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Lecture~Concert Series to present
‘Simpsons’ producer Mike Reiss

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Mike Reiss, who was producer of more than 200 episodes of "The Simpsons," will be the next speaker in Arkansas State University’s Lecture~Concert Series on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Reng Center Mike ReissBallroom.

His lecture, titled "Simpson Family Values," is presented with the support of the College of Communications. The public is welcome, and admission is free.

Reiss earned four Emmy awards during his 11 seasons of work on the highly popular animated series, "The Simpsons," In addition to his work as producer, he was the writer of a dozen scripts.

In addition to showing rare video clips and behind the scenes stories about "The Simpsons," Reiss will delve into the current state of television programming, describing with his characteristic wit why television programming has declined and what steps need to be taken to bring the medium back to life.

He was the creator of "Queer Duck," which is aired on Showtime, and co-creator of "The Critic," an animated series on Comedy Central.

Reiss won an ACE award for his writing and production work on "It’s Garry Shandling’s Show." His other television credits include "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," "Alf," and Eddie Murphy’s "The PJ’s."

A graduate of Harvard University, where he was an editor of the Harvard Lampoon, Reiss is a former editor of National Lampoon and a frequent contributor to Esquire and Games Magazine.

He also is an award-winning mystery writer and author of four children’s books.

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