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TV Blog Buzz: Did the NHL sic its lawyers on 'The Simpsons' for soiling the Cup?

There are some hockey fans in "The Simpsons"' writers' room but apparently the NHL felt a joke that soiled the Stanley Cup went too far.

In the U.S., the network FXX is in the midst of an epic marathon airing of every "Simpsons" episode — that's 552 episodes over 25 seasons — and executive producer/writer Mike Scully has been tweeting some behind-the-scenes memories of making the show.

In the episode "The Last Temptation of Krust," Krusty the Clown drinks out of the Stanley Cup — and then promptly vomits into it.

Scully says the show received a nasty letter from the NHL after the episode aired, but chose to ignore it.


It's highly doubtful that many, if any, "Simpsons" fans would be able to endure the entire 12-day marathon without a break but Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight decided to research what would happen if someone took a serious stab at the feat.

Assuming you could stay awake, a couple of days without sleep would feel like getting drunk on some Duff beers, suggests FiveThirtyEight's research.

By the third day without sleep, even the best "Simpsons" episode ceases to be funny.

"Systematized delusions" should be expected early on the fifth day and "gross disturbances of reality testing are seen to persist for increasing periods of time" not long after.

So maybe it's a good thing the "Simpsons" marathon didn't air in Canada.


It's hard to tell how serious he is or if it's all just a bit, but Jimmy Kimmel has publicly proclaimed his love for "Friends."

With Jennifer Aniston stopping by his late night talk show, Kimmel unveiled a picture-perfect replica of the kitchen that Rachel, Monica and Phoebe shared, which he says cost $80,000 to create.

Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow also dropped by to help Aniston run through some of Kimmel's "Friends" fan fiction.

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