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Hello and welcome to this special early Monday edition of News Briefs! We missed telling you about lots of little bits and pieces of news that came out over the last four days while we were away at Comic-Con, so here they are now. Enjoy!


GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE!

... Homer and his fam are really getting around these days. A few days after Fox announced that Family Guy would visit The Simpsons in their hometown of Springfield, The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean opened up the show's world again with news of a Simpsons/Futurama crossover that's currently in the works. The episode posits the question of "Would you go back in time to kill Hitler?" with Bender being sent back to the past to murder Bart because something Bart does screws up the future. The episode is scheduled for either The Simpsons' Season 25 finale or Season 26 premiere. [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... But that's not the only weird crossover coming our way! Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb are headed to a galaxy far, far away. In a special one-hour episode, Phineas and Ferb will head over to Luke Skywalker's hometown of Tatooine when plans to blow up the Death Star end up in their hands. Over on the Death Star, Darth Enshmirtz develops a Sith-inator and turns Ferb into an evil Sith. Yeah, we could complain about George Lucas's sale of the Star Wars franchise to Disney, but when things like this happen, it feels okay. [Disney via press release]

... PBS has ordered a second season of Mr. Selfridge, starring Mr. Self Righteous Jeremy Piven as the American business man who founded the Selfridge's chain of stores in Jolly England. Look for it in 2014. [PBS via press release]

... The CW might be spinning off Supernatural with a new yet-to-be-revealed character at its juicy center. It's way early in the process, but the idea would be to drop a backdoor pilot into Episode 20. Why don't they just revive the Trickster and give him his own show instead? [TV Line]

... The Walking Dead comic creator Robert Kirkman has another project in development at NBC. The network is eying his Skybound Publications comic Clone as a potential series, officially making clones a new TV trend in the wake of BBC America's hot hot hot Orphan Black. As much as I'd like to spend the rest of this blurb talking about how awesome Orphan Black is, I guess I should probably tell you what Clone is about: Clones! Specifically, a man wakes up to discover that various copies of himself have inserted themselves into his life. [THR]

... Fox has delayed the premiere of Glee a week, from September 19 to September 26, in the wake of star Cory Monteith's death. [Fox via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Cobie Smulders will appear in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as agent Maria Hill, reprising her role from the blockbuster film The Avengers. It's unclear how many episodes she'll be in, what with her commitment to How I Met Your Mother, but she'll at least show up in the pilot. [TV Guide]

... Felicia Day will be returning to Supernatural in Season 9 as her geeky character Charlie. I also almost ran into her while I was exiting an elevator at Comic-Con and then I froze because oh my god Felicia Day! She just looked at me weird. And she was wearing crazy silver shoes. [TV Guide]

... Your host of AMC's post-Breaking-Bad talk show is... Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, of course. Because Chris Hardwick does everything! [AMC via press release]

... Stephen Collins, the dad guy on 7th Heaven, has been cast in Revolution as Rachel's father and Charlie's grandfather. [TV Guide]

... Fox cartoon guest voices, ready? Family Guy will bring on Peter Dinklage, Liam Neeson, Ashton Kutcher, Conan O'Brien, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels, Jon Cryer, and Adam Levine! American Dad will welcome Alison Brie, Ellie Kemper, Zooey Deschanel, Stanley Tucci, Mariah Carey, Mae Whitman, T.J. Miller, and Olivia Wilde. [EW / Zap2It]

... In case you missed my Person of Interest Comic-Con panel coverage, Amy Acker (she plays crazy hacker Root) has been promoted to series regular. [TV.com]

... Michael Jai White and Kevin Alejandro will be joining the cast of Arrow next season. White will play Ben Turner, better known to comic fans as Bronze Tiger, an assassin who partners up with China White. Alejandro boards as Sebastian Blood, a politician who rises to power after things got all shaky in the Season 1 finale. And hey here's a Season 2 trailer, too! [Warner Bros. TV via press release]

... The Carrie Diaries has found its Samantha Jones. Newcomer Lindsey Gort will play the younger version of Kim Catrall's promiscuous cougar, who Carrie will meet "through  a surprising connection" and who has something to do with rock ’n’ roll. [Warner Bros. TV via press release] 

... ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is adding a big bad guy in Jafar, the villain from Aladdin, and Lost's Naveen Andrews (Sayid!) will play him. Alice from Alice in Wonderland fighting the bad guy from Aladdin, okay sure, why not? [TV Guide]

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 5/22/2016

Season 27 : Episode 22

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When will there be a Simpsons/King of the Hill crossover?
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re: Supernatural spinoff - first of all, the Trixter was awesome and made some of the shows best episodes. second, I have a feeling the new central character would be played by that redhead that's everywhere..... oh yeah, Charlie.
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supernatural's spin off seems like a good idea can never get enough of it the character should better cos people usually watch supernatural cos of winchesters & they are the best
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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland sounds wonderful!

