News Briefs: Fox Resolves Its Simpsons Standoff, Renews the Show for Two More Years


"Us, ending? Nah, it'll never happen."


NEWS THAT'S IMPORTANT

... The Simpsons has been renewed for Seasons 24 and 25 now that a tiff between the voice cast and 20th Century Fox has been resolved. You didn't really think it would be canceled, did you? The show was never truly in danger of being axed. It was just a pissing contest between the two sides to try and make more money. [Fox, via press release]

... Ratings update: Charlie's Angels is doomed! Doooooomed, I tell you! The numbers for last night's episode fell to 5.9 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults. [EW]

... I was going to illegally downlo—I mean rent—the Season 1 DVD set of The Walking Dead before next week's Season 2 premiere, but now I don't have to! Netflix and AMC are extending their agreement, meaning you can see Rick Grimes waste some zombies right now. [AMC, via press release]


NEWS ABOUT IDEAS THAT COULD EVENTUALLY BECOME SHOWS

... ABC has purchased Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives from Jerry Bruckheimer's production studio. It's being described as a thriller that revolves around murder, love, friendship, and infidelity in the Californian suburbs. [Deadline Hollywood]

... British comedy Suburban Shootout is being reconsidered for Americanization, this time at ABC. The dark comedy follows a woman who leaves the city for a peaceful life in the 'burbs, but is forced to take extreme measures to achieve the idyllic life she's seeking. Like shootin' fools! Think Suburgatory meets Person of Interest. HBO first attempted an adaptation of the series in 2008. [Deadline Hollywood]

... White Collar creator Jeff Eastin is close to receiving a pilot order for a new one-hour drama. The show follows agents from various federal organizations who all live in an undercover house. I think this sounds good? What's an undercover house? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, of the wildly inconsistent comedy troupe Broken Lizard (Super Troopers, Club Dread), have sold a project to NBC. It's called Kept Men, and it's a single-cam comedy about two men who rely on their wives for financial supported after their business fails. [Deadline Hollywood]


NEWS ABOUT CASTING

... Rhea Perlman, fresh off her cameo as a cat on Wilfred, will co-star in the ABC comedy pilot The Manzinis. The Manzinis also star Kirstie Alley, so you know what this means: overblown headlines about a Cheers reunion! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Billie Dee Williams (The Empire Strikes Back) is heading to Man Up because he's sick of emceeing the car-wash grand openings. He'll play himself. [EW]

... Keith Carradine has joined the cast of TNT's upcoming Western Gateway. Carradine will play the surrogate father of the drama's three central characters, brothers who are after the men who murdered their biological pa. [Deadline Hollywood]



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OMG, how many trolls? Do people really care why and how much you hate The Simpsons?

I am not going to argue it either way as I am sure there are most likely comments from you people (you know who you all are) on any other shows you happen to have a minor gripe with.

Get a life.
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Simpsons canceled... Blasphemy i love the series.



Serously you guys should consider canceling American Dad the new season is WTF
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This makes me sad. Just put the Simpsons out of their misery already. They are the annoying neighbors that just won't move away and keep bragging about how awesome they were "in their prime".
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hell no its running great I think Season 21 was a mishap though but otherwise Its running smooth for me.
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Simpsons should've ended a while back.
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I hope my children grow to watch the Simpsons as I have, that show and Sesame Street must be immortal.
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hey tim



explain why networks still use laugh tracks!
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Are you frickin' serious? Networks STILL use the "OK... and laugh... NOW!" thing? And people wonder why I don't watch TV anymore (ESPECIALLY not sitcoms... well, that and they all suck). This is how bad it was - I had an itch to dig out my old DVD's of the hilariously un-PC (well, un-PC for the time of the Patriot Act and "The American Council For Family Values" being able to control what gets shown on TV, even though everybody freely admits that the meteoric rise in complaints to the FCC is entirely due to this one group making up over 99.9% of logged complaints) "Titus". So I'm watching it... and there's a laugh track! I thought that went out the window with decent sci-fi and non-procedural dramas. G'damm annoying as all out heck I tells yeah!
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Hey Tim, I have a question for you.

