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27:18

Ricky Gervais Has An Animated Post-'Office' Life

The British comedian's latest project is an animated series on HBO, developed from his wildly successful podcast, The Ricky Gervais Show. He talks to David Bianculli about the new show -- and explains what it was like to create the award-winning sitcom The Office.

06:12

Killer Penmanship in 'Death Note'

In the Japanese anime series Death Note, high school student Light Yagami is in possession of a super-powered notebook that allows him to kill anyone, simply by writing down the victim's name. Critic-at-large John Powers offers a commentary.

19:38

'Fresh Air' Reflects: 'Simpsons' Writer Al Jean

Our weeklong retrospective of the year's most entertaining interviews continues with writer-producer Al Jean — a guy who knows Marge, Homer, Bart and the rest of the Simpsons gang better than almost anyone. He's executive producer and writer for The Simpsons, and he's been with the show since it began. This year's Simpsons movie, he's been heard to say, is about "what happens when a man doesn't listen to his wife." The film is now available on DVD. Before The Simpsons, Jean worked on TV's A.L.F. and It's Garry Shandling's Show.

26:13

Cartwright: It's Bearable Being Bart's Likeness

Nancy Cartwright's work is widely heard and well loved, but not many people know it's her. She's the voice of Bart Simpson on TV's The Simpsons — and in the long-awaited feature film that hits theaters this week.

21:19

Al Jean, Getting Intimate with 'The Simpsons'

Al Jean knows Marge, Homer, Bart and the gang better than almost anyone. He's executive producer and writer for The Simpsons, and he's been with the show since it began. The new Simpsons movie, he's been heard to say, is about "what happens when a man doesn't listen to his wife."

Before The Simpsons, Jean worked on TV's A.L.F. and It's Garry Shandling's Show.

20:36

Last Laughs 2004: Cartoonist Matt Groening

Matt Groening is the creator of the highly acclaimed animated Fox sitcom The Simpsons. He tells us how the show and its characters evolved, and discusses his role in the production of some 300 episodes. Groening also created the TV series Futurama and still draws the weekly comic strip Life in Hell.

21:07

Voice of SpongeBob

Former standup comic Tom Kenny is the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, the star of his own cartoon show on Nickelodeon as well as a recent feature film. SpongeBob lives under the sea in the city of Bikini Bottom where he works as a fry cook at a greasy spoon called the Krusty Krab. He is incurably optimistic and naive. The show premiered in July 1999 and now is a huge hit with children as well as adults, spawning a merchandizing bonanza. Kenny is in the feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and is also on its enhanced soundtrack. (Original airdate: 11/16/04).

44:09

Tom Kenny, Voice of SpongeBob SquarePants

Former standup comic Tom Kenny is the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, the star of his own animated series on Nickelodeon. SquarePants lives under the sea in the city of Bikini Bottom where he works as a fry cook at a greasy spoon called the Krusty Krab. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie opens nationwide Nov. 19.

21:13

The Cartoon Network's Mike Lazzo

Mike Lazzo is senior vice president for the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim –- a three-hour block of cartoons targeted to adults. It includes original and acquired animation. Lazzo co-created the network’s first original series in 1995, Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Another Adult Swim series is Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, which borrows Hanna Barbera cartoon characters from the '60s, including the obscure Birdman, a masked crusader with wings who defends cartoon characters like Fred Flintstone and Scooby Doo.

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