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Title: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Compound on July 18, 2013, 12:39:54 PM
Oh, this will not end well. From Entertainment Weekly:

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The Simpsons are going to spend some quality time with the Griffins: In a crossover episode titled “The Simpsons Guy,” Homer & Co. will be featured in an episode of Family Guy, EW has learned.

Simpsons castmembers Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria will lend their voices to the installment, in which Peter and the rest of the Griffins embark on a road trip and wind up in Springfield. There, they cross paths with Homer, who graciously greets his new “albino” visitors, and the two families become fast friends. Stewie is impressed with Bart and his assortment of pranks, Lisa tries to figure out exactly what it is that she’s good at, and Marge and Lois do some bonding. Meanwhile, Peter and Homer argue over which beer is better: Pawtucket or Duff.

While the two animated Fox comedies, which both air on Sunday night, have taken shots at each other over the years, the rivalry has grown friendlier more recently. Castellaneta had a one-line voice cameo in an October 2012 episode of Family Guy, and back in May, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane had a prominent guest role on The Simpsons‘ season 24 finale.

“FOX hasn’t spent this much money since they took Simon Cowell tight T-shirt shopping,” said Peter in a statement, while Homer added: “Finally I can get my hands on this guy!”

Let the teeth begin gnashing.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Pak-Man on July 18, 2013, 01:10:24 PM
It's like if someone said, "We've found a way to put all the spicy flavor of a buffalo wing into an ice cream bar!

I like both of these things a lot, but my brain can't concieve of a way they'd work well together.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Tripe on July 18, 2013, 01:18:49 PM
And the makers of Rule 34 pictures rejoice.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Compound on July 18, 2013, 01:58:29 PM
It's like if someone said, "We've found a way to put all the spicy flavor of a buffalo wing into an ice cream bar!

I like both of these things a lot, but my brain can't concieve of a way they'd work well together.

Sadly others can...

(http://www.scottrobertsweb.com/images/buffalo-wild-wings-spicy-ice-cream-2.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/483640_10152712489130252_1068802567_n.jpg)

Only one of those was a joke. (And there is a chicken wing flavored ice cream sold in Japan, because, well, it's Japan.)
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Compound on July 18, 2013, 02:04:03 PM
Oh, BTW, I found a recipe:

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Buffalo Wing: I am only telling you how to make this so you never ever ever do it. Cream about 1/3 cup sugar with 1/3 cup butter. Add enough Frank’s Hot Sauce until it tastes like buffalo sauce. Combine with 1c cream, 1c milk. Add bits of blue cheese when it’s almost done in the machine.


I mean, it does taste like buffalo wings, but there’s a time and a place for that flavor, and I’m not sure it’s in ice cream. I am not tough enough to mix in the celery I bought.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Pak-Man on July 18, 2013, 02:06:42 PM
Ah. I was right. My reaction to this information is exactly like my reaction to the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover. :^)
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Rainbow Dash on July 18, 2013, 03:43:34 PM
Simpson's must have finally fell below that threshold where' it's as bad as Family Guy.

Sad days my friends. 
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 18, 2013, 04:52:08 PM
*heart explodes with rage*

Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 18, 2013, 04:52:44 PM
Simpson's must have finally fell below that threshold where' it's as bad as Family Guy.

Sad days my friends.
The Simpsons is usually pretty funny, and not bogged down by endless cutaway gags and awful author filibusters.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: doggans on July 18, 2013, 05:01:19 PM
The good news is, it seems this will just be a Family Guy episode set in Springfield, which isn't that out-of-place a thing for Family Guy to do, so Simpsons fans should have no trouble ignoring it if they want.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 18, 2013, 08:31:37 PM
Yeah, I'm not expecting it to be great, outside of perhaps a few funny observations about each other's shows (after all, Family Guy often makes jokes about their own reliance on cutaways), but it doesn't bother as much.  As for quality, they are both pretty weak these days.  That's a shame because on occasion both can be surprisingly good (Family Guy can be good rather than hit or miss in the rare episodes it experiments, like in that Brian/Stewie bottle episode and the 23rd season of Simpsons had 2 SHOCKINGLY strong episodes) but this past season both have been running on fumes.

