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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.

Are The Simpsons Getting Their Own TV Channel?

News Corp. chief operating officer Chase Carey tossed out an idea Tuesday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills — a television channel devoted to just The Simpsons.

With the show entering its 23rd season starting on Sept. 25, Carey and Fox are brainstorming ideas on how to generate additional revenue for the Matt Groening cartoon.

One of those ideas is a channel that features nothing but The Simpsons, which airs their 500th episode later this season.

Even if this longshot idea comes to fruition, fans of Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie will have to wait until the show ends on Fox as current syndication rerun deals would prevent the launch of the channel.

D’oh!

The Numbers Game: Cablevision Blackout Hurts Ratings For Fox Programs

Although it should not come as much of a surprise, the ongoing dispute between Fox and Cablevision has taken its toll on WNYW/channel 5′s ratings in the New York area.  According to a MediaPost report by David Goetzl, the blackout of Fox for Cablevision subscribers caused a tremendous ratings drop for Monday’s new episode of House.  Meanwhile, last Sunday’s New York Giants game and Fox 5 News at 10 p.m. have not witnessed as steep of a decline.

This week’s House delivered just a 0.8 rating in New York’s 18-49 demo, a 67 percent decrease from the previous Monday.  The blackout’s role in the drop off is reinforced by the level week-to-week ratings posted by House on the national scale.  Sunday’s 1 p.m. Giants-Lions game, however, scored a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demo; just a 27 percent slide from Fox’s 1 p.m. Giants-Texans game on Oct. 10.

Similar to the local NFL programming, Fox 5 News at 10 p.m. has also experienced a relatively small ratings drop of 27% in New York.  Compared to the .93 posted on Oct. 10, Monday’s late newscast notched a .68 rating among 18-49-year-old audiences.  WNYW was losing ratings points prior to the blackout, so it remains to be seen just how influential the feud with Cablevision was in this instance.

Since the beginning of the now seven-day blackout, 43 percent of the 7.5 million homes in the New York market have been without Fox.  In addition to primetime programming, local news, and one Giants football game, these Cablevision customers have missed out on five games of the NLCS and last Sunday’s Cowboys-Vikings matchup.

With the World Series looming on Oct. 27 and Nov. 2′s election day not too far behind, Fox appears to be at risk of losing some significant ratings numbers and, of course, some major dollars.  Cablevision is also not in the clear as many New Yorkers may soon choose to take their business to another provider.  Stay tuned folks…

The Simpsons As Told By Banksy

The opening sequence to Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons was created by UK street artist Banksy, and is worth a viewing or twelve.

Banksy was reportedly inspired by the outsourcing of Simpson‘s animation to studios in South Korea.

Conan v. Leno: The End of The Week

Can you believe it: this time last week we were going about our Friday afternoon business, completely unaware that the following week would see the dramatic exit of Conan O’Brien from NBC‘s “Tonight Show.”

After a week of insult-slinging from their respective shows, Jay Leno and O’Brien had seemingly hit an impasse in NBC’s resolution to reinstate Leno to the 11:35 slot and push O’Brien back till 12:05. But today brings some light at the end of the tunnel: The Daily Beast reports that O’Brien will be leaving NBC, (though there are conflicting reports about when he’ll actually be leaving). He’s also going to reportedly receive an undisclosed large lump sum to ease the pain of his departure.

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Google Pulls AP Stories From News Page

ne1ws111.gifThe tension between news orgs and Google has finally come to a head after a year of growing unease and muddled Internet copyright laws.

While Rupert Murdoch has been very vocal about wanting The Wall Street Journal and other News Corp. entities’ stories pulled from Google News, other groups like the Associated Press have been more quietly pushing for different terms of their contract with the search engine. The AP’s contract with Google News is set to expire at the end of January.

As of the time of this article, no new AP stories have appeared in Google News since December 23, which some are speculating is a power-play on Google’s part: akin to Fox threatening to pull their content from Time-Warner every time their contract expires. Except, as TechCrunch noted in an article yesterday, the deal works the opposite way on the Internet, “distribution is king, not content.”

Without all the incoming traffic that Google provides to news organizations, will media moguls relent and admit that they need the powerful search engine? Or will the AP, like Murdoch, start going to similar sites like Microsoft’s Bing out of spite for the corporate giant?

Read More: Foxy Tactics: Google News Pulls The AP’s Content As Contract Comes Up For Renewal –TechCrunch

Lesson to AP: Don’t Mess with the Google –BayNewser

NBC Officially Plans To Move Leno From Primetime

leno.jpgBack in September, when “The Jay Leno Show” debuted on NBC at 10 p.m., a Time magazine cover line declared: “Jay Leno is The Future of Television. Seriously!” If that’s true, it looks like NBC no longer believes that future belongs in primetime.

After rumors started circulating last week that NBC was mulling moving Leno back to his old 11:35 p.m. slot, NBC Universal entertainment chair Jeff Gaspin confirmed over the weekend that “The Jay Leno Show” will end next month before the network starts airing coverage of the Olympics. Gaspin said he hopes to move Leno to back to 11:35 p.m., pushing Conan O’Brien and “The Tonight Show” to a 12:05 a.m. start.

Although that’s what the network wants, it remains to be seen if O’Brien will agree to the change or leave NBC for greener pastures at another network like Fox. We wouldn’t blame him, and there’s already news that he’s not happy about NBC’s moves. An exclusive report today in The New York Post, which is owned by the same parent as Fox, said O’Brien was “ready to fly the coop.”

It also remains to be seen whether viewers will welcome the change, which has been motivated by NBC affiliate stations’ complaints that the low-rated “Leno Show” was not a strong enough lead-in to their local news shows. Since NBC put its support behind Leno this year, it hasn’t developed any scripted shows for its 10 p.m. slot, which is usually populated by one-hour dramas. What will the network put there once Leno leaves?

Read more: NBC ending Leno’s nightly prime time show –Associated Press

Just Call Him Conan O’Flyin’New York Post

Previously: Will Leno Return To 11:30?

American Idol’s New Judge is “Sassy.” Shark Officially Jumped?

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Perhaps finally realizing that Paula Abdul is a train wreck we can turn away from, Fox is introducing a fourth jurist to the American Idol judge’s table, Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi.

Who?

Well, according to the LAT she’s “a smart, sassy lady.” But we’re still not convinced this is “change we can believe in,” so we consulted our Rabbi.

Rabbi Richard Rushfield, the venerable American Idol Watcher for the LAT, was philosophical about the change, telling FBLA:

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Jesse Jackson Goes Nuts: Funny or Really Bad?

jacknutsg.pngSo the other day when we first heard Jesse Jackson‘s comments our initial reaction was one of shock, and some outrage, though considering the source was Fox less than it otherwise might have been. We thought: that’s it, change is good, etc., but let’s not kid ourselves racism in America hasn’t gone anywhere. The gloves are about to come off!

Or maybe not, because in the subsequent days (this has to be one of the funniest things we’ve watched lately), the entire thing has become, dare we say it, funny. Much like Fox‘s “terrorist fist-jab” and “Obama baby mama” remarks there are mornings when we have to do a double-check to make sure we’re not reading Onion. Anyway, we’re wondering if we’re alone on this — what say you FBNY readers what kind of “nuts” was it? Poll after the jump.

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