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Simpsons, Family Guy cross-over episode set for 2014

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that a cross-over episode is planned for The Family Guy and The Simpsons. Simpsons castmembers Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria will lend their voices to the installment, in which Peter and the rest of the Griffins embark on a road trip and wind up in […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2013,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 5 Comments

Trudeau’s show picked up by Amazon; taking sabbatical

Amazon has announced that one of the five pilots that will be developed into a series is Garry Trudeau’s Alpha House. Michael Cavna reports that Garry will be taking a summer sabbatical to work on the shows. The show features four big name actors such as John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloyand, […]

Posted on: May 30, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: 4 Comments

Garry Trudeau writes political TV show

Michael Cavna interviews Doonesbury creator Garry Trudueau about the creation and writing of an upstart political drama TV show available through Amazon Studios. The show is called Alpha House based on the premise of this article in the New York Times wherein four U.S. Senators live together as roommates in Washington D.C. The show brings […]

Posted on: Apr 26, 2013,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: 1 Comment

Futurama has been cancelled. Again

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Matt Groening’s animated tv show Futurama has been cancelled. It ran from 1999 to 2003 and was cancelled by Fox, but fan interest was enough too keep it re-runs and direct to DVD movies. Comedy Central brought the show back in 2010. From EW: The producers say that they are […]

Posted on: Apr 25, 2013,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 3 Comments

Corey Pandolph creates TeamOlbo avatar

Back when the NBC-Leno-Conan debacle was unfolding a grass roots effort fanned out through the web behind a “I’m with Coco” avatar. From Huffington Post comes news that Corey Pandolph cartoonist for The Elderberries, Toby, Robot Satan and Barkeater Lake has created an iconic image of Keith Olbermann. From the Huffington Post Maybe Keith Olbermann […]

Posted on: Jan 25, 2011,  Section: Television, Comments: Comments Off on Corey Pandolph creates TeamOlbo avatar

Most beloved, obscure holiday TV specials

CNN has a round up of obscure, yet beloved holiday TV specials. Included in the list: “The Star Wars Holiday Special” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (not so obscure) “Claymation Christmas Celebration” “Batman Returns” (not sure why this is even on their list) “Christmas Comes to PacLand” “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”/”Santa Claus” (1959) “Futurama” (holiday […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2010,  Section: Television, Comments: 2 Comments

The history behind A Charlie Brown Christmas

Comic Riffs blogger Michael Cavna has a detailed history of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” which airs tonight. Charles Schulz was long viewed as a man plagued by anxiety, self-doubt and fear of rejection. Yet when it came to the production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Mendleson says, Schulz was the epitome of confidence and assured […]

Posted on: Dec 7, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Television, Comments: 2 Comments

Dora the Explorer voice talent withdraws lawsuit

I reported last October that Caitlin Sanchez, the voice behind Dora the Explorer, sued Nickelodeon claiming the company forced her to sign an “unconscionable” contract. ABC News reports that the suit has withdrawn her lawsuit. Sanchez also claimed that reps from the network had promised her substantial compensation from merchandising and residuals, but later cut […]

Posted on: Dec 7, 2010,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: Comments Off on Dora the Explorer voice talent withdraws lawsuit

Rocky and Bullwinkle creator Alexander Anderson dies

Alexander Anderson, best known for his creation of the 1959 animated program Rocky and His Friends and its 1961 spin-off The Bullwinkle Show, known collectively as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, has passed away at the age of 90. After the war, Anderson went to work full-time for Terrytoons, in New Rochelle, N.Y. Movie attendance […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2010,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 4 Comments

Fox to produce Napoleon Dynamite animated pilot

The Fox Network has approved a six episode pilot for an animated “Napoleon Dynamite” for their 2011-2012 season. The show is based on the 2004 cult hit comedy and will bring the original cast back together to voice the series. Mike Scully (The Simspons) is also reportedly being brought in as a writer and executive […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2010,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: Comments Off on Fox to produce Napoleon Dynamite animated pilot

Vatican: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic

The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has published an article praising Matt Groening’s irreverent comedy The Simpsons and citing a magazine article by a Jesuit priest who maintains that Homer and Bart are Catholics. ”The Simpsons are one of the few TV programmes for children left in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are […]

Posted on: Oct 19, 2010,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 5 Comments

Dora the Explorer voice sues Nickelodeon

Caitlin Sanchez, the voice behind Dora the Explorer since 2007, has sued Nickelodeon for not properly compensating her. According to a statement issued by the lawyers representing Sanchez and her parents, the suit claims that Nickelodeon “took advantage of a hard-working teenage girl” and “charges that Caitlin and her parents were pressured into signing an […]

Posted on: Oct 18, 2010,  Section: Animation, Television, Comments: 4 Comments

Festival of Cartoon Art notes: Matt Groening, Tom Gammill

On Saturday night there was a special event open to the public entitled, “An Evening with Matt Groening.” It was a sell out crowd. The Doozies creator Tom Gammill introduced and interviewed Life in Hell, The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening. The opened the evening with a 2 minute montage of clips for The […]

Posted on: Oct 17, 2010,  Section: Animation, Festival of Cartoon Art, Television, Comments: 4 Comments

Zits coming to the small screen?

Deadline.com is reporting that movie and TV mogal Jerry Bruckheimer is working to create a half hour live action comedy sit com based on Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman’s Zits comic strip. Donald Todd, who was the co-creator, executive producer of the ABC comedy Samantha Who? is the writer-producer for this script.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: 9 Comments

Need: List of talking animals on TV

Stu Rees emails to ask the following question: I need help compiling a list of television shows and movies where animals and humans talk to each other without any explanation of how it’s possible (magic, etc.). So far I have: Stuart Little Family Guy Tales of Despereaux Dilbert (tv show) Mr. Ed I’m also be […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2010,  Section: Legal, Television, Comments: 35 Comments