News Nuggets: ‘The Simpsons’ sets the record for TV music

The Simpsons,” which airs its 500th episode tonight, also boasts another record: “‘The Simpsons’ hits a milestone Sunday with its 500th episode, but it has also quietly managed to break another record en route: the most original musical scores ever composed for a primetime series … Alf Clausen has written 483 of those 500 scores, starting with the show’s first Halloween episode in October 1990. He’s won two Emmys and garnered another 21 nominations for his ‘Simpsons’ songs and scores.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Academy members aren’t always who you’d think: “Which two of these four entertainment names — Woody Allen, George Lucas, Meat Loaf, Erik Estrada — are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences? It’d be understandable if you guessed Allen and Lucas: The directors made such classics as ‘Annie Hall’ and ‘Star Wars.’ But neither filmmaker is a member. On the other hand, the man known for sweating on stage performing ‘Bat Out of Hell’ and the 1970s pinup who as Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello in ‘CHiPs’ fought freeway mayhem while wearing oversized sunglasses and a tight uniform have been ensconced for years (both in the actors branch).” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine, wants to win Grammys next year: “The band released second album ‘Ceremonials’ in October 2011, meaning it will be eligible to be nominated at the 2013 Grammy Awards. ‘It’s ­definitely been Adele‘s year and I couldn’t be prouder of her. “Ceremonials” will fit into the mix for next year’s Grammys, so we will have to see,’ Welch told the Sunday Mirror. Speaking of the band’s recent tour of the US, she added: ‘It’s been a tremendous few months, seeing new places and meeting people, but I’m glad to be home.'” DIGITAL SPY

Tina Fey and the Muppets added to list of presenters at the Oscars: “Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will present at this year’s 84th annual Academy Awards, it was announced Friday. The appearance marks the Muppets’ fifth time at the yearly movies kudosfest, taking place Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Additionally, ‘30 Rock‘ star and ‘Saturday Night Live‘ alum Tina Fey has been added to the growing list of presenters.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Judi Dench is losing her eyesight, but will not retire from acting: “Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench has no plans to retire despite revealing she is losing her eyesight to a condition called macular degeneration … ‘I can’t read scripts anymore because of the trouble with my eyes,’ Dench was quoted as saying. ‘Somebody comes in and reads them to me, like telling me a story. It’s usually my daughter or my agent or a friend and actually I like that, because I sit there and imagine the story in my mind.'” THE WRAP

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