[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]
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[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, FXX is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.]
Somehow, despite including two different clip shows, Day 3 of FXX's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon leads us deep into the show's Golden Years, as we finish Season 4, go through Season 5 and most of Season 6, spanning from "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show" through "The PTA Disbands."
For the second straight day, we had no trouble picking two favorites apiece and we left out a slew of great episodes including Krusty's Kancellation, Bart's rise to "I Didn't Do It!" fame, James Woods' stint at the Kwik-E-Mart, Homer's trip into space and Lisa's attempts to design a new Malibu Stacy. [The image accompanying this story is from "Marge in Chains" which, if I'm being honest, didn't come close to making our list, but it's the only official image FXX was able to provide for the episodes airing on Saturday.]
My own greatest regret is that I couldn't pick "Treehouse of Horror V," which features "The Shinning" and "Time and Punishment," which are two of my five "Treehouse" segments. However, I stand by the two episodes I chose.
And guess what? Day 4 was even HARDER, choosing-wise. But that's tomorrow.
[I'm trying to change up the format with this to make it more useful as a guide, so recommendations are now in order by air-time within the marathon. And, whenever possible, I'm gonna try to post an hour or two BEFORE midnight ET, just so we're not springing our recommendations on you at the last season.]
Check out our recommendations for Day 3 and chime in with your own favorites...
Watch Lifetime’s Brittany Murphy biopic trailer
Amanda Fuller plays the “Clueless” star in "The Brittany Murphy Story."
An ABC special will attempt to determine the best “Schoolhouse Rock” song
“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Chandra Wilson will host "The ABC’s of Schoolhouse Rock” special, airing at 7 pm on Sept. 7.
“State of Affairs” books James Remar, plus Courtney B. Vance as husband to the president of the United States
Vance will play the First Gentleman to POTUS Alfre Woodard, while Remar will guest as a CIA agent.
Lifetime puts out the first 5 minutes of “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story”
The film debuts on Labor Day.
NBC won’t proceed with its “Wizard of Oz”-themed series
“Emerald City” had been ordered straight to series for next season.
“Bates Motel” star Freddie Highmore sells a romantic comedy to NBC
Highmore is teaming with “Bates” co-creator Kerry Ehrin on a venture capital-themed romantic comedy they came up with at the Critics Choice Awards.
“Sleepy Hollow” headed to Hulu Plus
The Fox drama will be available on the streaming service the day after each episode airs.
Ava DuVernay's "Selma" is going to come around at a particularly noteworthy time. Yes, it's been 50 years since the Selma-to-Montgomery marches and yes, it's been 49 years since the passing of the voter rights act. But as we look around today, it's perfectly clear: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
NFL settles with M.I.A. over her Super Bowl halftime middle finger
The confidential settlement ending the NFL's $16.6 million lawsuit comes after the league levied a $12,000 fine on Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel for flashing his middle finger during a “Monday Night Football” preseason game this week.
Oprah Winfrey Network sends Iyanla Vanzant to help Ferguson heal
Tuesday’s episode of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” will bring together Iyanla, Ferguson’s police chief and Michael Brown’s uncle.
Mindy gets a new “Mindy Project” rival: Niecy Nash
The "Reno 911!" alum will play the new hospital chief who happens to be a lesbian.
Could “SNL” replace Don Pardo with Darrell Hammond, his impressionist?
Hammond pretended to be Pardo when he filled in for him several times on "Saturday Night Live," and says he would be “honored and thrilled” to carry on his announcing duties.
Twitter will debut a zip-line camera above the Emmy red carpet
The live zip-line footage will be shown on NBC’s Twitter account and on “Access Hollywood.”
State Farm reviving classic “SNL” characters Hans & Franz and Rob Schneider’s “Richmeister”
As part of “SNL’s” 40th-season celebration, Lorne Michaels is teaming with State Farm for the ad campaign, launching during the VMAs and featuring Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey as well as Schneider’s “Making Copies” guy, which you can watch right here.
All eyes are on the fall festivals now as Venice and Telluride are set to gear up next week with Toronto shortly after. And just on the horizon: New York. The Film Society at Lincoln Center pretty much won the day this season by landing the big premieres of David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderon's "Inherent Vice," while the choice of "Birdman" for closing night — despite the fact that it will have already played Venice and likely Telluride prior — felt like a natural progression. NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones recently spilled a bit on the Fincher and the Anderson, two films hotly anticipated this season.
Because it's NBC's turn to air the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, and because the Peacock would understandably rather air its lucrative Sunday night NFL package in September, the ceremony will take place in late August again. And as an added wrinkle, this year's ceremony will actually happen on a Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m., with Seth Meyers hosting.
“SNL” alum Rachel Dratch will reunite with Amy Poehler for “Parks and Rec’s” final season
She’ll play the nanny to Leslie and Ben’s triplets in a one-episode role that could be expanded.
We're down to the Final 4 of HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown and we have to admit...
We didn't see this coming.
Sure, we knew that "Jericho" fans were well-trained when it comes to mobilizing to send nuts, but like many of you, we just assumed that when it comes to mobilizing to skew online polls, nobody could top Joss Whedon fans in general and Browncoats in specific.
Yahoo declines to rescue Fox’s canceled “Enlisted”
The military comedy has no other potential suitors, so it is not coming back.
The clip features Chris Martin and a female in inflatable suits, which are mean to represent their being overweight. They get shunned wherever they go. For example, Martin tries to get on the bus to go to a baseball game, but gets turned away because of his size. His employer kicks him in the ass for no apparent reason.The girl gets spurned when she tries out at an audition and people in her row look visibly dismayed when she goes to the ballet (and, of course, gets stuck in her seat).
But despite their puffy bodies, they have great dreams, including their love of ballet and their desire to be on stage, so after a performance, Martin’s character dances as he sweeps the stage and the girl, finally able to spring herself from her seat, take the stage and put on a performance to a full audience. As the video comes to an end, the tag, “Anything is possible” appears.
I’m sure it’s supposed to be the opposite of fat shaming, but it still feels a little tone deaf and a little odd. We’re supposed to be happy for them because they found each other, but wouldn’t it be nicer if the rest of the world accepted them for who they are from the start instead of seeing them as outcasts for their size?
“True Love” is the third single from the group’s current album, “Ghost Stories.”
Every new piece of footage or marketing for "Nightcrawler" has me champing at the bit at this point. First Open Road Films offered up a brief viral tease of the film, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an ethically unbound freelance crime journalist in Los Angeles, ahead of its announcement as a Toronto Film Festival world premiere. Then came the first teaser trailer, which proved to me that cinematographer Robert Elswit was bringing the goods here. And that pulp-inspired poster was awesome. Now, a full trailer, laying out all the ethical implications at the heart of the film.