Stars lend their voices
Jane Fonda, Sarah Silverman and Nick Offerman are among the guest voices on “The Simpsons” this fall, while Kim Kardashian lends her voice in the final episode of “American Dad.”
Fox said Sunday that Kardashian plays an alien in the woods who has a fling with Roger when the series wraps up its run on Sept. 21. Jane Krakowski is heard in the one-hour season premiere Sept. 14.
“The Simpsons” returns for its 26th season Sept. 28. Fonda plays Mr. Burns’ girlfriend, while Willem Dafoe voices the part of Bart’s bullying teacher Mr. Lassen. Offerman and Silverman are heard in other episodes. Judd Apatow writes a special episode to air later in the season.
“Family Guy” comes back with a one-hour premiere on Sept. 28 that features a get-together between the Griffins and the Simpsons. The voices of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie will be heard, along with Moe. Liam Neeson, Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” and Allison Janney of “Mom” lend their voices later in the season.
Emmy-nominated “Bob’s Burgers” returns for a fifth season on Oct. 5. Rachel Dratch, Kevin Kline, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader, Aziz Ansari, Carl Reiner, Molly Shannon, Megan Mullally and Offerman, Mullally’s real-life husband, are among the guest voices.
‘Idol’ losing its appeal?
“American Idol” needs to find contestants the audience cares about.
That’s a criticism Fox’s chairman and CEO, Peter Rice, admitted to journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
“We haven’t found in the last two years a group of kids who’ve captured the imagination of the public,” he said.
Rice went on to say that “American Idol,” launching its 14th season next year, is “aging gracefully.” He said too much attention has been placed on “this constant conversation about who should be judges.”
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. will return to the panel for season 14.
This year’s season finale of “American Idol” was its lowest rated yet.
‘Apes’ fends off newcomers
The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated “Sex Tape” failed to turn on moviegoers over a weekend where “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” maintained its rule.
20th Century Fox’s science-fiction sequel outmuscled a trio of new films to top the North American box office for the second-straight week with $36 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Its closest competition was the home-invasion horror thriller “The Purge: Anarchy.”
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak, follow.
1. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” $36 million.
2. “The Purge: Anarchy,” $28.4 million.
3. “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” $18 million.
4. “Sex Tape,” $15 million.
5. “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” $10 million.
6. “Tammy,” $7.6 million.
7. “22 Jump Street,” $4.7 million.
8. “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” $3.8 million.
9. “Maleficent,” $3.3 million.
10. “Earth to Echo,” $3.3 million.