But it doesn't bother me.  That said, these aren't characters I'm really interested in seeing interact.  Yes there are contrasts, but I can't imagine chemistry.

So that brings me to the question... which TV shows would be perfect for crossovers?
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: The Lurker on July 18, 2013, 08:35:26 PM
Sliders almost had crossovers with Quantum Leap on several occasions.  Episodes were even pitched.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 18, 2013, 08:38:07 PM
I'd be even more interested in the Quantum Leap/Magnum PI that was in the planning stages.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Raven on July 18, 2013, 10:04:44 PM
They should just bring Quantom Leap back and put Sam in a new show each week. 
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 18, 2013, 11:10:47 PM
They should just bring Quantom Leap back and put Sam in a new show each week.

This.  Forever.

First up, Breaking Bad.  He's Saul (didn't see that coming, huh?)
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Tripe on July 19, 2013, 05:10:28 AM
How about an episode where a freak narrative accident sends Sam far into the future and he's in the body of a sexy female Vulcan  liaison officer?

(http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080405231920/memoryalpha/en/images/thumb/3/3b/Archer_and_T%27Pol_in_a_shuttlepod.jpg/180px-Archer_and_T%27Pol_in_a_shuttlepod.jpg)
"Oh boy..."
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: k1 on July 19, 2013, 05:27:20 AM
A crossover of Better Off Ted and Andy Richter Controls The Universe would have been pretty amusing since the guy who played Byron was in both.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: TheUnabeefer on July 19, 2013, 07:54:51 AM
I'd like the Seinfeld gang to re-unite for an episode of It's Always Sunny...
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Thrifty Version II on July 19, 2013, 09:09:35 AM
They should just bring Quantom Leap back and put Sam in a new show each week.
They should bring it back for one episode and then give it a decent ending.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: RoninFox on July 19, 2013, 09:30:26 PM
They should just bring Quantom Leap back and put Sam in a new show each week.
They should bring it back for one episode and then give it a decent ending.

I just want someone to do the joke they came up with on the Nerdist podcast of hiring Dean Stockwell to crash a panel at a comic con of Scott Bakula's in full costume with Ziggy while everyone else on the panel acts like they can't see him.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Compound on July 20, 2013, 11:57:11 PM
Oh, hey. This news also appeared during SDCC:


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With The Simpsons entering their 25th year on the air, creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, consulting producer David Silverman and actor Tress MacNeille sat in on the panel in front of a packed auditorium.

First up was a special opening sequence directed by Guillermo del Toro, which packed in virtually every horror movie character or scenario in a few minutes along with parodies of several of del Toro's own films. Set you DVR now, since it'll take many viewings to try catching all the jokes.

On the heels of finding out that the Simpsons will appear on Family Guy, the big announcement today is that there will be a Futurama crossover episode of The Simpsons, which was welcome news to attendees. That episode of The Simpsons will record next month and either air as the Season 25 finale next May or the Season 26 premiere fall 2014. Other guest stars for the upcoming season will include Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Elisabeth Moss, Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison.

In other news, Groening said that there would also be more crossover between the show and The Simpsons: Tapped Out, while Jean teased a "Holidays of Future Passed" sequel episode where Homer dies so many times he eventually appears as a hologram, and Maggie still doesn't talk. He also mentioned that a "very musical episode" is in the works but couldn't offer any more details yet.

As far as another Simpsons Movie is concerned, Jean said there was "nothing imminent", with Groening saying that everyone's still recovering from pulling double duty for four years on the first one.

A second clip was played from an episode where a mom voiced by Elisabeth Moss names her son Homer Jr., with the footage showing Homer playing with "HJ" and even dreaming of him while bouncing Maggie on his knee (Maggie dreams of Flanders bouncing her on his knee).

In addition to audience questions there were a couple musical numbers. Four performers came out on stage to sing a medley of songs from the show in the middle of the panel and to close things out at the end.

Well, on the plus side the Futurama /Simpsons crossover is great news. On the down side, the Tapped Out crossover, less so.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: anais.butterfly on September 29, 2014, 02:19:18 PM
So did anybody watch this? I thought it was really good. Lots of LOL moments.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: goflyblind on September 29, 2014, 02:47:37 PM
eh. *shrugs*
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: k1 on September 29, 2014, 03:03:24 PM
So did anybody watch this? I thought it was really good. Lots of LOL moments.

