• Simpsons showrunner disputes Apu write-off reports

    The Simpsons are playing clean-up after an Indiewire interview with producer Adi Shankar claimed that the beloved Kwik-E-Mart shopkeep will be written off the animated series. Showrunner Al Jean tweeted, “Adi Shankar is not a producer on the Simpsons. I wish him the very best but he does not speak for our show.” Shankar responded, “Let’s work towards common ground.” The producer has been running a scriptwriting competition for diverse

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    Harry Shearer leaves Simpsons over contract dispute

    Shortly after Fox renewed The Simpsons for another two seasons, Harry Shearer has decided not to return to the longest-running sitcom on television. Shearer voices a slew of Simpsons characters including Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Dr. Hibbert, bus driver Otto and many many more. The former Saturday Night Live player is walking away from a reported $14 million in guaranteed money. Showrunner Al Jean does not

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    Simpsons, Family Guy, more blast TV Academy for ‘Community’ Emmy nomination

    Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons, addressed a letter to the Television Academy in protest of Community’s Emmy nomination in the category of “Best Animated Program.” Community has gained this nomination because of its special episode, “Digital Estate Planning,” where its characters were rendered into 8-bit video game form. This is the second year Community has been nominated in this category. Many influential animators like Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy),

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