What ever happened to that episode of Bones last year called "Finder"? I thought those characters were supposed to be a new show this year.

Any news on that?
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Well, I know that Saffron Burrow left the show, so her character needed to be recast/reinvented. Not sure if they were going to go ahead with that or just canned the whole thing, though.
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As much as I can still enjoy the creativity and animation of The Simpsons, I too can't help but feel it should end. I'm glad they kept going despite all the criticism, but its time to make some new space in the public consciousness. Certain mega TV shows are like parents to people - first, the kids (the viewers) have to accept that its time for them to move on and walk away from it before they just exacerbate their resentment and anger, then there's a time of forgiveness to the parent, and then it reaches a time where the parent simply dies.
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Two more years... They made me hate the simpsons so much it's bad now, but I still remind myself why it was my favorite show growing up, when I watch the old episodes.
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It's about time for the Simpsons to say goodbye. I hope these two are their last seasons.
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It looks like Charlie's Angels will be the next cancellation. It's doubtful at this point whether the next episode will show up on Thursday. I've recorded the past two episodes but can't bring myself to watch them. although if it gets cancelled I probably will.



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I'm glad the dispute between Fox and the voice cast of "The Simpsons" has been resolved. We all know "The Simpsons" can't run forever, but I would like to see the show end its run under more amicable circumstances. For example the cast and producers deciding to end the show. That would be better than Fox abruptly cancelling the show as was almost the case.
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a lot of family-oriented and comedy shows.....im beginning to lose hope in tv shows
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The synopsis of Suburban Shootout seems silly. And by silly, I actually mean funny, but I thought the inadvertent alliteration by that point was too cool to screw up.
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To the Network Genius: Stop making remakes. Only one series was able to make it and its Star Trek.
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thank god for that, the simpsons derserves a 25th annervisery
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An undercover house is a house pretending to be an icecreamtruck. Duh.
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2 more seasons of the simpsons im so happy right now
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God, how I hate The Simpsons, almost 25 years of hating it. First saw these characters on a theater screen and hated them. Just awful.
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The reason I want Charlie's Angel cancelled, is because I want Rachael Taylor to go back to Grey's Anatomy.
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Re "Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives": It'd be hilarious if ABC cancelled Desperate Housewives and replaced it with the exact same show.
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Thank God for the Simpsons. I am not ready to let go.
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charlies angels isnt not doom.get ur facts right.no ordinary family had lower ratings than charlies angels and got ax but their have been some shows that have had charlies angels kind of ratings.teh ratings where close to 6 millions.it all comes down to abc if they want to keep going with the show or not.the ratings arent bad but theyre not good either.i think abc will make a decision next week when it airs if the show can keep that 5.9 then itll keep going.if the show drop another million itll be gone.
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You must work in tv that's how you know it so well. Translation: since u watch the tv box alotta times u must knows exacto knife how they get rid of the lowish rated programs...lol can we please have someone policing these posts for at the very least that they make sense. My iq dropped just reading the original post. Lol
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actually is called doing research maybe if u did it u would know if charlies angels can keep its ratings above 5 million it'll be okay but if it goes under 5 then the show will be gone.maybe if u followed abc ratings u would know this and u would know whats good numbers are and what bad numbers are 4 abc.none of abc shows are doing so hot right now expect for dancing with the stars and even thier numberrs are down.
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Bud I was just making a joke because your original post seemed like it was written by a very young child. I didn't mean any offense to you or charlies angels (even though I do believe it is doomed just because the concept is not appealing to me.) just joking all in good fun. Have a good one.
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oh my bad then,sorry if u got the wrong impression of me :)well all in good fun :)
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*insert Apostrophe here*
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what this suppose to mean.
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I told you the Simpsons wasn't going anywhere.
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no surprise about Charlie's angel I knew wouldn't last long. Give it another week i bet and it's gone..
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Hahaha Charlie's Angels. Like everyone didn't see that one coming the moment it was announced! What was Minka Kelly thinking?
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