On Sunday, "The Simpsons" found a subtle but poignant way to pay tribute to the late Marcia Wallace.
The Emmy-winning actress was the voice of Bart Simpson's teacher, Edna Krabappel, since the animated Fox show began in 1990. When Wallace died at age 70 last month, "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean said they would retire her character.
"The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon sees "tens of millions" in royalties from the long-running series each year, and he's making it his mission to give nearly all of it away.
Simon, who was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer five months ago, confirmed during a “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast in May that he was initially given three to six months to live.
While he's focused on treatment - "I have great doctors and I plan on beating the cancer!" Simon tweeted July 26 - he's also going all out in his efforts to see his fortune used for good.
“The Simpsons” is paying homage to “Breaking Bad” on Sunday night with a special opening sequence that mimics the crime drama’s intro - right down to its use of the periodic table.
“The hardest part was making sure there were elements whose symbols were Th and Si,” “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly. “Once we had that, we were off to the races.”
Let me just say it up front: The 500th episode of "The Simpsons" wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't spectacular - especially after all of the hype.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was an odd choice as a guest, and the jokes were only chuckle-worthy. Yet even with all of these elements and numerous references put together, this episode still served as a fitting tribute to a classic that we love.
At the very start of the show, longtime "Simpsons" fans were treated to a mash-up of some of the best couch gags from the past 23 years.
Although he's been under house arrest in Britain, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will nevertheless have a cameo in an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons."
The controversial figure will voice the "Simpson-ized" version of himself in the 500th episode of the long-running series, which will air February 19.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Assange will serve as a sort of "new Flanders" for the animated family after they "go off the grid" once Marge and Homer learn that Springfield's residents have been holding secret meetings to try to kick them out of town.
Fantasy writer and Geek Out favorite Neil Gaiman's work might be just about as far away from the tween fare of "Twilight" as anything that also bears the "fantasy" genre tag.
But don't expect Gaiman, who will play an animated version of himself Sunday on an episode of "The Simpsons" that sends up the Stephenie Meyer stories, to take any shots at the sparkly vampire series.
In fact, he says they're staples around the Gaiman residence.
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