Two more years for “The Simpsons!” Fox has renewed TV’s longest-running prime-time series currently on the air for 18th and 19th seasons (through 2007-08). It's also the longest-running animated series in TV history. Fox also says the show holds the Guinness Book of World Record for most guest stars featured in a TV series. Adding to the guest star list Sunday (8 p.m., Ch 19) will be Ricky Gervais, who plays a husband that Marge moves in with when the Simpsons participate in a “Trading Spouses”-like reality show. (Not "Trading Spaces." D'oh!)
Fox also has renewed “King of the Hill,” but only for one season (2006-07). The 200th “King of the Hill” episode airs in May. “The Simpsons” reaches 400 shows in May 2007.
From 64 to 12
--Saw Jessica Donnellon on Channel 12 this morning reporting from snowy West Chester. She was a reporter for Channel 64, until the station pulled the plug on news last month….
--Also noticed that Clyde Gray was back on Channel 9 last night. He had planned to take the entire month off to spend time with his wife, Kalena, and their newborn daughter, Claire Elizabeth. They adopted her on Feb. 19. GM Bill Fee says it was "his decision alone" to return two weeks earlier than expected.
Yes to WAIF
Chris Comer interviews Jon Anderson from the rock band Yes at 10 p.m. today on WAIF-FM (88.3), or listen on line at
Poor Jim Scott
Poor Jim Scott, stuck reading all of those school closings all morning. It reminded me of an attempt by a couple Cincinnati radio managers 15 years ago – or longer – to change the school closing list to a numeric one. Basically each school would have a number, and then a radio personality could simply say, “Numbers 1 through 7 are closed, No. 8 on a 1-hour delay, No. 9-13 closed….” Managers at the time rejected the idea, saying that parents wouldn't remember the numbers of their kids schools. But wouldn’t it be a lot easier? Or do most people get their school closing info from scrolls at bottom of the TV? Or online?