The Simpsons (season 18)
The Simpsons' eighteenth season aired from September 10, 2006 to May 20, 2007. The season contained seven hold-over episodes from the season 17 production line. Al Jean served as a position he has held since the thirteenth season; the season finale, was the series' 400th episode. Additionally, the Simpsons franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary, as it has been on the air since April 1987, beginning with shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. Season 18 included guest appearances by Metallica, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen, Fran Drescher, The White Stripes, Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Richard Lewis, Dr. Phil, Elvis Stojko, Natalie Portman, Jon Lovitz, Betty White, Eric Idle, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Stephen Sondheim, Meg Ryan, Andy Dick, Peter Bogdanovich, James Patterson and others. Robert Canning of IGN gave the season a 6.6 saying it was "Passable" and that "Now in its eighteenth season, The Simpsons continues to supply America with a decent half-hour of comedy every Sunday night.
However, most long-time fans of the show agree that the last several years have seen the program in constant decline. Looking back at this particular season, there's little evidence to prove them wrong. Though we were treated with at least a few hilarious gems this year, the mediocre outweighed the great." At the 35th Annie Awards, Alf Clausen and Michael Price won the award for "Best Music in an Animated Television Production" for "Yokel Chords" while Ian Maxtone-Graham and Billy Kimball won "Best Writing in an Animated Television Production" for "24 Minutes" Jeff Westbrook won a WGA Award for "Kill Gil: Vols. 1 & 2" while Matt Selman was nominated for "The Haw-Hawed Couple" and John Frink received a nomination for "Stop, or My Dog Will Shoot". The series received a British Comedy Award nomination for "Best International Comedy" a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Animated Program for "The Haw-Hawed Couple" and an Environmental Media Award nomination for "Best Television Episodic Comedy" for "The Wife Aquatic".
The show ranked 60th in the seasonal ratings with an average of 8.6 million watching it and a Nielsen rating of 4.1/10 Series showrunner Al Jean reported in April 2015 that The Simpsons would no longer see home media releases after the seventeenth season, claiming an inability for DVD sales to keep up with the rise in streaming and downloads, as well as a boom in FXX reruns, FOX's on-demand video service, FXNOW. Jean reassured that bonus features featured on the DVDs, such as commentaries for each episode, would still be available, now packaged with the digital format. In 2016, audio commentary for the 18th season was made available through FXNOW. On July 22, 2017, it was announced during the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 panel that, due to fan demand, the eighteenth season DVD would be released after all on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, ten years after it had completed broadcast on television. Bibliography Season 18 at The Simpsons.com
The Simpsons opening sequence
The opening sequence of the American animated television series The Simpsons is among the most popular opening sequences in television and is accompanied by one of television's most recognizable theme songs. The first episode to use this intro was the series' second episode "Bart the Genius"; the standard opening has had two major revisions. The first was at the start of the second season when the entire sequence was reanimated to improve the quality and certain shots were changed to add characters, established in the first season; the second was a brand-new opening sequence produced in high-definition for the show's transition to that format beginning with "Take My Life, Please" in season 20. The new opening followed the sequence of the original opening with improved graphics more characters, new jokes; this sequence opens with the show's title in yellow approaching the camera through misty cumulus clouds in a dark blue sky. The shot cuts through the counter in the letter "P" to an establishing shot of the town of Springfield.
The camera zooms in through the town and through a window of a lavender Springfield Elementary, where Bart is writing lines on the class chalkboard as a punishment. When the school bell rings, Bart leaves in a hurry and skateboards out of the school doors; the shot cuts to Homer working at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant wearing a safety mask while handling a glowing green rod of uranium with tongs. An unknown co-worker in the background eats a sandwich with a pair of tongs; the end-of-shift whistle blows, Homer takes off his mask and drops the tongs to leave work. As he does so, the uranium rod falls down the back of his radiation suit; the next shot shows Maggie checking out at a supermarket. Maggie, sitting on the conveyor belt, is inadvertently scanned along with the groceries as Marge reads a magazine. Maggie is bagged. Marge frantically looks around for Maggie as the bag is dropped into her shopping cart breathes a sigh of relief when she pops up from the bag. Lisa is shown next at band practice.
