Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Behind the TV: The Simpsons

Vanity Fair has a pretty cool article up telling the story of The Simpsons through quotes from some of those who made it. No Matt Groening or James Brooks, but I guess we've heard from them before. Instead we have Conan O'Brien, Rupert Murdoch, Hank Azaria, and more writers and producers than you can shake a Butterfinger at. Particularly juicy bits:
  • Elizabeth Taylor saying "Fuck you" to Groening and storming out of a recording session after he claims her reading of Maggie's "Daddy" line is too sexual.
  • Groening's falling out with Sam Simon, who many attest developed The Simpsons we know and love from Matt's crude drawings.
  • On deteriorating quality: "it stopped being like the geeky guys from college writing the show and became people who just really wanted to be comedy writers, and wanted to be Hollywood, so they could say, 'I work on The Simpsons.' That's when Homer sort of became stupid."
Check out the full article at Vanity Fair.

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