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cstengel3
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posted February 16, 2003 04:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FINALLY somebody has the courage to say it!!!
http://slate.msn.com/id/2078501/

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posted February 16, 2003 05:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And I feel very bad even mentioning this as I was just about the biggest Simpsons fan you could find for many, many, many years. I must have about the first 200 episodes or so still on tape. But at some point I stopped caring and that point seems to coincide with the staff changes mentioned in that article. Still, I watch it weekly on the chance that it'll somehow turn back around at some point. However, I'm usually disappointed.

Damn, Maxtone-Graham sounds like a jerk. But before I place too much of the blame on him, why in the hell would they HIRE a guy that barely ever watched the show prior???

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posted February 16, 2003 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is funny, though. I was reading some of the responses elsewhere and they're funnier than most of the recent episodes.

Simpsons fans receive email from Homer

Fans of The Simpsons have received an email from Homer after his internet address appeared in a recent episode in the US.

Viewers emailed in after watching the episode in which a private eye - hired by Homer to keep tabs on Lisa Simpson - emailed him at that address.

Executive producer Al Jean said the show's writer-producer Matt Selman registered the address chunkylover53@aol.com before the episode aired.

He has since replied to fans who emailed in following the January 12 episode.

Jean told the New York Post: "He logged in the night that the episode aired and it was immediately filled with the maximum number of responses.

"He's tried to answer every one of them and then as soon as he answers a hundred, a hundred more pop in.

"It's like letters to Santa Claus, he's trying to answer them as Homer and give advice."

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posted February 16, 2003 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jollyjoe   Click Here to Email jollyjoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nuke the Simpsons! Worst show ever.

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cstengel3
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posted February 16, 2003 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wouldn't go that far.

The child emancipation one tonight was okay, but the Spelling Bee one following it was back to stupid as usual.

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posted February 17, 2003 12:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for filmmaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And no one knows comedy like those fabulous writers from Slate. I didn't realize it took courage to slam a sitcom. Thank God someone finally had the balls. Not since the landing of Comedy B on D-Day has someone had such courage.

Personally, I think The Simpsons is smartest and funniest comedy show ever written. The beauty of the comedy during the last few years of "wacky, implausible" episodes is that the characters were set up in such a way that the writers can take them anywhere and the audience will go along, because they care. That's all any writer could aspire to. Imagine not taking Homer into space, or winning a grammy, or going to Hollywood with Mel Gibson, or being on television with Kent Brockman. That's what social satire is all about. There are three great satirical shows in history: Monty Python, SCTV and The Simpsons.

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posted February 17, 2003 12:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's all opinion anyway, but mine is that it USED to be the smartest and funniest show on television and now it's just riding its historical success. These new episodes don't have heart and don't make any real meaninful social commentary - they're just a bunch of lame gags strung together. Too many people confuse a topical reference as something more meaningful than it really is. I miss the glory days of this show.

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posted February 17, 2003 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TV columnists and the online discussion group focusing on The Simpsons <alt.tv.simpsons> were abuzz over the weekend with comments about Fox's decision to promote Sunday's telecast as Episode #300. As several writers pointed out, the episode, titled "Barting Over," was actually #302. As it turned out, the show itself took note of the deceit when at one point Marge remarked to Lisa, "I can't count the number of times your father has done something crazy like this." Lisa pushes a button on a device and comes up with the figure 300. Replies Marge, "Hmmm. I could have sworn it was 302."

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posted March 09, 2003 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"The house will now consider the flag for orphans bill."

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posted March 10, 2003 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GeorgeWBush   Click Here to Email GeorgeWBush     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fucking righters. Think their so smart.

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posted March 16, 2003 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cstengel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kind of a funny one tonight. Not of any great depth, but a funny one for the most part.

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posted December 24, 2004 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gervais Delighted To Be Writing 'The Simpsons'

Golden Globe-winning comic Ricky Gervais has fulfilled his lifetime's ambition - he is writing an episode of The Simpsons. The British Office star will also voice a character in the popular animation show, which will be made next year, although he is keeping the episode's plot a secret. Gervais says, "I've got the rough idea. This is the most intimidating project of my career. The Simpsons is the greatest TV show of all time. I can only make it slightly worse. When I got into comedy my greatest ambition was to get one joke on The Simpsons. I may as well retire now."

