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'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...

'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....

Ratings: Miami Heat beat Dallas Mavericks, and ABC's competition

Fast affiliate ratings for Sunday, May 22, 2011.Note: Because ABC aired Game 3 of the 2011 NBA Finals live in all timezones, these fast affiliate ratings are skewed.Regardless of the live event ratings issues, though, one thing is clear: ABC easily won the night with its broadcast of the Heat/Mavericks game. Up against mostly reruns and news shows, the game slam-dunked the competition.Overall, ABC averaged 11.6 million viewers and scored a 7.0 rating/12 share in households.CBS  followed with 6.4 million and a 4.1/7 share, with NBC in third (4.2 million, 2.7/5) and FOX (3.2 million, 1.3/3) in fourth. ABC won the18-49 demo, with a 4.6, followed by FOX (1.5), and a tie between NBC and CBS (1.0). Sunday hour by hour:7 p.m. CBS: "60 Minutes" (9.3 million, 6.0/11) ABC: "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Pre-Game" (5.4 million, 3.3/6) / "Buick Regal NBA Countdown" (6.4 million, 3.9/7) NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (3.7 million, 2.7/5) FOX: "American Dad" rerun (2.2...

Michael Cera to Voice Love Interest on The Simpsons

It's difficult for The Simpsons to get much funnier. But this is promising means toward that end: Michael Cera, forever known as George-Michael Bluth to Arrested Development fans, will voice a character on the iconic Fox sitcom this fall. The young actor will portray Nick, a love interest for Lisa. Read More...

TV Ratings: Billboard Music Awards up from 2010, CBS wins in total viewers

Fast national ratings for Sunday, May 22, 2011.ABC won the target demo last night, on the final Sunday of the season, with the 2011 Billboard Music Awards featuring a show-stopping performance from Beyonce and, of course, that Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez kiss that has teenyboppers rending their garments across the nation. The show's ratings were up 7% from last year's.On NBC, the "Celebrity Apprentice" finale had a significant boost from last week's episode, rising over 15% in total viewers, while FOX's Animation Domination finales were lower than the last original episodes of their respective series. CBS broadcast "Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost," and though it helped to win the night for CBS in total viewership, it didn't win in the target demo.Overall, CBS averaged 12.1 million viewers and scored a 7.8 rating/13 share in households. ABC followed with 7.4 million and a 4.3/7 share, with NBC in third (6.4 million, 4.0/6) and FOX (4.5, 2.6/4) in fourth....

Ned Flanders Finds Love in an Unexpected Place on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

On the season finale of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), Ned Flanders found unlikely love in the arms of Edna Krabappel after saving her life. Considering her background boozing and sleeping around with the men of Springfield. Conversely, Ned told her, "I'm a little uncomfortable with premarital sex. But I think if we hold off for awhile, you'll find I'm well worth the wait." Krabappel agreed to be patient on the romance side, but the pair agreed that kissing was all right. Where it gets fun is in determining what happens next. All summer long, fans get to log into the show's official site and vote for whether or not "Nedna" will stay together. Then, in the 23rd season premiere this fall, we'll all find out how the results came out. Do you want them to stay together?

TV Ratings: 'Survivor' winner big for CBS Sunday, 'Desperate Housewives' finale drops from last season

Fast national ratings for Sunday, May 15, 2011."Boston" Rob Mariano wasn't the only winner last night. The season finale of "Survivor: Redemption Island" propelled CBS to win the night in average viewers and key demographics. Securing a second place for ABC was the Season 7 finale of "Desperate Housewives" -- which was up from its most recent episode but down by nearly 3 million from the Season 6 finale. Overall, CBS averaged 12.4 million viewers and scored a 7.0 rating/11 share in households. ABC followed with 8.9 million and a 5.5/9 share, with NBC in third (5.5 million, 3.4/5) and FOX (4.9, 2.7/4) in fourth. CBS took 18-49 demo, with a 3.3 (up a 1 from last week), followed by ABC (2.5), FOX (2.2) and NBC (1.7). Sunday hour by hour: 7 p.m. CBS: "60 Minutes" (12.0 million, 7.7/14) ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (7.2 million, 4.2/7) NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (5.2 million, 3.2/6) FOX:...

THE SIMPSONS “500 Keys” Season 22 Episode 21

Episode Synopsis:  When the Simpsons  discover a collection of keys to every door in Springfield, Lisa stumbles upon an eerie hidden classroom beneath Springfield Elementary School. When she shares her discovery with Principal Skinner, the secret  room mysteriously disappears and he takes the only key away. A determined Lisa uses her detective skills to lead her back to the room to solve an old school mystery in the all-new "500 Keys" episode of THE SIMPSONS  airing Sunday, May 15 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

After Ruining His Relationship, Lisa Kisses Milhouse on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

While Homer was busy with hair salon shenanigans on 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), a much sweeter B-story was proving far more compelling. Rejected by Lisa once again, Milhouse surprised perhaps himself most of all when a cool girl from school was interested in him. Played by Kristen Schaal, Taffy proved to be too keen an observer of human behavior. When Lisa interrupted a moonlight evening of romance between the new couple, Taffy laid it on the line. "You're a great guy but we're not gonna work out for one reason," she told Milhouse. "It's because you'll always be in love with her."

THE SIMPSONS “Homer Scissorhands” Season 22 Episode 20

Episode Synopsis:   After Homer discovers a genius talent for styling hair and opens his own salon, he becomes Springfield’s most in-demand   hair stylist . But having to listen to women’s problems and gossip all day long leads Homer to believe his   gift   may   actually   be a curse. Meanwhile, when Milhouse decides to live each day to the fullest, he   comes   out of his shell and professes his love for Lisa, only to have his heart broken. Milhouse then catches the eye of popular fifth-grader Taffy (guest star Schaal), causing Lisa to make a bold move in the all-new "Homer Scissorhands" episode of   THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, May 8 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.