The opening theme coordinates with this shot, is orchestrated as if it were played by the school band. Mr. Largo stops the rest of the band to order Lisa out of the rehearsal for her unorthodox saxophone playing, she continues to improvise on her way out of the room. Shots of the family on their way home to 742 Evergreen Terrace are shown; as Homer drives through Springfield, he fumbles behind his neck, pulls the uranium rod out of his shirt collar, throws it out the car window. As it bounces off the curb near Moe's Tavern, Bart skateboards past, noticing a bank of televisions in a store window he passes showing Krusty the Clown; the five unknown unnamed characters waiting at the stop chase after a bus that fails to stop for them. As soon as Bart crosses the road, a car drives past and Maggie is seen inside at the steering wheel; the camera alternates between close-ups of her jerking the wheel back and forth and the car veering wildly zooms out to reveal that her wheel is only a toy. Marge is driving the car, Maggie imitates her horn-honking.
Lisa rides her bicycle down the street, her books and saxophone case strapped into the front basket and the back of her seat, respectively. Lisa is the first to arrive at home as the garage door opens, jumping off her bike with her things, letting it roll into the garage, running for the front door. Homer pulls into the driveway and parks, after which Bart bounces his skateboard off the car roof and follows Lisa toward the door; when Homer steps out of the car, he screams at the sight of Marge's car approaching and runs into the garage. The family members enter the living room from different directions, creating a segue into the couch gag and the executive producer credits, shown on the television screen. Notably in "Bart the Genius", the famous high-pitched scream of Homer's when he runs from Marge's car into the house is cut; the scream is added in the third episode, "Homer's Odyssey". The TV version of this opening has the caption "In Stereo Where Available". For the second season, the original opening was reanimated.
Most shots were closely copied appearing to be traced. The coloring was changed on most shots, the characters and animation cleaned up; some scenes were replaced or modified: In Bart's chalkboard gag, the school is now orange with purple accents instead of lavender. In Homer's first shot at the power plant, Mr. Burns and Smithers study certain plans in the background in place of the unknown co-worker; when the end-of-shift whistle blows, Mr. Burns checks his wristwatch to see; when Bart skateboards down the sidewalk, the scenery is different, the bank of televisions is changed and shorter, Bart no longer notices them. Instead, he weaves in between a series of secondary characters; this segment is notably shorter than the original bus-stop segment. Lisa's bike ride is cut, instead, upon Marge and Maggie honking their horns, there is a "whip-pan" across the town, featuring a significant number of secondary characters, towards the Simpsons' house. Homer reaches the house first instead of Lisa, Bart bounces his skateboard off the car and rolls toward the front door.
Homer leaves his car and has to dodge Lisa as she pedals up the driveway, followi
James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno is an American comedian, writer and television host. After doing stand-up comedy for years, he became the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00pm ET on NBC. After The Jay Leno Show was canceled in January 2010 amid a host controversy, Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010, he hosted his last episode of The Tonight Show on February 6, 2014. That year, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Since 2014, Leno has hosted Jay Leno's Garage. Leno was born April 1950 in New Rochelle, New York, his homemaker mother, was born in Greenock and came to the United States at age 11. His father, was an insurance salesman, born in New York, to immigrants from Flumeri, Italy. Leno grew up in Andover and graduated from Andover High School. Leno obtained a bachelor's degree in speech therapy from Emerson College, where he started a comedy club in 1973.
His older brother, was a Vietnam War veteran who worked as an attorney. Leno made his first appearance on The Tonight Show on March 1977, performing a comedy routine. During the 1970s, Leno appeared in minor roles in several television series and films, first in the 1976 episode "J. J. in Trouble" of Good Times and the same year in the pilot of Holmes & Yo-Yo. After an uncredited appearance in the 1977 film Fun with Dick and Jane, he played more prominent roles in 1978 in American Hot Wax and Silver Bears. Other films and television series from that period include Almost Heaven, "Going Nowhere" from One Day at a Time, Polyester, "The Wild One" from Alice, both "Feminine Mistake" and "Do the Carmine" from Laverne & Shirley. Leno's only starring film role was the 1989 direct-to-video Collision Course, opposite Pat Morita, he appeared numerous times on Late Night with David Letterman. Starting in 1986, Leno was a regular substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. In 1992, he replaced Carson as host amid controversy with David Letterman, hosting Late Night with David Letterman since 1982, whom many—including Carson himself—had expected to be Carson's successor.
