During an interview broadcast today on NPR's Fresh Air, Simpsons creator Matt Groening revealed that the Fox News Network had threatened to sue The Simpsons over a parody of the right-leaning news channel. The highly sensitive news organization, which is headed by Roger Ailes, made headlines this summer with an ill-starred lawsuit against humorist Al Franken's book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. The Fox suit was thrown out in court and only succeeded in making Franken's book a bestseller. According to Groening, the Simpsons team refused to cut out the segment, which Groening told Fresh Air he 'really liked,' figuring that Rupert Murdoch wouldn't allow the Fox News cable network to sue the Fox Broadcast Network, which carries The Simpsons. The Fox News Network did back down on its threat, although it has told The Simpsons creators that in the future, cartoon series will not be allowed to include a 'news crawl' along the bottom of the screen, which might 'confuse the viewers.'
Over a Parody Segment
Posted by ICv2 on October 23, 2003 @ 10:00 pm CT
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Three Senior Concept Artists from the world famous Weta Workshop in New Zealand have branched out from making practical effects for movies to design a board game with Cryptozoic.
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Week of February 21, 2017
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This week’s home entertainment offerings include two films that received six key Oscar nominations, as well as the exciting 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special , and the first half of the second season of the popular anime TV series Assassination Classroom .