Holy Freaking Cow... bombshell tonight ladies & gentlemen. Bleeding Cool just uncovered evidence that "The Simpsons" is being renamed after 25 long seasons on the broadcast airwaves. The new name... "Bart & Co." As Maggie would say: "What the deuce???"
"It was time for change," said a guy I made up just now. "There was a feeling that the 'The Simpsons' name was no longer relevant to today's tweens so the big boys on the top floor demanded a name change to spice things up."
Will renaming the quarter-century show prove to be a major misstep for Fox and the franchise, or will it be the opposite of that. Those are the questions we're asking.
No word yet on when the namechange will be made official.
Breaking news out of California... it looks like the sequel to The Simpsons Game has finally been officially cancelled... can't say this was all that surprising... but apparently they'd been working really hard on it and now all that hard work will never be seen... Developing...
Popular songstress and harpy Joanna Newsom is reportedly appearing in an upcoming Simpsons episode. It's being described as a "guest appearance," but I have reason to believe this is merely a smokescreen for the real truth: the producers are secretly bringing in Newsom to replace Yeardley Smith as the voice of Lisa Simpson.
Now, I know what you're thinking: hey, the Yeardster's voiced America's favorite starfish-haired feminist for nearly 25 years! They're not just going to throw her under the bus! Well, let's take a look at the evidence:
FACT: Newsom's voice is often compared to that of Lisa Simpson's.
FACT: The voice actors are not getting any younger.
Just look at what happened to Frank Welker, who used to voice the dog: the producers discovered Dan Castelleneta could voice the dog just as good, so they gave Frankie the boot. Could history repeat itself again when Newsom comes in to record what she believes is a cameo? Let's say, hypothetically, a director slides her a script and asks her, just for funsies, to read some of Lisa's lines. And what if, that night, the producers get together, in secret, and compare her vocal track with Smith's... and decide Newsom's is better?
If I were Yeardley Smith, I'd be looking over my shoulder at all times. And I were Joanna Newsom, I'd leave the harp at home, in order to prevent any Nancy Kerrigan-type shenanigans... Developing... [TwentyFourBit ]
UPDATE (10/20/2010): IN THE NEWS has successfully shamed the producers from going through with their plan, and Joanna Newsom's cameo is definitely not happening. Yeardley Smith, you're welcome. [Pitchfork]
The beloved long-running series that forever changed the face of television, Law & Order, has been cancelled after 20 years and 456 episodes. Although the show and its spinoffs is a billion dollar franchise, ratings had fallen to eight million viewers. [New York Times]
Yes, according to some random guy on the internet. Here's a made-up quote purportedly from Matt Groening:
Die hard fans may get a long overdue recurring gag. Remember the episode where Lester and Eliza saved the day instead of Bart and Lisa? That was disturbing, and I personally expected them to come back and wreak more havoc. A decade later, we may finally get closure. "I think we put them in The Simpsons movie. They were in one draft. I'm not sure if they survive."
3/8/2007 UPDATE: I guess the quote wasn't made up! You can see it here in this interview with Crave Online.