The story of this turbulent transition was turned into a book and a movie. Leno continued to perform as a stand-up comedian throughout his tenure on The Tonight Show. In 2004, Leno signed a contract extension with NBC which would keep him as host of The Tonight Show until 2009. In 2004, Conan O'Brien signed a contract with NBC under which O'Brien would become the host of The Tonight Show in 2009, replacing Leno at that time. During the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, Leno was accused of violating WGA guidelines by writing his own monologue for The Tonight Show. While NBC and Leno claim there were private meetings with the WGA where there was a secret agreement allowing this, the WGA denied such a meeting. Leno answered questions in front of the Writers Guild of America, West trial committee in February 2009 and June 2009, when the WGAW published its list of strike-breakers on August 11, 2009, Leno was not on the list. Leno said in 2008 that he was saving all of his income from The Tonight Show and living off his income from stand-up comedy.
On April 23, 2009, Leno checked himself into a hospital with an undisclosed illness. He was released the following day and returned to work on Monday, April 27; the two subsequently canceled Tonight Show episodes for April 23 and 24 were Leno's first in 17 years as host. The illness that caused the absence was not disclosed, but Leno told People magazine it was for exhaustion. During the 2005 trial of Michael Jackson over allegations of child molestation, Leno was one of a few celebrities who appeared as a defense witness. In his testimony regarding a call by the accuser, Leno testified that he never called the police, that no money was asked for, there was no coaching – but that the calls seemed unusual and scripted; as a result, Leno was not allowed to tell jokes about Jackson or the case, a fixture of The Tonight Show's opening monologue in particular. But he and his show's writers used a legal loophole by having Leno step aside while stand-in comedians took the stage and told jokes about the trial.
Stand-ins included Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, Brad Garrett, Dennis Miller, among others. The gag order was challenged, the court ruled that Leno could continue telling jokes about the trial as long as he did not discuss his testimony. Leno celebrated by devoting an entire monologue to Michael Jackson jokes; because Leno's show continued to lead all late-night programming in the Nielsen ratings, the pending expiration of Leno's contract led to speculation about whether he would become a late-night host for another network after his commitment to NBC expired. Leno left The Tonight Show on Friday, May 29, 2009, Conan O'Brien took over on June 1, 2009. On December 8, 2008, it was reported that Leno would remain on NBC and move to a new hour-long show at 10 p.m. Eastern Time five nights a week; this show followed a similar format to The Tonight Show, was filmed in the same studio facility and retained many of Leno's most popular segments. Late Night host Conan O'Brien was his successor on The Tonight Show.
Jay Leno's new show, titled The Jay Leno Show, debuted on September 14, 2009. It was announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that it would feature one or two celebrities, the occasional musical guest, kee
The Simpsons (season 13)
The Simpsons' thirteenth season aired on the Fox network between November 6, 2001 and May 22, 2002 and consists of 22 episodes. The show runner for the thirteenth production season was Al Jean. Mike Scully executive-produced the remaining five, which were all hold-overs that were produced for the previous season; the Simpsons is an animated series about a working-class family, which consists of Homer, Bart and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional city of Springfield, lampoons American culture, society and many aspects of the human condition; the season won an Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production, was nominated for several other awards, including two Primetime Emmy Awards, three Writers Guild of America Awards, an Environmental Media Award. The Simpsons ranked 30th in the season ratings with an average viewership of 12.4 million viewers. It was the second highest rated show on Fox after Malcolm in the Middle. Season 13 was released on DVD in Region 1 on August 24, 2010, Region 2 on September 20, 2010, Region 4 on December 1, 2010.
