22
Dec
09

Spurlock Update: Commence Marketing Barrage

Morgan Spurlock was on a conference call with reporters recently to help promote his special.  Wired wrote it upThe list of past guest stars who will be featured in the special now includes John Waters (Homer’s Phobia), Sting (Radio Bart) and Jerry Springer (Treehouse of Horror IX).  Other than that there isn’t much new information. 

On a funnier and considerably more crass note, FOX will be slathering the color yellow over every available surface starting after New Year’s:

For the week beginning January 3, graphical elements across Fox properties will turn yellow in honor of Matt Groening’s iconic characters. That means on-air graphics, Fox’s Web sites, social-network pages and special on-air promos — all in yellow, along with a range of other stunts (such as local Fox news anchors wearing yellow ties).

I love the bit about the anchors’ ties.  One assumes that noose color alone won’t be enough.  Presumably they will also be ordered to have some of their on-air banter be Simpsons related, or possibly to produce a couple of local news-ish fluff pieces as well.  (Coming up after the break, meet Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa . . . hamsters at a local elementary school!) 

This is the best part though (“Earley” is Joe Earley, a FOX marketing executive):

"For a show to hit its 20th anniversary in today’s universe is such a feat, and it still has such a resonance in the zeitgeist," Earley said. "The show has viewers who have viewed it for three generations. Besides, it’s such a creative property that it’s fun to come up with ideas for it."

Excuse me, but “universe”, “resonance” and “zeitgeist”, aren’t these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important? 


2 Responses to “Spurlock Update: Commence Marketing Barrage”


  1. 1 Cassidy
    22 December 2009 at 7:20 pm

    ““Who better to talk about a dysfunctional family,” Spurlock said, “than Jerry Springer?””

    The above quote isn’t exactly filling me with hope for this special. I hope that’s an off-the-cuff joke and not indicative of who and what they’ll be focusing on. I’d rather attention and due be paid to:

    A) Recurring guest stars (or extended cast members if you prefer) who are a fundamental part of the Simpsons universe (Joe Mantegna, Alex Rocco, Kesley Grammar, Phil Hartman, Tress MacNeille, Albert Brooks, Jon Lovitz, Pamela Hayden, etc, etc, etc)

    or

    B) Guest stars who have made a single memorable appearance (or a couple of memorable appearances) such as John Waters (glad to see him listed), Leonard Nimoy, James Woods, Dustin Hoffman, Glenn Close, Patrick Stewart, Harvey Fierstein, etc, etc, etc). Others may disagree with me but I didn’t find Springer’s guest spot all that funny or memorable.

    • 2 P. Piggly Hogswine
      23 December 2009 at 4:28 am

      I never was much of a fan of the Springer appearance either, the Halloween episodes seemed to get weaker from that point onward, in my opinion.


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