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The Simpsons Writers Have Confessed ‘How They Predict The Future’

From Toys R Us closing down to Donald Trump becoming president, it’s no secret The Simpsons has been at the forefront of a lot of important decision making. Okay so maybe the sitcom didn’t actually have a hand in these scenarios being brought to life outside of our TV screens, but it has manage to

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From Toys R Us closing down to Donald Trump becoming president, it’s no secret The Simpsons has been at the forefront of a lot of important decision making.

Okay so maybe the sitcom didn’t actually have a hand in these scenarios being brought to life outside of our TV screens, but it has manage to predict them in sometimes spookily accurate ways.

Now, the show’s writers have revealed exactly how they manage to ‘predict the future’, and it’s much less conspiratorial than you might think.

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In an interview with Radio 1 Newsbeat, writer Stephanie Gillis explained how they are constantly looking to the future in that they have to try and ‘guess’ what will happen in the world months in advance.

Stephanie said:

We are sort of futurologists in that we write 10 months ahead, so we’re trying to guess what is going to happen.

Because of this, it’s more than likely they are going to hit the jackpot and make correct predictions at least some of the time – especially when they consult things that have already happened to inform their decisions.

Take, for example, the Donald Trump prediction: another of the show’s writers, Al Jean, explained how they were ‘looking for a funny celebrity who would be president’ way back when in 2000 – and Trump had already said he’d consider running for office in the future.

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The writer, who has been with Homer and the crew since the show began in 1989, went on to say:

If you make enough predictions then 10 per cent will turn out to be right.

Jean also explained how an episode which aired long before the September 11, 2001 terror attacks – which provided a field day for conspiracy theorists when it appeared to predict 9/11 – was simply a massive coincidence.

In the episode, the family head to New York City and buy a guide book which has the words ‘9 dollars’ on it next to a picture of the Twin Towers and ultimately looked like 9/11. However, Jean said that was ‘totally coincidental’.

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The predictions don’t stop there though; the show has also been known to predict Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance, the Game Of Thrones Battle Of King’s Landing, Disney’s takeover of Fox, and Canada’s legalisation of marijuana – to name just a few.

I tell you what, as impressive as getting a gig on The Simpsons is, those writers should be adding ‘fortune teller’ and/or ‘predictor of the future’ to the top of their CVs.

I definitely would.

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New Netflix Animation The Willoughbys Has Been Watched 37 Million Times In First Month

Netflix original animation The Willoughbys has been viewed more than 37.6 million times in its first month, proving to be a real hit with families during lockdown. Not only that, but in addition it’s worth considering Netflix only counts one view per account, so in theory it could’ve been watched many more times than that

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Netflix original animation The Willoughbys has been viewed more than 37.6 million times in its first month, proving to be a real hit with families during lockdown.

Not only that, but in addition it’s worth considering Netflix only counts one view per account, so in theory it could’ve been watched many more times than that if multiple people have watched it from the same account, or even if one person has viewed it more than once.

Netflix took to Twitter to share the good news on Friday, May 22, writing, ‘37.6 million families met THE WILLOUGHBYS over the last 4 weeks. Don’t miss out on this high-flying adventure and the best-reviewed animated film of the year.’

Check out the trailer for The Willoughbys here:

Netflix’s synopsis for the film reads:

Convinced they’d be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on vacation. The siblings then embark on their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family.

The animation, which is directed by Kris Pearn and co-directed by Rob Lodermeier, is based on the book of the same name, by Lois Lowry, with screenplay penned by Mark Stanleigh.

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When you look at the cast, it’s unsurprising the film has been received so well, with Will Forte (Tim Willoughby), Maya Rudolph (Nanny), Alessia Cara (Jane Willoughby), Terry Crews (Commander Melanoff), Martin Short (Walter Willoughby), Jane Krakowski (Helga Willoughby) and Seán Cullen (The Barnabys) voicing the main characters, while Ricky Gervais takes on the role of narrator.

At the time of writing, The Willoughbys has an impressive 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes, just edging ahead of Pixar’s Onward, which has 88%.

‘There’s a lot going on in The Willoughbys, yet if you can get on board with its manic energy and accelerated plotting, the Netflix animated family comedy-adventure has an oddball charm that works surprisingly well,’ Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney wrote.

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Meanwhile, others also praised The Willoughbys’ ‘appealing energy’, while giving the ‘loud, frantic’ film glowing reviews.

