The Simpsons

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Road trip! A couple of The Simpsons characters are heading to Cincinnati in an episode premiering Sunday (8 p.m. Nov. 29, Channels 19 and 45).

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For most of my 35 years covering television, I'd write a story for the day after the Emmy Awards about TV's biggest week filled with dozens of new fall TV series and your returning favorites.

Not this year. 

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Welcome to a fall TV season unlike any other. Most of your favorite shows – This Is Us, Bull, NCIS, The Good Doctors – won't return until November or sometime next year because of production delays due to COVID-19.

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A psychological thriller called Next; a southern family soap starring Kim Cattrall and Gerald McRaney; and Jerry Bruckheimer's L.A. Finest police drama, developed for Spectrum cable, will premiere this fall on Fox Broadcasting.

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Sparky Anderson got fired in Cincinnati – again – as a sportscaster for WKRP In Cincinnati.

Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench switched uniforms in winter of 1971 – after winning the 1970 National League Most Valuable Player award – to play a military guard on TV's Mission: Impossible.

With the 2020 baseball season on hold – and everyone stuck at home watching TV – it's a good time for a lineup of big league players in prime-time roles on Mister Ed, Cheers, Bewitched, Everybody Loves Raymond and other TV hits.

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WXIX-TV added to its rich history – which started 50 years ago today with Larry Smith's puppets and the Cool Ghoul movie host on the city's first independent station – by adding the ION network on digital subchannel 19.4 on its anniversary.

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Fox pays tribute to one of my all-time favorite "Simpsons" episodes, "Homer At The Bat," with a one-hour baseball special – but it airs in the middle of NFL Sunday afternoons this weekend, opposite the Bengals-Steelers game.

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Here they come! Ten new shows premiere during the Fall TV season's biggest week. Get ready to see Mergyn Kelly, Young Sheldon, The Brave, The Inhumans, Will & Grace and Me, Myself and I.

And chances are you have at least one favorite in the 34 returning series starting this week: "The Big Bang Theory," "Grey's Anatomy," "NCIS," "Saturday Night Live," "Empire," "This is Us," "Designated Survivor," "How To Get Away With Murder," "MacGyver," "Blue Bloods" and "The Simpsons," to name a few.

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Eleven new TV series debut. Forty-three returning shows season premieres. Welcome to TV's biggest week.

Now that they've handed out the Prime-Time Emmys, the 2016-17 TV season starts today with a big TV wedding, as Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) repeat their vows for their families on "The Big Bang Theory."

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On this day 29 years ago, the long-awaited “fourth network” began competing with the three-decades TV monopoly of ABC, CBS and NBC.

Fox Broadcasting launched  “The Late Show” hosted by comic Joan Rivers on Oct. 9, 1986.

Prime-time programming would not begin until the following April with a Sunday night lineup featuring “Married… with Children,” “The Tracey Ullman Show,” “21 Jump Street,” “Duet” and “Mr. President.”

I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize the significance when WXIX-TV program director Patrice Mohn told me in summer of 1986 that Channel 19 had picked up Rivers’ show for fall.

Nancy Cartwright

Oct 12, 2012

She’s sometimes a he, or even possibly an animal. She has a voice everyone recognizes, but her name or face may be more of a mystery.