!!!!!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.



!!!!! It's not everyday that a big scoop lands right in your lap, but sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time. Someone... or something... threw a brick through the window of our offices (why people can't just deliver bricks to the door I'll never know). Tied to the brick was an Iomega Zip disk. Immediately I knew this was big, and not just because the disk has about 100 times more storage capacity than a normal floppy disk. A week later, after having secured an Iomega Zip drive from eBay, I looked at the disk's files, or should I say file, because there was only one file: a single JPEG, which you can see below...

Watching The Simpsons Will Kill You!!!

!!!!!BOMBSHELL... you won't see this reported on Faux News or MSMBS... the study Big Hollywood doesn't want you to see... it turns out watching TV - including TV shows like The Simpsons - will LITERALLY KILL YOU!!!!


drudge sirenBreaking 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...

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BREAKING: Joanna Newsom to Replace Yeardley Smith as Voice of Lisa Simpson?!?!

joanna!!!!!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]


A little birdie named wolf puppy has leaked what appears to be a pre-production test shot for the long-awaited sequel to The Simpsons Movie:


It appears Fox has scrapped the traditional 2-D look of the show in favor of slicker 3-D CGI. Now, many misguided Simpsons purists will surely decry the change in dimensions, but keep in mind that The Simpsons Ride was CGI and many Simpsons directors (David Silverman, Brad Bird, Jim Reardon) have plenty of Pixar experience, so this was inevitable. Developing...

BREAKING: Long-Running Series Cancelled After 20 Years

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]


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!!!!!Back in 1993, when David Letterman headed over to CBS to start The Late Show, The Simpsons paid tribute with a not-very-funny couch gag (see screenshot here). Why didn't they do a similar tribute when famous Simpsons alum Conan O'Brien took over The Tonight Show??? And don't give me that "they couldn't because it started in June" B.S. excuse. Also why did they choose Letterman over Conan for a not-funny-at-all segment last night?? (Don't give me that "because Letterman has the Top 10 list" crap.) These two things add up to one conclusion: The Simpsons is snubbing Conan!!! What is the reason? A source tells that producer Al Jean has had it in for Conan ever since Conan gave him a wedgie during a staff meeting in '92... No denial from Jean as of yet... Developing...




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A day after announcing plans to cut as many as 800 jobs, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said Thursday it will cancel "The Simpsons" and "The Martha Stewart Show" in a cost-cutting maneuver.
[Yahoo! Canada]

Simpsons To Possibly End At Some Indeterminate Future Point In Time???

Up in the Simpsons unit, one of the artists, a person who's been with the show a few years and knows which heads are rolling and who's are likely to be lopped off next, confided:

None of us know if Fox is going to order another season of The Simpsons after we're done with this one. The actors are signed, but Fox hasn't said if it wants another twenty episodes. I think Gracie Films [the producing company of The Simpsons] would like another order, and so is offering up sacrifices to Fox to show that they're serious about cutting costs. Some old hands have been let go.
[TAG Blog]

"Spiderpig" Song Now Illegal???

A man in Scotland was thrown in jail after singing the "Spiderpig" song from The Simpsons Movie to a group of police officers. [BBC News]

Simpsons Writers Spreading Viruses???

In an episode aired in early 2003, Homer's e-mail address is revealed to be E-mails sent to that address would receive a response from "Homer," which was actually written by writer Matt Selman (see some of the responses here). That account has remained largely dormant until recently, when it resurfaced on AIM to spread malware to those who had added "Homer" to their buddy list:

Since then, the screen name has been inactive, until a few days ago when Chunkylover53's "Away" message appeared, prompting people to click on a link and run an executable in order to see "a *new* Internet-only exclusive Simpson's episode."

Of course, the file doesn't show a Simpsons video. It infects the machine with a Trojan that throws up error messages, crashes the computer when attempting to open Windows Explorer and drops other nasty files onto the machine, making it part of what is believed to be a Turkish botnet, according to FaceTime, which secures IM, collaboration and Web apps for corporations.

The real question: why are Matt Selman and his Simpsons co-workers spreading viruses to their fans??? Developing... [CNET]

Fall Out Boy Forced To Be On Simpsons Movie Soundtrack?

Some music sites are reporting that rock band Fall Out Boy, whose name unintentionally comes from Radioactive Man's young ward, will be on the upcoming Simpsons Movie soundtrack. But is it possible they were forced into it, in lieu of being sued by Fox for copyright infringement? What else is Fox forcing the band to do? Developing... [The Rock Radio]

Voiceover Actors Threaten To Boycott The Simpsons Movie!!!

The Mexican voice actors who dub the show for Latin America, that is.

According to Gabriel Chavez, the Mexican equivalent of Harry Shearer, the voice actors had been told they'd be doing the dubbing for The Simpsons Movie as a condition to end their 2005 strike. If they get passed over, "there will be a boycott across Latin America of the film." Which raises a question you don't really hear asked much: Who will replace the Mexican workers? [KTRK]

Itchy, But Not Scratchy In Simpsons Movie???

In the latest Simpsons Movie trailer, the announcer mentions Itchy while listing a multitude of characters, but curiously omits Scratchy. Could this be confirmation that the feline star of "That Happy Cat" won't be appearing in the movie??? Developing... [Apple Movie Trailers]

Lester and Eliza in Simpsons Movie???

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."
[Rotten Tomatoes]


3/8/2007 UPDATE: I guess the quote wasn't made up! You can see it here in this interview with Crave Online.