I laughed here & there. The joke about Bob Belcher (and Cleveland) was great although I saw it in the commercials.  Actually I think most of the funnier bits were in the commercials....  Kool Aid Man joke was funny. I laughed at that one.  Probably laughed the hardest at the joke about crossover shows at the beginning being a marketing thing.

Overall it wasn't terrible.  I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: RoninFox on September 29, 2014, 03:26:52 PM
It was fun, the arguement over beer becoming an argument of the individual shows was well done.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Pak-Man on September 29, 2014, 03:48:22 PM
Peter showing Homer how to do a cutaway was a highlight. Stewie's idolization of Bart was fun. The big "chicken fight" at the end was fun if you like chicken fights. I also thought Roger's exit as he's sucked out of Kodos and Kang's ship (Thanks for having me!) was a neat reference to American Dad moving to TBS.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Soguru on September 29, 2014, 06:37:31 PM
It had a few funny moments and a couple great gags here and there. However, in between the vomit-inducing carwash scene and the way the story goes off the rails, it goes for the obvious, easy jokes. I did like how Lisa was trying to be encouraging to Meg and how Stewie idolized Bart, but every story idea just kind of went nowhere and it seemed like everything that happened had no impact on either the Simpsons or the Griffins. In short, this crossover left me kind of empty.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: doggans on September 30, 2014, 06:51:11 PM
Obviously even though the locale and cast was primarily The Simpsons, the writing was primarily Family Guy, for all the good and bad that entails. Which, on the one side, means of course nothing matters or is canon, so it's easy enough to pretend it never happened if you don't like it. (And as I believe Entertainment Weekly pointed out, the presence of Kang and Kodos means you can pretend it was just a Treehouse of Horror segment.)

It took surprisingly long (by Family Guy standards, anyway) for the plot to get to Springfield. And as is often the case with Simpsons side projects, the lack of Harry Shearer was a detriment. There were some fun meta jokes (the dual James Woods cameo was a highlight for me) and a surprisingly touching-albeit very small-Meg/Lisa subplot, but overall, you probably could have packed all the good bits into a normal-length episode.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Soguru on October 01, 2014, 12:32:20 PM
It took surprisingly long (by Family Guy standards, anyway) for the plot to get to Springfield. And as is often the case with Simpsons side projects, the lack of Harry Shearer was a detriment. There were some fun meta jokes (the dual James Woods cameo was a highlight for me) and a surprisingly touching-albeit very small-Meg/Lisa subplot, but overall, you probably could have packed all the good bits into a normal-length episode.
The subplot about Santa's Little Helper disappearing really irked me. It was so stupid, pointless and unfunny. It was probably some of the worst padding I've ever seen.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: RoninFox on October 01, 2014, 12:36:27 PM
It took surprisingly long (by Family Guy standards, anyway) for the plot to get to Springfield. And as is often the case with Simpsons side projects, the lack of Harry Shearer was a detriment. There were some fun meta jokes (the dual James Woods cameo was a highlight for me) and a surprisingly touching-albeit very small-Meg/Lisa subplot, but overall, you probably could have packed all the good bits into a normal-length episode.
The subplot about Santa's Little Helper disappearing really irked me. It was so stupid, pointless and unfunny. It was probably some of the worst padding I've ever seen.
If it had an ending, I wouldn't have minded, but it just kind of stopped.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Soguru on October 01, 2014, 02:49:36 PM
If it had an ending, I wouldn't have minded, but it just kind of stopped.
I know. Can someone remind me why these writers get paid so damn much to begin with? Next time there's a SGA strike, they won't be getting any sympathy from me.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Pak-Man on October 01, 2014, 03:12:08 PM
More and more, Family Guy's more focused on being funny/shocking than telling stories. It's a shame, because when they DO get around to a full-blown narrative, it's usually a great episode. That's why the Brian/Stewie "road" episodes tend to be some of the best.