Mike Scully served as executive producer for the show for seasons nine to twelve. Five of the episodes produced for season 12 were held over and aired as part of the thirteenth season, he was replaced by Al Jean. Jean was one of the original writers for The Simpsons, served as executive producer of the third and fourth seasons with Mike Reiss before leaving the show in 1993. Jean returned full-time to The Simpsons during this time without Reiss. Jean called it "a great job with a lot of responsibility," and cited "the fact that people love it so much" as "great."Writers credited with episodes in the thirteenth season included Joel H. Cohen, John Frink, Don Payne, Carolyn Omine, George Meyer, Mike Scully, Dana Gould, John Swartzwelder, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Matt Selman, Tim Long, Jon Vitti, Matt Warburton, Deb Lacusta and cast member Dan Castellaneta. Freelance writers included Bill Freiberger. Animation directors included Bob Anderson, Mike B. Anderson, Mark Kirkland, Jen Kamerman, Lance Kramer, Nancy Kruse, Lauren MacMullan, Michael Marcantel, Pete Michels, Steven Dean Moore, Matthew Nastuk, Michael Polcino, Jim Reardon and Chuck Sheetz.
The main cast consisted of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer. Other cast members included Marcia Wallace, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Russi Taylor and Karl Wiedergott; some critics felt. DVDDizzy rhetorically asked how the season "stand up for someone just looking to jump into a full, semi-recent year of episodes", answering "Pretty darn well", it explained "Nearly everything. Most important is the large cast of Springfield residents used to perfection... Real thought and lots of it goes into each episode's creation", added "it's miraculous how fresh and sharp "The Simpsons" remains in its thirteenth year on air"; the site explained "Not every moment here is brilliant. After a rocky start, the season hits its groove a few episodes in. Though jokes don't always land, there are guaranteed to be at least a few amusing moments per episode; the stylings haven't changed all that much. There are tasteful homages and cultural references, including loving parodies of classic movies and literature as usual, tons of famous guest stars lend their voices, some as themselves and others as fictional characters".
Adam Rayner of WhatCulture wrote that "Season thirteen represents a time when the show was clinging to the classic humour, derived from situations that were rooted in a reality – albeit a heightened reality – which could happen to you and your family, while descending into the surreal and farcical." Matt Wheeldon of GoodFilmGuide said "the 13th Season another solid, memorable, effort from the world’s best loved cartoon. DVD Talk's Ryan Keefer gave a season 3.5/5 stars and said "While Jean might not have brought things to previous glory, he righted the ship in Season 13." Blu-Ray.com gave season 13 a 3.5/5 and Casey Broadwater's sentiment was "The hit-to-miss ratio is much better here than in the previous three seasons, while the episodes are never quite as hilarious as the Simpsons of old—from way back in the early 1990s—season 13 does mark a turning point for the series." Ron Martin of 411 Mania was more critical giving the season a 6.5/10. Part of the verdict was "Season 13 is representative of the chaotic scatterbrained nature the show would take on from here on out."
Casey Burchby of DVD Talk gave the season a 3/5 and wrote "the thirteenth season is further proof of the regrettable change in comic tone that the series took on in the early part of the last decade." In 2002, The Simpsons won its eleventh consecutive Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production."She of Little Faith" was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. The song "Ode to Branson" from "The Old Man and the Key" by Alf Clausen and Jon Vitti was nominated for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics. "Brawl in the Family" was nominated for the Environmental Media Award for Best Television Episodic Comedy. Three ep
The Simpsons (season 3)
The Simpsons' third season aired on the Fox network between September 19, 1991 and August 27, 1992. The showrunners for the third production season were Al Jean and Mike Reiss who executive produced 22 episodes for the season, while two other episodes were produced by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon. An additional episode, "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?", aired on August 27, 1992 after the official end of the third season and is included on the Season 3 DVD set. Season three won six Primetime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance" and received a nomination for "Outstanding Animated Program" for the episode "Radio Bart"; the complete season was released on DVD in Region 1 on August 26, 2003, Region 2 on October 6, 2003, in Region 4 on October 22, 2003. Al Jean and Mike Reiss, who had written for The Simpsons since the start of the show, took over as showrunners this season, their first episode as showrunners was "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington" and they felt a lot of pressure about running the show.
