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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2006 with 319 to follow.
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'Futurama' may see new life on Fox

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Fox TV's Emmy-award winning cartoon series "Futurama" may not be history after all, it was reported Wednesday.

'TheSimpson's' boost their record standing

HOLLYWOOD, April 27 (UPI) -- The creators of "The Simpsons" say they have no plans to quit as the longest-running cartoon in TV history prepares to air its 350th episode. Series creator Matt Groening and fellow Executive Producer Al Jean said, even though they are in their 16th seaso

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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2005 with 319 to follow.
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'Simpsons' appearance for Matt Groening

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening will make his first ever voice appearance on the show Sunday, Fox TV announced Wednesday.

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2004 with 320 to follow.
By United Press International

'Simpsons' coming to big screen, maybe

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- After years of rumors, writers have started developing a script for a feature-length "Simpsons" film, though the U.S. release date could still be years away.

Film version of 'The Simpsons' planned

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A big-screen treatment of "The Simpsons," television's long-running animated series, is now in the works, Sky News reported Wednesday.

'Simpsons' parody said to upset Fox News

LONDON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The creator of "The Simpsons" says the Fox News cable channel threatened to sue the Fox Entertainment show because of a bit of political parody.

Hispanidad: Simpsons includes Hispanics

While preparing for a night out on the town with his wife, Marge, Homer Simpson hummed a tune to himself while wiggling his rather rotund bottom around a "dance
GREGORY TEJEDA, United Press International

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Cathy's World: Simpsons-style families

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- "The Simpsons" reached its 300th-episode milestone Sunday, and Fox just renewed it for two more seasons, making the misadventures of the outlandish cartoon fami

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Today is Saturday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2003 with 319 to follow.
By United Press International

Cathy's World: My So-Called Sitcom Life

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A few years ago, life became rather sitcom-esque for your faithful correspondent. My ex-husband split up with his Number Two ex-wife, and my father found himsel

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

Temptress, the wild transvestite heavy metal glam rock band that has become a fixture at the New York City Halloween parade, performed live Thursday as part of this year's theme, "Play."
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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Matt Groening
Creator and Executive Producer Matt Groening signs a poster at the unveiling of the new "The Simpsons" U.S. postage stamps in Los Angeles May 7, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)

Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening (pronounced /ˈɡreɪnɪŋ/ GRAY-ning; born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, screenwriter, and producer. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell as well as two successful television series, The Simpsons and Futurama.

Groening made his first professional cartoon sale of Life in Hell to the avant-garde Wet magazine in 1978. The cartoon is still carried in 250 weekly newspapers. Life in Hell caught the attention of James L. Brooks. In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show. Originally, Brooks wanted Groening to adapt his Life in Hell characters for the show. Fearing the loss of ownership rights, Groening decided to create something new and came up with a cartoon family, The Simpsons, and named the members after his own parents and sisters — while Bart was an anagram of the word brat. The shorts would be spun off into their own series: The Simpsons, which has since aired over 450 episodes. In 1997, Groening, along with former Simpsons writer David X. Cohen, developed Futurama, an animated series about life in the year 3000, which premiered in 1999. After four years on the air, the show was canceled by Fox in 2003, but Comedy Central commissioned 16 new episodes from four direct-to-DVD movies in 2008. Then, in June 2009, Comedy Central ordered 26 new episodes of Futurama, to be aired over two seasons.

Groening has won 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, ten for The Simpsons and one for Futurama as well as a British Comedy Award for "outstanding contribution to comedy" in 2004. In 2002, he won the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for his work on Life in Hell.

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