TIME Television

Neil deGrasse Tyson Voices a Pig In Disney’s Gravity Falls: First Look

Neil deGrasse Tyson records his role as "smart" Waddles for Gravity Falls. Lorenzo Bevilaqua—Disney XD

From scientist to... swine?

Neil deGrasse Tyson, the esteemed astrophysicist and host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, can now add “voice actor” to his resume after a recent stint voicing Waddles, a pig, in Disney’s Gravity Falls.

The show follows brother-sister duo Dipper and Mabel Pines on their supernatural misadventures in the fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon; Waddles is Mabel’s pet pig.

Neil deGrasse Tyson becomes the voice of Waddles in the upcoming episode, “Little Gift Shop of Horrors,” when the pet pig accidentally eats a bowl of brain-enhancing jelly giving it the mental know-how to create a machine that allows it to talk.

Neil deGrasse Tyson stars as “smart” Waddles in Gravity Falls. Disney XD

On his experience of voicing a pig, Neil deGrasse Tyson had this to say: “I’m a fan of helping anything get smarter. Even if it’s a pig.”

This episode of Gravity Falls premieres on Saturday, October 4 at 9pm during Disney Channel’s “Monstober” programming event.

Read more: Disney’s Gravity Falls Creator on How to Create a Show for All Ages

TIME Music

ODESZA’s “Say My Name” Gets a Star Slinger Remix [Premiere]

Tonje Thilesen

Start the weekend early with this new track

When you think of the Seattle sound, visions of the flannel of the ’90s and grungy goatees float through your head. ODESZA is looking to change that stereotype with their lush electronic dance music. After a string of festival dates and an opening slot with Pretty Lights, the up-and-coming Seattle outfit is starting to make waves with futuristic melodious and ear worm beats.

The 13 tracks on their most recent album, In Return, are a collaborative effort between producers Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight and a revolving roster of talented vocalists like Py, Shy Girls, Madelyn Grant and, most noticeably, Zyra, whose work infuses the single “Say My Name” with undeniable charisma. Despite the many voices featured on the album, the sound is unified under a groove, built on ODESZA’s multi-layered melodies, spaced-out beats and cinematic charm.

Their tracks are primed for remixes, and today, TIME is premiering Star Slinger’s take on “Say My Name.” In the hands of the British DJ and producer, ODESZA’s track becomes even more dance-floor worthy, swapping somnolent grooves for Ibiza-ready beats.

In support of their new album, In Return, the band is heading out on a sold-out tour soon. For more information, head here.

TIME Television

Watch a Late Night Host Smell Sofia Vergara’s Hair

He said it smelled like pudding

The host of Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen, took a whiff of Sofia Vergara’s hair on the show Thursday Night. Cohen said that it smelled delicious, like pudding, but Vergara pointed out that it was actually her perfume.

Vergara has a perfume on the market called “Sofia.” It took her a year to decide on the scent for her fragrance, according to her interview in Allure. The scent she decided on in the end is based off of fruits and florals– but not, as it turns out, pudding.

TIME Music

Thom Yorke Releases Experimental Solo Project as Radiohead Confirms New Album

Thom Yorke, Atoms For Peace, Austin City Limits Music Festival
Thom Yorke performs at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin on Oct. 6, 2013. John Davisson—Inivision/AP

The mercurial front man is releasing his new solo album directly via BitTorrent online

Thom Yorke, frontman of the iconic British rock band Radiohead, has released a new solo record online directly to fans as an experiment in music marketing he hopes will give more power to artists in marketing their own work.

Yorke has released his new album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes via the website BitTorrent.

Priced at $6, Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich call the album release “an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around,” the team said in a statement. “If it works well, it could be an effective way of handing some control of Internet commerce back to people who are creating the work. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers. If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.”

The band has experimented with different distribution schemes in the past, like its 2007 release In Rainbows, for which fans could set their own price and download online. The release comes just after Radiohead confirmed the band has begun work on a new album, it’s 9th.


TIME Apple

WATCH: Conan Weighs In On iPhone 6 ‘Bendgate’

The fix for a case of iPhone 6 dysfunction

Conan O’Brien’s aiming his shtick in Apple’s direction, weighing in on these purportedly bent iPhone 6 handsets, dubbed Bendgate or Bentgate or Bendghazi or whatever you want to call it.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus broke sales records in the lead-up to their launch last week, but a casual video emerged showing a guy applying extreme-sports-pressure to the 6 Plus model, at which point it bent.

The fix, if your shiny new Apple wunder-toy’s “not quite ramrod-straight,” quips Conan: “Try a rock-hard Samsung gadget instead.”

TIME movies

Watch Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey’s Crazy Antics in This New Dumb and Dumber To Trailer

Harry and Lloyd reunite to search for Harry's daughter

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are back as two dumb best friends in the long-awaited Dumb and Dumber To, which hits theaters this November.