Sadly, the audience score doesn’t quite match up with The Willoughbys racking up a 65% rating from viewers. However, the viewing numbers speak for themselves as families tune in in their millions to enjoy the light-hearted animation.

The Willoughbys is available to stream on Netflix now.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender Is Most-Watched Show On Netflix This Week

Avatar: The Last Airbender has become the most-watched show on Netflix following its release last week.  The arrival of the beloved Nickelodeon show was highly anticipated, with fans counting down the days until Aang’s adventures would be available to watch at their leisure on the streaming service. When the show finally did arrive, on May

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Avatar: The Last Airbender has become the most-watched show on Netflix following its release last week. 

The arrival of the beloved Nickelodeon show was highly anticipated, with fans counting down the days until Aang’s adventures would be available to watch at their leisure on the streaming service.

When the show finally did arrive, on May 15, dozens of excited viewers took to social media to express their delight, with many hitting the ‘play’ button almost as soon as it was made available.

So it’s not all that surprising that The Last Airbender became one of Netflix’s most-watched shows this week, but it is impressive that it managed to knock the Netflix fan favourite Dead To Me off the top spot.

The second season of Dead To Me arrived on the platform on May 8 and has held first place ever since, as fans of the show indulged once again in the dark comedy surrounding the lives of friends Jen and Judy.

Though Dead To Me definitely has a strong fanbase, ultimately it was no match for the faithful Avatar supporters, and this week it dropped to fourth place on the most-watched list.

The Last Airbender takes place in a world divided into the Four Nations; Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. Aang, a monk from the Southern Air Temple, finds himself tasked with mastering the elements of Water, Earth, and Fire in order to stop the Fire Nation’s conquest of the world.

The series came to an end after three seasons in 2008, but with every single episode now available on Netflix fans are able to relive the story over and over again.

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Rick And Morty Creator Has ‘No Idea’ How Season Five Will Air

Rick and Morty is known for having an erratic release schedule, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon as creator Justin Roiland admitted he has ‘no idea’ how season five will air.  The wacky animated series made its debut in December 2013, and has kept fans on their toes ever

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Rick and Morty is known for having an erratic release schedule, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon as creator Justin Roiland admitted he has ‘no idea’ how season five will air. 

The wacky animated series made its debut in December 2013, and has kept fans on their toes ever since.

While many shows are fairly consistent in the amount of time they leave between seasons, those behind Rick and Morty seem to extend the show’s unpredictability to its release schedule as they vary the gap from one season to the next.

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Season two arrived in summer 2015, and after the finale it took another a year and a half to get season three on air in 2017. The fourth season arrived more than two years later, though creators decided to split it into two separate chunks, releasing the first five episodes last autumn and holding back the last five episodes until the start of this month.

Fans are likely to find the random schedule frustrating, as they’re regularly left with little idea of when they might see the characters take on new adventures, but creator Justin Roiland seems to enjoy having things shaken up.

During an interview with /Film, Roiland was asked whether fans could expect season five to be split into two chunks in the same way season four has been.

As it turns out, the creator has no idea, and little control over the matter.

He explained:

I think it’s largely dependent on how quick the episodes can get produced. I know season five is mostly in the can. They’re still gonna be reworking when the animatics come back, so that can extend the process.

I believe if they have the full ten episodes, they’ll release them without a split, but I honestly have no idea. That’s kind of a question that’s outside of my jurisdiction. They do what they think is best for the show.

Roiland went on to say he enjoyed the fact season four was split into two chunks, as he’s ‘always looking at some kind of alternate, new media way to release the show since it is mostly binged’.

The creator acknowledged that bingeing is ‘pretty standard’ nowadays, with fans asking: ‘When is it available for me to watch on my schedule?’

If he could have it his way, though, Roiland would release Rick and Morty in an entirely un-bingeable manner with just one episode per month.

He commented:

I’ve been saying we should drop an episode each month, just make it a big event. I like the idea of thinking outside the box with how any show is delivered to the masses.

If you do one a month, the show is alive the whole year and you’re still buying us all the time we need to make them as good as they need to be.

Roiland admitted his one-episode-per-month idea might never happen, but stressed he has ‘brought that up in the past’. However, the fact that producers didn’t take him up on the idea ‘just goes to the point that [he has] no idea what the plan is for season five.’

The creator assured fans that whatever decision producers make will be the ‘right’ one, though whether fans agree may be debatable.

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