Archive for August, 2011


Strangely Dull Mike Scully Podcast

I was hoping to have a meaty and informative post today based on an hour long appearance Mike Scully did on sportswriter Jonah Keri’s podcast last week.  Foolishly, I assumed that Scully talking television, The Simpsons, and pop culture for such a long time had to have a few blog worthy nuggets for a boring week in August.  I was wrong.  About halfway through I thought I was in trouble because I only had like three and a half sentences of notes.  But I stuck it out hoping for something, a snarky quote, an interesting behind the scenes story, anything. 

The most interesting thing that happened was that Keri wanted to discuss the fact that “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson” was pulled for syndication after the 2001 terrorist attacks.  But Keri didn’t do his homework.  First, he thought Scully had been in charge of that one because it’s in Season 9, and Scully had to correct him that it was one of the holdover episodes from the reign of Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. 

Second, and this is the real killer, Keri thought the episode was still out of syndicated reruns after all these years.  He even had this little introductory speech about whether or not that kind of censorship was appropriate or not.  Unfortunately, it isn’t true; the episode was briefly pulled but is now back in the pool with everything else.  I was able to discern this fact with a quick Google search that led me to both Wikipedia (“the episode was initially taken off syndication in many areas following the September 11, 2001 attacks, but has come back into syndication in recent years”) and SNPP (“As time passed and sensitivity lessened, the episode began being aired again on a regular basis”).  Stuck with something he probably wasn’t expecting, Scully just mentioned that the episode is on the Season 9 DVDs, and that he thought it was also in one of those smaller home video packages that grab a few episodes.  So much for that. 

You can see a topic list at Keri’s site, and this is the direct mp3 download link, but there isn’t much for the informed Simpsons fan.  Scully talks in generalities about his time on the show, the two of them talk a bit about hockey and guest stars, and then Scully spends a little time plugging Parks & Recreation and the upcoming animated “Napoleon Dynamite” series.  I’m not saying it’s a complete waste of your time, certainly it’s no worse than this blog post, but this post is a lot shorter. 


Quote of the Day


Image shamelessly yoinked from here.

“Dad, I don’t understand.  What is she saying you did?” – Lisa Simpson
“Well, Lisa, remember that postcard Grampa sent us from Florida of that alligator biting that woman’s bottom?” – Homer Simpson
“Oh yeah, that was brilliant!” – Bart Simpson
“That’s right, we all thought it was hilarious, but it turns out we were wrong.  That alligator was sexually harassing that woman.” – Homer Simpson
“And the dog in the Coppertone ads, same deal, Dad?” – Bart Simpson
“That’s kind of a gray area.” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day

El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Jomer7

“I always just figured my wife was my soul mate.  But if it’s not Marge, then who is it?  Where do I begin looking?” – Homer Simpson
“This really goes beyond my training as a furniture salesman, sir.  Now, if you don’t want the sofa I’ll have to ask you to leave.” – Furniture Salesman


Quote of the Day

Bart's Comet4

“I am going to punish you for this, Bart, and it won’t just be a simple caning this time.” – Principal Skinner


Quote of the Day

Smoke Alarm Shopping Binge

Image used under Creative Commons license from Flickr user zappowbang.

“I thought we agreed to consult each other before any major purchases.” – Marge Simpson
“Well, you bought all those smoke alarms and we haven’t had a single fire.” – Homer Simpson


Quote of the Day

Homie the Clown7

“Being a clown sucks.  You get kicked by kids, bit by dogs, and admired by the elderly.” – Homer Simpson


Reading Digest: Reluctant (But Pun Free!) Guest Voice Edition


“Damn you, paparazzo!” – C.M. Burns

As a general rule, I tend to ignore Zombie Simpsons guest voice news.  Almost without exception, the guest voices fade instantly into the indistinguishable morass of forgettable episodes, so I don’t see the point in noting them beforehand.  However, and I give her and her publicists a lot credit for this, it’s basically impossible to ignore Lady Gaga.  Earlier this week it came out that she’s doing a guest voice on Zombie Simpsons, then the internet exploded, and as a result we have two links about it.  (And if I have to read one more headline using the word “gaga” as a pun I’m going to start shooting.)  Presumably, we’ll be treated to a similar online conniption when the episode airs next spring, but after that I fully expect this episode to disappear down the memory hole.  After all, this is Zombie Simpsons we’re talking about.  Forgettable and pointless is what they do, and even the white hot fame of Lady Gaga can’t resist their rigidly dull commitment to mediocrity.

Due to the explosion of Gaga background noise there’s a little less variety than usual this week.  But we’ve still got an awesome fan made embroidery project, some excellent usage, a nice takedown of the movie, and lots of people who don’t like Zombie Simpsons. 