They ran the following season and Jean would return as executive producer in season 13. There were two episodes, "Kamp Krusty" and "A Streetcar Named Marge", that were produced at the same time, but aired during season four as holdover episodes. Two episodes that aired during this season, "Stark Raving Dad" and "When Flanders Failed", were executive produced during the previous season by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Sam Simon. Carlos Baeza and Jeffrey Lynch received their first directing credits this season. Alan Smart, an assistant director and layout artist, would receive his only directing credit. One-time writers from this season include Howard Gewirtz, Ken Levine and David Isaacs. Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, who would become executive producers, became a part of the writing staff to replace Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky both of whom had decided to leave the next season; the current arrangement of the theme song was introduced during this season. A crossover episode with the live-action sitcom Thirtysomething, titled "Thirtysimpsons", was written by David Stern for this season, but was never produced because it "never seemed to work".
The crossover would involve Homer hanging out with them. The season premiere episode was "Stark Raving Dad", which guest starred Michael Jackson as the speaking voice of Leon Kompowsky. One of Jackson's conditions for guest starring was. While he recorded the voice work for the character, all of his singing was performed by Kipp Lennon, because Jackson wanted to play a joke on his brothers. Michael Jackson's lines were recorded at a second session by Brooks; the January 30, 1992 rerun of the episode featured a brief alternate opening, written in response to a comment made by then-President of the United States George H. W. Bush. On January 27, 1992 Bush made a speech during his re-election campaign where he said, "We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families a lot more like The Waltons and a lot less like The Simpsons." The writers decided that they wanted to respond by adding a response to the next broadcast of The Simpsons, a rerun of "Stark Raving Dad" on January 30.
The broadcast included a new tongue-in-cheek opening. Bart replies, "Hey, we're just like the Waltons. We're praying for an end to the Depression, too"."Homer at the Bat" is the first episode in the series to feature a large supporting cast of guest stars. The idea was suggested by Sam Simon, who wanted an episode filled with real Major League Baseball players, they did manage to get nine players who agreed to guest star and they were recorded over a period of six months. Several new characters were introduced this season, including Lunchlady Doris, Fat Tony and Louie, Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, Lurleen Lumpkin, Kirk and Luann Van Houten; this season's production run was the last to be animated by Klasky Csupo, before the show's producers Gracie Films opted to switch domestic production of the series to Film Roman. Sharon Bernstein of the Los Angeles Times wrote that "Gracie executives had been unhappy with the producer Csupo had assigned to The Simpsons and said the company hoped to obtain better wages and working conditions for animators at Film Roman."
Klasky Csupo co-founder Gábor Csupó had been "asked if they could bring in their own producer," but declined, stating "they wanted to tell me how to run my business." The season remains popular among the show's fanbase. In 2003, Entertainment Weekly published a list of its 25 favorite episodes and placed "Homer at the Bat", "Flaming Moe's" and "Radio Bart" at 15th, 16th and 20th positions, respectively. IGN.com made a list of the best guest appearances in the show's history, placed Aerosmith at 24, Spinal Tap at 18, the "Homer at the Bat" baseball players at 17, Jon Lovitz at eight, Michael Jackson at number five. IGN would name "Flaming Moe's" the best episode of the third season. Chris Turner, the author of the book Planet Simpson, believes that the third season marks the beginning of "the Golden Age" of The Simpsons and pinpoints "Homer at the Bat" as the first episode of the era. Bill Oakley has described the season as "the best season of any TV show of all time", pinpointing its success to the fact that "a lot of the stories were pretty grounded, but they took a couple of crazy leaps out into space with like, ‘Homer at the Bat’", stating that he and Josh Weinstein used the season as a model when they were The Simpsons' showrunners for seasons 7 and 8.
