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Mythbusters Will Tackle The Simpsons in Its Season Premiere

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman; insert: Homer Simpson

They've taken on the science of Breaking Bad and the zombies of The Walking Dead, and now they're taking on ... Bart Simpson? Mythbusters hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will tackle the myths of The Simpsons in Mythbusters' Season 13 premiere next month, reports Entertainment Weekly.

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Thanksgiving Weekend TV: Your Guide to All the Marathons, Specials and Football Games

Courteney Cox

Stuffed with Thanksgiving turkey? Tired of flag football with your family? Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons to stay put on the couch all weekend long. Check out our roundup of all the marathons, specials and football games on tap. All times are Eastern (ET).

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The Comeback's Comeback, Newsroom's Final Edition, Simpsons Meets Futurama

Lisa Kudrow

Valerie Cherish is forever seeking the most flattering light — from the cameras of the hapless reality-TV crew that surround her, from the two-faced Hollywood cronies who mock her, from life itself — and the tragic comedy of HBO's The Comeback, making its own most-welcome comeback (Sunday, 10/9c) after nearly a decade off the air, is that she so rarely finds it... read more

Futurama Returns for Time-Traveling Crossover With The Simpsons

The Simpsons

Futurama lives! For one night at least. The long-running sci-fi cartoon spoof, which signed off last year, is making a time-traveling comeback on The Simpsons (Sunday, Nov. 9 at 8/7c on Fox). Despite the fact the shows are set 1,000 years apart, the crossover makes sense, given that both series were created by Matt Groening and share a similar animation style. "At the table read, I said, "Let's celebrate this joyous reunion between Matt Groening's left and right brains,'" says Simpsons executive producer Al Jean. "And I really think that's what it is." read more

Exclusive Simpsons Sneak Peek: Jane Fonda Prepares to Battle Mr. Burns

Jane Fonda

In Springfield, it takes guts to go up against the rich and powerful Mr. Burns. But Jane Fonda is prepared to do just that on The Simpsons.

The two-time Oscar winner lends her voice to the tough and... read more

Weekend TV: Simpsons' 25th Treehouse of Horror, Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways, Finales of Knick and Manhattan

The Simpsons

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.

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Nick Offerman on His The Simpsons Guest Stint, and Why It's Hard to Say Goodbye to Parks and Recreation

Nick Offerman

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.

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Fox Pulls Utopia from Tuesday Nights

Utopia

Amid slumping ratings, Fox is pulling its experimental reality show Utopia from Tuesdaynights. Utopia will continue to air on Fridays at 8/7c.

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Ratings: Once, Family Guy Return Strong; Madam Secretary Falls

Georgina Haig

You really can't let it go.

Once Upon a Time's Frozen-fied Season 4 returned to 9.4 million viewers and a 3.4 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Sunday, up ...
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Watch the Latest (Bizarre) Simpsons Couch Gag

Homer Simpson

It was a big night for The Simpsonswhich 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:

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Premiered: December 17, 1989, on FOX
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Matt Groening's subversive, animated satire about Springfield's hapless first family became a cult favorite when it premiered on Fox in 1989 after first being seen in 1987 as a short on 'The Tracey Ullman Show.' That was then; now it's TV longest running comedy. Not since 'The Flintstones' in the '60s has a cartoon series drawn such a large adult audience, and, ay caramba, given us pop-culture expressions for the ages. And in 1999, Time magazine called it the best TV show of the 20th century.

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