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"Superbad" Writers to Pen Episode of "The Simpsons"

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the co-writers of the feature film Superbad, will be writing an episode of The Simpsons, according to an interview with Rogen. The pair met Simpsons producer James L. Brooks at a party, which led to an invitation to pitch ideas for an episode of the show.

"Simpsons" Voice Actors Sign Four-Year Deal

The voice acting cast of The Simpsons has signed a four-year deal with Fox, resolving a standoff which has delayed production of the next season of the show and curtailed the number of episodes from 22 to 20 (read Toon Zone News’ earlier coverage). Other than noting that actor Dan Castellaneta has been named a […]

"Family Guy" to Compete for Emmys with Live-Action Comedies

Variety is reporting that the producers of Family Guy will be entering the show into the comedy series Emmy award competition this year, making it the first animated comedy to compete alongside live-action comedies instead of other animated shows. The show’s season premiere, Family Guy: Blue Harvest, will be competing in the animated program category […]

Still No Deal for "Simpsons" Voice Cast

Variety is reporting that there is still no deal in place for the voice talent of The Simpsons, meaning that the 20th season of the show may only have 20 episodes instead of 22. Production of the show has been on hold for months, and if a deal is not struck soon, the number of […]

Fox Greenlights "Class Dismissed" Animated Comedy

Variety is reporting that Fox has greenlit the animated comedy Class Dismissed, formerly known as Sit Down, Shut Up. Based on a live-action Australian sitcom, the series was developed by Arrested Development‘s Mitch Hurwitz. Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein have been named as executive producers and Mo Willems will handle animation duties. (via Toon Zone […]

Fox to "Inkubate" Toon Shorts in New Pilot Program

Fox has launched a new initiative to seed its schedule with possible new animated series, The Hollywood Reporter says. The network and corporate sibling Twentieth Century Fox TV have launched Fox Inkubation, a division that will fund two-minute films by aspiring animation writer/producers instead of ordering scripts from them. Successful shorts may be developed as […]

MacFarlane Sticks to Fox, Gets $100 Million Pay Day

Seth MacFarlane will become the highest-paid writer-producer working in TV, thanks to a new deal he has signed with Twentieth Century Fox TV, The Hollywood Reporter says. The deal, which covers his services on Family Guy and American Dad as well as upcoming projects like The Cleveland Show, will keep MacFarlane at Fox and could […]

Oakley & Weinstein, Mo Willems Join "Sit Down, Shut Up"

Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein will handle executive producer duties on Sit Down, Shut Up, the new animated series being produced for Fox, even as they lend their voices to a new animated series for Nickelodeon, Variety reports. The previously announced Sit Down, Shut Up is being adapted by Mitch Hurwitz from a live-action Australian […]

"Arrested Development" Alums Joining New Toon Comedy

Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Henry Winkler will join the cast of Sit Down, Shut Up, an animated comedy being developed for the Fox network, The Hollywood Reporter says. The series, from Arrested Development‘s Mitch Hurwitz, is based on an Australian live-action sitcom that aired in 2001. (h/t: AWN)

Fox Animation Plans to Weave 'Anubis Tapestry'

Fox Animation has obtained a production option for Bruce Zick’s young-adult book The Anubis Tapestry: Between Twilights. Fox plans a loose adaptation of the 2006 novel, which begins with a mummy’s curse condemning Dr. George Henry’s spirit to the Egyptian Underworld. Henry’s son Chance plumbs the depths of the Underworld and encounters a variety of […]

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