James L. Brooks on capturing the teen experience from Say Anything... to The Edge Of Seventeen

We have James L. Brooks to thank for many things: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Simpsons, Broadcast News, and one of the most iconic scenes in the history of teen movies. Brooks was an executive producer on Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything…, which gave us John Cusack holding a boom box aloft so the sounds of Peter…

Peer into The Simpsons’ virtual reality with James L. Brooks

This Sunday The Simpsons will reach another milestone, airing its 600th episode—“Treehouse Of Horror XXVII,” debuting this Sunday, October 16—complete with a virtual-reality couch gag made in collaboration with Google. Though news of the VR twist broke last week, The A.V. Club first learned about it at this year’s…

What the ATX Festival should renew for next year—and what it should cancel

The ATX Television Festival borrows a vocabulary and a set of customs from its subject matter. Each edition of the festival is a new “season”; the biggest get of any season is usually a reunion of a TV show from days gone by, the live-and-in-person equivalent of ratings-grabbing primetime events like Mary And Rhoda, …

James L. Brooks still wants to work things out with Harry Shearer

The Simpsons casting kerfuffle continues: Despite confirmation from showrunner Al Jean that Harry Shearer will not be returning to the show, it seems that the program’s top creative heads don’t have all their “Bort” license plates in a row. Shearer’s very public Twitter announcement that he is not coming back (and at…