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The Simpsons' Executive Producer Al Jean Looks Back at 20 Years in Springfield

The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean

After 20 years and nearly 450 episodes, The Simpsons received a surprising distinction: an endorsement from the Vatican.

"I called my father — whose been going to Catholic Mass for 70 years — and I said, 'So it turns out I've been doing God's work all this time,'" laughs longtime executive producer Al Jean. (The official Vatican newspaper praised the show last month for its "realistic and intelligent writing.")

Even without the Roman Catholic Church's approval, the series has thrived. Playing in more than 90 countries, the longest-running prime-time scripted series will simultaneously celebrate its 20th anniversary and 450th episode Sunday. The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3D! On Ice!, airing Sunday at 8:30/7:30c, will look back at both the show's humble origins and worldwide impact.

TVGuide.com talked with Jean — the series' current showrunner and a writer since Season 1 — about the show's anniversary, his favorite characters and guest stars.

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Showtime Orders 13 Episodes of The Big C

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The Big C has gotten a big order from Showtime.

The Laura Linney drama has been picked up for 13 episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series will debut... read more

NBC Reportedly Moving Leno Back to 11:35 with O'Brien Following Him

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NBC plans to move Jay Leno back to 11:35/10:35c and current Tonight host Conan O'Brien to 12:05/11:05c, The New York Times reports.

NBC higher-ups held discussions with... read more

NBC Says It's Working to Improve the Performance of Jay Leno's Show

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What changes are ahead for The Jay Leno Show? NBC says it's working "to find ways to improve the performance" of the program in response to... read more

Twilight and House Top 2010 People's Choice Awards

Queen Latifah

The Twilight film series, TV drama House and actress Sandra Bullock topped the People's Choice Awards at Wednesday's night ceremony.

Hosted by Queen Latifah, the show honored fan favorites in TV, movies, music and other areas of pop culture.

At Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, The... read more

David Hasselhoff Departing America's Got Talent

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David Hasselhoff is leaving America's Got Talent after four years, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

"It's been a... read more

Hanes Drops Charlie Sheen Ads

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Charlie Sheen is no longer the best fit for Hanes.

The underwear and clothing company says they have severed their relationship with the Two and a Half Men star in light of... read more

30 Rock's Jane Krakowski is Engaged

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30 Rock star Jane Krakowski is engaged to boyfriend Robert Godley, TVGuide.com has confirmed...

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Jared Padalecki Engaged to Former Co-Star

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Both Winchester boys are off the market.

Supernatural star Jared Padalecki is engaged to his former co-star... read more

Taylor Swift and Susan Boyle Top 2009 Album Sales

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is taking home yet another accolade: the best-selling album of 2009.

Swift's sophomore effort, Fearless, won the title after a close battle with Susan Boyle and her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream. Swift sold... read more

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