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‘Simpsons’ marathon planned

The FXX network plans a marathon telecast this summer of episodes of “The Simpsons” – all 552 of them consecutively.

The network said Wednesday the marathon will start Aug. 21 and continue into Labor Day. FXX programming chief Chuck Saftler said it coincides with the network’s purchase of rerun rights and the development of an app that gives access to every episode of the long-running animated series.

Saftler said FXX will show four hours of episodes every Sunday this fall, up until the time a new episode is aired in prime time on Fox.

FXX is televised in some 72 million homes, and it hopes to hit the 80 million mark sometime later this year.

Archie to meet his end

Not even Archie Andrews is immortal in the world of comics.

Archie Comics says the famous comic book character will heroically sacrifice himself while saving the life of a friend in a July installment of “Life with Archie.” The comic book series tells the story of grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale gang.

Archie’s final moments will be detailed in “Life with Archie” No. 36, while issue No. 37 will jump forward a year and focus on his friends Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie honoring the legacy of their red-headed pal, who first appeared in comics in 1941.

Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater says they’ve been building up to this moment since launching “Life with Archie” five years ago.

Bourdain is CNN bright spot

Anthony Bourdain has traveled to all sorts of exotic places over the past couple of years, with none as important as where he has taken CNN itself.

Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” series, a culinary travelogue, swiftly became the network’s top-rated series after debuting last April, a bright spot at a network that was in a severe dry spell before the missing Malaysian plane kicked up ratings. A new eight-episode season begins at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Bourdain explains his team’s strategy with typical coarseness: “We are constantly asking ourselves, first and foremost, what is the most (messed) up thing we can do next week?”

Clinton book due in June

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new book on her time as President Obama’s secretary of state will be released June 10, her publisher says.

Publisher Simon & Schuster said Wednesday that Clinton would share “candid reflections about key moments during her time as secretary of state as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.” The book’s title and jacket design have not yet been released; the publishing date was released by the publisher on a website for the book: www.hillaryclintonmemoir.com.

The book has been widely anticipated as Clinton considers another presidential campaign in 2016. The former first lady and New York senator is already a best-selling author: Her 2003 memoir, “Living History,” sold more than 1 million copies.