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Writers Guild Awards: FX Wins Big With Atlanta, O.J. and The Americans

Writers Guild Awards: FX Wins Big With Atlanta, O.J. and The Americans
The 69th Annual Writers Guild Awards were handed out Sunday night in Los Angeles and New York City, and FX walked away with four of the most coveted trophies.

Donald Glover’s Atlanta was recognized as both TV’s Best Comedy and Best New Series, while The Americans took home the gold for Best Drama and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story won for Best Long-Form Adapted Series.

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NBC’s This Is Us and Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt earned individual episode accolades. Fellow Netflix laugher
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Simpsons Ep Teases 'Crazy Melodrama' in Hour-Long Empire-Inspired Episode — Plus: Watch Taraji P. Henson in Action

Simpsons Ep Teases 'Crazy Melodrama' in Hour-Long Empire-Inspired Episode — Plus: Watch Taraji P. Henson in Action
In crafting The Simpsons‘ first-ever hour-long episode, executive producer Matt Selman wanted to avoid one thing “at all costs”: Mr. Burns rapping.

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Some context: Sunday’s episode (Fox, 8/7c) is being pegged as a riff on The Great Gatsby — with a hip-hop twist, of course — as Mr. Burns befriends rapper Jay G with whom he bonds over being “part of the corporate system, as well as having a ruthless lust for power.”

This unorthodox friendship, which Selman attributes to writer Dan Greaney, opens the door
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Watch a Clip From 'The Simpsons'' Hip-Hop Homage to 'Great Gatsby'

Watch a Clip From 'The Simpsons'' Hip-Hop Homage to 'Great Gatsby'
The Simpsons' loving, rap-centric send-up of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby, titled "The Great Phatsby," airs on January 15th. In a recently released behind-the-scenes clip, comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who voices a washed-up-rapper-turned-candle-salesman named Jazzy James, tries out a variety of possible intonations for his character.

According to EW, "The Great Phatsby" focuses on a "hip-hop mogul," Jay G, who befriends Mr. Burns and turns him into a profligate spender. When Burns hits rock bottom and runs out of funds, Jay smoothly takes control of the nuclear plant.
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The Simpsons Predicted Donald Trump’s Presidency 16 Years Ago

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The Simpsons Predicted Donald Trump’s Presidency 16 Years Ago
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

A March 19, 2000, episode of Fox’s long-running animated series The Simpsons essentially predicted Donald Trump’s impending tenure as President of the United States.

In the season 11 episode, titled “Bart to the Future,” a Native American oracle allows Bart a glimpse into the years ahead. The scenario that follows sees an adult Bart, clad in a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops, visiting his sister, Lisa, who lives in the White House as the nation’s “first straight female president,” she says.

Later, in the Oval Office, Lisa is seen discussing
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'The Simpsons' Predicted Donald Trump Would Be President in 2000: 'It Was a Warning to America'

'The Simpsons' Predicted Donald Trump Would Be President in 2000: 'It Was a Warning to America'
The Simpsons predicted a Donald Trump presidency 16 years ago ... but not in a complimentary way.

In the episode "Bart to the Future," which aired on March 19, 2000, Bart has a vision of his future, in which his sister, Lisa, is president. Lisa then reveals that the country is broke thanks the president in charge before her -- Donald Trump.

"As you know, we've inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump," Lisa says to her staff in the now-infamous episode.

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Trump, of course, is now officially the 45th president of the United States.

In March, writer Dan Greaney talked about the line, which he said represented "the vision of America going insane."

"It was a warning to America," Greaney told The Hollywood Reporter. "And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched
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Ringbarking ponies | Presidential prophecies in fiction | Paul Daniels tribute

Graham Long (Country Diary, 19 March) muses: “Can there be any doubt that these [beech trees] will die if the ponies succeed in ring-barking them?” In Stratford Park, Stroud, there is a beech tree, probably nearing its 100th birthday, that was thoroughly ring-barked more than 25 years ago by a tree surgeon with a regional reputation. Today it remains as well as ever. Could ponies have been more destructive than a chainsaw?

Ron Birch

Coleford, Gloucestershire

• Simpsons writer Dan Greaney did paint a “horrifying and fantastical vision of the future” in caricaturing Donald Trump in a 2000 episode (Simpsons prophecy, 18 March), but he was beaten to the draw by Bob Gale who, in the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, created the casino-financed Biff Tannen whom he later said had been inspired by Trump.

