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Nickelodeon will host an unforgettable weekend on Nov. 9 and 10 with two iconic reunions of legendary television creator/actor/producer Garry Marshall’s landmark series,Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days, in brand-new episodes of Sam & Cat and See Dad Run. In Sam & Cat“#SalmonCat,” premiering Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, beloved comedy duo Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley) will reunite on screen in a scripted series for the first time in over 30 years. The following evening, a brand-new See Dad Run will bring back star Scott Baio with Happy Days creator Garry Marshall in a homecoming on their former set in “See Dad See Dad Run,” premiering Sunday, Nov. 10, at 8p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite.
In the brand-new Sam & Cat “#SalmonCat,” Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Cat (Ariana Grande) are ordered to rename their babysitting business because it’s too similar to “Salmon Cat,” a TV show from the ‘70s. Sam and Cat must track down the show’s two original creators (played by Penny Marshall and Williams) and resolve their three decade-long feud. In the premiere of See Dad Run “See Dad See Dad Run,” David’s (Baio) TV dad Bernie (played by Garry Marshall) visits, but the reunion sours when he runs off and leaves his new baby. David must convince Bernie that being a real dad will be his best role. Marshall’s son Scott Marshall directs.
Garry Marshall, one of the biggest talents in the television industry who has made an impact with audiences around the globe, has created several of history’s most memorable shows and characters, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. He has also served as writer/producer on such shows as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show, The Brian Keith Show, Hey, Landlord and Joanie Loves Chachi as well as The Odd Couple, for which he received four Emmy Award nominations. Also a talented feature film director, Marshall directed several hit movies including Beaches, Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries, Flamingo Kid, Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. On-screen, he has appeared in A League of Their Own, Murphy Brown, Never Been Kissed, Orange County and Race to Witch Mountain, among several other films. He has also lent his voice on several animated series including Pinky & The Brain, The Simpsons, Father of the Pride, Chicken Little and The Looney Tunes Show.
A major character in hit animated TV comedy The Simpsons will be killed off to mark the show’s 25th year.
The cartoon, which launched in 1989, began its 25th season on Sunday and producers have teased fans by revealing a main character will meet with a tragic end.
The writers have refused to identify which big-name role will be axed, but executive producer Al Jean tells Sunnewsnetwork.ca, “I’ll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won’t say who it is.”
Guest stars appearing in the new season include Hollywood stars Zach Galifianakis, Elisabeth Moss, and Kristen Wiig, and bosses also have a big treat in store for viewers – the final episode will be a cross-over with fellow cartoon Futurama.
Walking into Universal Orlando’s new themed area is a bit surreal. First, you hear familiar music. Then you spot the sign: “Greetings from SPRINGFIELD U.S.A.”
And then you get a faint whiff of doughnuts.
The hometown from the animated TV series “The Simpsons” has been brought to life in a theme park.
The full Springfield experience opened to the public in the park in August. Universal has slowly been adding to the area for years, building it around “The Simpsons” ride that opened in 2008. With a new ride — the Kang and Kodos Twirl ‘n’ Hurl — and a food court that includes Moe’s Tavern, the show’s beloved watering hole, the area is now complete. Other attractions found in both the show and the park include the Krustyland carnival area and the Kwik-E-Mart, a convenience store on TV and a gift shop at Universal.
Park designers worked with the show’s creators and writers to build a richly detailed environment where visitors can spend hours eating and snapping selfies in front of a statue of Chief Wiggum and his police car.
The goal: to make people feel like they were stepping into the cartoon.
“We call it ‘authentic fiction,'” said Ric Florell, Universal’s senior vice president and general manager of resort revenue operations.
While most of the details in Springfield mirror the TV show, there are a few tweaked concepts.
Take the Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, for instance. It’s based on the two aliens on the show, and riders experience a spinning saucer movement while different Simpsons characters crack jokes. It’s a pretty calm ride, appropriate for all but the smallest of children.
“There’s been no actual hurling, yet,” laughed Mike West, executive producer at Universal Creative.
There’s also a new kiosk where visitors can have their photo taken on a replica of the Simpsons’ family sofa.
And while the bold colors, funny signs in the queue of the Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, and brash Krusty the Clown character
In this Sept. 5, 2013 photo, guests snap photos at the entrance to Moe’s Tavern in “The Simpson’s” themed Springfield USA at Universal Orlando in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)meet-and-greets are fun, the most impressive part is the food. Universal executives said that food is almost another character in the show, and it was a natural to showcase that while telling the Simpsons story in the park.
“There’s a lot of food in the TV episodes,” said Florell. “We had to decide, what’s iconic?”
Steven Jayson, executive chef at Universal Parks and Resorts, said that it took the better part of a year to create 28 new dishes for the area. All of the menu items can only be found in Springfield, and everything is made from scratch in Universal’s kitchens, he added.
Not unexpectedly, given Homer Simpson’s diet on the show, health consciousness hasn’t exactly arrived in Springfield (although there is a nod to Lisa Simpson’s love of salads in “Lisa’s Teahouse of Horror,” a self-serve area where folks can grab hummus, greens and pretzels). The food is mostly concentrated in one building, called Fast Food Boulevard, and the mall-like storefronts are based on restaurants from the show.
There’s the Krusty Burger, named after the cigar-smoking clown. It’s a basic burger, save for the “special sauce” and gooey cheese. For a larger burger, there’s the Clogger Burger, which involves two patties and bacon. Or a self-explanatory Chicken and Waffle Sandwich.
Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck is new, and sells an unexpected option: Korean beef tacos.
All of the food is either named after something on the show or something that Bart Simpson could conceivably say in a snarky tone: Chicken Thumbs. Heat Lamp Dog. Meat Liker’s Pizza.
One of Homer Simpson’s favorite things — doughnuts — are available in two sizes: regular and huge. A kiosk called Lard Lad Donuts (and several other places within Springfield) sells the supersize, pink-frosted doughnuts in boxes. People sometimes use them as birthday cakes, Universal executives say.
Visitors of all ages can quaff a non-alcoholic treat called a Flaming Moe, which is a citrus-vanilla tasting concoction that bubbles and smokes.
But one of the most popular offerings is the beer.
Duff Beer, the mainstay of Homer Simpson’s diet, can be found at two locations in the middle of Springfield. One is the Duff Gardens outdoor bar, which overlooks a lagoon and what will eventually be Diagon Alley, part of an upcoming Harry Potter expansion.
The other is Moe’s Tavern, a popular spot for photos.
There are three kinds of Duff Beer — Duff, Duff Light and Duff Dry (which is a dark beer) — all brewed locally.
On a recent day, visitors were lined up at Moe’s Tavern and Duff Gardens at 11 a.m., waiting for both to open so they could taste the suds.
As Homer once said on the show, “Ah, good ol’ trustworthy beer. My love for you will never die.”
Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Rachel Maddow and Daniel Radcliffe are among the celebrities lending their voices to a new season of “The Simpsons” this fall on Fox.
Wiig will be heard in the animated show’s season premiere on Sept. 29, voicing a high-strung FBI agent whom Lisa enlists for help when she suspects that something sinister has happened to Homer.
Elizabeth Moss of “Mad Men” plays a grateful mom who names her baby after Homer when he helps deliver the child.
Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee, producer Judd Apatow and Will Arnett of “Arrested Development” are among other stars voicing parts on “The Simpsons.”
Valerie Harper has just months left to live. The actress, who is perhaps best known for playing Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has revealed to People magazine she was diagnosed last month with a rare type of terminal brain cancer.
“I was stunned,” she says of receiving the devastating news in mid January. “And in the next minute I thought, ‘This could draw more attention to cancer research.’ I think there’s an opportunity to help people.”
Harper, 73, is suffering from leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, or cancer in the fluid-filled membrane that surrounds the brain. “This is a really complicated condition. The spinal fluid is a collection of fluid that’s being circulated [through the brain] kind of like a sink. The fluid itself is growing cancer cells so they are multiplying in there. Those cells start to coat the brain,” explains Harper’s neuro-oncologist, Dr. Jeremy Rudnick.
The condition is very difficult to treat and doctors estimate Harper has as little as 3 months left to live. She is undergoing chemotherapy to slow down the disease. “I don’t think of dying,” Harper tells People. “I think of being here now.”
According to Dr. Rudnick, early symptoms of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis include blurry vision, severe headaches, seizures and “a belt-like sensation” in the lower torso. Harper, who battled lung cancer in 2009, experienced that sensation last August, but tests yielded no clues to her condition. She was diagnosed on January 15 when numbness in her jaw lead to a spinal tap.
Harper appeared in 90 episodes of Mary Tyler Moore from 1970 to 1979 and starred on the spinoff Rhoda from 1974 to 1978. She later starred on one season of Valerie, which was later known as The Hogan Family. Harper starred in numerous TV movies and made appearances on TV shows like Touched by an Angel, Melrose Place, Sex and the City, That 70s Show, Less Than Perfect, Desperate Housewives, Drop Dead Diva, and most recently The Simpsons.
The Simpsons reached the television milestone of 500 episodes on Sunday (February 9, 2012) with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange – who is fighting extradition to Sweden over alleged sex offences – providing his voice for the episode entitled ‘At Long Last Leave’.
In the 500th show, the Simpsons are shown sneaking into a secret town hall meeting, where they are told they will be thrown out of Springfield. Assange – who recorded his lines over the telephone from the Uk – meets the famous family when they arrive in a neighbourhood called ‘The Outlands’. The acclaimed animated comedy is now in its 23rd season, making it the longest-running prime-time scripted programme on US television. The show was in danger of being axed last year, before eventually being contracted for another two seasons at least. Assange is the latest in a long-list of guest voices on the programme – former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, graffiti artist Banksy, Barry White and Hugh Hefner have all appeared. Creator Matt Groening said the Simpsons’ writers still have stories to tell, mostly involving, “characters we’ve never dealt with”, telling the Los Angeles Times, “We have a character we call Squeaky-Voiced Teen.I’d like to know a little bit more about that guy”.
Once the show reaches the end of its 25th season, the number of episodes will stand at 559. The Simpsons continues to parody popular culture, and the current season has featured references to ‘Mad Men’, ‘The Social Network’ and the political-punditry of Glenn Beck.
Pop star Lady Gaga is to guest star on The Simpsons as herself.
The Simpsons regular Yeardly Smith has revealed Michael Jackson hand-picked the impersonator who would play him on the hit cartoon series 20 years ago.Jackson’s cartoon likeness sang Happy Birthday to Yeardley’s Lisa Simpson character on an episode in 1991, and she tells TMZ.com the late King of Pop was not allowed to perform on the show.