1992 was The Simpsons' most successful year at the Primetime Emmy Awards, with the series receiving six Emmys, all for "Out
The Simpsons (season 14)
The Simpsons' fourteenth season was broadcast on the Fox network in the United States between November 3, 2002 and May 18, 2003. The show runner for the fourteenth production season was Al Jean, who executive produced 21 of 22 episodes; the other episode, "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation", was run by Mike Scully. The season contains five hold-overs from the previous season's production run; the fourteenth season has met with positive reviews and won two Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Animated Program, four Annie Awards and a Writers Guild of America Award. This season contains the show's 300th episode, "The Strong Arms of The Ma". Writers credited with episodes in the fourteenth season included J. Stewart Burns, Kevin Curran, John Frink & Don Payne, Dana Gould, Dan Greaney, Brian Kelley, Tim Long, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Carolyn Omine, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder, Matt Warburton and Marc Wilmore. Freelance writers included Brian Pollack & Mert Rich, Sam O'Neal & Neal Boushall, Dennis Snee and Allen Glazier.
Animation directors included Bob Anderson, Mike B. Anderson, Chris Clements, Mark Kirkland, Lance Kramer, Nancy Kruse, Lauren MacMullan, Pete Michels, Steven Dean Moore, Matthew Nastuk, Michael Polcino, Jim Reardon and David Silverman; the main cast consisted of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer. Other cast members included Marcia Wallace, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Russi Taylor and Karl Wiedergott; this season saw the return of voice actress Maggie Roswell, who had left the show during season 11 because of a contract dispute."Barting Over", which aired February 16, 2003, was promoted as the show's milestone 300th episode. However, "The Strong Arms of the Ma" was the 300th episode to be broadcast. According to Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star, "It's difficult to find a straight answer why milestone status has been bestowed on; some rationalize that the 300 figure doesn't account for two early holiday specials, Fox maintains that there was some discrepancy between the original, scheduled broadcast date- deep in the heart of the ratings-mad February sweeps- and the number of episodes that were aired leading up to it."
"Barting Over" refers to the error when Marge tells Lisa "I can't count the number of times has done something crazy like this." Lisa responds that it is 300, to which Marge replies that she "could have sworn it's been 302". Season 14 received positive reviews. High-Def Digest was positive recommending the set and writing "The show has numerous moments that make you laugh." And gave it 3.5/5 stars. Blu-ray.com gave season 14 3.5/5 stars who thought "After rewatching all of it for the first time since this batch of episodes aired, I have to say—season fourteen has a pretty good laugh-per- minute ratio." Casey Broadwater felt it was an improvement over the Scully seasons and season 13. Collider gave the season a B-; the reviewer thought "As far as the overall quality of the season, it isn't as good as some earlier seasons but in the evolution of the show and the characters, it's solid.". Jackson Cresswell thought "C. E. D'oh" was the best of the season along with "Pray Anything" and "Brake My Wife, Please" while citing "Three Gays of the Condo", "Large Marge", "Helter Shelter" as the worst.
Ryan Keefer of DVD Talk gave it a 4/5 calling it "a good spot to start brushing up on things". Episodes of the fourteenth season won several awards, including two Primetime Emmy Awards. "Three Gays of the Condo" became the eighth episode of the series to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. Hank Azaria won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for voicing various characters in the episode "Moe Baby Blues", it was Azaria's third Emmy in that category. The song "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders" from "Dude, Where's My Ranch?" received a nomination for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics. The show won four Annie Awards, including its 12th consecutive in the Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production category; the other awards won were Best Directing in an Animated Television Production, Best Music in an Animated Television Production and Best Writing in an Animated Television Production. "The Dad Who Knew Too Little" won a Writers Guild of America Award in 2004 in the animation category.