Austen Lynch

Garstang, Lancashire

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Flashback: Watch 'The Simpsons' Predict President Trump in 2000

Flashback: Watch 'The Simpsons' Predict President Trump in 2000
If a year ago you had asked most political pundits if Donald Trump had a good chance of becoming president, most of them would've laughed at you. Even amid rumors of his 2016 run, it seemed absurd at the time to think he'd be a serious contender for the presidency.

If predicting Trump's rise in 2015 was tough, imagine doing it in 2000. Sixteen years ago — almost to the day — The Simpsons did just that. In an episode called "Bart to the Future," Bart gets a glimpse at his adult self: He's a Duff-swilling slob like his father,
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'Simpsons' episode that predicted a Trump presidency was 'a warning to America,' says writer

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On March 19, 2000, the critically-reviled Simpsons episode "Bart to the Future," which offered a depressing glimpse into Bart's adult life, aired. In a nutshell: things didn't go well for the smart-mouthed delinquent. The overachieving Lisa, on the other hand? Became the first "straight female" president. And guess who she took over for? "As you know, we've inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump," says Lisa as she sits in the Oval Office. Prescient? Let's hope not. But it's a scenario that's looking increasingly possible -- and according to episode writer Dan Greaney, it was meant to ring alarm bells.  "It was a warning to America," Greaney told The Hollywood Reporter of the line, adding: "And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane." You can watch the chilling clip below (the relevant portion
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'Simpsons' Writer Who Predicted Trump Presidency in 2000: "It Was a Warning to America"

'Simpsons' Writer Who Predicted Trump Presidency in 2000:
It was somewhat of a throwaway line at the time, but make no mistake, it was included very much on purpose. The now infamous "Bart to the Future" episode of The Simpsons, which aired almost exactly 16 years ago, on March 19, 2000, predicted a Donald Trump presidency. The outlook was not bright.  "It was a warning to America," writer Dan Greaney tells The Hollywood Reporter. He adds: "And that just seemed like the logical last stop before hitting bottom. It was pitched because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane." In the episode, Bart

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'Family Guy,' 'Simpsons' writers protest 'Community' animated episode on Emmy ballot, want 'same rights'

'Family Guy,' 'Simpsons' writers protest 'Community' animated episode on Emmy ballot, want 'same rights'
Updated: Animated series writers are protesting a decision by the Television Academy to allow NBC’s Community to compete for Emmys in animated categories, arguing that they should be allowed similar cross-genre privileges.

Community made it onto the Emmy nomination ballot in several categories, including best animated program — along with 33 entries from full-time animated shows. The episode, “Digital Estate Planning,” features the cast rendered into 8-bit characters to compete in an old-school-style video game.

Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), David X. Cohen (Futurama) and Al Jean (The Simpsons) are among the 52 writer-producers who signed a letter to the TV Academy arguing
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The Writers Guild Awards Nominations! "The Dark Knight" Among Nominees

"The Dark Knight," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Doubt," "Frost/Nixon," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" are among the nominees in the Adapted Screenplay category for the WGA's (Writers Guild Awards) 61st Anniversary awards show.

Winners will be announced February 7th, and will be held simultaneously between two ceremonies -- West Coast at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, and the East Coast at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.

What about "Milk" or "The Wrestler?" Click Read More to see full list of nominees!

Original Screenplay

Burn After Reading, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Focus Features

Milk, Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features

Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Written by Woody Allen, The Weinstein Company

The Visitor, Written by Tom McCarthy, Overture Films

The Wrestler, Written by Robert Siegel, Fox Searchlight Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Screenplay
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Writer's Guild Nominates Best Writing

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Genre vets Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone), Drew Goddard, Brian K. Vaughan (Lost), Marti Noxon, Zack Whedon, and Danny Strong (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) have been nominated by their peers. The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East announced their nominees for outstanding achievement in television, radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2008 season to be honored at the upcoming 2009 Writers Guild Awards on February 7, 2009, in Los Angeles and New York.

Television Nominees

Dramatic Series

Dexter, Written by Scott Buck, Daniel Cerone, Charles H. Eglee, Adam E. Fiero, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann; Showtime

Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Brent Fletcher, Jason Gavin, Carter Harris, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, John Zinman; NBC

Lost, Written by Carlton Cuse, Drew Goddard, Adam Horowitz, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Damon L.
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