In this sequel, which comes 20 years after the original, Harry and Lloyd reunite to search for Harry’s long lost daughter. Expect plenty of hijinks along the way.


TIME Television

Who Should Be the Two Other Leads in the Second Season of True Detective?

True Detective
From left: Michael Fassbender, Rachel McAdams, Russell Crowe Getty Images (3)

There is no shortage of rumored contenders

On Tuesday, HBO announced that two of the leads for the upcoming season of True Detective would be Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell. In that very same press release, it was also confirmed that there were still two other leads yet to be cast. According to most reports, those two remaining roles will be filled by a man and a woman.

In the last 48 hours, rumors have swirled that the network is set to tab Rachel McAdams (Wedding Crashers, The Notebook) and Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, Lone Survivor) to fill out the lead cast. Until that time, however, viewers are free to speculate wildly and voice their opinions about all the actors who have been rumored for the cast — even those who have denied their involvement or the ones that seem highly improbable. But in this poll, all things are possible.

Cast your votes below:

TIME Television

When Worlds Collide: 10 Classic TV Crossovers

In honor of the Simpsons-Family Guy crossover episode, here are 10 iconic TV mash-ups

  • The Simpsons meets Family Guy

    FAMILY GUY: The Griffin family drops in for a visit with the Simpson family in the special one-hour “The Simpsons Guy” season premiere crossover event (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FAMILY GUY on FOX.  FAMILY GUY and THE SIMPSONS 2014 ™ and © TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

    Two of the most famous animated families in entertainment history are set to meet on Sept. 28, when the Griffins go on a road trip that makes an unexpected stop in Springfield. Peter and Homer bro out, Stewie and Bart cause trouble and even Bob from Bob’s Burgers even makes a cameo in this self-aware crossover.

  • Mad About You meets Seinfeld

    Crossover-happy Mad About You (Friends and The Dick Van Dyke Show—sort of, since the show was no longer on the air at the time—got their turns too) met Seinfeld when viewers learned that Kramer was subletting Paul’s old apartment.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Angel

    Angel got his start on Buffy, so it was inevitable that the soulful vampire would encounter the slayer once the shows split. In 1999, after having a vision that Buffy was endangered, Angel made a return trip to Sunnydale—spurring her to follow him home.

  • Homicide: Life on the Streets meets Law and Order

    Homicide and L&O worked together whenever a case involved both Baltimore and New York. As producer Dick Wolf confesses in this interview—the crossovers were “a pain in the ass” meant to annoy the network, but they worked.

  • Full House meets Family Matters

    In one of several crossovers to take place in the family of ABC’s TGIF programming block, Family Matters’ Steve Urkel gives some much-needed advice to Full House’s Stephanie Tanner as she gets new glasses and deals with low self-confidence.

  • Ally McBeal meets The Practice

    What does Ally’s law firm do when they need to consult with a lawyer with more homicide experience? Bring in the crew from The Practice, obviously. (The more interesting factoid about this episode: the two shows shared an executive producer but aired on different networks, causing heartache for the The Practice‘s ABC.)

  • Cheers meets St. Elsewhere

    In 1985, the doctors from St. Elsewhere visited the Cheers bar. According to the episode’s writer, the medical show wanted to do a scene where the staff discussed their lives over drinks, and they pretty much figured ‘Why not at thatbar?’

  • All My Children meets One Life to Live

    It’s difficult to know where to start with soap-opera crossovers…but it’s pretty hard to top a baby-swap. In this plot line, One Life to Live and All My Children families ended up with each others’ childr

  • Everybody Loves Raymond meets King of Queens

    In the 1999 King of Queens episode “Rayny Day” Ray Romano’s Everybody Loves Raymond character stops by to play golf with Kevin James, his cross-sitcom buddy. (It wasn’t the first example of a crossover between the two CBS shows, and Ray Barone was also friends, in another crossover, with Fran from The Nanny.)

  • The Flintstones meets The Jetsons

    In the 1987 TV movie The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, two opposite ends of history collide when Elroy Jetson’s time machine transports his futuristic family back to the much-less-modern Stone Age. It wasn’t the only time the Flintstone family met some incongruous toons: a cartoon version of the Bewitched crew briefly served as their next-door neighbors in 1965.

TIME Television

Everything You Need to Know About the Simpsons-Family Guy Crossover

The cartoon crossover returns Sunday night

Homer Simpson, meet Peter Griffin.

That’s right — this Sunday night will bring another entry in a time-honored (if often lowbrow) tradition of American television: the cartoon crossover. When the 13th season of Family Guy premieres on Fox, it will do so in the form of a one-hour “Smashtacular” crossover with The Simpsons, an episode titled simply, “The Simpsons Guy.”

This episode has everything fans are likely to expect, from self-referential humor to a fight between the two shows’ oafish patriarchs. When Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed the air date a few months back, he boasted that “generations of fans will be talking about this one.”

