are America's most well known animated family. The series which began in 1989 has gone on to become the longest running primetime
cartoon and is on track to overtake Gunsmoke
as the longest running primetime series, discounting news, sports, anthology
or variety programs.
The satirical cartoon was born out of shorts broadcast on The Tracey Ullman Show, a variety series broadcast during the early years of FOX. The cartoon bumper shorts were so popular that creator Matt Groening was quickly given the resources to make a full series starting with a Christmas special, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." Throughout the years, the Simpson clan—Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie—have warped into slightly different forms but remain as a biting comedic take on small-town America and middle-class families
The series has been called into the public eye during the off season on the count of The Simpsons Movie, a feature film spun-off from the cartoon that has been in the works since the series' fourth season in 1993. The movie's plot has not been completely disclosed, but from what the trailers have told audiences, a grave environmental threat puts all of Springfield at risk and Albert Brooks, perhaps reprising the role of Hank Scorpio, plays a role as the super villain perpetuating that threat.
The movie will be released on July 27th in major theaters nation wide. The series continues to broadcast Sundays at 8PM and will begin its nineteenth season in Fall 2007 with guest voices from the likes of Stephen Colbert and Lionel Richie. The series has been renewed through the 2008–2009 season.
This Tuesday's DVD Releases
The week of May 14th was upfront week when the broadcast networks announced their fall schedules to advertisers and the general public. The Fall 2007 Grid has been updated with the announced schedules and will continue to be updated with any new information.
"On the Bubble" Renewals
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