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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Million Dollar Maybe"

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Homer and Marge are practicing their toast for an upcoming friend's wedding that they will be attending.  The next day at work, Lenny, Carl, and Homer are eating Chinese take-out and reading their fortunes. Homer's fortune says he will have good luck that day. In disbelief, Homer starts to throw it away and then he slips in water and hits the candy machine where all the candy then falls out.  Next, Homer is walking to his car and finds a CD of Emerson Lake and Palmer's greatest hits. He can't believe the luck he is having and then as he drives past the Kwik-E-Mart decides to stop to buy a million-dollar jackpot lottery ticket. 

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Once Upon a Time in Springfield"

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The producers of The Krusty Show want to change the format of the show in order to appeal to a wider audience (specifically young girls). They force Krusty to hire a female co-star. If he doesn't agree then they will fire him and hire a replacement via a new Fox reality show, America's Next Krusty.

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

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Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are poised to take home a lot of hardware tonight as they lead all artists with 10 and eight nominations, respectively. The ladies also perform, along with fellow Album of the Year nominees the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and the Dave Matthews Band. In addition, Bon Jovi, Green Day, Lady Antebellum, Maxwell, Pink and Zac Brown Band will also take the stage. But perhaps the most anticipated moment is the Michael Jackson tribute, which features the 3-D mini-movie "Earth Song" and will be enhanced by performers Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood and Usher.

Read on for previews of A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration, Desperate Housewives, the Pro Bowl and The Simpsons. read more

ABC Orders New Pilots from Scrubs, Parks and Rec Producers

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ABC has ordered two comedy pilots; How to Be a Better American and an untitled project from comedian Dana Gould, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

From Scrubs executive producers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, How to Be a Better American follows... read more

Conan O'Brien Says Goodbye to Tonight Show

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Conan O'Brien ended his brief run as host of The Tonight Show with thanks to his fans and even the network that is replacing him a mere seven months into his dream job.

"Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we're going to go our separate ways," O'Brien said of NBC, his employer of 17 years. "But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible."

Conan's last words as Tonight Show host

O'Brien, who had announced just 10 days earlier that he would rather leave The Tonight Show than accept a move to after midnight to accommodate Jay Leno's return to the 11:35 slot, said... read more

Ratings: Chuck Returns Strong, Simpsons Anniversary Draws Big Audience


The Season 3 premiere of Chuck pulled its highest ratings since its 3-D episode following the 2009 Super Bowl.

Chuck averaged 7.5 million viewers over the two one-hour episodes, a... read more

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

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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. 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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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Thursdays with Abie"

The Simpsons go to "Wet 'n Wacky World — (formerly the JFK Naval Museum)." While there, Grampa tells some of his boring, nonsensical rambling old man stories. While the other Simpsons are watching the performing octopus, Slimu, someone has taken an interest in Grampa's stories that he's telling to nobody in particular while sitting alone on a bench. This man introduces himself as Marshall Goldman — a human interest columnist for the Springfield Shopper and he would like to turn Grampa's stories into a regular column.

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Fox and Time Warner Extend Negotiations, Avoid Blackout

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Fans of football and The Simpsons can breathe a little easier, for now.

News Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. agreed to extend their contract a few hours, avoiding the threatened blackout of several Fox stations and allowing fee negotiations to continue.

Time Warner made the announcement just after midnight — when the existing contract expired — and Fox executive Scott Grogin told The Associated Press at 5:30 a.m. "we are still negotiating."

News Corp., Fox's parent company, is demanding higher subscriber fees for its Fox stations from Time Warner. The company is asking for a $1 monthly fee per subscriber, which will provide subscription revenue to supplement advertising revenue from its broadcast networks.

Time Warner has agreed to negotiate a new fee, but CEO Glenn Britt has called Fox's demand excessive... read more

Homerpalooza: 20 Years of Awesome Musical Guests on The Simpsons

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When you think of music meccas, you may think of Memphis, Austin or New York City. But don't forget Springfield.

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Along with bizarre characters and brilliant one-liners, The Simpsons has brought us two decades of great tunes — and welcomed a musical lineup that would make any show jealous. Guests have included Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash and U2. (Resident music critic Mr. Burns called the Irish rockers "wankers.")

Check out's list of awesome musical Simpsons guests, and tell us... read more

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Premiered: December 17, 1989, on FOX
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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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