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19
Feb
12

I will not celebrate meaningless milestones

[Intellectual property – the 500 emblem that I myself put on the couch – yoinked from here!]

We’ve (we’ve? What did we do other than register our disgust at episodes in the post-classic era? More accurate: ‘they’ve’) made it! Tonight at 8pm (7pm central) on FOX, The Simpsons will air its 500th episode, entitled “At Long Last Leave.” To celebrate this (meaningless milestone) occasion, I will review all previous -00th episodes, starting with the 100th (what else?), “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song.” (stay tuned!)

 [recalling a table read for the 200th episode, “Trash of the Titans]  “that was a staggering number. David Mirkin, one of the executive producers, said, ‘Well, we’re halfway home.’ And everybody laughed because it was obvious that there was no way we would be on for 400. So now to have done 500 is really fatiguing,” Matt Groening recalls in an interview with LA Times. On February 8, 2012, FOX, in an effort to place a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for longest continuous television viewing, selected one-hundred “The Simpsons” fans for a marathon of the show, starting from the very first episode. The last remaining as the record was broken would be crowned the winners, and the remaining two, Jeremiah Franco and Carin Shreve, won as the record was broken on February 12, 2012 after reaching the eleventh season of the show; Franco and Shreve were also selected to join the cast and crew for the 500th episode celebration on February 13. Before the US airing on February 19, reviews of the episode have been seen as “generally positive,” HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall reported the “couch gag was marvelous, it actually made me choke up a bit.” TIME writer James Poniewozik, who believes the quality of  “The Simpsons” declined at the end of the 1990s, reported that it was an “all right episode,” with a few gags feeling “forced,” but also reporting that “a few moments made me bark out loud and realize why I loved the show in the first place.”

On other things, if for whatever reason you haven’t heard of the plot of tonight’s 500th episode, here it is, coming generously from Wikipedia (along with several of those quotes above!):

The Simpson family discovers that everyone in Springfield has grown tired of them and are secretly planning to have them thrown out of the city. The family moves out of Springfield to a rugged place where Julian Assange becomes their new neighbor.

A tad bit reminiscent of The Simpsons Movie, hm? The plot doesn’t really specify many details other than the overall plot, so nothing can be assumed (at least in my opinion) overly terrible about it, just yet. Let’s wait and see.

Thanks for reading,

Judy

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17
Feb
12

It’s 2012!, however, impromtu delay causes whipping of Everything Simpsons writers

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years celebration! We writers at Everything Simpsons were busy with family, jobs, and other unimportant things like that to update for Christmas or the start of 2012, but we hope you all had a very wonderful holiday with whatever you celebrated.

With The Simpsons’ 500th episode approaching, we realized that we hadn’t updated in awhile (two months, to be exact) so we decided that before this (slightly more above meaninglessness, but only slightly) milestone, I would update with my reviews of the previous -00th episodes (starting with “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadassssss Song”) before the 500th episode premieres on February 19th. Let the countdown begin!

Thanks for bearing with us and still reading,

Judy

07
Oct
11

The Simpsons live to see another day

Tweeted 41 minutes ago via canyonjim (James L. Brooks);

FOX’s renewing of the show brings it up to 25 seasons with a total of 559 episodes; lasting at least to the spring of 2014. Not much cemented information has been revealed at this point (such as how much the cast took a cut, if any; and what deal was reached) so we can’t do much as of yet but assumption.

06
Oct
11

“The Simpsons” likely to end after current season, FOX executive “confirms”

Stumbling on “Simpsons” websites today, I noticed that there had been a story of a FOX executive “confirming” the unlikeliness of a 24th season for OFF. While I’ll admit that I would be forlorn to see the show go (no matter how much I criticize it), I, after reading this article from our friends at Dead Homer Society, am (however slightly) convinced that the show would continue for yet another season after this season ends this following summer. The money wrangling between FOX and the principal voice actors is described best by our friends at DHS;

Management: We’re losing money, you guys need to take a pay cut.
Labor:  Bullshit.

Keep in mind this has happened before, and all involved have eventually found a way to receive more money. As explained in the article from DHS, the articles describing the talk between the FOX executives and the “The Simpsons” cast can undoubtedly be misleading to generate attention to a show beloved by millions. Until a credible article emerges and the last episode of season 23 is set to be a series finale, we can’t be quite sure. Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading,

Judy

25
Sep
11

With great respect, Marge Simpson

In 1990, First Lady of the United States Barbara Bush stated that “the dumbest thing [she] had ever seen” in a People magazine interview was “The Simpsons.” A short time afterward, ol’ Barb herself received a letter from matriarch Marge Simpson, who expressed her distress at the First Lady’s harsh criticism of her family. Shot out of the blue, the First Lady realized her “mistake” and sent a reply to Marge’s letter apologizing for her words. Here’s the full story from Letters of Note; the story of the First Lady receiving a letter from the blue-haired, green-dressed mother of three surfaced online before and was recalled in a “The Simpsons” boxset, but it’s always fun thing to read.

P.S. The framegrab featured on the right comes generously from Last Exit to Springfield!

Thanks for reading,

Judy

13
Sep
11

FOX releases promotional images for season 23 premiere

Guest star Kiefer Sutherland.

Guest star Tom Colicchio.

Woohoo, more guest-star filler! The Simpsons Zombie Simpsons’ 23rd season opens with yet another guest-star episode ordinary season premiere, “The Falcon and the D’ohman.” I vote for this episode to be a semi-failure, but we’ll just to wait and see.

Thanks for reading,

Judy

06
Sep
11

We’ve been featured!

… by The Springfield Connection and Springfield! Springfield!, that is. What I’m talking about is that we’ve been featured on the “Links” page of The Springfield Connection (we’re not sure when we were featured but we just discovered it today) and my retrospective of “The Simpsons” on the internets, one of the (hopefully) many essay/retrospective/what have you -things I plan to write, was featured on Springfield! Springfield! We’re sincerely grateful for the inclusion of our dinky little website!

Thanks for reading,

Judy