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Published: Fri, August 2, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Animated shows loaded with celebs

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.

Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Rachel Maddow and Daniel Radcliffe are among the celebrities lending their voices to a new season of “The Simpsons” this fall on Fox.

Wiig will be heard in the animated show’s season premiere Sept. 29, voicing a high-strung FBI agent whom Lisa enlists for help when she suspects that something sinister has happened to Homer.

Elizabeth Moss of “Mad Men” plays a grateful mom who names her baby after Homer when he helps deliver the child.

Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee, producer Judd Apatow and Will Arnett of “Arrested Development” are among other stars voicing parts on “The Simpsons.”

‘Glee’ will address death of Monteith

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.

Cory Monteith’s addiction-related death will be addressed in the “Glee” episode bidding farewell to his character, Finn Hudson, a Fox executive said Thursday.

Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly declined to specify how the character would exit, saying he couldn’t confirm Finn would be felled by drugs.

Monteith, 31, was found dead in a hotel room in Canada last month. Tests showed his death was caused by a mixture of heroin and alcohol.

Urban returning as ‘Idol’ judge

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.

Keith Urban is coming back to “American Idol.”

Fox chairman Kevin Reilly on Thursday confirmed the return of the country music star, settling the fate of the only judge left from last season on the talent competition.

“He did a really good job last year,” Reilly said to a gathering of the Television Critics Association. “The fans really like him.”

Reilly said Urban didn’t have a chance to show his personality. The executive didn’t say why, but the country singer was routinely overshadowed by bickering between fellow judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Their departures, along with that of Randy Jackson, were announced weeks ago, a response to the show’s sagging ratings.

Actress, Sutherland to reunite on new ‘24’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.

Fan favorite Mary Lynn Rajskub is reteaming with Kiefer Sutherland for a 12-episode run of “24: Live Another Day” to debut next May on Fox.

The network said Thursday at the Television Critics Association meeting that Rajskub will reprise her role as Chloe O’Brien, the faithful counter-terrorist sidekick of Sutherland’s Jack Bauer character.

Rajskub joined the original “24” series in its second season and appeared in the second-most episodes of any actor during the show’s run from 2001-10.

Fox says the miniseries will take up Bauer’s story several years after the events of the final season, with viewers following his foreign exploits.

Wire reports


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