Some milestones can't help but make a longtime TV viewer feel a bit long in the tooth. Such is the case this Sunday, as Fox's The Simpsons marks a full quarter-century of spooky satire with its 25th annual "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween trilogy (8/7c), which strikes a nostalgic chord from its opening fanfare, echoing the classic (and still-missed) theme from Johnny Carson's Tonight Show — with a macabre twist, naturally.
Ron Swanson, the gruff character Nick Offerman plays on Parks and Recreation, would admire the actor's work ethic. Sitcoms and woodworking aside, Offerman has recently become an in-demand voice actor, voicing the title character on Fox's Axe Cop and also lending his skills to Disney XD's Gravity Falls and this year's box office smash The LEGO Movie.
Amid slumping ratings, Fox is pulling its experimental reality show Utopia from Tuesdaynights. Utopia will continue to air on Fridays at 8/7c.
You really can't let it go.
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It was a big night for The Simpsons, which featured both a major death and a buzzed about opening couch gag.
The Season 26 premiere kicked off with Homer in front of the TV furiously tapping the remote before the date scrolled to the past and then future and he turned into a floating tentacle head. Bart and Lisa, both of whom also transformed into bizarre shapes, then appeared on screen as a robot-sounding Lisa yelled, "I am Simpson" followed by Bart adding, "Don't have cow man." What followed was a weird mash-up of shapes and sounds and frankly, nothing that appeared to make sense.
Which character died on The Simpsons premiere?
Turns out, the opening was hand-drawn and animated by Oscar nominee and Indie filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt. Apparently, Hertzfeldt is a huge fan of the series: