Fox Orders Animated Comedy ‘Duncanville’ From Amy Poehler, Who Will Voice 2 Characters

Fox has ordered 13 episodes of animated family comedy “Duncanville” from Amy Poehler and married couple Mike and Julie Scully. The show is set to premiere during the 2019-20 TV season.

Poehler will voice two characters on the series, which also stars Rashida Jones and Wiz Khalifa.

The series centers on the life of Duncan, a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, his family and friends, per Fox. Poehler will provide the voice of Duncan and his high-strung mom, Annie, who is constantly trying to prevent her son from ruining his life.

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“‘Duncanville’ is one of the freshest animated concepts we’ve seen, and has an insane pedigree of comedic talent across the board,” said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “We’ve enjoyed a long, incredible run with Mike and Julie, and everything Amy does is pure genius. Having the voice talents of Rashida and Wiz join her makes this show the complete package. I can’t wait to have them all together when we add ‘Duncanville’ to our growing animated slate.”

The Scullys are animated series veterans. They both wrote for “The Simpsons,” where he also served as executive producer and showrunner from 1997 to 2001.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Universal Television, “Duncanville” was co-created by Mike and Julie Scully and Poehler, through her Paper Kite Productions, who executive-produce with Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment.

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Fox has ordered 13 episodes of animated family comedy “Duncanville” from Amy Poehler and married couple Mike and Julie Scully. The show is set to premiere during the 2019-20 TV season.

Poehler will voice two characters on the series, which also stars Rashida Jones and Wiz Khalifa.

The series centers on the life of Duncan, a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, his family and friends, per Fox. Poehler will provide the voice of Duncan and his high-strung mom, Annie, who is constantly trying to prevent her son from ruining his life.

“‘Duncanville’ is one of the freshest animated concepts we’ve seen, and has an insane pedigree of comedic talent across the board,” said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “We’ve enjoyed a long, incredible run with Mike and Julie, and everything Amy does is pure genius. Having the voice talents of Rashida and Wiz join her makes this show the complete package. I can’t wait to have them all together when we add ‘Duncanville’ to our growing animated slate.”

The Scullys are animated series veterans. They both wrote for “The Simpsons,” where he also served as executive producer and showrunner from 1997 to 2001.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Universal Television, “Duncanville” was co-created by Mike and Julie Scully and Poehler, through her Paper Kite Productions, who executive-produce with Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment.

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‘South Park’ Trolls ‘The Simpsons’ in ‘The Problem With a Poo’ Episode Twist Ending (Video)

It may not come as a surprise that a “South Park” episode titled “The Problem With a Poo” included a shot at “The Simpsons,” which has been criticized lately for it’s long-running Indian caricature-character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, most notably in documentary “The Problem With Apu.” But how Wednesday’s Comedy Central half-hour actually ended might jolt your system a bit.

“The Problem With a Poo” centered on Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo, who is a talking piece of poo in a Santa Claus hat that’s been in and out of “South Park” since the very beginning. In a hearing meant to mock Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination testimony, Mr. Hankey defended offensive tweets he posted.

The whole circus really turned into a Kavanugh-Roseanne Barr hybrid joke when the literal piece of crap blamed Ambien for his unkind social media posts. Yeah, the cast-off “Roseanne” star did that in real life.

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At the end of last night’s episode, Mr. Hankey was sent packing from the lovely little town of South Park, where nothing offensive ever happens.

“Where will he go?” Stan Marsh asks.

“He’ll have to find a place that accepts racist, awful beings like him,” dad Randy replies. “There are still places out there who don’t care about bigotry and hate.”

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Cut to: A relative facsimile of “The Simpsons” opening music and its classic scroll-down from the clouds.

Apu welcomes Mr. Hankey in the Springfield Square, and the the whole thing closes with a #cancelthesimpsons hashtag. That’s a play on the #cancelsouthpark hashtag that Comedy Central has used in its promotion of this current season.

Watch the ending of “The Problem With a Poo” below.

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South Park just went there on @TheSimpsons and Apu #cancelthesimpsons pic.twitter.com/djT8eTRgfn

— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) October 11, 2018

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“Simpsons” home Fox did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the “South Park” swipe, nor did it’s studio, 20th Century Fox. Comedy Central did not immediately elaborate on it either.

Here’s what “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean had to say about the episode:

.@TheSimpsons Please don’t cancel @SouthPark

— Al Jean (@AlJean) October 11, 2018

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This isn’t the first time the two popular animated shows have commented on one other. “South Park” Episode 607 was titled “Simpsons Already Did It,” and the whole plot basically revolved around the fact that the Fox comedy has been on TV for so long there are no original plot devices left for a younger show. Fast-forward to now, and “South Park” is in its 22nd year of existence.

“The Simpsons” have mostly relied on Bart to fire off a few rounds at its cable rival.

Below are video compilations of both shows getting their licks in.

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It may not come as a surprise that a “South Park” episode titled “The Problem With a Poo” included a shot at “The Simpsons,” which has been criticized lately for it’s long-running Indian caricature-character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, most notably in documentary “The Problem With Apu.” But how Wednesday’s Comedy Central half-hour actually ended might jolt your system a bit.

“The Problem With a Poo” centered on Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo, who is a talking piece of poo in a Santa Claus hat that’s been in and out of “South Park” since the very beginning. In a hearing meant to mock Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination testimony, Mr. Hankey defended offensive tweets he posted.

The whole circus really turned into a Kavanugh-Roseanne Barr hybrid joke when the literal piece of crap blamed Ambien for his unkind social media posts. Yeah, the cast-off “Roseanne” star did that in real life.

At the end of last night’s episode, Mr. Hankey was sent packing from the lovely little town of South Park, where nothing offensive ever happens.

“Where will he go?” Stan Marsh asks.

“He’ll have to find a place that accepts racist, awful beings like him,” dad Randy replies. “There are still places out there who don’t care about bigotry and hate.”

Cut to: A relative facsimile of “The Simpsons” opening music and its classic scroll-down from the clouds.

Apu welcomes Mr. Hankey in the Springfield Square, and the the whole thing closes with a #cancelthesimpsons hashtag. That’s a play on the #cancelsouthpark hashtag that Comedy Central has used in its promotion of this current season.

Watch the ending of “The Problem With a Poo” below.

“Simpsons” home Fox did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on the “South Park” swipe, nor did it’s studio, 20th Century Fox. Comedy Central did not immediately elaborate on it either.

Here’s what “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean had to say about the episode:

This isn’t the first time the two popular animated shows have commented on one other. “South Park” Episode 607 was titled “Simpsons Already Did It,” and the whole plot basically revolved around the fact that the Fox comedy has been on TV for so long there are no original plot devices left for a younger show. Fast-forward to now, and “South Park” is in its 22nd year of existence.

“The Simpsons” have mostly relied on Bart to fire off a few rounds at its cable rival.

Below are video compilations of both shows getting their licks in.

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‘The Simpsons’ Unkillable ‘Steamed Hams’ Meme Explained by Its Creator

One iconic meme from “The Simpsons” still doesn’t make perfect sense, even to the man who created it.

Two decades after it first aired, the “steamed hams” scene — where Principal Skinner attempts to pass off Krusty Burgers as his own “patented Skinnerburgers” to an incredulous Superintendent Chalmers — has turned into a full blown meme, catching the man that created it, former “Simpsons” writer and showrunner Bill Oakley, by surprise.

“I have no idea why that happened, because I’ll tell you, people didn’t like it that much [in 1996],” Oakley told TheWrap. “Nobody liked it very much at the time. Same with the episode [“22 Short Films About Springfield”]. It had a crummy table read, and then it just kind of disappeared into the ether.”

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And yet, it’s now taken on a life of its own. There are thousands of followers on the “steamed hams” Subreddit. Countless screencaps and mentions on Twitter. Thousands of YouTube remixes — including, of course, one voiced by Jeff Goldblum — totaling millions of views. If you haven’t seen the original clip, you can check it out below:

“This is peak meme. You’ve reached the top and there’s no getting better than this,” gushed a commenter on one remix, set to the tune of “All Star” by Smash Mouth.

How’d this happen? Even the meme’s ascendance is shrouded in mystery. (Oakley believes it was jumpstarted by hundreds of wacky Australians badgering a supermarket for “steamed hams” in 2016.) Oakley, after seeing his scene resurrected by the internet, believes much of its staying power boils down to the name itself.

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“It’s become so well known because it’s only two words,” Oakley said. “Like, there aren’t very many comedy things that you can sum up in two words. ‘Dead parrot’ on ‘Monty Python,’ or things from ‘SNL’ like ‘Wayne’s World.’ The phrase ‘steamed hams’ is easily recognizable.”

He’s not wrong. Just mentioning “steamed hams” will spark any “Simpsons” nerd to immediately share their favorite quote from an uber-quotable scene. (“I hope you’re prepared for an unforgetable luncheon”; “delightfully devilish, Seymour”; “Well Seymour, you are an odd fellow, but I must say, you steam a good ham.”) At the same time, the scene is the perfect encapsulation of the long-running, hilariously uncomfortable Principal Skinner-Superintendent Chalmers relationship.

Add those two elements together, and you have a moment that’s “extremely ripe” for “sh–posting,” or deliberately sharing ironic memes, according to Oakley.

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Searching for “steamed hams” on YouTube will send you down a seemingly bottomless rabbit hole of memes (via YouTube)

“It’s something that became the darling of  the ‘Simpsons’ sh–posting crowd two years ago, and it’s been shot into the stratosphere,” Oakley told TheWrap. “I didn’t hear anything about it for 18 years.”

The “Simpsons Sh–posting” group on Facebook, with 227,000 followers, has done much of the heavy lifting. Since launching in 2015, the group has seen “steamed hams” evolve from a niche meme into a cottage industry of shrewd, highly-edited videos.

“What replaced it was genuinely good, thought out humor,” Chris Kanski, the group’s founder, told Mashable earlier this year. “And genuinely good, thought-out humor in this day and age of the internet means absurdism, right? And just taking something way too far. Not in the sense of edginess, but just in the sense of pushing a joke to its limits — and that’s what ‘steamed hams’ is.”

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Oakley admits he’s cracked up at several iterations of “steamed hams.” But while it appears to lend itself to a never-ending supply of memes, he wouldn’t be upset to see it die off before it officially jumps the shark.

“Let’s put it to rest with dignity,” Oakley said. “I’d rather it fade out with dignity than be driven into the ground.”

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One iconic meme from “The Simpsons” still doesn’t make perfect sense, even to the man who created it.

Two decades after it first aired, the “steamed hams” scene — where Principal Skinner attempts to pass off Krusty Burgers as his own “patented Skinnerburgers” to an incredulous Superintendent Chalmers — has turned into a full blown meme, catching the man that created it, former “Simpsons” writer and showrunner Bill Oakley, by surprise.

“I have no idea why that happened, because I’ll tell you, people didn’t like it that much [in 1996],” Oakley told TheWrap. “Nobody liked it very much at the time. Same with the episode [“22 Short Films About Springfield”]. It had a crummy table read, and then it just kind of disappeared into the ether.”

And yet, it’s now taken on a life of its own. There are thousands of followers on the “steamed hams” Subreddit. Countless screencaps and mentions on Twitter. Thousands of YouTube remixes — including, of course, one voiced by Jeff Goldblum — totaling millions of views. If you haven’t seen the original clip, you can check it out below:

“This is peak meme. You’ve reached the top and there’s no getting better than this,” gushed a commenter on one remix, set to the tune of “All Star” by Smash Mouth.

How’d this happen? Even the meme’s ascendance is shrouded in mystery. (Oakley believes it was jumpstarted by hundreds of wacky Australians badgering a supermarket for “steamed hams” in 2016.) Oakley, after seeing his scene resurrected by the internet, believes much of its staying power boils down to the name itself.

“It’s become so well known because it’s only two words,” Oakley said. “Like, there aren’t very many comedy things that you can sum up in two words. ‘Dead parrot’ on ‘Monty Python,’ or things from ‘SNL’ like ‘Wayne’s World.’ The phrase ‘steamed hams’ is easily recognizable.”

He’s not wrong. Just mentioning “steamed hams” will spark any “Simpsons” nerd to immediately share their favorite quote from an uber-quotable scene. (“I hope you’re prepared for an unforgetable luncheon”; “delightfully devilish, Seymour”; “Well Seymour, you are an odd fellow, but I must say, you steam a good ham.”) At the same time, the scene is the perfect encapsulation of the long-running, hilariously uncomfortable Principal Skinner-Superintendent Chalmers relationship.

Add those two elements together, and you have a moment that’s “extremely ripe” for “sh–posting,” or deliberately sharing ironic memes, according to Oakley.

Searching for “steamed hams” on YouTube will send you down a seemingly bottomless rabbit hole of memes (via YouTube)

“It’s something that became the darling of  the ‘Simpsons’ sh–posting crowd two years ago, and it’s been shot into the stratosphere,” Oakley told TheWrap. “I didn’t hear anything about it for 18 years.”

The “Simpsons Sh–posting” group on Facebook, with 227,000 followers, has done much of the heavy lifting. Since launching in 2015, the group has seen “steamed hams” evolve from a niche meme into a cottage industry of shrewd, highly-edited videos.

“What replaced it was genuinely good, thought out humor,” Chris Kanski, the group’s founder, told Mashable earlier this year. “And genuinely good, thought-out humor in this day and age of the internet means absurdism, right? And just taking something way too far. Not in the sense of edginess, but just in the sense of pushing a joke to its limits — and that’s what ‘steamed hams’ is.”

Oakley admits he’s cracked up at several iterations of “steamed hams.” But while it appears to lend itself to a never-ending supply of memes, he wouldn’t be upset to see it die off before it officially jumps the shark.

“Let’s put it to rest with dignity,” Oakley said. “I’d rather it fade out with dignity than be driven into the ground.”

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‘Simpsons’ Writer Turns Instagram Into a Paradise of Fast Food Reviews

Instagram isn’t just for vacation pictures, food snapshots and whatever it is “influencers” do. For Bill Oakley, the former “Simpsons” showrunner and current co-executive producer of Netflix’s “Disenchantment,” Instagram has become the prime spot for sharing in-depth analysis of one of his favorite topics — fast food.

Taco Bell. Burger King. Arby’s. You name it, he’s probably reviewed it. Oakley has posted dozens of reviews this summer, turning his Instagram account into a labor of love, one 60-second video at a time.

“I do have a passion [for fast food],” Oakley told TheWrap. “Fast food and convenience food — junk food — is something I’ve been interested in for years. It’s not like I make fun of this stuff. I’m very interested in it, and when I find something I love, I want to tell people about it.”

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Oakley’s recaps are easy enough to digest: He picks a restaurant, focuses on one item, eats it, and then gives his immediate impression. As you’d expect from a comedy writer, Oakley adds a dash of humor, but also a level of sincerity that comes from a true fast food lover — born from a childhood in the “boondocks” of Maryland, as he put it, where even McDonald’s was hard to come by. That combo has made him a food pope of sorts to his modest (by Instagram celebrity standards) but growing following of 7,300 people.

“I love to pontificate about crap like this,” Oakley explained.”And I’m always delighted to make new discoveries.”

One notable delight was Oakley’s maiden voyage to Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop. The sandwich — “infinitely better than Subway,” Oakley shared — ended up leaving Oakley passed out in his driveway, leaving his kids to snap a picture of him asleep at the wheel.

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For “Simpsons” diehards, Oakley’s new role as the Gordon Ramsay of fast food has been fitting. Perhaps his most famous contribution to the show centered on food. The “steamed hams” scene — where Principal Skinner attempts to pass off Krusty Burgers as his own “patented Skinnerburgers” to an incredulous Superintendent Chalmers — has taken on a life of its own as a meme, two decades after it originally aired. (When it comes to burger chains, Oakley gave TheWrap his definitive ranking: In-N-Out in first, followed by Freddy’s, Five Guys, and Shake Shack.)

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But Oakley didn’t plan on making this his side job when he posted his first review back in May. Oakley — who said he’s “always loved” McDonald’s but has grown frustrated with the chain since it isn’t “innovating very much” — decided to weigh in on the new “fresh beef,” rather than frozen, Quarter Pounder. “It’s a slight improvement,” relayed Oakley. Afterwards, the positive feedback — even from some McDonald’s bigwigs — surprised Oakley and galvanized him to keep his food tour going.

And because it’s a subject near and dear to his heart, Oakley has been quick to point out when he’s let down. A recent review of the “Instant Perfect Fries Maker,” a cheap at-home french fry option, still riles him up.

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“The freakin’ easy french fry maker was an incredible ripoff,” Oakley vented. “When I started filming it, I thought it was going to work, so I had no idea it was going to be such an incredible calamity. And I think that made for a funny video.”

From a tech standpoint, Oakley is also ready and willing to explain his decision to use Instagram, rather than other social platforms. “I Deleted Facebook — I don’t like Facebook in any way, shape or form,” Oakley said, before acknowledging Facebook owns Instagram.”I’m not making a lot of progress in my protest.” Twitter, with its roaming trolls and unending political debates, wasn’t an option for Oakley, either, even though he has four-times as many followers there compared to Instagram.

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“Every time I look at Twitter for more than 10 minutes, I get mad,” Oakley said. “On Instagram, whatever they do, they have a great filtering system, you just see photos of people’s delicious meals and vacations and crap like that. I realize it’s a phony environment, but it’s a pleasant phony environment that I enjoy.”

It’s an environment he doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon. To keep the hits coming, Oakley said he scours various Twitter accounts and websites to see what “strikes my fancy.” He’s upped his editing game, too, leveraging iMovie on his iPhone 7 to sprinkle in songs and TV clips. If there’s a restaurant in need of review, he wants to hear about it.

The endgame for Oakley? It’s quite clear. To become an “Instagram d-bag” that gets “my own brand of premium vodka and gets a DJ night in Las Vegas.”

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Instagram isn’t just for vacation pictures, food snapshots and whatever it is “influencers” do. For Bill Oakley, the former “Simpsons” showrunner and current co-executive producer of Netflix’s “Disenchantment,” Instagram has become the prime spot for sharing in-depth analysis of one of his favorite topics — fast food.

Taco Bell. Burger King. Arby’s. You name it, he’s probably reviewed it. Oakley has posted dozens of reviews this summer, turning his Instagram account into a labor of love, one 60-second video at a time.

“I do have a passion [for fast food],” Oakley told TheWrap. “Fast food and convenience food — junk food — is something I’ve been interested in for years. It’s not like I make fun of this stuff. I’m very interested in it, and when I find something I love, I want to tell people about it.”

Oakley’s recaps are easy enough to digest: He picks a restaurant, focuses on one item, eats it, and then gives his immediate impression. As you’d expect from a comedy writer, Oakley adds a dash of humor, but also a level of sincerity that comes from a true fast food lover — born from a childhood in the “boondocks” of Maryland, as he put it, where even McDonald’s was hard to come by. That combo has made him a food pope of sorts to his modest (by Instagram celebrity standards) but growing following of 7,300 people.

“I love to pontificate about crap like this,” Oakley explained.”And I’m always delighted to make new discoveries.”

One notable delight was Oakley’s maiden voyage to Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop. The sandwich — “infinitely better than Subway,” Oakley shared — ended up leaving Oakley passed out in his driveway, leaving his kids to snap a picture of him asleep at the wheel.

For “Simpsons” diehards, Oakley’s new role as the Gordon Ramsay of fast food has been fitting. Perhaps his most famous contribution to the show centered on food. The “steamed hams” scene — where Principal Skinner attempts to pass off Krusty Burgers as his own “patented Skinnerburgers” to an incredulous Superintendent Chalmers — has taken on a life of its own as a meme, two decades after it originally aired. (When it comes to burger chains, Oakley gave TheWrap his definitive ranking: In-N-Out in first, followed by Freddy’s, Five Guys, and Shake Shack.)

But Oakley didn’t plan on making this his side job when he posted his first review back in May. Oakley — who said he’s “always loved” McDonald’s but has grown frustrated with the chain since it isn’t “innovating very much” — decided to weigh in on the new “fresh beef,” rather than frozen, Quarter Pounder. “It’s a slight improvement,” relayed Oakley. Afterwards, the positive feedback — even from some McDonald’s bigwigs — surprised Oakley and galvanized him to keep his food tour going.

And because it’s a subject near and dear to his heart, Oakley has been quick to point out when he’s let down. A recent review of the “Instant Perfect Fries Maker,” a cheap at-home french fry option, still riles him up.

“The freakin’ easy french fry maker was an incredible ripoff,” Oakley vented. “When I started filming it, I thought it was going to work, so I had no idea it was going to be such an incredible calamity. And I think that made for a funny video.”

From a tech standpoint, Oakley is also ready and willing to explain his decision to use Instagram, rather than other social platforms. “I Deleted Facebook — I don’t like Facebook in any way, shape or form,” Oakley said, before acknowledging Facebook owns Instagram.”I’m not making a lot of progress in my protest.” Twitter, with its roaming trolls and unending political debates, wasn’t an option for Oakley, either, even though he has four-times as many followers there compared to Instagram.

“Every time I look at Twitter for more than 10 minutes, I get mad,” Oakley said. “On Instagram, whatever they do, they have a great filtering system, you just see photos of people’s delicious meals and vacations and crap like that. I realize it’s a phony environment, but it’s a pleasant phony environment that I enjoy.”

It’s an environment he doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon. To keep the hits coming, Oakley said he scours various Twitter accounts and websites to see what “strikes my fancy.” He’s upped his editing game, too, leveraging iMovie on his iPhone 7 to sprinkle in songs and TV clips. If there’s a restaurant in need of review, he wants to hear about it.

The endgame for Oakley? It’s quite clear. To become an “Instagram d-bag” that gets “my own brand of premium vodka and gets a DJ night in Las Vegas.”

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Trump Trolls Media Pundits, Hollywood Stars Again Over Predictions He’d Lose 2016 Election (Video)

President Donald Trump trolled his opponents on Sunday, posting a video montage of celebrities, pundits and prognosticators confidently predicting his defeat in the 2016 presidential election.

The video, which Trump posted on Twitter, begins with a clip from “The Simpsons” that parodied Trump’s infamous ride down a Trump Tower escalator in June 2015, where he first announced his presidential run. A still from the video reveals early supporters holding signs saying “paid” a reference to Trump’s earliest strategy to make sure that his crowd sizes were sufficient.

They just didn’t get it, but they do now! pic.twitter.com/9T50NupkDy

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2018

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The video then goes into a who’s who of liberals including Stephen Colbert, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, George Clooney and Rosie O’Donnell — all of whom dismiss Trump.

To the rising sounds of Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” Wolf Blitzer coldly reads the electoral vote count is inter-spliced with increasingly hysterical coverage of the moment from The Young Turks.

As indicated, the video is ripped from this one posted to the YouTube account Elouai. Though it has only received around 20,000 viewers on YouTube, the montage is part of a much larger genre of Trump “owning the liberals” footage which percolated online in the immediate aftermath of the election.

The video is ideal for Trump, who continues to speak about his triumph over Hillary Clinton nearly two years later. Reliving the moment the final numbers came in, remains a regular — and popular — feature of his campaign rallies across the country.

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President Donald Trump trolled his opponents on Sunday, posting a video montage of celebrities, pundits and prognosticators confidently predicting his defeat in the 2016 presidential election.

The video, which Trump posted on Twitter, begins with a clip from “The Simpsons” that parodied Trump’s infamous ride down a Trump Tower escalator in June 2015, where he first announced his presidential run. A still from the video reveals early supporters holding signs saying “paid” a reference to Trump’s earliest strategy to make sure that his crowd sizes were sufficient.

The video then goes into a who’s who of liberals including Stephen Colbert, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, George Clooney and Rosie O’Donnell — all of whom dismiss Trump.

To the rising sounds of Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” Wolf Blitzer coldly reads the electoral vote count is inter-spliced with increasingly hysterical coverage of the moment from The Young Turks.

As indicated, the video is ripped from this one posted to the YouTube account Elouai. Though it has only received around 20,000 viewers on YouTube, the montage is part of a much larger genre of Trump “owning the liberals” footage which percolated online in the immediate aftermath of the election.

The video is ideal for Trump, who continues to speak about his triumph over Hillary Clinton nearly two years later. Reliving the moment the final numbers came in, remains a regular — and popular — feature of his campaign rallies across the country.

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Did ‘The Simpsons’ Predict the 2018 World Cup Final – In 1997? (Video)

“The Simpsons” has a proven track record of predicting the future, most notably in an episode from 2000 that featured Donald Trump as U.S. president — and with the end of the World Cup rapidly approaching, some fans are saying another…

“The Simpsons” has a proven track record of predicting the future, most notably in an episode from 2000 that featured Donald Trump as U.S. president — and with the end of the World Cup rapidly approaching, some fans are saying another successful premonition could get added to the list.

A 21-year old episode appears to be on the verge of forecasting the two teams that will appear in the final match in Russia in a few weeks. Mexico and Portugal are contenders to make it to the final round — and a “Simpsons” episode from 1997 predicted this outcome.

But there’s a hitch.

In the Season 9 episode, titled “The Cartridge Family,” the Simpsons watch a television commercial advertising a soccer game. “This match will determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on Earth: Mexico or Portugal,” the announcer says in the advertisement.

While the World Cup is not directly mentioned in the gag, many fans have wondered aloud if the comment is a premonition of the upcoming final tournament.

However, after Mexico’s 3-0 loss to Sweden in its final group-stage game on Wednesday, the team is placed on the same side of the bracket as Portugal, meaning the matchup would happen in the semifinals rather than the finals, Washington Post writer Matt Bonesteel pointed out.

As performed once on the longest-running animated sitcom in American history, que sera sera.

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20th Century Fox TV Heads To Comic-Con With ‘The Passage’, ‘The Gifted’ Season 2, ‘The Orville’ & More

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Fox’s Stock Spikes 7 Percent After AT&T-Time Warner Approval

21st Century Fox’s stock is up on Tuesday following the approval of AT&T’s buyout of Time Warner, with investors eying a bidding war for the studio between Disney and Comcast.

Fox’s stock jumped more than 7 percent in the first hour of trading on Tuesday, hitting $43.55 per share.

Fox’s stock is rising following the AT&T-Time Warner deal’s approval (via Google)

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Wall Street is betting on a battle for Fox after Comcast confirmed last month that it is preparing an “all-cash” offer to beat Disney’s bid. The Mouse House offered $52.4 billion in stock last December to acquire most of Fox’s properties — including its film and TV studios and much of its non-broadcast television business.

It is widely expected that Comcast will formally submit its bid sometime within the next 24 to 48 hours. Comcast’s bid will likely be around 25-30 percent higher than Disney’s, according to multiple analysts, which would make it around $65 million.

The AT&T-Time Warner deal’s approval has investors and analysts looking at a suddenly frothy market for mergers and acquisitions, with media giants less concerned their deals will be thwarted by government regulators.

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It’s easy to see why Disney CEO Bob Iger won’t let Fox go without a fight. Disney is preparing to roll out its own streaming service next year, and infusing it with a bevy of Fox content, including franchises like “Deadpool,” “X-Men,” and “The Simpsons” would help entice customers. ESPN, a Disney property, would also bolster its budding streaming service by adding Fox’s string of regional sports networks.

“Iger will pull out the lightsabers to protect Fox,” Eric Schiffer, CEO of The Patriarch Organization and chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, told TheWrap. “Iger would rather lose Mickey Mouse’s right arm than lose Fox to Comcast.”

Shares of Disney were up 2 percent to about $106.80 on Tuesday morning, and Comcast was down 1.3 percent to about $32 a share.

Tim Baysinger contributed to this report. 

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21st Century Fox’s stock is up on Tuesday following the approval of AT&T’s buyout of Time Warner, with investors eying a bidding war for the studio between Disney and Comcast.

Fox’s stock jumped more than 7 percent in the first hour of trading on Tuesday, hitting $43.55 per share.

Fox’s stock is rising following the AT&T-Time Warner deal’s approval (via Google)

Wall Street is betting on a battle for Fox after Comcast confirmed last month that it is preparing an “all-cash” offer to beat Disney’s bid. The Mouse House offered $52.4 billion in stock last December to acquire most of Fox’s properties — including its film and TV studios and much of its non-broadcast television business.

It is widely expected that Comcast will formally submit its bid sometime within the next 24 to 48 hours. Comcast’s bid will likely be around 25-30 percent higher than Disney’s, according to multiple analysts, which would make it around $65 million.

The AT&T-Time Warner deal’s approval has investors and analysts looking at a suddenly frothy market for mergers and acquisitions, with media giants less concerned their deals will be thwarted by government regulators.

It’s easy to see why Disney CEO Bob Iger won’t let Fox go without a fight. Disney is preparing to roll out its own streaming service next year, and infusing it with a bevy of Fox content, including franchises like “Deadpool,” “X-Men,” and “The Simpsons” would help entice customers. ESPN, a Disney property, would also bolster its budding streaming service by adding Fox’s string of regional sports networks.

“Iger will pull out the lightsabers to protect Fox,” Eric Schiffer, CEO of The Patriarch Organization and chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, told TheWrap. “Iger would rather lose Mickey Mouse’s right arm than lose Fox to Comcast.”

Shares of Disney were up 2 percent to about $106.80 on Tuesday morning, and Comcast was down 1.3 percent to about $32 a share.

Tim Baysinger contributed to this report. 

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Ray Liotta Joins ‘The Simpsons’ Family as Moe’s Dad

“The Simpsons” has added another guest star to its impressive line up for the season and this one has a less than desirable familial connection to everyone’s favorite yellow bartender.

Ray Liotta has been cast as Moe’s father, Morty Szyslak, for an upcoming episode of the animated Fox comedy, a 20th Century Fox spokesperson told TheWrap on Wednesday. The “Goodfellas” star will lend his voice to a character described as a more cunning, evil version of Moe. The installment, which will reveal more of the bartender’s backstory than we’ve even seen before, is set to air April 15.

Executive producer Matt Selman told Entertainment Weekly earlier this season the episode is “a Shakespearean family drama, set against the backdrop of a fading mattress store empire.”

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Debi Mazar will also appear in the Szyslak-centric tale as Minnie, Moe’s sister.

Other guest stars who have been tapped for season 29 include Ed Sheeran, Gal Gadtor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rachel Bloom, Bill Hader, Shaq, and Norman Lear.

Get your first look at Liotta’s character below.

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“The Simpsons” has added another guest star to its impressive line up for the season and this one has a less than desirable familial connection to everyone’s favorite yellow bartender.

Ray Liotta has been cast as Moe’s father, Morty Szyslak, for an upcoming episode of the animated Fox comedy, a 20th Century Fox spokesperson told TheWrap on Wednesday. The “Goodfellas” star will lend his voice to a character described as a more cunning, evil version of Moe. The installment, which will reveal more of the bartender’s backstory than we’ve even seen before, is set to air April 15.

Executive producer Matt Selman told Entertainment Weekly earlier this season the episode is “a Shakespearean family drama, set against the backdrop of a fading mattress store empire.”

Debi Mazar will also appear in the Szyslak-centric tale as Minnie, Moe’s sister.

Other guest stars who have been tapped for season 29 include Ed Sheeran, Gal Gadtor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rachel Bloom, Bill Hader, Shaq, and Norman Lear.

Get your first look at Liotta’s character below.

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‘The Simpsons’ Creators Respond to Disney-Fox Deal in a Very Homer Way

Welcome to the family, man! “The Simpsons” team took to Twitter on Thursday morning to give the classic cartoon’s initial reaction to the announcement Disney had bought their home — 21st Century Fox — for $52.4 billion in stock.

An illustration drawn by creator Matt Groening was tweeted by executive producer Matt Selman, writer James L. Brooks and more of “The Simpsons” family, showing Mickey Mouse getting choked by Homer Simpson as Bart Simpson looks on in glee.

The massive deal, which was announced Thursday, will bring not just “The Simpsons,” but many Fox properties over to the Disney empire, namely its film and TV studios and much of its non-broadcast television business, including regional sports networks and cable networks such as FX, FXX and Nat Geo.

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The X-Men franchise, “Avatar,” “Deadpool,” “Fantastic Four” and many more will enter the Mouse House if the buyout meets regulatory approval in the next 12 to 18 months.

Meanwhile, the Murdoch-run Fox will retain the Fox Broadcasting network and 28 owned-and-operated U.S. TV stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network. These will be formed into a “new FOX” company that will be spun off to its shareholders.

Oh, fun fact: “The Simpsons” actually predicted Disney would buy Fox back in 1998. Weird, right?

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You can see the long-running cartoon series’ tweet below.

Simpsons say “hi” to Mickey with respect (he’s a lot older than we are) pic.twitter.com/bD6wTZebas

— james l. brooks (@canyonjim) December 14, 2017

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Welcome to the family, man! “The Simpsons” team took to Twitter on Thursday morning to give the classic cartoon’s initial reaction to the announcement Disney had bought their home — 21st Century Fox — for $52.4 billion in stock.

An illustration drawn by creator Matt Groening was tweeted by executive producer Matt Selman, writer James L. Brooks and more of “The Simpsons” family, showing Mickey Mouse getting choked by Homer Simpson as Bart Simpson looks on in glee.

The massive deal, which was announced Thursday, will bring not just “The Simpsons,” but many Fox properties over to the Disney empire, namely its film and TV studios and much of its non-broadcast television business, including regional sports networks and cable networks such as FX, FXX and Nat Geo.

The X-Men franchise, “Avatar,” “Deadpool,” “Fantastic Four” and many more will enter the Mouse House if the buyout meets regulatory approval in the next 12 to 18 months.

Meanwhile, the Murdoch-run Fox will retain the Fox Broadcasting network and 28 owned-and-operated U.S. TV stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network. These will be formed into a “new FOX” company that will be spun off to its shareholders.

Oh, fun fact: “The Simpsons” actually predicted Disney would buy Fox back in 1998. Weird, right?

You can see the long-running cartoon series’ tweet below.

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13 Times ‘The Simpsons’ Predicted the Future (Photos)

“The Simpsons” has an eerie knack for predicting the future, from Donald Trump’s presidency to Nobel Prize Winners. Here are 12 times the long-running comedic series got it right.

Lady Gaga

On the episode “Lisa Goes Gaga,” Lady Gaga is shown suspended by cables flying over the audience at a concert. Well surprise, surprise because at the Super Bowl LI’s halftime show, Gaga descended from the stadium’s roof with suspension cables wearing pretty much the same outfit on her episode.

2016 Nobel Prize Winner

In a 2010 episode, Milhouse predicted that Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the Nobel Prize in Economics and sure enough, in 2016 Holmstrom and Oliver Hart were announced as joint winners of the prize.

Donald Trump Presidency

17 years ago in an episode titled “Bart to the Future” shows Lisa as president after Donald Trump apparently ruined the economy.

Arnold Palmer

On the 28th season premiere, the satirical series made an Arnold Palmer Joke … on the day that golfer Arnold Palmer died.

Homer Simpson tells his wife Marge that he plans to “Arnold Palmer” his pal Lenny.

“Arnold Palmer Lenny?” Marge responds. “You’re going to Arnold Palmer Lenny?”

He was of course referring to the lemonade and iced tea drink mixture — which was named after the golfer.

Siegfried and Roy Tiger Attack

In 1993, an episode titled “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalised Gambling),” the show imitated a Siegfried and Roy where the magicians got attacked by their trustworthy tiger.

Well, in 2003 Roy was attacked by one of their white tigers during a live performance. He sustained injuries, but lived.

Faulty Voting Machine

During the 2012 elections, a voting machine proved faulty when votes cast for Barack Obama went to Mitt Romney instead.

In a 2008 episode, Homer Simpson went to the voting booths to cast a vote for Obama, but … his vote went to McCain instead.

Higgs Boson

In a 1998 episode, “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer Simpson writes out an equation on a chalkboard which if solved “you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is,” says Simon Singh, science author.

Horse Meat Scandal

In 1994 an episode titled “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song,” the lunch lady was seen reaching into a barrel labeled “assorted horse parts” and putting the meat into the school’s lunch pot.

In 2013, it was reported that traces of horse DNA was found in beef products across the UK.

Guitar Hero

The now basically extinct but once popular video game Guitar Hero was first released in 2005.

But in a 2002 Simpsons episode, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards give Homer a jacket that has “guitar hero” printed on the back of it.

Farmville

The virtual reality game, Farmville, was all the craze in 2009 with people rushing home from work or school to tend to their farm.

In a 1998 episode, “The Simpsons” shows a scene were kids are excited to play in a yard work simulator.

Old Beatles Letters

In Season 2’s episode 18, “Brush With Greatness,” Ringo Starr from the Beatles is shown responding to fan letters while saying: “They took the time to write me, and I don’t care if it takes me another 20 years. I’m going to answer every one of them.”

Well, two women in England received a reply to their fan mail form Sir Paul McCartney 50 years later.

Smart Watches

Sorry Apple, but The Simpsons had smart watches first.

In a 1995 episode, where the show is set in the future, Lisa’s husband is shown speaking to a phone on his wrist.

The first smart watch wasn’t created until 2013.

 

Disney Owns Fox 

Back in 1998, a quick scene in “The Simpsons” showed 20th Century Fox as “a Division of Walt Disney Co.” And late in 2017, Disney was deep in talks to acquire much of the Fox empire, including the film and TV studio.

 

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“The Simpsons” has an eerie knack for predicting the future, from Donald Trump’s presidency to Nobel Prize Winners. Here are 12 times the long-running comedic series got it right.

Lady Gaga

On the episode “Lisa Goes Gaga,” Lady Gaga is shown suspended by cables flying over the audience at a concert. Well surprise, surprise because at the Super Bowl LI’s halftime show, Gaga descended from the stadium’s roof with suspension cables wearing pretty much the same outfit on her episode.

2016 Nobel Prize Winner

In a 2010 episode, Milhouse predicted that Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the Nobel Prize in Economics and sure enough, in 2016 Holmstrom and Oliver Hart were announced as joint winners of the prize.

Donald Trump Presidency

17 years ago in an episode titled “Bart to the Future” shows Lisa as president after Donald Trump apparently ruined the economy.

Arnold Palmer

On the 28th season premiere, the satirical series made an Arnold Palmer Joke … on the day that golfer Arnold Palmer died.

Homer Simpson tells his wife Marge that he plans to “Arnold Palmer” his pal Lenny.

“Arnold Palmer Lenny?” Marge responds. “You’re going to Arnold Palmer Lenny?”

He was of course referring to the lemonade and iced tea drink mixture — which was named after the golfer.

Siegfried and Roy Tiger Attack

In 1993, an episode titled “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalised Gambling),” the show imitated a Siegfried and Roy where the magicians got attacked by their trustworthy tiger.

Well, in 2003 Roy was attacked by one of their white tigers during a live performance. He sustained injuries, but lived.

Faulty Voting Machine

During the 2012 elections, a voting machine proved faulty when votes cast for Barack Obama went to Mitt Romney instead.

In a 2008 episode, Homer Simpson went to the voting booths to cast a vote for Obama, but … his vote went to McCain instead.

Higgs Boson

In a 1998 episode, “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer Simpson writes out an equation on a chalkboard which if solved “you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is,” says Simon Singh, science author.

Horse Meat Scandal

In 1994 an episode titled “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song,” the lunch lady was seen reaching into a barrel labeled “assorted horse parts” and putting the meat into the school’s lunch pot.

In 2013, it was reported that traces of horse DNA was found in beef products across the UK.

Guitar Hero

The now basically extinct but once popular video game Guitar Hero was first released in 2005.

But in a 2002 Simpsons episode, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards give Homer a jacket that has “guitar hero” printed on the back of it.

Farmville

The virtual reality game, Farmville, was all the craze in 2009 with people rushing home from work or school to tend to their farm.

In a 1998 episode, “The Simpsons” shows a scene were kids are excited to play in a yard work simulator.

Old Beatles Letters

In Season 2’s episode 18, “Brush With Greatness,” Ringo Starr from the Beatles is shown responding to fan letters while saying: “They took the time to write me, and I don’t care if it takes me another 20 years. I’m going to answer every one of them.”

Well, two women in England received a reply to their fan mail form Sir Paul McCartney 50 years later.

Smart Watches

Sorry Apple, but The Simpsons had smart watches first.

In a 1995 episode, where the show is set in the future, Lisa’s husband is shown speaking to a phone on his wrist.

The first smart watch wasn’t created until 2013.

 

Disney Owns Fox 

Back in 1998, a quick scene in “The Simpsons” showed 20th Century Fox as “a Division of Walt Disney Co.” And late in 2017, Disney was deep in talks to acquire much of the Fox empire, including the film and TV studio.

 

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Fox is developing an animated comedy series from Amy Poehler, TheWrap has learned.

The potential series, which has received a script and pilot presentation order from the network, centers on the family and friends of 15-year-old Duncan Harris, an average kid with dreams of being a UFC fighter, tech billionaire, video game champ, or any job where you make a ton of money and don’t have to wear a tie.

“Simpsons” duo Mike Scully and Julie Scully will write. Poehler is attached to voice multiple characters.

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The untitled comedy is executive produced by Poehler, Mike Scully and his wife and producing partner Julie Scully, along with Dave Becky of 3 Arts. The project is a co-production from Universal Television and 20th Century TV.

In addition to this project, Poehler’s Paper Kite production banner has a number of projects in development, including the dark musical comedy series “Edison” at HBO. The company also produces Hulu’s “Difficult People” and Comedy Central’s “Broad City.”

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Fox is developing an animated comedy series from Amy Poehler, TheWrap has learned.

The potential series, which has received a script and pilot presentation order from the network, centers on the family and friends of 15-year-old Duncan Harris, an average kid with dreams of being a UFC fighter, tech billionaire, video game champ, or any job where you make a ton of money and don’t have to wear a tie.

“Simpsons” duo Mike Scully and Julie Scully will write. Poehler is attached to voice multiple characters.

The untitled comedy is executive produced by Poehler, Mike Scully and his wife and producing partner Julie Scully, along with Dave Becky of 3 Arts. The project is a co-production from Universal Television and 20th Century TV.

In addition to this project, Poehler’s Paper Kite production banner has a number of projects in development, including the dark musical comedy series “Edison” at HBO. The company also produces Hulu’s “Difficult People” and Comedy Central’s “Broad City.”

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‘The Simpsons’ Addresses Trump Election Prediction in Chalkboard Gag

Be careful what you joke about. Just ask “The Simpsons.”

The Fox animated comedy addressed its 2000 prediction that Donald Trump would some day become president on Sunday, days after Trump won the race for the White House over his political rival Hillary Clinton.

The grim acknowledgment came via the series’ opening gag, which found Bart Simpson writing “Being Right Sucks” on the chalkboard before running off.

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“The Simpsons updates its 2000 prediction of a Trump Presidency,” the series’ Twitter account read Sunday, along with a clip of the gag.

The series predicted a Trump presidency 16 years ago with the episode “Bart to the Future,” which found Lisa Simpson occupying the White House as “America’s first straight female president” following Trump’s disastrous term.

“As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” Lisa tells her fictional administration, including Milhouse as Secretary Van Houten, who explains, “We’re broke.”

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The Simpsons updates its 2000 prediction of a Trump Presidency… #TheSimpsons pic.twitter.com/Myf5rYb9Dj

– The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) November 14, 2016

Watch the clip containing the prediction below.

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Be careful what you joke about. Just ask “The Simpsons.”

The Fox animated comedy addressed its 2000 prediction that Donald Trump would some day become president on Sunday, days after Trump won the race for the White House over his political rival Hillary Clinton.

The grim acknowledgment came via the series’ opening gag, which found Bart Simpson writing “Being Right Sucks” on the chalkboard before running off.

“The Simpsons updates its 2000 prediction of a Trump Presidency,” the series’ Twitter account read Sunday, along with a clip of the gag.

The series predicted a Trump presidency 16 years ago with the episode “Bart to the Future,” which found Lisa Simpson occupying the White House as “America’s first straight female president” following Trump’s disastrous term.

“As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump,” Lisa tells her fictional administration, including Milhouse as Secretary Van Houten, who explains, “We’re broke.”

Watch the clip containing the prediction below.

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Ned Flanders-Themed Metal Band Okilly Dokilly Releases Debut Video ‘White Wine Spritzer’

Well, hi-diddly-ho, Okilly Dokilly!

Ned Flanders-themed metal band Okilly Dokilly released their first, video, for …

Wait, back up. Yes, first thing’s first — there is a metal — or, as their Twitter handle puts it, Nedal — band that models itself after the holier-than-thou, annoying-as-hell neighbor on “The Simpsons.”

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And yes, they released a video this week for the song  “White Wine Spritzer.”

The video features five guys looking eerily like Ned Flanders, doing some decidedly un-Flanders like things. Like playing heavy metal. And sucking down the vino and trashing the place. And delivering a savage beat-down to the lone non-imbiber of the group.

No doubt about it, Ned Flanders has come a long way since he downed a Blackberry Schapps and cursed Ann Landers as a boring old biddy.

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Well, hi-diddly-ho, Okilly Dokilly!

Ned Flanders-themed metal band Okilly Dokilly released their first, video, for …

Wait, back up. Yes, first thing’s first — there is a metal — or, as their Twitter handle puts it, Nedal — band that models itself after the holier-than-thou, annoying-as-hell neighbor on “The Simpsons.”

And yes, they released a video this week for the song  “White Wine Spritzer.”

The video features five guys looking eerily like Ned Flanders, doing some decidedly un-Flanders like things. Like playing heavy metal. And sucking down the vino and trashing the place. And delivering a savage beat-down to the lone non-imbiber of the group.

No doubt about it, Ned Flanders has come a long way since he downed a Blackberry Schapps and cursed Ann Landers as a boring old biddy.

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The greatest sports moment in our lifetime has arrived after arguably the greatest baseball game ever played.The Chicago Cubs, after 108 years, are World Series Champions. Aside from the Boston Red Sox’s championship drought, there’s no other team that has come to be defined for its combination of tradition, passion, and seemingly endless tragedy. As such, the Cubs have become the basis for many jokes and stories in movies and TV. Here are ten of the best.

If you ask a Cubs fan to name a movie about their favorite team, they will almost assuredly mention “Rookie of the Year.” Released in 1993 at a time when baseball enjoyed cultural dominance, the family film was wish fulfillment for every Wrigleyville kid who dreamed of leading the Cubs to the promised land.

But if that fan doesn’t mention “Rookie of the Year,” he will likely mention “Taking Care of Business,” a 1990 comedy film starring one of the Cubbies’ most well-known fans, Jim Belushi. Belushi plays Jimmy Dworski, a man in jail for grand theft auto who breaks out after winning tickets to see the Cubs in the World Series. The movie ends with Jimmy catching a home run as the Cubs win it all, and after the Cubs’ actual victory in 2016, fans quoted Jim’s speech calling for a toast to the Cubs long-awaited victory.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was once praised by Siskel & Ebert as a love letter to Chicago as it featured many of the city’s most beloved sites. Among those was a trip to Wrigley Field, where Cameron (Alan Ruck) made his famous “hey batter” taunt.

Of course, not every cultural reference to the Cubbies is as affectionate. “Family Guy” used one of its famous clip gags to poke fun at Steve Bartman’s infamous foul ball catch in the 2003 NLCS. “It’s a foul ball,” Stewie tells Steve. “What harm can it do?”

The Simpsons, meanwhile, has often made references to baseball over its long run. In the intro to one of its “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, Kang and Kodos use a time acceleration ray to speed up the World Series so they can air their Halloween special. When Kodos warns that using the ray too much could destroy the universe, Kang replies, “Good! Only then can the Cubs finally win!”

In the premiere episode of the short-lived drama “Revolution,” the characters walk by a ruined Wrigley Field. The trailer for the series showed a banner beneath the famous Wrigley Field sign declaring that the Cubs won the World Series in 2012 just weeks before electricity went out worldwide and society collapsed. But by the time the premiere aired, the Cubs were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, so the banner was removed.

For decades, sportscaster Harry Caray was the voice of the Cubs, and during his run on “Saturday Night Live,” Will Ferrell became famous for his impersonation of Caray’s wild, exuberant calls. After the Cubbies won the pennant this year, Ferrell resurrected the character for a special appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Last year, “Back To The Future” fans were abuzz about the long-awaited arrival of 2015, the year featured in Part II of the trilogy. According to Robert Zemeckis’ film, that would be the year the Cubs finally won the World Series despite being longshots. Instead, the Cubs lost in the NLCS to the New York Mets, leading to memes about history being altered in front of Marty and Doc’s eyes.

Instead, the show that nailed its prediction about the Cubs’ victory was “Parks and Recreation,” which paid a visit to Chicago during its final season. The episode took place in the spring of 2017, with one character noting that the city was in a good mood “because the Cubs won the Series.” Nice call, “Parks and Rec”!

And finally, a commercial that imagined the moment Chicago just experienced. Five years ago, Sony aired a commercial for the video game “MLB 12 The Show,” which showed Chicago in teary-eyed jubilation over the Cubs winning the World Series before revealing that the victory had been achieved by a Cubbies fan playing the game. Judging by the pictures and videos of the actual celebration, this commercial got it right on the nose.

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The greatest sports moment in our lifetime has arrived after arguably the greatest baseball game ever played.The Chicago Cubs, after 108 years, are World Series Champions. Aside from the Boston Red Sox’s championship drought, there’s no other team that has come to be defined for its combination of tradition, passion, and seemingly endless tragedy. As such, the Cubs have become the basis for many jokes and stories in movies and TV. Here are ten of the best.

If you ask a Cubs fan to name a movie about their favorite team, they will almost assuredly mention “Rookie of the Year.” Released in 1993 at a time when baseball enjoyed cultural dominance, the family film was wish fulfillment for every Wrigleyville kid who dreamed of leading the Cubs to the promised land.

But if that fan doesn’t mention “Rookie of the Year,” he will likely mention “Taking Care of Business,” a 1990 comedy film starring one of the Cubbies’ most well-known fans, Jim Belushi. Belushi plays Jimmy Dworski, a man in jail for grand theft auto who breaks out after winning tickets to see the Cubs in the World Series. The movie ends with Jimmy catching a home run as the Cubs win it all, and after the Cubs’ actual victory in 2016, fans quoted Jim’s speech calling for a toast to the Cubs long-awaited victory.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” was once praised by Siskel & Ebert as a love letter to Chicago as it featured many of the city’s most beloved sites. Among those was a trip to Wrigley Field, where Cameron (Alan Ruck) made his famous “hey batter” taunt.

Of course, not every cultural reference to the Cubbies is as affectionate. “Family Guy” used one of its famous clip gags to poke fun at Steve Bartman’s infamous foul ball catch in the 2003 NLCS. “It’s a foul ball,” Stewie tells Steve. “What harm can it do?”

The Simpsons, meanwhile, has often made references to baseball over its long run. In the intro to one of its “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, Kang and Kodos use a time acceleration ray to speed up the World Series so they can air their Halloween special. When Kodos warns that using the ray too much could destroy the universe, Kang replies, “Good! Only then can the Cubs finally win!”

In the premiere episode of the short-lived drama “Revolution,” the characters walk by a ruined Wrigley Field. The trailer for the series showed a banner beneath the famous Wrigley Field sign declaring that the Cubs won the World Series in 2012 just weeks before electricity went out worldwide and society collapsed. But by the time the premiere aired, the Cubs were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, so the banner was removed.

For decades, sportscaster Harry Caray was the voice of the Cubs, and during his run on “Saturday Night Live,” Will Ferrell became famous for his impersonation of Caray’s wild, exuberant calls. After the Cubbies won the pennant this year, Ferrell resurrected the character for a special appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Last year, “Back To The Future” fans were abuzz about the long-awaited arrival of 2015, the year featured in Part II of the trilogy. According to Robert Zemeckis’ film, that would be the year the Cubs finally won the World Series despite being longshots. Instead, the Cubs lost in the NLCS to the New York Mets, leading to memes about history being altered in front of Marty and Doc’s eyes.

Instead, the show that nailed its prediction about the Cubs’ victory was “Parks and Recreation,” which paid a visit to Chicago during its final season. The episode took place in the spring of 2017, with one character noting that the city was in a good mood “because the Cubs won the Series.” Nice call, “Parks and Rec”!

And finally, a commercial that imagined the moment Chicago just experienced. Five years ago, Sony aired a commercial for the video game “MLB 12 The Show,” which showed Chicago in teary-eyed jubilation over the Cubs winning the World Series before revealing that the victory had been achieved by a Cubbies fan playing the game. Judging by the pictures and videos of the actual celebration, this commercial got it right on the nose.

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What Millennials Are Watching: Top 20 Broadcast TV Shows Ranked by Ratings (Photos)

Any parent of a millennial will tell you the young adults appear addicted to small screens, even if the 18-34-year-olds watch the small-screen a little differently than the rest of us. (This writer can say that, I’m a wise-old sage of 35.)

But what are those college-aged and older tuning into? Well, TheWrap can tell you that one — but we’d rather show you instead.

Click through our slideshow to find out what those 18-34 are digging us thus far this TV season. All ratings are from Nielsen’s Live + Same Day metric, which include one week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.

