MILESTONE: It Was 20 Years Ago Today…


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RELATED: To cap its 20th anniversary, Fox will air a documentary special on “The Simpsons” produced and directed by Morgan Spurlock. Titled “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice,” the outing will air Jan. 14. According to the announcement, Spurlock “will examine the cultural phenomenon of ‘The Simpsons’ in his distinctive and innovative style. The special will document how the world sees ‘The Simpsons’ and how the Simpson family has seen the world for two decades.” Huh. “When they first called me about this, I thought it was a prank and I hung up,” said Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker of “Super Size Me” and FX’s “30 Days.” “And then my agent called back and said, ‘No, no, this is for real,’ at which point I fainted. Then when I woke up, I called everyone I knew because it was the coolest thing I could ever get to do in my career.” MORE

RADIO TIMES: listen.gifDon’t have a cow, man: JOHN ORTVED has written “The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History,” and he’s here to talk about the behind-the-scenes story of one of the most successful shows in TV history. The book celebrates a show that started as 30-seconds of filler on the Tracey Ullman Show and now has contributed a word to the Oxford English Dictionary (”doh!” in 2001) and a “mercifully short dance craze” (”Do the Bartman”), among many other cultural contributions.

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