Seth MacFarlane brought all his voices to hosting the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. The Family Guy creator came off as a genial fellow who gamely enjoyed being in a bunch of mostly unamusing SNL sketches. MacFarlane’s opening segment was a series of voice performances of some of his best-known characters from Family Guy, with a few other impersonations (Droopy Dog, Kermit the frog) thrown in, with a bit of the mildly accomplished Sinatra-style crooning that MacFarlane is fond of doing and he’s powerful enough to compel producers and audiences to submit to. READ FULL STORY
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Fox has become the most schizophrenic network, with its relentless pursuit of the minimally talented in its reality programming, and its equally relentless pursuit of maximum quality in its scripted series. Any ads for its fall schedule might as well just consist of busts of two gigantic heads: Steven Spielberg, whose lavishly-budgeted Terra Nova is bound to be the season’s biggest economic and reputation-affecting production, and Simon Cowell, from whose waggling brow has sprung a Stateside version of The X Factor talent show, a sure-fire ratings-getter out of the gate. READ FULL STORY
Family Guy‘s hour-long 150th episode began with a two-character piece that revolved around Stewie and Brian being trapped in a bank vault, then finished up with some memorable musical numbers from the show. The “regular” episode, “Brian and Stewie,” was both tedious, predictably vulgar, and, by the end, sentimental.
The big joke: Stewie had a soiled diaper, and READ FULL STORY
Seth MacFarlane told the host of Real Time with Bill Maher, “I saved my Sarah Palin virginity for you,” making his first public statement about Sarah Palin’s criticism of Family Guy‘s episode featuring a character with Down’s Syndrome.
MacFarlane cited Andrea Fay Friedman, the voice actress who played a character with Down’s Syndrome and has the condition herself, who said Palin “has no sense of humor.” MacFarlane said Palin wanted to “inspire phony pity” for people with Down’s Syndrome.
Unfortunately, Maher kept talking over MacFarlane, attacking Palin as “the queen of fake outrage,” when we wanted to hear MacFarlane‘s words.
Earlier, as part of a round-table discussion with READ FULL STORY
Rating Seth MacFarlane's empire: How would you rank 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad!' and 'The Cleveland Show'?
All-new episodes of Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show air tonight, making it a good time, at the start of the year, to reevaluate these creations of Seth MacFarlane.
I’ve written reviews of these shows in the past, but at this point, I’d rather hear what you have to say, because as the years have gone by, I’ve noticed that audience taste and preferences can shift — have shifted, in some cases.
Family Guy will probably always be the quintessential MacFarlane series. Since its premiere in 1999, it’s established its unique template of hard-edged satire mixed with pop-culture non sequiturs and shaggy-dog jokes.
But in recent years, a vocal segment of fans has asserted that READ FULL STORY
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