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- The title of the episode is a play on the name of James L. Brooks' 1987 film, Broadcast News.
- Marge mentions Hoda Kotb and her American TV program show.
- Falcon Landing is likely a reference to prime time soap operas Falcon Crest and Knots Landing.
- The stories in Big Time TV Star include "Is M*A*S*H Sexist Enough?", "Inside Norman Lear's Hat" and "Roots Announces Toy Line".
- Tabitha Shingle mentions James Reeb's case and says that the case is being adapted into a series on Amazon Prime starring Alexander Skarsgård.
- The Chat in the Hat podcast by Dr. Seuss is a parody of The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.
- The podcasters hanging out at Streami's with Kent Brockman are Michael Lombardi of The GM Shuffle, Karina Longworth of You Must Remember This, and Nick Wiger and Mike Mitchell of Doughboys.
- Pictures on the walls consist of: Desus & Mero of Bodega Boys, Sarah Koenig of Serial, Dan Carlin of Hardcore History, and Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of My Favorite Murder.
- Yeardley Smith appears in person and mentions her true crime podcast Small Town Dicks.
- Stellan Skarsgård is approached to star in the Guilty Grampa series.
- Zihuatenejo, Mexico is the same place that Andy Dufresne goes to after escaping from jail in The Shawshank Redemption.
- Though dead, Alice Glick appears, saying that Grampa murdered her once.
- Maggie is missing her pacifier in the episode.
- The production code for the episode, ZABF22, appears on the crime scene bulletin board and as Grampa's prisoner number on Guilty Grampa's merchandise.
- The episode was dedicated in memory of Alex Trebek who passed away on November 8, seven days before this episode aired.
- Some characters from previous episodes appears at the Springfield Playhouse:
- Alcatraaz. ("Pranksta Rap")
- Milo and Strawberry. ("Husbands and Knives")
- Zachary Vaughn. ("Bart Gets a "Z"")
- Calliope Juniper. ("Flaming Moe")
- Neil Gaiman. ("The Book Job")
- Terrence. Emily and T-Rex. ("The Day the Earth Stood Cool")
- Seth Rogen. ("Steal This Episode")
- Dawn. ("The War of Art")
- Maxine Lombard. ("Opposites A-Frack")
- Freddy Freeman and Peter D'Abbruzio. ("Covercraft")
- Der Zip Zorp. ("Waiting for Duffman")
- Quinn Hopper. ("The Girl Code")
- Guthrie Frenel. ("Springfield Splendor")
- Manacek. ("Homer Is Where the Art Isn't")
- Marv, Minnie and Morty Szyslak. ("King Leer")
- Carmen, Erica and Piper. ("Bart vs. Itchy & Scratchy")
- Mike and Maureen Wegman. ("Go Big or Go Homer")
- Evelyn. ("Livin La Pura Vida")
- Zane Furlong. ("The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson")
- Lauren and Desmond. ("Highway to Well")
- Comic Book Guy is watching Vindicators: Crystal War. ("Bart the Bad Guy")
- The silhouette pictures of Skinner are a reference to "The Principal and the Pauper".
- In one scene, Maggie's onesie is teal instead of light blue.
- At the Springfield Playhouse, Shauna's lipstick and freckles disappear.
- In a scene, Gary appears yellow instead of his normal colors.
- In a shot of the audience, two Arnie Pyes appear.