Better make sure those boughs of holly are perfectly arranged: Martha Stewart will play herself on a Yuletide-themed episode of The Simpsons, EW.com has learned. “Marge Simpson receives a nighttime visit from the most powerful force in the universe who teaches her the true meaning of Christmas: Martha Stewart,” teases Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. He adds that when the media empress flies to the Simpsons’ house in the dream sequence, “she cuts off Santa Claus and yells at him, ‘I bring joy to more people!’” The episode — titled “The Fight Before Christmas” and written by Dan Castellaneta (Homer!) and his wife, Deb Lacusta — is slated to air on Fox in December.
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Best in Show bracket is down to the final four: Community, The Simpsons, Lost and Burn Notice. Fight!Hulu’s
The drama bracket seems pretty tied up — it’s got to be Lost. But the comedy showdown is less settled: Freshman series Community beat out Glee, Modern Family, and Parks and Recreation to land in the comedy finals, while the The Simpsons took on American Dad, Family Guy and Castle. So which comedy should win? READ FULL STORY
Every few years, pop culture and linguistics fans are treated to some version of the same story: The Simpsons has affected the English language. D’oh is in the dictionary, a scientist used the term “embiggen” in a research paper, etc. These are perfectly cromulent stories (easy, but I had to use it), but they ignore what to me is the single biggest contribution: yoink.
What else can you say when you accept someone’s offer of a chip, and you have to reach your hand in the bag? Or when someone hands you cash in an otherwise nontransactional setting? Or when you faux-steal something from someone, say, the sock of their foot as you walk by the couch? You say “yoink.”
(Some suggest that the term originated on this episode of The Flinstones, but it sure doesn’t sound that way to me.)
What’s your overlooked Simpsonsism, PopWatchers? (“Meh” and the rest of the usual suspects don’t count.)
Last night’s new episode of The Simpsons featured a House spoof brought to you by Itchy & Scratchy: Mouse, M.D. I love the soothing reprise of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” as Dr. Mouse abandons very reasonable catpatient-of-the-week solutions like “acid enema” and “go through wallet” in favor of following his own light-bulb instincts. Press play below. There will be violence.
The facial scruff on that mouse is really doing it for me. Anyone else?
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“Without Homer, I’m a broom without a stone.” Everyone suffering from Olympics Fever (weakly raises hand) should try to catch Sunday night’s episode of The Simpsons, in which Homer and Marge casually take up curling and become good enough to compete in Vancouver (of course), on Hulu. There were too many Games-related gems to mention here (though I’ll try: Homer’s imagined Winter Olympics event wherein Santa dives into a block of ice and penguins score him, a stony-faced Team Sweden, “Chillbert,” the 1924 Chamonix mascot named “Ennui,” and Bart’s imagined 2014 mascot named “Fatov, Russian Spirit of Sloth and Alcoholism”), so instead I will list….
5 THINGS YOU WERE ALREADY THINKING ABOUT THE OLYMPICS THAT ‘THE SIMPSONS’ WENT AHEAD AND BROUGHT TO LIGHT/GOLD-MEDAL GLORY
On figure skating — Marge: “Ooh! A sport that encourages hand-holding!”
On curling — Homer: “What, so they come here to clean the ice?” / Bart and Lisa: “Is curling a real thing? Or a cover story for a grownup thing we’re not allowed to know about?” READ FULL STORY
Super Bowl XLIV is in the books, and while New Orleans’ come-from-behind triumph over Indianapolis was a thriller, Kim Kardashian’s team of choice was not the only winner on the evening. Indeed, the Super Bowl telecast featured more than 50 national advertisements — and at CBS’ premium prices for a 30-second spot, the need to get positive attention was more pronounced than you’d see in a week-long marathon of SuperNanny episodes. Some ads succeeded, some floundered, and some made us feel the burn of bile in our throats (combined with the distinctive flavor or cream-cheese-n-chili dip)…so without further ado, my picks for the five best and worst ads of the night. READ FULL STORY
CBS is banking on a post-Bowl slot to launch its new reality series Undercover Boss, the first new show to land the plum gig since since drama Extreme in 1995. Never heard of it? Join the club.
In the last few years, networks have used the slot to boost existing shows’ profiles: The Office, House, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy. It’s not a bad strategy — proven shows pull in big ratings. An hour-long Friends that aired after Super Bowl XXX was seen by more than 52 million people; around 45 million watched the season premiere of Survivor: The Australian Outback in 2001;and 38 million watched what was probably the best Grey’s Anatomy episode ever, which aired in 2006.
