Raymond Cruz, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
10 pm/ET AMC
The second-season opener simmers with an unsettling intensity and gripping, jaw-dropping drama. Having watched loco Tuco (Raymond Cruz) "beat a dude to death...for nothing," Walt and Jesse decide that however lucrative their business "arrangement" is with the psychotic pusher, they need to get out of it. Impetuous Jesse cooks up a half-baked plan of attack, but cooler-headed Walt concocts a more surefire way to take care of the bane of their existence. — Ray Stackhouse
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Looks like The Simpsons' new HD opening credits will be around for awhile.
Fox has ordered two more seasons of The Simpsons, which will bring the longest-running primetime show in history to a whopping 493 episodes. The show is currently in its 20th season.
The announcement ...
Usually, we can't help but wait in anticipation to see what the final seconds of The Simpsons opening sequence will bring, but for the first time in over two decades, the entire opener received a full makeover to coincide with its switch to HDTV.
The opening follows all the same motions, but with subtle extras added throughout: Bart still zips by on his skateboard, but now he uncovers a belching Barney under a pile of leaves raked up by an unhappy Groundskeeper Willie. Maggie still gets rung up at the supermarket, but the camera pans out to show her shaking fists with her baby nemesis, Gerald.
We see the family capture their couch, which was on-the-run for about a solid minute of credits, and then learn that they've upgraded to a new flat-screen television.
Watch the video after the jump!
The Simpsons, 30 Rock
Holiday cheer is arriving early for emerging awards season favorites, starting with 30 Rock, Breaking Bad and The Simpsons. The trio leads nominations from the Writers Guild of America, with winners to be announced February 7.
The WGA announced its awards roster on Monday, with a range of new and established series getting nods, Variety reports. Drama nominations included Dexter, Friday Night Lights, Lost, Mad Men and (wait for it!)...More, after the jump.
After a week off due to the premiere of 24: Redemption, The Simpsons returned to the airwaves with an episode that featured more than a few references to the Fox network's most infamous counter terrorism programming. No, not Fox News. 24! That's right. It seems as though Fox must be really scared their viewers have forgotten about Jack Bauer and all he's done for this great nation after his year and a half absence from the network. So, where else to find better advertising than in the shows you currently do have on your network?
There are two ways of looking at my expectation level for tonight's episode after last week's shockingly bad trip into the pasts of the Simpson family members. You could argue that because things seemed so bleak last week, any speck of creativity or humor would shine in comparison. On the other hand, you could also say my claws were only sharpened for this week. Thankfully my praise for this episode is earned and there are few items which I can take my sharpened claws to.
I'm invoking the inalienable right of every Simpsons' fan by using a phrase cultivated by writers of the show themselves via the character of Jeff Albertson, also known as Comic Book Guy — Worst. Episode. Ever.
To be honest with you I found the events of this week's episode so simplistic that I was utterly confused. I realize Springfield needs to be kept in a suspended state of present which always exists in whatever time period it is in our world...
This Sunday, as NBC's coverage of the Patriots-Colts game averaged 14.2 million total viewers:
The Simpsons won its time slot with an audience of 12.48 million, up 760K from last year's "Treehouse of Terror" special and the series best numbers since Feb. 22, 2004. In turn, lead-out King of the Hill (8.6 mil) gained 17 percent. Extreme Makeover did 11.7 mil, dipping 450 thou week-to-week, while Amazing Race held steady at 9.76 mil. The CW's Valentine (772,000) bled another 70K.
Housewives topped the hour (and the demos) with 15.86 million viewers, inching up 200 thou. Placing third behind football, Cold Case (11.64 mil) dropped 350K. Both Family Guy (9.97 mil, +900K) and the just-renewed American Dad (7.2 mil, +600K) saw increases over their last fresh eps, while the CW's Easy Money slid 170 thou to 650K.
Brothers & Sisters placed second with 9.72 mil, slipping 390 thou week-to-week. It was followed by The Unit (8.97 mil), which was down 130K.
The Simpsons' aired their Halloween episode 2 days late or 363 days early. This 19th volume in the show's Treehouse of Horror anthology featured spoofs of Transformers, Mad Men, and, in the "can you believe it hadn't been done before" column, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. This volume delivered some of the best Halloween laughs since the 12th season's Treehouse of Horror XI, featuring Homer telling Marge he just needs to get into Heaven, not "run for Jesus."
Jason Isaacs, Brotherhood
8 pm/ET Showtime
A new season (No. 3) of intrigue and infighting kicks off among the fractious Caffee family of Providence, R.I. Ruthless Freddie Cork is getting out of prison and that doesn't sit well with Michael the hood, while Tommy the pol becomes increasingly frustrated as his power fades and he's relegated to being "[Speaker] Donatello's little errand boy."
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