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The Simpsons Returning to Movie Theaters

For The Simpsons fans planning to watch Ice Age: Continental Drift next weekend, you’re in for a treat.

Maggie Simpson will star in her own animated short titled “The Longest Daycare.”

The 12-second (yes, 12) trailer is above, teasing Maggie’s return to the Ayn Rand School for Tots from way back in Season 4.

Let’s just hope the short is a tad longer than the trailer.

Housewives’ Bethenny Frankel Gets Test Run on Fox

She’s become a reality TV fascination, and now Bethenny Frankel is ready to take daytime TV by storm. Frankel, who spent three seasons starring on The Real Housewives of New York, will host her own one-hour entertainment talk-show. Bethenny will air starting Monday, June 11. In New York, the show will be broadcast at 11 a.m. after Wendy Williams.

Bethenny will have its test run on five other Fox-owned stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis.

The show, executive produced by Frankel and Ellen DeGeneres, will feature Frankel’s no-holds barred perspective on numerous topics, including pop culture, current events, and relationships.

Frankel first gained national recognition as a runner-up on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Frankel has parlayed her popularity on Bravo’s Housewives into a pair of spinoffs: Bethenny Getting Married and Bethenny Ever After, which had its third season debut in February.

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News Corp. Planning ESPN Rival

News Corp. is thinking about going after the biggest name in sports. No, not Tim Tebow dammit — ESPN. Bloomberg reports that the plan is to convert the Fuel network to a new, nationally focused sports channel. The channel is rumored to be launching by the end of this year and will be led by David Hill, the chairman of Fox Sports.

Of course the big problem with trying to challenge ESPN is that it has contracts with the NFL, NBA and MLB. That’s pretty much all American sports fans care about.

Fox’s biggest grab? The rights to the World Cup in 2018 and 2022. Soccer — despite its thrilling 0-0 ties and players flopping at the slightest bit of contact — is not exactly the best way to lure viewers.

Like Father, Like Son: Kenny Albert Talks About Growing Up with Legendary Dad

We’ve all grown up with Marv Albert in our living rooms. But for Kenny Albert, it takes on the literal meaning. The younger Albert was born just as the elder Albert was attaining popularity in New York as a sportscaster.

Kenny arrived in February 1968, just weeks before the new Madison Square Garden opened–a place his dad would call his second home for more than 30 years. Two years after Kenny’s birth, Marv had his coming out party when the Knicks were on the run to their first championship. He would be at the mic providing the radio description of the exhilarating season.

While Marv is recognized as a legendary sportscaster, for Kenny, and his three siblings, he’s just dad. From his earliest age, Kenny recalls tagging along to the Garden as his father would prepare to call a Rangers or Knicks game.

“That was normal. That was what I grew up with,” Albert tells FishbowlNY. “I thought it was strange that people actually had dinner with their father, and going out with their parents every night. Because with us, it was more of a scramble.”

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Lawsuit May Derail Valley of the Dolls TV Series

A television adaptation of Jacqueline Susann‘s best-selling novel is currently in the works. Fox and Chernin Entertainment are currently producing the series, with Oscar-nominated Lee Daniels on board as writer and directer. The show was purchased by the NBC network late last year.

There’s only one little problem. According to Jacqueline Susann’s estate, managed by Tiger LLC, Fox doesn’t have the rights to make a Valley of the Dolls series, and they’re suing for copyright infringement

For an industry that’s been screaming bloody murder about copyright infringement as of late, that seems like a colossal oversight. But it’s complicated, of course. There was a time when the studio did have the rights to a Dolls TV series. Which, according to the lawsuit, Fox lost in 1994. But in 1998 the studio optioned the rights to a TV movie of the book. But not a TV series. At least not according to Tiger LLC.

Bottom line, no television show can stand up to the 1967 film version. All parties involved would be best served simply pouring themselves a whiskey sour, pulling up Valley of the Dolls on Netflix, and letting Sharon Tate blow their minds.

Online TV Service Aereo Launches as Lawsuits Swirl

Streaming TV startup Aereo launched this week in the New York market, amid lawsuits claiming copyright infringement. A lawsuit by CBS, NBC, and ABC, led to this terse joint statement:

“This service is based on the illegal use of our content. Beyond that, we believe the complaint speaks for itself.”

WABC president and general manager Dave Davis tells FishbowlNY that based on two lawsuits, he wasn’t able to comment.

“It’s in the lawyers hands,” Davis admits.  

After the broadcast networks filed a suit against Aereo, the new company retaliated with a countersuit. Aereo contends that its service does not infringe on broadcasters’ copyrights since it only streams content that viewers are legally entitled to access via satellite.

Aereo works as a Web-based, mobile device TV product, offering over-the-air programs with a 90-day free trial for subscribers, only on New York stations at this point. It’s $12 a month after that.

Despite the fight with broadcasters, initial reviews for Aereo have been favorable.

Technologyreview.com writes, “Overall, despite my limited ability to use the service, and my encounters with a few glitches, using Aereo was an exciting experience.”

Simpsons Fans Break Guinness World Record

Welcome to the Guinness Book of World Records, Jeremiah Franco and Carin Shreve.

They set the Guinness World Record for longest continuous television viewing by watching 86 hours and 37 minutes of The Simpsons.

¡Ay, caramba!

Fox sponsored the contest in honor of the 500th episode of The Simpsons, which airs this Sunday.

Franco and Shreve walked away with $10,500 and likely a pair of gnarly bags under their eyes.

Sources: Fox Not Interested in Buying Dodgers

As soon as news broke Tuesday night that Frank McCourt had finally agreed to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers, rumors started swirling as to who would purchase the team.

You can scratch Fox from the list of prospective buyers as Los Angeles Times reporter Bill Shaikin tweeted Wednesday that the media giant isn’t interested in purchasing the team at this time.

With Fox out of the picture, Dodger fans are one step closer to a dream scenario where Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban purchases the team.

“It all comes down to price,” Cuban told ESPNLosAngeles.com Wednesday morning via email. “It’s important to have more than enough money to pay players and invest in the organization.”

One can dream, right?

Could This Be the Last Season of The Simpsons?

Remember that wacky idea about The Simpsons TV channel when the show goes off the air? Well, it could happen sooner than later.

The popular Fox cartoon could come to an end this spring after 23 seasons thanks to a nasty contract dispute, according to Lloyd Grove of The Daily Beast:

“The reason is a negotiating impasse between the studio and the six principal actors who voice the beloved characters on the animated series that hilariously satirizes middle-class Midwestern angst.

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Watch the Conrad Murray Trial on Your Mobile Device

If you’re home during the day like myself, you’ve probably noticed the local TV coverage of the Dr. Conrad Murray trial, which got underway on Tuesday.

For those of you on the run (or the population that’s obsessed with all things Michael Jackson), you can watch the proceedings thanks to the Michael Jackson Doctor Trial App from Fox Television Stations.

For 99 cents, iPhone, iPad and Android users get access to live coverage of the trial along with recorded local news segments, photo galleries and biographies of all the key people involved in the case.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the app is No. 1 among for-pay news apps.

Oh, America.

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