallace, 70 (Mrs. Edna Krabappel), who died of complications from pneumonioa on October 25 at her home in Los Angeles.