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Nicholas Kronos -- Wednesday, October 13, 2010 -- 04:27:02 PM

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Nicholas Kronos -- Wednesday, October 13, 2010 -- 04:28:10 PM -- 1 of 143
"North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?"--President Trump (tweeting)

Doesn't seem to be an existing thread to post this, and The Simpsons probably don't warrant their own thread at this late date:

Dark Simpsons opening stirs controversy

GregD -- Wednesday, October 13, 2010 -- 04:42:43 PM -- 2 of 143
After the power to choose a man wants the power to erase. --Stephen Dunn

The questions here are many: How did the show get away with airing this? It puts both Fox and The Simpsons in a bad light, whether or not the reports about South Korea are true. Is this simply the rebuttal? Is this supposed to be funny? Are we supposed to laugh at this? Should The Simpsons be co-opting criticism of their show and making light of it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

So hilariously overwrought with the hand-wringing.

They can air it, and should if they wish to, because they've as much a right to speak as the people criticising them. I think it's a funny skewering of the way offshoring production gets portrayed. Conditions aren't what they would be here, but they aren't grinding up kittens, using children to paint animation cells, or enslaving pandas to produce Simpsons merchandise either. It IS funny.

Elizabeth Barrett -- Wednesday, October 13, 2010 -- 04:59:15 PM -- 3 of 143
Ninja Underwear!

NY Times interview with Al Jean, an executive producer and the longtime show runner of “The Simpsons,” on the Banksy couch gag.

Sadie -- Wednesday, October 13, 2010 -- 11:51:04 PM -- 4 of 143
There is not enough WTF in all the land. -Alissa

Should The Simpsons be co-opting criticism of their show and making light of it?

Why not? It's not as though that kind of thing is unheard of.

rubberducky -- Thursday, October 14, 2010 -- 06:26:03 PM -- 5 of 143
If you really want the thread to die, give it to ducky. theMote's PoJ

i really enjoyed the opening.

it's nice to see a show take even a small risk these days.

Nicholas Kronos -- Tuesday, December 07, 2010 -- 05:53:34 AM -- 6 of 143
"North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?"--President Trump (tweeting)

This was posted at Ace's:

www.youtube.com

I really like the clip.The celebrities just come across as more rounded and more like real people than nowadays.

Nowadays so many of 'em seem to be completely nuts.

CalGal -- Tuesday, December 07, 2010 -- 07:23:36 AM -- 7 of 143
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

I'm pretty sure it was on the basis of this that Conrad got the battery ads.

CalGal -- Tuesday, December 07, 2010 -- 08:01:04 AM -- 8 of 143
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

I used to watch those when I was a teen. They were fun.

Here's a very funny recap of the whole 1976 battle.

Here's the actual relay. Ron Howard runs like a dork. (come to think of it, the winning ABC team contains two eventual A-list directors).

www.youtube.com

Here's Adrienne Barbeau duking it out with Ma Ingalls. Ma Ingalls kicks ass.

www.youtube.com

But then she loses to Laverne.

www.youtube.com

Final tug of war.

www.youtube.com

And finally here's Bill Simmons' write up of the event, with this wonderful ending:

Even now, Gabe remembers each detail. People have been bringing up the show to him for 32 years. He's the Mike Eruzione of reality TV.
Nicholas Kronos -- Tuesday, December 07, 2010 -- 05:19:29 PM -- 9 of 143
"North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?"--President Trump (tweeting)

the Mike Eruzione of reality TV

I liked his interaction with Conrad. It was like something from literature because Kaplan is so subdued but immediately takes the challenge when it's offered. And it looks like Conrad is going to win, but then Kaplan quietly pulls away.

Very classy from a guy whose celebrity persona is goof.

As far as reality TV: it's kind of the opposite of what we have now. These are celebrities being real, whereas now we have nobodies trying to act like celebrities.

The tug of war is worth watching just for Linda Carter in short-shorts. Brings back those Wonder Woman memories.

Stumbo -- Wednesday, December 08, 2010 -- 04:37:20 AM -- 10 of 143
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nLZ-OZnPpk

You'd all find it really odd if I didn't add this:

www.youtube.com

Frank Black -- Monday, December 20, 2010 -- 04:28:59 PM -- 11 of 143

O.M.G. Psych did a Twin Peaks spoof called "Dual Spires". Bunch of the original cast was on including Tawdrey Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn), Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook), Leland Palmer (Ray Wise), the Log Lady (Catherine Coulson), and the orchid guy.

Gobs and gobs of refs everywhere. I was gobsmacked at the awesomeness of it.

Oh, and Sheryl Lee has aged well (me-ow), Sherilyn Fenn slightly less well.

palmist -- Monday, December 20, 2010 -- 05:30:36 PM -- 12 of 143

I don't even watch that, but I wish I'd seen the spoof.

Stumbo -- Tuesday, December 21, 2010 -- 03:15:41 AM -- 13 of 143
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nLZ-OZnPpk

I accidentally saw way too much of Sherilyn Fenn (surface-area-wise) in Two Moon Junction, which I got the obvious reason.

Frank Black -- Tuesday, December 21, 2010 -- 04:20:10 PM -- 14 of 143

I'm not sure that's possible.

Stumbo -- Tuesday, December 21, 2010 -- 04:55:26 PM -- 15 of 143
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nLZ-OZnPpk

Oh, trust me. "What's her surface area?" is like "How long is the coast of Britain?" -- you know, with all the tiny twists and turns, nooks and crannies, etc.

Frank Black -- Tuesday, January 04, 2011 -- 02:40:08 AM -- 16 of 143

O.M.G.: The 10 Most Awesome "In Search Of. . ." shows.

I recall being scared to death by the dire warnings about. . .global cooling.

Carene Lydia -- Tuesday, January 25, 2011 -- 06:34:48 PM -- 17 of 143
I will miss her immeasurably.

Regis quit over pay cut

sapphirerose -- Tuesday, January 25, 2011 -- 08:10:38 PM -- 18 of 143
Hot like a hepatitis-induced fever from a thirdhand heroin needle - Nicholas Kronos on the appeal of Russell Brand

I don't even know where to begin. 18M isn't enough for you? You don't have the courtesy of sharing your decision with your co-host before announcing on air? You fire your manager for not negotiating effectively (this would be funny if the show was still pulling down the numbers it had been).

You're so shallow and money hungry that you quit because you're too blind to realize that the show isn't performing as well as in past seasons?

And, he DOES take a lot of time off. I don't watch the show, but it seems there are an unusual amount of promos announcing a guest host of one sort or another showing on a regular basis.

I never was a huge fan of Regis so it's no big loss to me. Just another hour to fill with mindless babble crap in the morning tv line up.

Of course, my rant above is assuming this is true, and given that it comes from TMZ, it's almost a sure bet that most of it is blown out of proportion.

Frank Black -- Saturday, January 29, 2011 -- 11:24:30 PM -- 19 of 143

One thing ABOUT HIM that always BUGGED ME was the way HE WOULD SHOUT all the time.

Nicholas Kronos -- Sunday, February 06, 2011 -- 01:37:17 AM -- 20 of 143
"North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?"--President Trump (tweeting)

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