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A Major Simpsons Character will Die

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The Los Angeles Times has reported that a major character from the long running animated sitcom The Simpsons will die during its 25th season, based on a statement made by executive producer Al Jean during a conference call with reporters last week.

“We’re actually working on a script where a character will pass away,” Jean reportedly said. “I’ll give a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won’t say who it is.”

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.

ToonBarn talks to Michael Price about LEGO Star Wars: Menace of the Sith

Michael Price, Writer and Executive Producer of LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles

ToonBarn is once again honored to have Michael Price as our guest for an interview about LEGO Star Wars: Menace of the Sith, the second of a three-part animated mini-series called The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network. This second installment will be premiering at 8 PM ET on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, on Cartoon Network.

ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell talked to Michael Price, the writer and Executive Producer of LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles. Michael, as most of you know by now, has been a full-time staff writer for The Simpsons for many years. Since we have interviewed him 3 times prior to this, including our interview at Times Square in New York City, during the unveiling of the World’s Largest LEGO Model, a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter, we thought we would just get right into this next episode of The Yoda Chronicles.

The Simpsons Being Offered for Cable Syndication

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Twentieth Television will be offering off-network syndicated repeats of The Simpsons to cable networks in the future, after the long-running animated comedy sitcom has aired its 25th (and last) season this fall. This will open up the possibility of the show finding new home on networks such as FX or even the Turner-owned TBS, which has recently picked up American Dad and will be airing it alongside Family Guy next season.

San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Simpsons and Futurama Crossover Slated for 2014

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It seems that the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover previously reported is not the only major interfranchise crossover that’s going to involve Matt Groening’s iconic family. Matt Groening and Al Jean revealed at the recent comic-con that the cast of Futurama will also be dropping by Springfield in 2014.

Conan O’Brien to Guest on Family Guy

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It’s common knowledge that late night talk show host Conan O’Brien got his first break in the industry as a writer for The Simpsons, before finding his way to SNL and ultimately getting his own talk how. This fall, the Irish comedian will be revisiting his toon roots, but instead of the Simpsons, he will be lending his voice to an upcoming episode of Family Guy.

Mike Darnell Resigns from Fox TV

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Mike Darnell, who is the current President of Alternative Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, has just announced that he will be leaving the network by the end of June. Darnell originally joined Fox in 1994 as Director of Specials after working for eight years at the network’s Los Angeles affiliate KTTV and the Fox Television Station Group. He oversaw the creation of genre-defining hits, and tens of thousands of hours of television, including AMERICAN IDOL (television’s No. 1 series for 9 consecutive seasons), FAMILY GUY, THE X FACTOR, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, MASTERCHEF, HELL’S KITCHEN, KITCHEN NIGHTMARES, “Futurama,” “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?,” “Nanny 911,” “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” and “Guinness World Records Primetime”; along with popular sensations such as, “Joe Millionaire,” “The Simple Life,” “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé,” “The Moment of Truth,” “Trading Spouses” and “Temptation Island”; countless specials like “The Billboard Music Awards,” “The Teen Choice Awards,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards” and “The American Country Awards”; and noise-making spectacles such as “The Swan,” “Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?,” “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?,” “Man vs. Beast,” “Busted on the Job,” “World’s Scariest Police Chases,” “When Animals Attack!” and “Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.”

Real Life Springfield to Open at Universal’s Orlando Resort

Real Life Springfield to Open at Universal's Orlando Resort

A real life replica of The Simpsons’ hometown of Springfield will be arriving at The Simpsons Ride in Universal’s Orlando Resort this summer. The replica town will have real life versions of town landmarks such as the Kwik-E-Mart, Moe’s Tavern, Krusty Burger, The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop, Lard Lad Donuts, Krustyland, and even a Duff Brewery that will serve Duff Beer (exclusive to Universal Orlando)

The venue will feature a brand-new outdoor attraction, places and food pulled straight out of the show, as well as two new Simpsons characters who will be making their debut with the new area: Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob.

Kirstin Wiig to Guest on The Simpsons

Kirstin Wiig to Guest on The Simpsons

The Simpsons is not keen on slowing down as far as celebrity guest voices are concerned, as Entertainment Weekly reports that former SNL cast member and Bridesmaids star Kirstin Wiig will be dropping by in order to portray an FBI agent who helps Lisa investigate Homer, after the Simpsons patriarch has suddenly exhibited strangely polite behaviour, which coincides with a recent visit to a nuclear power plant convention.

Exclusive Interview with Michael Price: Writer/Exec. Prod. of LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles

Michael Price - Writer/Exec Prod of LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles

Michael Price, the long-tenured staff writer for The Simpsons, has somehow found himself at the top of the Animated Star Wars food chain. Since the recent closing of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated Series (after 5 successful seasons), and the postponement of Star Wars: Detours (from the makers of Robot Chicken), it appears that LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles is the only new Star Wars Animation in sight. With his credit as an Executive Producer and Writer for LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles, Michael Price is now at the pinnacle of a franchise that has a new TV special, a new Video Game app, a contest, a web series, and comic book series all centered around a 3-part story that he wrote about Master Jedi Yoda and his Padawans.

So, you can imagine that nobody is more surprised than Michael Price, that he has found himself in this envious position. He gets to make animated stories where all the characters and objects are made from LEGO pieces, where the animation and sound are the best in the business, where the music is provided by none other than John Williams himself, and where the humorous and action-packed story will entertain millions of fans of all ages.

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