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Excellent news. For a while there it was looking like Harry Shearer, the voice behind Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders and more, might not be returning to The Simpsons. But after some behind-the-scenes and very public (a la Twitter) negotiation, Shearer will be back for the show's 27th and 28th seasons:

It wouldn't have been the same without you, Harry. Now get back to work!


Simpsons fans may have to get used to not seeing Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and Principal Skinner anymore... or at least maybe hearing them with slightly different voices. Harry Shearer, who voices those characters (and many more) tweeted last night that he will not be returning to the show, the news being delivered by the lawyer of The Simpsons' producer James L Brooks:


Like what's happening with David Lynch and the new Twin Peaks, this may be just very public negotiation, but Variety reports that the show -- the longest running in television history -- has already begun production of its 27th season without Shearer, who you may also know as Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap (and lots of other stuff.) It's looking pretty certain, as showrunner Al Jean told CNN, "We do not plan to 'kill off' his characters, but replace them with the most talented members of the voice over community." How do you feel about having someone else voice Mr. Burns? Do you still watch the show? The 26th season finale of The Simpsons airs this Sunday (5/17) on FOX.

Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures

The ongoing Simpsons "Greatest Guest Stars" action figure line is adding Aerosmith, Tom Jones, Weird Al Yankovic, Elvis Costello, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin to the growing collection. This "fourth wave" of characters will be available in October, and can now join Hugh Hefner, James Brown, Yao Ming, Tom Hanks, Kid Rock, The Who, Britney Spears, Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless, Tony Hawk, Penn and Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy and R.E.M. in your display case.


We mentioned before that FXNOW would be streaming every episode of the Simpsons, but Nerdist points out:

So, it's happening: from August 21st thru September 1st, FXX has decided to air every single episode of The Simpsons on its network. That even includes The Simpsons Movie. It is a gargantuan undertaking of the most dizzying order. And we've got a rundown of the episodes right here, right now, right for you.

Why yes, that is 552 episodes of television and a movie in only 12 days, the longest marathon ever. Somebody bring me my eyedrops.

Check out the full FXX schedule below...

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Marcia Wallace

Actress Marcia Wallace, the voice of Edna Krabappel on the Fox show "The Simpsons" and earlier Carol Kester, the receptionist on the 1970s sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show," has died at 70.

"I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace," said executive producer, Al Jean. "She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character."

Wallace, who had survived breast cancer, died at home, according to a Fox publicist, Antonia Coffman. - [Reuters/NYT]

In addition to acting, Wallace was a constant prescence on '70s and '80s game shows. Some clips from Password Plus and Match Game below. We'll miss you, Marcia. Rest in peace.

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Yo La Tengo + Fred Armisen @ Maxwell's, 12/9/2012 (via @j_maxed)

Sunday night was the second night of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah Week residency at Maxwell's with surprise openers Fred Armisen and Sun Ra Arkestra. (Lambchop's Kurt Wagner made the night's mix CD.) Fred actually pulled double duty, playing drums for YLT's entire set (!) making for a double percussion evening that included covers of the Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun?" and the Ramones' "Can't Make it On Time." The whole Sunday setlist is below (and check out Saturday's HERE.).

Any guesses as to who will open for Yo La Tengo tonight? UPDATE: It's The Feelies!

While Fred was laying down the beat, his voice could be heard on last night's episode of The Simpsons where he and Carrie Brownstein played a Portland couple who moved next door to Homer and Marge. The episode also featured Patton Oswalt and The Decemberists. In a strange coincidence, Portlandia returns with a new episode this Friday night (12/14) before the IFC sketch show comes back in earnest on January 4 (there's a private premiere party at a museum in NYC tonight).

The Simpsons
The Simpsons

Fred was also on this week's Jamie Foxx-hosted SNL, but just barely.

Fred also recently sat in with Dinosaur Jr. at their You're Living All Over Me 25th Anniversary show at Terminal 5 and will be hosting the Snow Ball Ball at The Bell House this Sunday (12/16) which is now sold out.

Last but not least, Fred recently gave us his Top 10 LPs of 2012. Check that out, and take a look at Blonde Redhead's too (theirs contains Yo La Tengo opener Sun Ra Arkestra).

Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah Night 2 setlist is below.

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pictures by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore

Future of the Left @ Knitting Factory, 11/27/2012
Future of The Left

Future of the Left wrapped up their US tour with a triumphant BK set at the Knitting Factory on Tuesday (11/27). Baltimore's Roomrunner, NY's own Chron Turbine, and bicoastal act The Simpsons provided support.

The Simpsons features Bomb the Music Industry! main man Jeff Rosenstock (and an utterly un-Google-able band name). The band has evidently existed for a year, but this show marked their first live appearance. Like most debuts, The Simpsons' set had its share of hiccups -- clumsy songs, off-key vocals, and awkward between-song pauses. Still, a small collection of BTMI! fans responded to The Simpsons with visible enthusiasm.

Chron Turbine's set was considerably tighter and more rehearsed. Their staccato clatter is visibly primitive: their drummer led with his left on a right-handed kit, and guitarist Chris Turco seemed to have only a passing familiarity with the notion of upstrokes. Despite some technical difficulties, Chron Turbine retained a sense of levity. "Hear that?" asked Turco over his amp's drone. "We're a buzz band."

Roomrunner's tagline is "death to false grunge." They're not exaggerating. The band has more similarities to Nirvana than they do differences - -battered Fender Jaguars, quiet/LOUD songs, two and three-chord riffs, horizontal stripes, button-up sweaters, homemade band shirts, and oodles of feedback. (They deviate with their four-person lineup and their fondness for funky time signatures.) The style has aged well, and Roomrunner has the charisma to carry off the pastiche.

Future of the Left has played six shows in the New York area since June of this year. Their set has changed little over this period, aside from the slamming new tune "Future Child Embarrassment Matrix." Still, they remain endlessly entertaining. Frontman Andy Falkous is preternaturally witty between songs, and the performances themselves more than do the records justice. Here's hoping that they play six more NYC gigs next year.

More pictures from FoTL at Knitting Factory are below.

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Future of the Left at Maxwell's - 11/26/12 (via @smashleyzombie)
Future of the Left

Future of the Left have been on a North American tour which hit Hoboken's Maxwell's last night (11/26) and wraps up TONIGHT (11/27) at Knitting Factory Brooklyn with Roomrunner, Chron Turbine, and The Simpsons. Tickets for tonight's show are still available and we're also giving away a couple pairs. Details on how to enter to win tix to tonight's show are below.

Before coming to the NYC area, the band played Buffalo, NY on Sunday (11/25) and you can check out a video of them playing "Adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood" from that show and the setlist from their recent Dallas show (11/21), below.

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