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Here’s Top 5 shows, complete with one tie:
Rank: 1
Series: “Sunday Night Football”
Network: NBC
Millennial TV Rating: 5.1

Rank: 2
Series: “Empire”
Network: Fox
Millennial TV Rating: 4.6

Rank: 3
Series: “Thursday Night Football”
Network: CBS
Millennial TV Rating: 3.9

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Rank: 4 (tie)
Series: “SNF” Pre-Kick Show
Network: NBC
Millennial TV Rating: 3.8

Rank: 4 (tie)
Series: “The OT” (Fox NFL postgame show)
Network: Fox
Millennial TV Rating: 3.8

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Any parent of a millennial will tell you the young adults appear addicted to small screens, even if the 18-34-year-olds watch the small-screen a little differently than the rest of us. (This writer can say that, I’m a wise-old sage of 35.)

But what are those college-aged and older tuning into? Well, TheWrap can tell you that one — but we’d rather show you instead.

Click through our slideshow to find out what those 18-34 are digging us thus far this TV season. All ratings are from Nielsen’s Live + Same Day metric, which include one week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.

Here’s Top 5 shows, complete with one tie:
Rank: 1
Series: “Sunday Night Football”
Network: NBC
Millennial TV Rating: 5.1

Rank: 2
Series: “Empire”
Network: Fox
Millennial TV Rating: 4.6

Rank: 3
Series: “Thursday Night Football”
Network: CBS
Millennial TV Rating: 3.9

Rank: 4 (tie)
Series: “SNF” Pre-Kick Show
Network: NBC
Millennial TV Rating: 3.8

Rank: 4 (tie)
Series: “The OT” (Fox NFL postgame show)
Network: Fox
Millennial TV Rating: 3.8

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Yoko Ono Gets Spoofed at Her Own Art Show With ‘Simpsons’ Reference

Well played, Ragnar Kjartansson. Well played.

The Icelandic performance artist got in a (presumably good-natured) dig in at Yoko Ono, as a participant in Ono’s art exhibition at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland, thanks to a bit from a classic episode of “The Simpsons.”

As one of 12 artists to take part in the exhibition, Kjartansson’s contribution to the collection was a single plum, floating in perfume, in a man’s hat.

Sharp-memoried “Simpsons” fanatics will recognize the reference as a call-back to the 1993 episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet,” which envisioned a vocal combo founded by Homer Simpson called The Be Sharps, who experience a very Beatles-esque rise and fall.

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“A single plum, floating in perfume, served in a man’s hat” on display at Yoko Ono’s Reykjavik Art Museum exhibitionhttps://t.co/FvifKWRrhp pic.twitter.com/63733DRlHw

– The Future Heart (@TheFutureHeart) October 16, 2016

Toward the downside of the group’s run, Be Sharps member Barney Gumble began dating a very Yoko-like “Japanese conceptual artist,” who orders — and is promptly served — “a single plum, floating in perfume, served in a man’s hat” at Moe’s Tavern, in a nod to Ono’s oh-so-artsy eccentricity.

There’s no telling whether Ono — who, prior to becoming known as the woman who maybe-probably helped break up the Beatles, gained fame for her conceptual art — is in on the joke.

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But if not, she could always clap back at Kjartansson by quoting another line from the episode and declaring, “It’s been done.”

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Well played, Ragnar Kjartansson. Well played.

The Icelandic performance artist got in a (presumably good-natured) dig in at Yoko Ono, as a participant in Ono’s art exhibition at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland, thanks to a bit from a classic episode of “The Simpsons.”

As one of 12 artists to take part in the exhibition, Kjartansson’s contribution to the collection was a single plum, floating in perfume, in a man’s hat.

Sharp-memoried “Simpsons” fanatics will recognize the reference as a call-back to the 1993 episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet,” which envisioned a vocal combo founded by Homer Simpson called The Be Sharps, who experience a very Beatles-esque rise and fall.

Toward the downside of the group’s run, Be Sharps member Barney Gumble began dating a very Yoko-like “Japanese conceptual artist,” who orders — and is promptly served — “a single plum, floating in perfume, served in a man’s hat” at Moe’s Tavern, in a nod to Ono’s oh-so-artsy eccentricity.

There’s no telling whether Ono — who, prior to becoming known as the woman who maybe-probably helped break up the Beatles, gained fame for her conceptual art — is in on the joke.

But if not, she could always clap back at Kjartansson by quoting another line from the episode and declaring, “It’s been done.”

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‘The Simpsons’ Joins Extremely Rare 600 Episode Club

As tonight’s episode of Fox’s long-running animated series “The Simpsons” airs, it will join a rarified group.

Titled “Treehouse of Horror XXVII,” the show marks the 600th episode of the 27-year-old series.

One for the history books in more ways than one, tonight’s episode also marks the 27th annual “Simpsons” Halloween special.

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Sunday’s show will feature the children of Springfield fight to the death for one day in Mr. Burns’ personal reservoir — an apparent spoof on the popular horror movie series “The Purge.” Viewers can also catch Lisa’s imaginary friend kill her real friends, as Moe recruits Bart into his group of covert barfly agents.

The only other primetime series to surpass 600 episodes is “Gunsmoke,” which aired from 1955 to 1975. The Western series starring James Arness, Milburn Stone and Amanda Blake holds the record for the most episodes with 635.

At that rate, “The Simpsons” won’t be break that record until 2018. That is, assuming it remains on the air.

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“The Simpsons” already has “Gunsmoke” beat on season count: The CBS Western aired for 20 seasons while Fox’s animated series has been televised for 28 seasons — the most by far of any primetime show.

Sunday’s episode will acknowledge the “#600” milestone during the opening and closing segments.

The episode will play out like every other “Treehouse of Horror” installment, according to an IGN review. “That means three segments that pay lip service to the Halloween theme, spoof various popular movies and feature far more death and violence than you’ll find on an average episode of the show,” wrote an IGN critic, who also warned: “Outside of the opening, there’s very little about this episode that actually screams ‘Halloween.’ But that’s been the general trend in recent years, so if disappointing, the lack of Halloween elements is hardly surprising at this point.”

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As tonight’s episode of Fox’s long-running animated series “The Simpsons” airs, it will join a rarified group.

Titled “Treehouse of Horror XXVII,” the show marks the 600th episode of the 27-year-old series.

One for the history books in more ways than one, tonight’s episode also marks the 27th annual “Simpsons” Halloween special.

Sunday’s show will feature the children of Springfield fight to the death for one day in Mr. Burns’ personal reservoir — an apparent spoof on the popular horror movie series “The Purge.” Viewers can also catch Lisa’s imaginary friend kill her real friends, as Moe recruits Bart into his group of covert barfly agents.

The only other primetime series to surpass 600 episodes is “Gunsmoke,” which aired from 1955 to 1975. The Western series starring James Arness, Milburn Stone and Amanda Blake holds the record for the most episodes with 635.

At that rate, “The Simpsons” won’t be break that record until 2018. That is, assuming it remains on the air.

“The Simpsons” already has “Gunsmoke” beat on season count: The CBS Western aired for 20 seasons while Fox’s animated series has been televised for 28 seasons — the most by far of any primetime show.

Sunday’s episode will acknowledge the “#600” milestone during the opening and closing segments.

The episode will play out like every other “Treehouse of Horror” installment, according to an IGN review. “That means three segments that pay lip service to the Halloween theme, spoof various popular movies and feature far more death and violence than you’ll find on an average episode of the show,” wrote an IGN critic, who also warned: “Outside of the opening, there’s very little about this episode that actually screams ‘Halloween.’ But that’s been the general trend in recent years, so if disappointing, the lack of Halloween elements is hardly surprising at this point.”

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