Today is a big day for fans of The Simpsons. A year after purchasing the rights to the classic animated franchise, the cable network FX is finally launching the all-encompassing Simpsons World app. The good news is it’s made to be used on almost all of your devices. The bad news is it’s only available to authenticated cable subscribers and there are also ads (Doh!).
Along with all 500+ episodes of the series, the app is essentially made to convert any casual fan into a full-fledge Simpsons nerd by giving them access to tons of extra features like custom playlists, a Simpson-centric newsfeed, crazy specific search capabilities, behind the scenes content and more. As Simpsons producer Al Jean told USA Today, "Hello Simpsons World, goodbye free time! Seriously” ... Discuss
NBC wants to bring one of the U.K.’s most popular sitcoms to U.S. audiences. Producer Bill Lawrence—the guy behind an upcoming Rush Hour TV series—is working with NBC to produce an American version of the acclaimed British workplace comedy The IT Crowd. Remaking a beloved show isn’t easy (though it worked for The Office), but Lawrence is working with the writing team of Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan (who’ve worked on shows including Community, Scrubs and Family Guy) to see if they can bring the concept new life in the U.S. Weirdly, it’s not the first time NBC has tried to remake the show. Back in 2006, they actually produced a version starring a pre-Community Joel McHale they never ended up airing ... Discuss
If you’ve ever watched one of Bill Murray’s guest appearances on The Late Show, than you know that he’s never overly interested in promoting whatever recent film he’s starring in. Usually, he’s got bigger things on his mind. This week, he joined Letterman—wearing a tuxedo—only to inform him that the interview was coinciding with his marathon training. Pure Bill Murray magic ensues ... Discuss
Netflix has announced that it will continue to be a sort of the populist version of a television heaven, where all beloved TV shows go when they die. The latest show to walk through those pearly gates is one of the best-loved shows of all, Friends. The seminal sitcom has cast a long shadow over today's TV, and though some of its legacies are better than others, there's no denying the size of its fan base. All ten seasons will start streaming this January, for you to watch whenever you want. Could you be anymore excited? ... Discuss
Christmas has come early. Comedy icon and professional photo-crasher Bill Murray revealed to Variety that he will be reuniting with Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola for a very strange—but very cool—sounding TV Christmas special which will involve him “performing classic carols.” The details remain pretty fuzzy, but Murray told the outlet, “It’s not going to be live. We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose.” Sure, that description leaves a lot to the imagination and seems sort of self-contradictory (how can a “little movie” not have “a format”?) but we have no reason to doubt that Murray knows exactly what he’s doing ... Discuss