Once upon a time, though, the lead-out from the Super Bowl was total pilot territory: Airwolf, MacGruder and Loud, The Last Precinct, Hard Copy (not the tabloid news one, a scripted drama), Grand Slam, and Davis Rules all debuted in the slot but then met quick deaths. (Airwolf hung on for a little while but…yeesh.) It wasn’t all bad, though: The A-Team premiered after Super Bowl XVII and became a huge hit, as did The Wonder Years, whose debut followed XXII. Most surprisingly? Homicide: Life on the Street was a post-Super Bowl pilot, too. It’s tough to imagine that happening today, but 1993 was a strange time, I guess. Fox launched both Family Guy and American Dad in post-Super Bowl slots, too, but not directly after the game; a new Simpsons aired before the Seth MacFarlane shows.
I’m partial to existing shows getting the lead-out spot: It’s a chance for a series to do something wildly special or different or huge. What about you, PopWatchers? Do you want an existing favorite to get the megaspotlight, or do you crave the unknown?
In 2007, my friend and I took almost two hours worth of public transportation so we could go to a 7-11 in Maryland that had been transformed into a Kwik-E-Mart as part of a promotion for The Simpsons Movie. I bought $40 worth of Krusty-Os, Buzz Cola and Squishee cups (I refused to put actual drink into my glasses, for fear the sugar-laden beverage would compromise the quality of my cup).
I thought I was dedicated and have always considered my sister – who can recite any episode seasons 1-10 from memory – an even bigger fan. But deep down, I know we’re only the tip of The Simpsons superfan iceberg. I’m sure there are people out there who dream of yellow, four-fingered people, say ”okily-dokily” in 100 percent seriousness because it is second nature, and who believe no other cat name exists other than Snowball.
But this next week isn’t about how big of a fan you are (or once were), it’s about celebrating what The Simpsons is: The kinda inappropriate cartoon comedy that paved the way for totally inappropriate cartoon comedies. At the center of this time of reflection (and my Must List pick for the week): The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice! (airing Sunday on FOX). Super Size Me‘s Morgan Spurlock directed the documentary. I call BS for it not being in 3-D or on ice, but it will nonetheless be a fun watch.
What about you, PopWatchers? Are you as excited as me about The Simpsons special? Or is something else on your Must List this week? Sound off below (and make it good)!
For your viewing pleasure, I leave you with a Simpsons promo spot featuring House‘s Lisa Edelstein (Love her!).
All this poster is missing is Waldo. Tied to the DVD release of The Simpsons‘ 20th season (out Jan. 12), Fox has created an updated poster of their famous shot from 2007’s The Simpsons Movie. Because, clearly, they did not fit enough characters on their first poster. Slackers. (You can only enjoy this new and improved poster in larger form here—this shot is exclusive to EW!)
Springfield folks I’m glad made the cut this time around? The Golem from “Treehouse of Horror XVII,” the angel skeleton from “Lisa the Skeptic,” and Ray Romano’s Ray Magini from “Don’t Fear the Roofer.” But I’m absolutely stoked to see one of my favorite characters, Eleanor Abernathy (a.k.a. Crazy Cat Lady), if only because she reminds me of who I will be in 30 years’ time.
Personally, I could study this poster and soak up warm feelings of nostalgia for hours. But do you love the new poster, PopWatchers? Have Matt Groening & Co., missed anyone?
Image Credit: Fox
To continue The Simpsons‘ season-long celebration of its 20th anniversary, the show is inviting you (Yes, you!) to create a new Springfield character. But, please, don’t bother. I’ve been patiently waiting for this moment since the Poochie debacle, so if you think your pathetic scribblings have a prayer against my years of meticulous plotting, well, I can only offer a Nelson Muntz-esque, “Ha-haaaa!” Seriously. Game over.
But if you insist on wasting you time, you should know that your “pithy and funny” creation could appear next year in an episode with Coldplay’s Chris Martin. It’s up to you to determine the character’s name, age, appearance, occupation, and catchphrase. Executive producer Al Jean told the AP that my character — I mean, the winning character –could even pop up on the series again. Ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh.
You have a week to come up with your also-ran creation, who will be humbled by my Duke Stormgasket, an unbalanced paparazzo who mistakes innocent public behavior for licentious money-making opportunities. His catch phrase…wait for it… “Show me the honey!” I know. Brilliant. I can feel it catching on.
Still, feel free to come up with something else. In fact, I’d like to hear about Duke’s competition. What would your Simpsons character be like?
Photo Credit: Fox
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