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The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 15 “The War of Art”

The Simpsons  Season 25 Episode 15 “The War of Art” airs Sunday March 23, 2014 (7:30-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 15 “The War of Art” – After Lisa’s new pet guinea pig destroys the Simpsons’ living room art, Marge falls in love with a beautiful painting at the Van Houten’s yard sale, which Homer snaps up for 20 bucks. But, when Lisa reveals it’s by a famous early 20th century painter and could be worth $100,000, Marge and Homer face a dilemma: split the money with the Van Houtens, or keep the cash as a “cushion” for their kids in the all-new “The War of Art” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, March 23 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... //

Watch The Simpsons Say Good-bye to Mrs. Krabappel

  After a 30-year battle with breast cancer, Marcia Wallace passed away last October , at age 70. At the time, The Simpsons ’ "tremendously saddened" show-runner Al Jean said the show intended on retiring "her irreplaceable character," Mrs. Edna Krabappel. Last night, in a epilogue after the primary story was wrapped, the show said good-bye to her. In a brief scene, Mrs. Krabappel and her husband, Ned Flanders, are out dancing and, well, we don’t want to spoil the touching rest.  Read More...   //

'The Simpsons' says goodbye to Marcia Wallace's Edna Krabappel

"The Simpsons" has bid its final farewell to Edna Krabappel, Bart's teacher. The touching tribute to the late Marcia Wallace came at the end of Sunday's (March 9) episode, "The Man Who Grew Too Much."After completing the main story, which saw the return of Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer), the show returned with an epilogue featuring Edna dancing with Ned Flanders, when she threw out her signature laugh. The scene is revealed to be a dream Flanders was having."I sure do miss that laugh," he says with a picture of Krabappel sitting next to another of his late wife, Maude. That's when class bully Nelson pops up with his own laugh, before telling Ned, "I miss her too."Wallace died in October, after a 30-year battle with breast cancer.... //

The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 14 “The Winter of his Content”

The Simpsons  Season 25 Episode 14 “The Winter of his Content” airs Sunday March 16, 2014 (7:30-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 14 “The Winter of his Content” – Marge invites Grampa and two other octogenarians to live at the Simpsons’ house after the Retirement Castle is closed for health violations, but she quickly becomes frustrated with Homer when he starts embracing the “old person lifestyle.” Meanwhile, at Springfield Elementary, Bart defends Nelson’s affinity for hand-me-down underwear, leading Nelson to befriend Bart in the all-new “The Winter of his Content” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, March 16 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... //

'The Simpsons' spoilers: Character death details, Al Jean eliminates possibilities

It's the greatest animated mystery since "Who shot Mr. Burns?" An Emmy award-winning character on "The Simpsons" is going to die, but fans have no idea who it's going to be.Well, after a recent conference call with executive producer Al Jean, the list of possible suspects has gotten a bit smaller. Jean reveals that Anne Hathaway's character, Princess Penelope, is safe. He also says Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer), who returns in Sunday's "The Man Who Grew Too Much," will be sticking around.Adding that in with everything else that's known and the mystery it seems pretty clear that Rabbi Hyman Krustofski (Jackie Mason) will be the character departing the "Simpsons" universe. Already Hank Azaria has already revealed that all of his characters are safe and no member of the Simpson family is going to die, that'd just be crazy.Still, who knows what kind of curve ball Jean and the rest of the creative team on the... //

The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 12 & 13 “Diggs/The Man Who Grew Too Much”

The Simpsons  Season 25 Episode 12 & 13 “Diggs/The Man Who Grew Too Much” airs Sunday February 9, 2014 (7:30-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 12 & 13 “Diggs/The Man Who Grew Too Much” – Bart is rescued from a confrontation with Springfield Elementary’s bullies by Diggs (guest voice Daniel Radcliffe), a recent transfer student and aspiring champion in the niche sport of falconry. But, Bart soon discovers that Diggs wants to do more than just wrangle falcons: he wants to take to the sky himself in the all-new “Diggs” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, March 9 (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... //

