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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Matt Groening reveals inspiration behind ‘Simpsons’ Springfield; Tony Romo welcomes son

Matt Groening. (Valerie Macon - GETTY IMAGES)
Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons,” told Smithsonian Magazine that the Springfield where his TV family lives was inspired by the fictitious location in “Father Knows Best” and “named after” a town in Oregon, the state where he grew up. “I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, ‘This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.” And they do,’” he said.

As Dan Hopper at Best Week Ever points out, this does not mean he revealed the state where the TV show’s Springfield is located — just the inspiration for its name. (Also: “The Simpsons” takes place in a made-up universe where people are yellow and have four fingers. So...) (Smithsonian Magazine; BWE)

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboy and former Jessica Simpson dater, welcomed a son named Hawkins with wife Candice Crawford on Monday. I guess this rules out the name Sadie for Simpson’s baby girl.(People)

Frequent Twitter ranter Alec Baldwin took to Twitter to rant about his alleged stalker Genevieve Saboruin . (ABC News)

Game of Thrones” has been renewed for a third season, obviously. (WSJ)

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson will star in an eight-part crime series titled “True Detective.” The show is currently being shopped around to different cable networks. (Deadline)

Another NSFW Chevy Chase voicemail to “Community” creator Dan Harmon has been leaked. In this one, Chase calls the NBC show “[an expletive] mediocre sitcom.” However, he does tell Harmon his “writing is great.” (CeleBuzz)

Kristen Wiig is unsure, after the jump.

Oscar nominee Kristen Wiig said she doesn’t know when she will leave “Saturday Night Live,” although she is rumored to be ending her tenure when this season is over. She told Alec Baldwin on his podcast, “I
Kristen Wiig at the Academy Awards in February. (Matt Sayles - AP)
will say that when I do leave it’s not because I’m sick of it and not because I see something better or anything like that.” (THR)

Kevin Costner has reminded us that he was in talks with Princess Diana for a “Bodyguard” sequel when she died. He told ABC the same thing in 2003. (Us Weekly)

Elle Fanning may star in Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch’s “God Help the Girl” film. (Vulture)

Sit in silence with Johnny Depp at the link. (Buzzfeed)

Here’s a new trailer for “LOL” starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore. If like watching run-of-the-mill teenage rebellion/romance stories that involve social media, you’re going to love this.

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