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posted January 18, 2005 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sports Stars Join 'Simpsons' Voice Cast for Super Bowl Sunday

The voices of a number of sports superstars will be featured on a special episode of the animated Fox series The Simpsons that will air following the Feb. 6 Super Bowl game, the network announced Monday. They include two-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp, NBA All-Stars Yao Ming and LeBron James, and Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan.

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posted January 24, 2005 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RobinRafe   Click Here to Email RobinRafe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are ‘Simpsons’ and ‘Friends’ indecent?
FCC rejected complaints from watchdog group

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WASHINGTON - Regulators rejected 36 complaints of indecency Monday against popular TV shows including “Friends” and “The Simpsons.”

The objections had been filed with the Federal Communications Commission by the Parents Television Council, a watchdog group that frequently complains about sex and violence on television.

“In context, none of the segments were patently offensive under contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, and thus not indecent,” the agency said in a statement. The FCC also ruled “the material was not profane, in context.”

Three members of the five-member FCC approved the orders: Chairman Michael Powell and Kathleen Abernathy, both Republicans; and Democrat Jonathan Adelstein. The two other commissioners, Democrat Michael Copps and Republican Kevin Martin, dissented on parts of the rulings.

Copps said in a statement that the agency should have performed a more thorough investigation. “I believe that some of these broadcasts present a much closer call,” he said.

Powell last week announced he was leaving the FCC in March. Martin, who has been rumored to be among candidates to replace him as chairman, said nothing about the complaints.

The Parents Television Council alleged that the programs, which aired between Oct. 29, 2001, and Feb. 11, 2004, contained sexually explicit segments or used indecent or profane language that violated indecency standards.

“In what community in America are graphic terms for genitalia decent?” said Lara Mahaney, a spokeswoman for the council. “The commission’s ruling added no clarification and added more confusion.”

One complaint involved an episode of NBC’s “Friends” that aired in May 2003. In it, a female character, her husband and the husband’s ex-girlfriend talk about a fertility treatment at a medical office.

A complaint over “The Simpsons,” which airs on Fox, included a scene in which students carried picket signs with the phrases “What would Jesus glue?” and “Don’t cut off my pianissimo.”

Federal law bars nonsatellite radio and noncable television stations from airing references to sexual and excretory functions between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., when children are more likely to be listening and watching.

The FCC said the segments in question “were not patently offensive” within the context of the shows.

The FCC’s responses to indecency complaints have received extra scrutiny since singer Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

The FCC received more than 1 million indecency complaints in 2004, most of them involving the exposure of Jackson’s breast during her performance. Fines for indecent programming exceeded $7.7 million last year, a huge increase from the $48,000 imposed in 2000, the year before Powell became chairman.

Powell has said the crackdown was in response to mounting complaints from consumers and Congress.

Copps criticized Monday’s rulings as “rather cursory decisions” that did not address the objections of viewers nor those of skittish broadcasters worried about what may be too racy to air. He singled out concern for a movie that aired on ABC in May 2003, “The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer.”

A scene from the movie cited in the complaint included a male character tying up a woman in bed and then applying ice to her abdomen.

Several House and Senate members say they plan to introduce bills in the next few weeks to raise the maximum indecency fine. A similar bill that would increase the top fine from $32,500 to as much as $500,000 per incident stalled in Congress.

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posted February 21, 2005 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NEWSFLASH   Click Here to Email NEWSFLASH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Marge Simpson's Sister Is Gay!

Sunday's episode of The Simpsons, in which it was revealed that Marge Simpson's sister Patti Bouvier is gay ("Just because you're a lesbian doesn't mean you're less of a being," says Marge), and in which Homer becomes a minister and begins marrying gay couples, telling them that their union is legal in "Massachusetts, Vermont, maybe Canada ... [but] stay out of Texas," was, as expected, denounced by conservative family-activist groups and hailed by liberals and libertarians. L. Brent Bozell, president of the Parents Television Council, commented, "At a time when the public mood is overwhelmingly against gay marriage, any show that promotes gay marriage is deliberately bucking the public mood." In an interview with the New York Times, Bozell added, "You've got a show watched by millions of children. Do children need to have gay marriage thrust in their faces as an issue?" The fact that the show does reach millions of kids -- and their parents -- was also mentioned in a statement by Stephen Macias, media director for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, who said, "What I like about The Simpsons is they use humor as a tool to educate as well as entertain. They also reach millions of people across the country, and that cannot be underestimated." Nevertheless, the episode did not produce winning ratings for the Fox series, as it came in a distant fourth in the Nielsens with a 5.8/9. ABC won the 8:00 p.m. hour with a 10.3/16 for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

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