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‘The Simpsons’ Gets the Del Toro Treatment

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The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIV Halloween Special is set to open with a Guillermo del Toro-created sequence featuring monsters and creatures from popular horror films of the past decades. This should be enough reason to park yourself in front of the TV right before the opening credits start to roll.

The Treehouse of Horror series has become an annual spookfest featuring three separate stories of horror involving the good ‘ol people of Springfield. It is often a parody (and sometimes homage) to popular shows and characters in horror, supernatural and science fiction genre.

Harry Potter Spin-Off: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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When Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling announced that a new Harry Potter-related film is in the works, we knew that we had not seen the last of Harry Potter yet. Even after the last book in the series was shown on the big screen, there was this nagging feeling that it is not the end. After all, the world of Harry Potter is vast and ripe for a spin-off.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will mark J.K. Rowling’s debut as a screenwriter; something that was not completely unexpected. She tried her hand at writing an adult novel (Casual Vacancy), which had lukewarm reviews, and sneakily wrote a critically acclaimed suspense novel (The Cuckoo’s Calling) under a pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. Screenwriting was just the next logical step for Rowling.

Hangin’ Tough: Longest-running Animated Shows

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In a cutthroat environment where TV shows are cancelled left and right, even before the shows get traction, twenty-four seasons is considered legendary. This feat was achieved by the dysfunctional family The Simpsons. 530 episodes is nothing to sneeze at, considering how fickle-minded viewers can be. Over two decades of The Simpsons may exhibit airtime longevity, but the truth is it is nowhere near the current record of 2,250 episodes held by Sazae-san.

The Simpsons was previously recognized as the longest-running animated TV series in the world, until the Guinness World Records decided the rightful record-holder is the Japanese cartoon show “Sazae-san”, which started in 1969. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening was only 15 years old at that time; he’s now 59.

Sazae-san will most likely be undisputed for a long time, but here are some of its top contenders from the US. All shows in the list are still airing.

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