The Simpsons Honors Co-Creator Sam Simon

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The Simpsons honors co-creator Sam Simon
“One of the greatest comic minds ever,” read the short tribute at the conclusion of Sunday’s Simpsons episode. “Thank you, Sam.” PLUS: Watch the Fusion documentary Rebel With a Cause: The Sam Simon Story.

The Jinx finale was frightening, gut-wrenching, remarkable television
The HBO documentary series, says Mike Hale, “was, in a sense, a very elaborate and relatively well-financed version of the sort of true-crime reconstructions that cable television has been doing for several decades now. But within that context it was top of class in its artfulness.” PLUS: The ending was a once-in-a-lifetime stunner, publications from NY Times to People couldn’t resist spoiling the finale, did Robert Durst plan what he said?, here’s a Robert Durst explainer for Jinx avoiders, and watch the shocking final moment.

Dan Harmon: Yahoo may be “naive” enough to make a Community movie
“Yahoo seems down for just about anything,” Harmon said at SXSW, quipping, “I don’t know why they’d turn their nose up to a movie about a low-rated show. They seem to be very naive.”

Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson join American Horror Story: Hotel
At the AHS Paleyfest panel, it was also confirmed that Jessica Lange won’t be back for the “Hotel” season.

Australians are rejecting American shows
The Big Bang Theory and Revenge are the top U.S. shows among Aussie viewers, with the former the only one attracting one million viewers. Meanwhile, American freshman hits like How to Get Away with Murder and Empire have failed to impress Down Under.

Inside a James Corden Late Late test show: Some couldn’t understand his British accent
A rehearsal taping reveals that the new Late Late Show isn’t all that original — though Corden thinks he has the only late-night talk show with a bar.

Did The Walking Dead deliver its most brutal scene yet?
It was one of the most ambitious episodes of the season, so read what the characters involved had to say about it.

Game of Thrones co-creator uses Return of the Jedi to explain Bran’s absence in Season 5
“Like, it would be far less interesting, after The Empire Strikes Back to have an hour-long movie in between Empire and Return of the Jedi where Luke is training,” says David Benioff. “It’s so much cooler to cut from end of Empire to (the beginning) of Return, where he’s become the Jedi.”

Steve Carell calls his Angie Tribeca sitcom “really, really stupid”
Rashida Jones stars in the TBS comedy mocking police procedurals that Carell and his wife Nancy created. “We just wanted something that was irreverent and silly and made us laugh,” says Carell, upon Angie Tribeca‘s unveiling at SXSW.

Jimmy Kimmel wanted ABC to cancel his talk show after his 1st year
“I was burnt out, exhausted, terrified,” he said in an SXSW interview. “I wanted them to cancel it, so I didn’t have to quit.” PLUS: Matthew McConaughey and Kimmel will star in a local ad for an Austin business.

X Factor: New Zealand judges fired for verbally abusing a contestant
Husband-and-wife duo Natalia Kills and Willy Moon were canned after calling one contestant sparked outrage by calling one contestant “creepy” and “disgusting.”

Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez: Latino actors should unite for more parts
“We need to unite,” Rodriguez said at Paleyfest. “They see us as one community — we need to be one community. Let’s do that, use our power as Latinos, whatever culture you identify with and celebrate.”

Ty Burrell: Why my Modern Family character doesn’t grow
“I don’t think you guys really want us to grow,” he said at Paleyfest, “because if we did, I wouldn’t fall over things anymore.”

Silicon Valley‘s Thomas Middleditch has been live-streaming his video game sessions
Watch Middleditch play Total War on Twitch for charity.

In its 2nd week, Last Man on Earth actually topped Family Guy
DVR viewership added 2 million viewers to the Will Forte comedy, which was even more impressive because of Daylight Savings Time.

Two and a Half Men crew members got AmEx gift cards as a wrap gift
Those who worked all 12 years received a $1,500 gift card, $900 gift cards went to those who worked nine years and $750 gift cards went to everybody else.

Adam Pally offers a tidbit on the mysterious Happy Endings countdown clock
“I’ll tell you this: I know the origin of that Happy Endings countdown clock was not intended to be where it is headed,” he tells The Huffington Post. “That’s as much as I can give you.”