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The Simpsons' Hank Azaria Lands Major Arc on Ray Donovan

  Hank Azaria has landed a major multi-episode arc on Showtime's drama Ray Donovan , has learned. The actor — who most notably lends his voice to several characters on The Simpsons — will play...   //

TV ratings: Grammy Awards on par with 2013, Pro Bowl holds steady

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014The 56th Grammy Awards drew about as big an audience as the 55th Grammys, with early ratings showing the prime-time portion of the show (which ran to 11:45 p.m. ET) in line with last year's numbers.Also Sunday, NBC's Pro Bowl telecast was pretty much even with last year's despite the extra competition from the Grammys. "The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine's Wedding" didn't draw much of an audience for ABC, but it did improve significantly on a "Bachelorette" wedding special from December 2012.CBS drew 25.9 million viewers and a 14.6 rating/22 share in households in primetime, beating the combined total of the other three networks. NBC (9.3 million, 5.4/8) came in second, although its numbers may rise with its live football broadcast. ABC (5.6 million, 3.7/6) took third, and FOX trailed with 3 million viewers and a 1.8/3.CBS also dominated the 18-49 demographic with an 8.1 rating. NBC scored... //

The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 11 “Specs and the City”

The Simpsons  Season 25 Episode 11 “Specs and the City” airs Sunday January 26, 2014 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 11 “Specs and the City” – Mr. Burns gives high-tech eyeglasses to all of his employees in order to spy on them. Homer loves the enhanced reality of his new gadget – that is, until Marge tries them on and he finds out she’s seeing a marriage counselor. Meanwhile, Bart takes a stand against buying Nelson a Valentine’s Day card, despite buying one for every other kid in class, and Nelson delivers him an ultimatum: find him the best Valentine’s Day gift ever or be fed to the classroom electric pencil sharpener in the all-new “Specs and the City” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Jan. 26 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... //

The Simpsons' Shocking Season 26 Death: Hank Azaria Reveals It Won't Be One of His Characters

Fans of The Simpsons have been anxiously speculating which animated character won't survive next season, ever since it was revealed that season 26 would reveal the death of a major character. Luckily, voice actor Hank Azaria has revealed a helpful hint to help us narrow down the list. Hank Azaria drops a hint about The Simpsons' upcoming character death. Fans have been left guessing since October, when executive producer Al Jean dropped the news of a major character's pending death, and while we still don't know who it will be for sure, Hank Azaria revealed a major clue to Entertainment Weekly. "I honestly didn't know who it was going to be, and now I do know...I can say that it's not one of mine," he said. Of course that rules out dozens of characters, including Apu, Carl, Comic Book guy and tons more. Do you have an idea of which character won't be returning to Springfield? Let us know your predictions in the comments and stick with us for more TV scoop from Celebified.

TV ratings: Golden Globes steady, NFL playoffs carry CBS Sunday

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014The 2014 Golden Globe Awards scored strong ratings for NBC Sunday, delivering an adults 18-49 rating on par with its performance in last year's fast nationals (pending updates for its live telecast). The Globes did not, however, give NBC a win for the night.That honor belongs to CBS, which rode big numbers for an NFL playoff game in the first hour of primetime to the top spot. FOX's animated shows and ABC's "Revenge" held up reasonably well opposite the Globes.CBS delivered 18.1 million viewers and a 10.8 rating/16 share in households for the night, pending updates for its live NFL broadcast NBC (15.5 million, 9.4/14) currently stands in second. ABC (4.2 million, 2.7/4) finished a distant third, and FOX (3.8 million, 2.2/3) trailed.In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS scored a 4.8 rating to edge NBC's 4.7. FOX posted a 1.8 and ABC a 1.1.Sunday hour by hour:7 p.m.CBS:... //

The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 10 “Married to the Blob”

The Simpsons  Season 25 Episode 10 “Married to the Blob” airs Sunday January 12, 2014 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 10 “Married to the Blob” – Comic Book Guy realizes his comics are nothing if he can’t share them with anyone. Then he meets Kumiko, a Japanese woman writing an autobiographical manga, and he seeks out Homer’s advice on how to date her, ending happily for everyone in the all-new “Married to the Blob” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Jan. 12 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... //

SideReel's Guide to Travel (Television)

