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'Mad Men' Star John Slattery Coming to 'The Simpsons'

Not everyone in Hollywood really knows each other, but it's pretty darn close. Take, for example, my day on the set of NBC's new sitcom 'Free Agents.' Knowing that they're shooting at the same studios where 'Mad Men' shoots was one thing, but the 'Mad Men' ties don't stop there. I caught up with star Hank Azaria who plays Alex on 'Free Agents' (previews Wed., Sept. 14, 10:30PM ET), a PR exec whose unlucky-in-love personal life starts to bleed into his work life. We talked a lot about the show -- more to come closer to premiere -- but he also had a few tidbits to share about some of the 'Mad Men' cast. Read More... http://www.aoltv.com/2011/08/30/mad-men-star-john-slattery-coming-to-the-simpsons/

'Simpsons' goes Gaga: First Pic!

This should make all the little TV-watching monsters happy: Lady Gaga has recorded a guest spot for an episode of  The Simpsons ! In “Lisa Goes Gaga,” the singer (seen here recording her lines on Aug. 22) makes a pit stop in Springfield after learning that it’s teeming with low self-esteem, and winds up trying to cheer up a dejected Lisa through the power of speech, song, and a flash mob. The adventurous performer admits that her visit to Simpsons HQ was “a little nerve-wracking.”  “I make music, but I don’t do voice-overs every day of the week, and their characters are so awesomely convincing and sincere and wild and funny, I had to remind myself constantly of the sincerity of the humor,” she tells EW. “That’s what I was trying to focus on, not putting on a character too much and really being as sincere as I could with the lines.” And where does this guest spot rank among her professional experiences? “I would say this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” says Gaga, 25, noting: “My dad’s probably going to do 80 backflips when the episode comes out.” Read More... http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/08/23/lady-gaga-the-simpsons-exclusive-photo/

'The Simpsons': Bryan Cranston Heading to Springfield

Breaking Bad ’s  Bryan Cranston  is heading to Springfield. The three-time Emmy winner will check in to Fox’s  The Simpsons to voice a Hollywood spy named Stradivarius Cain who is tasked with an impossible mission: to make Homer irresistible to Marge, The Hollywood Reporter  has confirmed. Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/f6NBmx8WN1Y/simpsons-bryan-cranston-heading-springfield-225473

Kirstie Alley considers new sitcom; 'Parks and Recreation' meets Homer Simpson

The latest helping of TV snacks includes news on "Parks and Recreation," "Game of Thrones" and ABC's new drama "Revenge," among other items. Eat up:Kirstie Alley may parlay her "Dancing With the Stars" exposure into a new sitcom deal. ABC is reportedly close to ordering a pilot for a show called "The Manzanis." Alley would play the matriarch of a family that ruffles the feathers of its uptight new neighbors in a "country-club" town. [Deadline]The voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta, will make a live-action appearance on "Parks and Recreation" this season. He'll play a character described as an "NPR-ish" talk show host -- so, pretty much the opposite of Crazy Ira and the Douche. [Vulture]Two more actors have joined the seemingly ever-expanding "Game of Thrones" cast for Season 2. Gemma Whelan ("The Wolfman") will play Yara Greyjoy (the character is named Asha in the books), Theon's (Alfie Allen) warrior sister, and German actor Tom... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/08/kirstie-alley-considers-new-sitcom-parks-and-recreation-meets-homer-simpson.html

'The Simpsons' Spoofs 'Dexter' for Halloween Episode in Online Preview

Ned Flanders is assuming the role of serial killer Dexter Morgan in the clip, which gives a Springfield makeover to the crime drama series' opening credits. http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00042427.html

