HANK AZARIA: “THE SIMPSONS” ARE JUST LUCKY, NOT CLAIRVOYANT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – How does “The Simpsons” keep coming up with storylines that end up coming true? Among the events “The Simpsons” have done before they happened in real life are Siegfried and Roy getting attacked by a tiger, Disney buying 20th Century Fox and Donald Trump becoming president. Hank Azaria, who voices “Simpsons” characters including Chief Wiggum, Carl Carlson and Comic Book Guy, says they aren’t actually predicting the future. He says after 700 episodes, “the things they predicted that didn’t come true would be about 5,809 and the things that did are maybe 17.” He says the percentage is “actually quite low.”
DOLLY PARTON, JUSTIN BIEBER AMONG VIRTUAL TV FESTIVAL STARS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dolly Parton, Cate Blanchett and Justin Bieber are part of the virtual edition of the Paley Center’s annual TV festival. Responding to pandemic restrictions, PaleyFest taped socially distanced discussions that are streaming free this week on the Paley Center’s YouTube channel. The showcased series includes “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings”; “Justin Bieber: Seasons”; “Late Night with Seth Meyers”; “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”; “Mrs. America”; “One Day at a Time”; “Outlander”; “Ozark,” and “Queer Eye.” The head of the Paley Center says the virtual festival lets fans enjoy watching conversations with stars and producers from the comfort of home.
ACTORS AND DISNEY WORLD REACH DEAL AFTER VIRUS TESTING FIGHT
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Walt Disney World and the union for its actors and singers have reached an agreement that will allow them to return to work. The deal was reached Wednesday, more than a month after the actors and singers said they were locked out of the reopening of the theme park resort for publicly demanding coronavirus tests. Actors’ Equity Association signed a memorandum of understanding allowing the actors, singers and stage managers to return to their jobs after Disney agreed to have a state-run drive-thru COVID-19 testing site for workers and others at the Florida theme park resort. The union represents 750 Disney World workers.