The dead of winter is a tough time! The post-holiday glow has turned into a monthlong hangover, you don't want to use up your vacation time yet, and it's too cold to do much of anything except hide under a blanket. But fret not, SideReelers! We've put together a list of our favorite travel-themed episodes just for you. So go ahead; substitute the warmth of your television for the warmth of the sun, and hide away until spring.     An Idiot Abroad  S2E7: Mount Fuji Karl Pilkington (the ornery producer of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's radio series) was sent around the world—three times—on  An Idiot Abroad . He hated every minute of it. But out of his irritation and confusion often came somewhat profound statements. HIs trip to Japan's Mount Fuji allows for quite a bit of demented-yet-beautiful introspection. Upon reaching the summit, he utters in wonderment what so many have probably thought about accomplishing any great feat: "I've done it, haven't I? Completed it. But I feel like shit, even though... that's amazing... I feel like shite."   Friends  S4E23: The One With Ross's Wedding Travel episodes are designed to take well-known characters out of their comfort zones—something that's especially necessary when we only really see them on three or four sets.  Friends  did a number of travel episodes for this very reason, but this two-parter, set in London for (one of) Ross's (many) wedding(s) upped the ante for everyone (Monica and Chandler have sex! Rachel crashes the ceremony! Phoebe's stuck at home and super pregnant!), while also offering a delightful montage of all things British (set to the iconic "London Calling" ) as well as appearances by billionaire Richard Branson, the Duchess of York, and a pre- House Hugh Laurie.   Modern Family  S1E23: Hawaii Pity the Pritchetts, pretty please. Phil and Claire might live a charmed life now, but they never did get their perfect wedding or honeymoon. Phil (hapless though he is) wants to change that on their family trip to Hawaii. Anyway, the rationale is really beside the point, as what this episode does is show us what a vacation at a luxe Hawaiian resort is like. Spoiler alert: It's really nice. Sure, Haley flirts with boys and gets drunk and Cam and Mitchell lose Lily, but those are just hijinx. In the end, it's hard not to be squarely focused on those vistas and infinity pools. Hmm, how much is a flight to Hawaii anyway?   Parks and Recreation  S5E1: Ms. Knope Goes to Washington Leslie Knope's perky enthusiasm for everything government couldn't possibly have a better showcase than this episode which finds her and office dullard Andy visiting Washington D.C. to visit their respective paramours, Ben and April. And you know what? D.C. benefits from their earnestly happy mid-westernness, especially in contrast to its usual televised portrayal as a dark hellhole teeming with evil. Cameos by actual lawmakers (Senators Boxer, Snowe, and McCain) give the impression that it's just that easy to bump into the powers that be when in the nation's capital, but let's be honest: It'd be way more exciting to meet Knope.   Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations  S1E2: Iceland Only masochists (and your editor) vacation in Iceland in the winter. It's pitch-black for all but four hours per day, and there isn't much to do but eat, drink, and sit in the hotsprings. Actually, I'm totally unclear as to how that's not an ideal vacation. Anthony Bourdain would seem to agree with me, it seems. In this second episode of his landmark Travel Channel series, the man enjoys all the hospitality of this tiny Viking nation, and delves into its particular delicacies—including Hákarl , Iceland's famous fermented shark.     It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia  S5E2: The Gang Hits the Road The most difficult part of traveling is, well, the traveling aspect. Once you get where you're going it's bliss—or at least it should be. The Gang being The Gang, though, they never actually make it to their destination. They get sidetracked by the requirements of Dee's bladder, the wonders of Philadelphia's Italian Market (where Charlie tries a pear for the first time and is... underwhelmed to say the least), and the fact that they're all just too damn lazy to do the work of driving. But why leave Philadelphia anyway? At least that's what I keep asking myself.   Bones  S9E7: The Nazi on the Honeymoon There's nothing more singularly irritating on a vacation than a workaholic. Unless that workaholic is Temperance Brennan and the vacation is her long-awaited honeymoon with new husband Seeley Booth. Why see the sights of the Paris of South America (or Buenos Aires, Argentina, as it's formally known) when you can go to the city morgue and get involved in Nazi hunting? I mean, that's the most romantic getaway I can think of. Besides, how many beaches can you sit on before you yearn to be reunited with your bonesaw?   The Simpsons  S7E20: Bart on the Road "The Simpsons are going to [place name]," is a timeworn plot device on this past-its-prime series, but this Bart-centric episode from the seventh season will never cease to be gut-bustingly funny. Through a convoluted series of events, Bart, Millhouse, Nelson, and Martin end up with a rented car, and decide to travel to Knoxville, Tennessee to see the Sunsphere —which turns out to be a decrepit tower filled with wigs. I'd say something about the destruction of the Sunsphere being a metaphor for what happened to this once-great series, but you know what? Let's just bask in the glory of its heyday.   Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of She once traveled to Sweden in February. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

'The Simpsons' pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki with animated hallucination

"The Simpsons" is no stranger to homages to pop culture in their couch gags, with "Breaking Bad" being a prime example, but in Sunday's (Jan. 12) episode, the series dedicated a portion of the story to someone special.During the episode "Married to the Blob," Homer and a new friend have what looks like a wine-induced hallucination that lands them in an anime version of Springfield. In reality, the sequence is a tribute to legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki, who announced his retirement from Studio Ghibli back in September.The scene is filled with references to his various movies, including "Princess Mononoke," "Kiki's Delivery Service," "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Spirited Away." His final film, "The Wind Rises," will be released in U.S. theaters on February 21.Take a look at the scene above to see how many of the references you recognize. The three-headed bully dragon is pretty fantastic.... //

‘The Simpsons’ Sneak Peek: Homer Wanders Into an Anime World

“I am ruined by whimsy!” Apu declares in an adorable clip from this week’s episode of  The Simpsons . After drinking too much snake wine (and an aquarium), Homer finds himself in an anime style delirium that would make Hayao Miyazaki proud. Highlights include a walking Kwik-E-Mart, a cat bus and ghostly figures. The stylized sequence is a beautiful homage to the genre. The entire episode is an ode to comic books as The Comic Book Guy takes a wife. Comic book legends Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison guest star. Watch the sequence below, as well as interviews with Lee and Ellison about their roles. Read More... //

TV ratings: 'The Simpsons' gets a big boost from NFL Sunday, 'Revenge' returns higher

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014The first round of the NFL playoffs gave FOX a huge bump Sunday, as the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers ate up an hour of primetime. After the game, "The Simpsons" delivered its best ratings in a long time, and the rest of the network's animated shows were up as well.Also Sunday, "Revenge" returned to its best 18-49 rating in three months for ABC, and a "Bachelor" preview special did OK. NBC began the post-NFL part of its season with "Dateline" and a Jimmy Fallon special, which drew decent numbers. "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist" were in line with their most recent airings for CBS.FOX drew 17.75 million viewers and a 9.9 rating/15 share in households Sunday, pending updates for the live NFL broadcast. CBS (8.3 million, 5.3/8) came in second. NBC (5.8 million, 3.6/5) and ABC (5.795 million, 3.6/5) finished in... //