'The Simpsons' Season 23: 500th episode, Homer gets 'Lost' and more

"The Simpsons" will hit another huge milestone this season when it crosses the 500-episode mark, putting it in an even more rarefied space among prime-time television's longest-running series.Episode 500, written by show veteran Michael Price and scheduled to air Feb. 19, 2012, will be as self-aware as the show usually is. Executive producer Al Jean explains the premise:"There's a big town meeting that the Simpsons don't know about, and when they go in, the town is saying we're going to get rid of the Simpsons," Jean told reporters Tuesday (July 26) after a tour of the show's animation studio, Film Roman. "They're sick of them."Jean also teased a few other episodes from the coming season, which premieres Sept. 25:- One episode involves an "Inception" parody "where one dream level was [drawn in] the 'Tracey Ullman Show' style," Jean says. Dan Castellaneta reverts to his old, Walter Matthau-inspired Homer voice for the segment.- The Christmas episode,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/the-simpsons-season-23-500th-episode-homer-gets-lost-and-more.html

Armie Hammer to Voice the Winklevoss Twins on The Simpsons

Armie Hammer isn't done with Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss. On a 2012 episode of The Simpsons , the actor will reprise the role of the real-life twins he made famous in The Social Network . Sort of. “Lisa creates a social network site in Springfield and gives too much credit to everybody, so we thought of doing a joke involving the Winklevoss twins,” producer Al Jean told EW of the installment titled "The D’oh-cial Network." The Winklevoss siblings, of course, filed a lawsuit against Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, who guest-voiced on The Simpsons last year, for allegedly stealing their idea. Jean thought about asking them to appear on the episode, but: “We were like, ‘Wait, [Hammer] played them, that’s who people think they are, we should just get him.' It’s not like they’re going to sue us.” http://www.tvfanatic.com/2011/07/armie-hammer-to-voice-the-winklevoss-twins-on-the-simpsons/

Emmys 2011: Why 'The Simpsons' and other animated shows aren't on the comedy series ballot

The other day, when we put the comedies on the Emmy ballot in order from least to most funny, there were a bunch of comments and tweets that wondered why we didn't include very funny shows like "The Simpsons," "Archer," "South Park" and others.There's a good reason for that: None of them are on the ballot for outstanding comedy series. In fact, except for "Family Guy," not one animated series submitted in that category. Instead, they're all in the outstanding animated series category.Why? Well, there's a good reason for that, something we touched on in our post from a few weeks ago about shows that never got the right kind of Emmy love, and it's a pretty simple one: Animated shows rarely get nominated -- and they never, ever win -- when up against live-action shows.Until 2009, when "Family Guy" broke through and got an outstanding comedy series nomination, almost 50 years had passed since... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/06/emmys-2011-why-the-simpsons-and-other-animated-shows-arent-on-the-comedy-series-ballot.html

'The Simpsons': 'Lisa' Remembers Michael Jackson Singing Double

Most people may not know that  Michael Jackson  didn’t sing the birthday song to Lisa when he guest-starred on  The Simpsons  in 1991. With the second anniversary of his death this past weekend, the actress who voices Lisa recounts the incident and how that recording session must have felt for the singing double.  Jackson guest starred on the early-nineties episode, “Stark Raving Dad,” in which he played a mental patient who believed he was the King of Pop. But when it came to singing the song for Lisa, his record company wouldn’t allow him to sing for the episode. So, what does he do? Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/-Wd7HtXrJPk/simpsons-lisa-remembers-michael-jackson-205870

'Gilmore Girls' and 4 more shows that never got Emmy love

As we have some fun speculating on what shows, actors and writers are going to be nominated for Emmys this year, let's take a second to remember some shows that, for one reason or another, never got the love they deserved from the academy voters. These are shows that have been widely, even universally, praised by critics and have loyal, almost slavish followings, but never made a dent in any of the major Emmy categories.There are some surprises on this list, one of which is actually an Emmy nominee and winner many times over ... but still feels like it's gotten no love."The Wire": To many critics and fans, the HBO classic is considered one of the best dramas of all time. The gritty portrayal of the life of both cops and drug culture in Baltimore gathered up so much praise in its five seasons that you'd think it would have a boatload of Emmys.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/06/gilmore-girls-and-4-more-shows-that-never-got-emmy-love.html
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