"Moe Baby Blues", written by J. Stewart Burns, was nominated in the category; the series was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Musical or Comedy Series in 2003. It was the first time; the episode "'Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky", nominated for an Environmental Media Award for Best Television Episodic Comedy. Chris Ledesma was nominated for the Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Animation – Music for his work on "Large Marge"; the DVD and Blu-ray boxset for season fourteen was released by 20th Century Fox in the United States and Canada on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, eight years after it had c
The Simpsons (season 10)
The Simpsons' tenth season was broadcast on the Fox network in the United States between August 23, 1998, May 16, 1999. It contains twenty-three episodes, starting with "Lard of the Dance"; the Simpsons is a satire of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its family of the same name, which consists of Homer, Bart and Maggie. Set in the fictional city of Springfield, the show lampoons American culture, society and many aspects of the human condition; the showrunner for the tenth season was Mike Scully. Before production began, a salary dispute between the main cast members of The Simpsons and Fox arose. However, it was soon settled and the actors' salaries were raised to $125,000 per episode. In addition to the large Simpsons cast, many guest stars appeared in season ten, including Phil Hartman in his last appearance before his death. Despite winning an Annie Award for "Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Program", season 10 has been cited by several critics as the beginning of the series' decline in quality.
It ranked twenty-fifth in the season ratings with an average of 13.5 million viewers per episode. The tenth season DVD boxset was released in the United States and Canada on August 7, 2007, it is available in two different packagings. The tenth season was the second; as show runner and executive producer, Scully headed the writing staff and oversaw all aspects of the show's production. However, as he told UltimateTV in January 1999, he did not "make any decisions without the staff's input. We have great staffs in all the departments from animation to writing. So I don't want to make it sound like a dictatorship." Scully was popular with the staff members, many of whom have praised his organization and management skills. Writer Tom Martin has said that he was "quite the best boss I've worked for" and "a great manager of people". Scully's aim while running The Simpsons was to "not wreck the show". In addition to his role as show runner during the tenth season, he co-wrote the episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday".
In 1999, there were around sixteen staff writers working on The Simpsons. Many of them had written for the show for several years, including John Swartzwelder and George Meyer; the third episode of the tenth season, "Bart the Mother", was the last full-length episode written by David S. Cohen, a longtime writer on the show, he left to team up with The Simpsons creator Matt Groening to develop Futurama, a series on which he served as executive producer and head writer. The tenth season marked the full-time return of staff member Al Jean, who had departed from the show after the fourth season to create the animated series The Critic. Between seasons four and ten, he had only worked periodically on the show; the main cast of the season consisted of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer. Up until the production of season ten in 1998, these six main voice actors were paid $30,000 per episode. In 1998, a salary dispute between them and the Fox Broadcasting Company arose, with the actors threatening to go on a strike.
Fox went as far as preparing for casting of new voices, but an agreement was soon made and the actors' salaries were raised to $125,000 per episode. Groening expressed his sympathy for the cast members in an issue of Mother Jones a while after the salary dispute had been settled, he told the magazine: "They are talented, they deserve a chance to be as rich and miserable as anyone else in Hollywood. It looked for a while there like we might not have a show, because everyone was holding firm on all sides. That's still my attitude: Hold out for as much money as you can get, but do make the deal."Other cast members of the season included Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Maggie Roswell, Russi Taylor, Karl Wiedergott. Season ten featured a large number of guest stars, including Phil Hartman in his final appearance on the show in the episode "Bart the Mother" that aired in September 27, 1998. Hartman was shot to death by his wife four months before the episode aired and it was dedicated to his memory.
Rather than replacing Hartman with a new voice actor, the production staff retired two of his recurring characters, Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz, from the show. However, Hutz and McClure still appear in various Simpsons comics, because a voice actor is not needed; the tenth season of The Simpsons was broadcast in the United States on the Fox network between August 23, 1998 and May 16, 1999. Although "Lard of the Dance" aired on August 23 to increase ratings for the early premieres of That'70s Show by serving as a lead-in, "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace" was the official premiere of the tenth season; the season aired in the 8:00 p.m. time slot on Sundays. It ranked twenty-fifth in the ratings for the 1998–1999 television season with an average of 13.5 million viewers per episode, dropping twelve percent in number of average viewers from the last season. The Simpsons was Fox's third highest-rated show of the television season, following The X-Files and Ally McBeal; the tenth season has been cited by some critics and fans as the beginning of the series' decline in quality.
By 2000, some long-term fa