Oh Simpsons, when did this happen to you? – A terrible, if necessary, question:

When did The Simpsons become what it is today: the ghost of a much greater show.

Was it the move to HD? Was it after, or before the movie? Is there even a defining moment?

I would really like to know what you (yes, you) have to say about this.

I voted for Season 10, but that may be related to the fact that we’re almost done watching all of them for the summer.

Phat Quarter Food Swap (or how I work the Simpsons into everything I do) – An awesome embroidered butcher’s diagram of a pig with Homer’s famous “wonderful, magical animal” quote.  Ten pounds of bacon to you.

Hot Shot Eastbound – Today’s post on the Springfield Historical Society is about the scene where Homer watches “Hail to the Chimp”.  I did not know that was a famous photograph.  Cool.

Top Moments of ‘The Simpsons’ – This list of great things from the show is gentler on Zombie Simpsons than I am, but all of the moments are from single digit seasons.  Bravo.

Use the Forks, Luke – A high resolution scan of a Simpsons comic this guy drew when he was ten.  The premise is that Homer is stuck in a door.  Honestly, this is better than Zombie Simpsons.

Hello Kitty – A list of some of television’s most famous cats, including Snowball II. 

Lady Gaga set for lesbian kiss in new Simpsons episode – I could’ve picked any one of a dozen links for this less than shocking news, which every write up was sure to mention:

Lady Gaga revealed that her character ends up kissing Marge.

Oh, Zombie Simpsons, you do love trite, faux-lesbian exploitation, don’t you?

Lisa Goes GaGa for Guest Star Lady Gaga on ‘The Simpsons’ – And the second and final Lady Gaga link is for this:

Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said that it was the first time the show has had a “show business legend” younger than the series itself.

C’mon, Al, that isn’t even kinda true.  Wikipedia has her as being born in 1986, she isn’t even younger than the Tracey Ullman shorts.  To be fair to Jean, I didn’t actually see him quoted at the link, and is about as reliable a source of information as an astrology fortune cookie.  It does sound like something he’d say, though.

Best Animated TV Comedy Of All Time – Your Vote – I saw that the water wing and rubber pants crowd at Entertainment Weekly was holding a stupid vote on this.  Happily I can link to our friends at Stay Tooned In instead.  Oh, and The Simpsons came in first, naturally.

The East Coast Earthquake…In 10 Words – Pretty lame, earthquake. 

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs…In 10 Words – A dead on Apu quote for the tooltip here. 

Branson, Missouri…In 10 Words – Sadly, the tooltip quote here is a bit off and nits must be picked.  Bart actually says, “My dad says it’s like Vegas, if it were run by Ned Flanders.”

Can You Imagine a World Without Lawyers? – YouTube of Hutz’s worst nightmare.  I never get sick of that.

Worst TV to Film Adaptations: Friday Fiver – No arguments here:

The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Alright, so this film adaptation of Fox’s long-running animated comedy wasn’t exactly a massive drop in quality from what we’re currently getting on television – The Simpsons has been declining steadily for at least ten years – but that’s not really an excuse. Fans had been waiting for a big screen outing from Springfield’s first family for years, and what they did they eventually get? About two decent jokes, both of which were in the trailer.

Is oil from Alberta really climate’s linchpin? – Excellent usage:

There’s an old episode of "The Simpsons" in which Bart pleads with his father to cease his verbal abuse of the local baseball team, the Springfield Isotopes. “You’ve got to support the team, Dad,” Bart insists. “They’re already threatening to move to Moose Jaw!” I felt a little tummy-tickling thrill when I first saw that episode, because as brief a mention as it was, the little Canadian prairie city where I was born had just been referenced on "The Simpsons"! It was like having my picture taken with a favorite celebrity or something.

This isn’t reality – Animated .gif of Homer melting out of, then back into, the hedge from “Homer Loves Flanders”.

Random Look – Weeks Photos – Someone bought one of those Homer skateboards and took a close up picture of it.  Also, I too enjoy drinking on patios. 

The TV Talk’s Shows I Can’t Get Into – And finally, won’t somebody please think of the children?:

“The Simpsons” – Slightly different situation from “Supernatural,” I feel as if I missed the prime years of “The Simpsons.” A few years ago, I decided that if I liked “Family Guy,” the rest of the Animation Domination Sunday Line-Up could be for me. I watched nearly an entire season of “The Simpsons” before I realized it didn’t do anything for me. It wasn’t necessarily bad or anything, but it also didn’t really make me laugh or make me feel something in a way that “Family Guy” can.  And while the merits of both shows can be debated, it seems “Simpsons” fans pretty much agree that the show isn’t what it used to be. The social satire of older seasons wouldn’t have the same bite now, so it seems like a lost cause.

A very lost cause.


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