That’s a little over-ambitious (sort of like Homer trying to spell the word “smart”), especially since, as any self-respecting Simpsons purist knows, the show that redefined animated TV hasn’t actually been good for well over a decade. Still, the wall-to-wall marathon on FXX of every Simpsons episode ever gave even fans who moved on long ago an excuse to rekindle their love of the once-great show.

Family Guy took the same never-aging, family-of-five (not counting Brian Griffin) cartoon-sitcom format and infused it with a raunchiness and unparalleled use of random-cutaway humor. So an unholy mix of both shows means more than enough reason to watch Sunday night.

Before you tune in at 9 p.m. E.T., here’s everything you need to know about the crossover to end all crossovers.

Sure, I’ll bite. What’s the premise?

Based on the trailers Fox has released and the morsels of information the show’s producers have doled out to a hungry fan base, we know that the Griffins of Family Guy fame are forced to leave their Rhode Island town of Quahog and find themselves in the Simpson family’s hometown of Springfield, State Unknown. After the relatively more normal-looking Peter Griffin observes that the yellowish characters of Springfield look “like they have hepatitis,” they strike up a relationship with the Simpson family.

Sounds promising. Tell me more!

Well, Homer and Peter bond over their love of donuts, Marge Simpson and Lois Griffin connect over their slothful husbands, and Bart Simpson and little Stewie Griffin find common cause in their taste for trouble. “It’s really about the character interaction,” Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane recently told Entertainment Weekly. “People want to see Peter interact with Homer. They want to see Bart interact with Stewie. In a way, the story in a crossover episode, while it has to be there, is never quite as important as how the characters interact with each other.”

Will there be playful cartoon violence?

Indeed, there will be. The highlight of the official trailer shows Peter offering up Homer his hometown beer, Pawtucket Patriot Ale. Homer tries it, disses it as a rip-off of his favorite beer Duff, and a bit of clever self-reference about both shows — always something each show has done well — and their shared lineage ensues.

Homer: “It’s just a lousy rip off!”

Peter: “Hey whoa,whoa, whoa, it’s not a rip-off of Duff! It may have been inspired by Duff, but I, I like to think it goes in a different direction.”

Long story short, it comes to blows — scroll to the 2:11-mark of the trailer at top to see it. Hey, at least Peter isn’t fighting a chicken this time.

What else should I know?

Well, there’s already some controversy over a rape joke depicted in the trailer. Stewie, witnessing Bart’s penchant for crank-calling Moe’s Tavern, wants to give it a try himself. But he goes, well, in a slightly different route when Moe picks up the phone: “Hello, Moe? Your sister’s being raped!”

That joke has drawn headlines, especially at a moment of heightened awareness of sexual violence. Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, told CBS News that he wrote to Fox, MacFarlane and Simpsons creator Matt Groening to try to get the joke taken out of the episode but got no response. “I was blown out of my shoes when I saw the scene with the rape joke in it,” Winter said. “It really troubled me.”

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, MacFarlane both anticipated and dismissed the criticism. “But in context it’s pretty funny,” he said.

Scroll to the 48-second mark in the trailer to see the controversial moment.

Sounds like pretty standard fare for Family Guy.

Right you are, and in fact, one could find more explicit sexual violence in a strange on-screen promo appeared during a different Family Guy episode. Watch it below.

Any promising cameos?

Not that we know of, unless you’re into a show called Bob’s Burgers.

Wasn’t there a Simpsons crossover before?

Yes, and since it came before the show’s downward slide, it was quite good. It featured Jay Sherman (voiced by Jon Lovitz) of the short-lived Fox show The Critic.

Thanks for all this, but I think I’ll just stick with the first nine seasons of The Simpsons.

You can’t be faulted for bad taste — it is, after all, the height of American TV comedy. Test your knowledge with this quiz and enjoy the video below.


Daily Show Airs Segment That Infuriated Redskins Fans Before It Even Broadcast

Fans of the NFL team were outraged after being confronted on camera by Native American activists

Comedy Central aired an episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Thursday night that waded into the controversy over the ‘Redskins’ NFL team name, despite outrage from team fans interviewed by the show who said they were “ambushed” and “duped” during the taping of the segment.

During one part of the report, Daily Show reporter Jason Jones spoke to a group of Native Americans who want the team name changed because they feel it is offensive, along with a group of Redskins fans who defended use of the name. The Redskins fans said they were surprised and upset when Jones invited the Native American activists to meet with them.

“This goes way beyond mocking. Poking fun is one thing, but that’s not what happened,” Kelli O’Dell, 56, told The Washington Post after the segment was first taped. “It was disingenuous. The Native Americans accused me of things that were so wrong. I felt in danger. I didn’t consent to that. I am going to be defamed.”

Before airing the segment, Stewart said the show takes seriously any claims that people are duped into participating. Comedy Central, it seems, determined that the offended fans were not misled.

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