Huh? Orphan Black was shit! I couldn't even finish that mess of a show.

Clone could make a good series.

A Supernatural spin-off sounds good.


A Futurama/Simpson crossover sounds like fun! I do hope Futurama will be back somehow, that it won't stay canceled for long.
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I'm hoping Acker was signed as a Person of Interest regular to guarantee her availability for Root' s wrap up. As for Shaw, she always makes Reese look like a dolt--and it always seems contrived, like her acting is showing when she's with him. I hope the writers spent the summer thinking of better ways to use her.
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Phineas and Ferb/Marvel crossover, The Simpsons/Family Guy crossover, Phineas and Ferb/Star Wars crossover and now The Simpsons/Futurama crossover? What will be the next crossover?
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Prediction: Agent Maria Hill will appear in the form of a video panel where she gives agents assignments, and all of them will be taped over the course of a couple days.
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"Why don't they just revive the Trickster and give him his own show instead?"

OMG!! A hundred times yes!!
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I say Castiel should get a spinoff. Hopefully the new character is interesting enough for me to want to watch the spin off.
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Why does Disney feel the need to combine everything first Marvel on Phineas and Ferb now Star wars. I mean I like Disney but I feel like there overly commercializing the things that made these companies special.
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Don't you remember Disney owns Marvel and Lucasfilm now? It was a huuuuge mistake of Disney to do that but that's why Phineas and Ferb is doing that I think, and Phineas and Ferb is like the biggest show on their network right now.
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I get that but Other studios own large franchises and channels and don't feel the need to mix
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Since Walt died Disney feels nothing but the need to make money even though most of the ideas the new leaders come up with only bleed cash ....now they have to make up for brilliant ideas like that John Carter movie and Cars 2
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The Simpsons got renewed through season 25, so there's no confirmed season 26 for this episode to air in. Recall that it almost got canceled during the last negotiations over making the actors take pay cuts.
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Fox never would have cancelled it. Pretty much a meaningless threat in negotiations.
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if they wanted to keep making money they should not have canceled Futurama
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I think I'm the only one in this website that watches Mr. Selfridge. Its a good period show. Not Downton Abbey though, but it is not pretentious at all.

Yay Felicia Day. I'm still hoping she is part of the spin-off.
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Re: Simpsons, Star Wars, etc, whatever happened to canon?
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Well at least the Simpsons is crossing over with something a little bit more on its level now.

And yay; ABC continues to kill 'Alice In Wonderland': let the massacre continue.
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A new clone show? Good luck finding an actor that's as good as Tatiana. That's the only way that shows going to work.
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Yay for more Cobie Smulders and Felicia Day!
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There is only one clone series that counts and its Orphan Black.. NBC thinks that since it is a larger network, they can simply jump the bandwaggon on little BBC America and steal its cloud have another think coming.
ORPHAN BLACK FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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But all British shows have $5 budgets and props made of cardboard. :-( And they're usually about old people sitting around drinking tea. And they're probably nude, because everything on British tv ... and magazines, and newspapers.... has excessive nudity. I think even their radio programs are nude. Even the new royal that was born today put in his first appearance nude!

America will do it bigger, better, and with more explosions and graphic violence. And with no dangly bits. All actor nudity will be courtesy of accidental Twitter posts and hacked cell phones, as it should be.
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:-)
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wait what? they're adding SATC characters for her to meet at 16? Yeah, that makes sense...
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Also Chris Hardwick, stop. Stop.
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OMFG!!!! Once Upon a Time In Mexico I Mean Wonderland just went from I'll watch it, I guess, to OMFG I'LL WATCH THIS RIGHT NOW!!!
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Mixed feelings about Amy Acker becoming a regular on POI. On the one hand I love her character as she is so deliciously batshit crazy. On the other, wife can't stand her. And it's one of the few really good shows we enjoy together. I mean, no Banshee, Orphan Black, Rectify, Orange is the New Black, not even The Good Wife--although she does agree to watch now and then. Hey, maybe she won't notice. HA, Slim chance, but that's what I'm going with. Maybe if Amy could muster a bit of a British accent...
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So, Felicia Day stopped you in your tracks? Woulda stopped me too. That's all I have to say about it...
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i wouldn't watch the spin off if felicia day is in it it's not about her its about her character i don't like her she always finds herself in trouble
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Ohhh Mr. Selfridge is about department store management??? After half listening to an episode my mom was watching I thought it was about a turn-of-the-century male prostitution ring in a hotel.

"All right, lads! I know this is a daring new venture, but if you fellows work your hardest, by jolly, you can rise to the top! Why, you'll be self-made men! Keep the customers happy and they'll be regulars in no time!" - basically everything Jeremy Piven said in a pep speech.

Anyways. Deeply disappointed now :(
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