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October 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Fall TV poll: ‘Blacklist,’ ‘Gotham’ are the winners

Looking over the results of our recent TV poll about new and returning shows, it was apparent that crime scored big. Poll voters simply love their crime shows — and James Spader, apparently. (“The Blacklist” beat out “The Walking Dead” by one single vote.) A lot of viewers discovered Spader and his FBI fugitive…

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September 19, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Take our poll: Which fall TV shows are you excited about?

UPDATE: The TV poll has now closed. Thanks for participating!   From listings coordinator and TV Picks guy Doug Knoop: You may not have been paying attention (perhaps you were binging on your favorite summer guilty pleasure), but the fall TV season is here. There are enough new sitcoms, superheroes and returning favorites to fill a fleet…

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September 1, 2014 at 5:45 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, plus 3 other TV marathons

The FXX channel “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon wraps up today. How’d the Bartapalooza do? Fledgling network FXX figured that forking over $1 billion for the rights to “The Simpsons” would pay off, and it looks like it did: according to The Hollywood Reporter, episodes of the round-the-clock marathon that aired during prime time averaged…

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August 31, 2014 at 6:30 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 11: How come you’re not at Bumbershoot? D’oh!

We’re honored that our colleague (OK, boss)  at ArtsPage HQ chose the Every Simpsons Ever marathon (showing on FXX) thread to be part of the “Weekend Preview for Bumbershoot Haters” post. Not that we advocate hating Bumbershoot (although some readers do; check the comment thread on the festival guide.). Rather, we advocate…

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August 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 10: 3 best guests

Can “real” people be guest stars on an animated TV show? Sure! “Scooby-Doo” did it (Phyllis Diller and Don Knotts, for example) and “The Simpsons” does it really, really well. Some celebs got to appear solely as voices, while others were on screen as themselves. (How is your animated self different from your physical self?…

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August 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 9: Best of ‘Treehouse of Horror’

Grinch, schminch. The best seasonal animated program is surely the annual “Simpsons” Halloween special (aka “Treehouse of Horror”) full of classic film references, pop culture, obliviousness from Homer and hell-raising from Bart. (You can catch up on the “TOH” specials thanks to the FXX broadcast of  “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon, which wraps up Monday.) We at…

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August 28, 2014 at 6:03 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 8: 3 great salutes to Lisa

Summer is drawing to a close, which means: A) A holiday weekend B)  Bumbershoot C) More time to watch the FXX broadcast (going on now!) of all 552 episodes of “The Simpsons.” In the interest of holidays, we’re letting some others do some of the heavy  lifting in this post — which salutes  brainy Lisa Simpson, the foil for…

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August 27, 2014 at 6:01 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 7: Springfield is in Oregon…duh

Was there any doubt? “The Simpsons” series often refers coyly to the characters’ hometown, without divulging a state (one notable close call was when a character stated “Springfield, O….” and was cut off). We PNWers know that since “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening is from Portland, what the hey else would he be referring to?  Springfield,…

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August 26, 2014 at 6:01 AM

12 Days of Simpsons, Day 6: Mr. Burns’ guide to business

Charles Montgomery “Monty” Burns is really, really old and really, really rich. And he doesn’t ever remember Homer Simpson’s name, even though Homer has been working at Burns’ nuclear plant since 1989, FCOL. Burns went to Yale. He has a devoted minion. He travels in his own railcar. He has hounds (and loves to say…

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