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Judd Apatow Likes Working for The Simpsons

In 2012, Judd Apatow revealed that The Simpsons will produce a spec script he wrote 30 years ago , when he was first getting started. Well, today, in anticipation of appearing as himself on this Sunday's episode, he spoke with EW about it . The plot: "The family goes to a hypnotism show and the hypnotist has a heart [attack]. But at the show, he made Homer think he was 10 years old so they have to leave the show with Homer thinking he’s 10. It’s about Bart and Homer becoming best friends because they’re the same age, and then Homer doesn’t want to be revived because he’d rather be 10 than have adult responsibility." (It sounds a bit like the classic season-twelve episode "HOMR," but a bit more Apatowian, in its man-child focus.) He explained that he will be part of the rewriting process, offering notes and input after the staff does their rewrites. Adding that the changes the staff has already made "blew [his] mind" and that "we never should take  The Simpsons  for granted. It really sets the bar for everybody." "Don’t take The Simpsons for granted" is a good and achievable resolution.   //

The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 9 “Steal This Episode”

The Simpsons  Season 25 Episode 9 “Steal This Episode” airs Sunday January 5, 2014 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 9 “Steal This Episode” – Homer becomes annoyed with movie theaters, so Bart teaches him how to download movies illegally. Homer is delighted with his discovery of free movies until he’s caught for piracy in the all-new “Steal This Episode” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Jan. 5 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... //

'The Simpsons' adds Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum and more for 'Steal This Episode'

Finally, "The Simpsons" is going to tackle the topic of internet piracy and to do it, they're enlisting an all-star roster of guests. FOX has announced that the animated series will return January 5 with "Steal This Episode," with Paul Rudd and Channing Tatum among the names lending their voices.In the episode, Homer is banned from Springfield's movie theater, so Bart teaches him how to download movies. He then gets the bright idea to open his own backyard movie theater, which doesn't sit well with Marge. She tries to pay Hollywood back for the stolen films, but ends up getting an FBI agent (Will Arnett) involved, causing the Simpsons family to go running from the law.Other celebrities appearing in the episode are Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow, Leslie Mannand Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford. "The Simpsons" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.... //

TV ratings: 'Survivor' finale steady Sunday, 'Family Guy' rises with NFL help

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013The finale of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" was about even with the show's finale in the spring, but that was only good for third place in Sunday's ratings. NBC and FOX led the way thanks at least in part to NFL games.NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was below average, but it still led its three hours of primetime for the network. FOX's animated shows got a big boost from an afternoon NFL game that ate up nearly an hour of primetime, giving "The Simpsons," "Bob's Burgers" and "Family Guy" their best numbers of the season. ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge" went the other way, dropping some from last week.Numbers for NBC, FOX and CBS will all change some with updates for NFL telecasts (CBS primetime started a few minutes late in some markets). As things stand now, though, NBC (12.2 million viewers, 7.5/12 households) leads the way,... //

'The Simpsons' Christmas couch gag has Mrs. Krabappel as an angel

"The Simpsons" is covering all of its holiday bases with the next couch gag, which will air before Sunday's (Dec. 15) episode, "White Christmas Blues." The entire opening has been redone with a Christmas theme, though there are shout outs to pretty much every December holiday on the calendar, including Festivus.There's also a nice tribute to those in the "Simpsons" family who died in 2013, star Marcia Wallace (Mrs. Krabappel) and writer Don Payne. They both appear as angels, among the citizens of Springfield. It's the second tribute to Wallace, after Bart wrote a single "We'll really miss you, Mrs. K." on the chalkboard during the Nov. 3 episode."The Simpsons airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.... //

The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 8 “White Christmas Blues”

The Simpsons  Season 25 Episode 8 “White Christmas Blues” airs Sunday December 15, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 8 “White Christmas Blues” – Springfield is inundated with holiday revelers after the nuclear power plant springs a radiation leak, causing snow to fall all over town. When the tourists drive up Christmas shopping prices, Marge (Julie Kavner) opens up the Simpsons’ house to boarders in the all-new “White Christmas Blues” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Dec. 15 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... //

The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 7 “Yellow Subterfuge”

The Simpsons  Season 25 Episode 7 “Yellow Subterfuge” airs Sunday December 8, 2013 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Episode Synopsis:  The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 7 “Yellow Subterfuge” – Principal Skinner promises the students that the best-behaved among them can take a ride in a submarine. When Skinner gives all the kids a clean slate, Bart believes even his own past indiscretions will be forgotten if he doesn’t get into any more trouble. Meanwhile Lisa tries to help a cash-poor Krusty to turn things around by suggesting he sell the foreign rights to his shows in the all-new “Yellow Subterfuge” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Dec. 8 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... //

The Simpsons Get the White Christmas Blues

  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas — but only where The Simpsons live. The long-running Fox series will celebrate the holidays Sunday, Dec. 15 (8/7c) in predictably screwy fashion: Thanks to global warming, there's no snow anywhere in the United States except in Springfield, where a radiation leak at the town's nuclear-power plant has resulted in lots of local white stuff. Cue the price gouging.       //

‘Project Runway All Stars’ Meets ‘The Simpsons’ in Upcoming Season 3 Episode

It’s about time Marge Simpson got herself a new dress, and the  Project Runway All Stars  will be the ones designing it this Thursday, December 5th at 9/8c on Lifetime. The crossover will find the designers faced with the task of creating a dress for Marge to wear out on a date with Homer in an upcoming episode of  The Simpson s. The final fashion decision won’t come down to Marge though. Guest judges Anthony Ryan Auld, designer Stacey Bendet and actress Abigail Breslin will be in charge of picking the winning frock. Check out the mini-poster above for a look at the All Star gang  Simpson -ized. Are you excited to see what Marge’s date night dress will look like? Read More...  

TV ratings: 'Amazing Race' finale down, 'Family Guy' up Sunday

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013FOX's animation lineup got a boost Sunday from an NFL lead-in as "Bob's Burgers," "Family Guy" and American Dad" were all up from their most recent outings and "The Simpsons" was even.The finale of "The Amazing Race" on CBS, however took a hit in adults 18-49, falling half a point compared to last fall's final episode. (The network's primetime was delayed in a number of markets, so its numbers will change some in the final overnights.) NBC led per usual with "Sunday Night Football," and "Once Upon a Time" was up some for ABC.NBC delivered 13.8 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/13 share in households for the night, pending updates for its live NFL telecast. CBS (9.9 million, 6.0/9) came in second, beating out FOX's 8.5 million and 5.0/7. ABC (5.7 million, 3.6/5) trailed.The Peacock also led the 18-49 demographic with a 4.9 rating. FOX came in second... //