SideReel Takes One for the Team

March is an epic sports month. Baseball is back, March Madness is imminent (or in progress, depending on when you're reading this), regular season pro-basketball and hockey games start to have a desperate feel to them. (Also, it's lacrosse season, which probably means something to a select few!) SideReel doesn't cover sports, but we do cover sports-themed television, so we've put together a list of the most sportacular episodes of our favorite shows. Did your choice make the Elite Eight?   How I Met Your Mother  S3E14: The Bracket (The Final Four) Truthfully, this is only tangentially related to sports, but given that it was a nod to the, uh... growing field of bracketology (and not at all a shameless ploy to promote CBS 's ownership of the NCAA Basketball tournament), but it is a well-crafted episode that finally acknowledges that Barney is kind of (and by kind of I mean extremely) cruel to women. Turns out that in the aftermath of being Barn-stormed (did he ever use that? If not, he should have), they don't really hold him in high regard. Also, basketball is referenced.   Friday Night Lights  S7E42: State Season one of FNL was basically flawless. From its heartbreaking pilot to its joyful finale, it was a perfect and gorgeously paced paean to the long game. For my money, "State" has the most touching scene in the entire series: the victory parade set to Tony Lucca 's cover of Texas legend Daniel Johnston 's " Devil Town ". As the Greek chorus that is local sports radio says of Coach Eric Taylor at the end, "He healed this team, and he healed this town."     The Simpsons  S3E17: Homer at the Bat There are many strange and wonderful moments in the third season of The Simpsons , but this episode certainly serves as a time capsule of the era we chose to believe the best of our baseball players. The roster of stars in this episode also does double-duty as a list of "Yikes, that guy! Eeesh." True, there are some on there who survived the '90s with their reputations intact, but there were some other spectacular flameouts. Luckily, the best line in the episode is uttered by good guy Ken Griffey, Jr., and I'll tune in every time to hear him say, "There's a party in my mouth, and everyone's invited!" (a line he reportedly had great trouble recording).   Switched at Birth  S7E40: Game On Switched at Birth is a pioneering show that should get more respect among the wider population than it does. Newsflash, America: ABC Family is not just for teens! Aside from the fact that it's given wonderful exposure to the deaf community, its characters have real, multidimensional personalities. Bay Kennish is a talented modern artist, while Daphne Vasquez (the terrific Katie Leclerc) is a gifted basketball player. "Game On" puts her team (from Carlton School for the Deaf) into a regional basketball tournament—and they truly shine. Sure, the underdog victory is a frequently-used trope on TV, but SaB never makes it feel trite, just exciting, honest, and well-deserved.   Star Trek: Deep Space Nine  S7E4: Take Me Out to the Holosuite There's no crying in spaceball! I was always charmed by DS9 's references to baseball as an obscure and weird obsession of Captain Sisko's. It was one of those things that made the show actually feel like it was from the future, looking at something so omnipresent to us now the way we look at the harpsichord. Imagine trying to learn a sport that went out of fashion hundreds of years ago—and playing it against a species that's stronger, smarter, and (supposedly) unphased by pressure? Vulcans are practically naturally dosed with PEDs! It's a cheerful hour in an overwhelmingly dark final season, and all the more wonderful for that.   The Colbert Report  S6E11: Dick Ebersol Stephen Colbert takes on speedskating and the Winter Olympics in general in this 2010 episode featuring Shani Davis and then-head of NBC Sports, Dick Ebersol. Doing what he does best—skewering those who take themselves too seriously, something the Winter Olympics (and the Summer Olympics!) have long been guilty of—Colbert is untouchable. The guy probably deserves some kind of gold medal—in fact, I'm sure he'd be the first to agree.     It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia  S5E7: The Gang Wrestles for the Troops Pro-wrestling is a sport! Or, at the very least, it's a "sport"... probably... maybe. Its overt narcissism and "villainy" are the same qualities found in an average episode of It's Always Sunny , which make the two an ideal match. Plus, having donned their eagle (pigeon) costumes, the guys sing about being BIRDS OF WAR before taking on poor Rickety Cricket, shown here having the most demeaning moment of his life up to this point. Oh, Cricks, it doesn't get better. [Sadface.]   The League  S2E13: The Sacko Bowl SideReel kind of loves The League ! And by kind of, I mean WE LOVE THE LEAGUE ! None of us actually do fantasy sports, but it doesn't stop us from enjoying it vicariously through this show, what with its excellent cast and mean jokes (we, too, are excellent and mean). So it's appreciated that there's a competition for last place (the titular bowl) which leads to a year-long shaming of the "winner." We're not bad people, we just like watching them on TV.   Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of When she was 8, she asked a JCC basketball coach to take her out of the game due to perspiration. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

‘Simpsons’ Voice Actor Hank Azaria Wins Lawsuit Over Character

Hank Azaria can raise up his voice in victory — most likely in a wacky fashion. Azaria, who provides a number of voices on the animated comedy institution “The Simpsons,” has prevailed in a lawsuit brought against “Leap Year” actor Craig Bierko over one of Azaria’s characters, sportscaster Jim Brockmire.   Read More... //

'The Simpsons' LEGO episode to air in May

"The Simpsons" LEGO episode has an air date. The 550th episode, "Brick Like Me," is scheduled to air Sunday, May 4 on FOX.Scheduled to land on the second Sunday of the May sweeps period, "Brick Like Me" finds Homer Simpson in a world where everyone in Springfield has turned into LEGO creations. Homer then has to "put together" the pieces of the story in order to turn to his real, animated home.This isn't it for LEGOs and "The Simpsons" -- the toy brick company has announced a "Simpsons"-themed set. Thus, fans can recreate "Brick Like Me" as often as they want.Currently on hiatus, "The Simpsons" Season 25 returns Sunday, March 9 on FOX.... //

'The Simpsons' getting a full-length LEGO episode in May

"The Simpsons" is celebrating 25 years in style. Along with the release of their own set of LEGO blocks, the show will be getting an entire episode animated using LEGOs this season.The episode follows a very successful release for "The LEGO Movie," showing just how relevant LEGOs still are in the world. No details have been released about the episode, but THR reports it will air in May. Whether it'll be stop-motion animation or CGI LEGOs, as in the movie, remains to be seen.LEGOs are just one new product to help celebrate "The Simpsons'" 25th anniversary. There are also custom Hot Wheels cars and even a Homer Simpson version of Mr. Potato Head in stores.... //