Usually, though, it's more like, "OK. Here's the premise, now we're going to bounce jokes off of it for the next half hour."
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Soguru on October 01, 2014, 03:37:24 PM
More and more, Family Guy's more focused on being funny/shocking than telling stories. It's a shame, because when they DO get around to a full-blown narrative, it's usually a great episode. That's why the Brian/Stewie "road" episodes tend to be some of the best.

Usually, though, it's more like, "OK. Here's the premise, now we're going to bounce jokes off of it for the next half hour."
My feelings are when shock value is necessary to make a joke work, it cheapens the experience.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: TheUnabeefer on October 01, 2014, 05:54:54 PM
More and more, Family Guy's more focused on being funny/shocking than telling stories. It's a shame, because when they DO get around to a full-blown narrative, it's usually a great episode. That's why the Brian/Stewie "road" episodes tend to be some of the best.

Usually, though, it's more like, "OK. Here's the premise, now we're going to bounce jokes off of it for the next half hour."
My feelings are when shock value is necessary to make a joke work, it cheapens the experience.

Yeah, I just wanna RAPE SHOCK VALUE IN THE FACE!!! WITH MY DICK!!! #YesAllWomen
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: doggans on October 01, 2014, 08:29:37 PM
More and more, Family Guy's more focused on being funny/shocking than telling stories. It's a shame, because when they DO get around to a full-blown narrative, it's usually a great episode. That's why the Brian/Stewie "road" episodes tend to be some of the best.

Usually, though, it's more like, "OK. Here's the premise, now we're going to bounce jokes off of it for the next half hour."
My feelings are when shock value is necessary to make a joke work, it cheapens the experience.

Yeah, I just wanna RAPE SHOCK VALUE IN THE FACE!!! WITH MY DICK!!! #YesAllWomen

#Kony2012
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Soguru on October 02, 2014, 04:34:53 AM
More and more, Family Guy's more focused on being funny/shocking than telling stories. It's a shame, because when they DO get around to a full-blown narrative, it's usually a great episode. That's why the Brian/Stewie "road" episodes tend to be some of the best.

Usually, though, it's more like, "OK. Here's the premise, now we're going to bounce jokes off of it for the next half hour."
My feelings are when shock value is necessary to make a joke work, it cheapens the experience.

Yeah, I just wanna RAPE SHOCK VALUE IN THE FACE!!! WITH MY DICK!!! #YesAllWomen

#Kony2012
Anybody got a map? Because I'm lost.
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: RoninFox on October 02, 2014, 04:52:26 AM
More and more, Family Guy's more focused on being funny/shocking than telling stories. It's a shame, because when they DO get around to a full-blown narrative, it's usually a great episode. That's why the Brian/Stewie "road" episodes tend to be some of the best.

Usually, though, it's more like, "OK. Here's the premise, now we're going to bounce jokes off of it for the next half hour."
My feelings are when shock value is necessary to make a joke work, it cheapens the experience.

Yeah, I just wanna RAPE SHOCK VALUE IN THE FACE!!! WITH MY DICK!!! #YesAllWomen

#Kony2012
Anybody got a map? Because I'm lost.
Remember last time you asked for a map?

(Cutaway to me and Soguru in the woods.)

Me:  I threw the map in the river!
Soguru:  What?  Why the $%&$ would you do that?
Me:  Doesn't matter, we'll just ask the witch for directions.
Blair Witch:  Yeah, it's all good, just head west from here and you'll hit the main road.  Go straight enough and you'll see a Dunkin' Donuts.

/endFamilyGuyStyleJoke
Title: Re: 'The Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' doing crossover episode
Post by: Soguru on October 02, 2014, 03:00:47 PM
Remember last time you asked for a map?
(Cutaway to me and Soguru in the woods.)
Me:  I threw the map in the river!
Soguru:  What?  Why the $%&$ would you do that?
Me:  Doesn't matter, we'll just ask the witch for directions.
Blair Witch:  Yeah, it's all good, just head west from here and you'll hit the main road.  Go straight enough and you'll see a Dunkin' Donuts.
/endFamilyGuyStyleJoke
When you're in Dunkin' Donuts, you gotta remember to be cool about fire safety! (If you get that reference, 50 gold stars for you!)

If you don't, then...
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