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Fox Developing a Family Guy Spin-off

Family Guy's Cleveland courtesy Fox

It looks like Fox just can't get enough of Seth MacFarlane.According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox and 20th Century Fox TV are working with MacFarlane to develop a spin-off from his wildly popular series Family Guy. The show would feature Cleveland Brown, Family Guy's mild-mannered voice of caution, in a series tentatively titled Cleveland. The project is being written by MacFarlane, Mike Henry (who voices Cleveland) and Rich Appel, executive producer of MacFarlane's other Fox series, American Dad. Fox hopes the series will complement their Sunday-night comedy lineup, which features The Simpsons alongside MacFarlane's two other series. — Adam Bryant read more

Family Guy Blows into the Windy City

Family Guy courtesy Fox

Series creator Seth MacFarlane and the Family Guy voice cast — including Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, Seth Green and Mike Henry — are taking their animated act on the road. Family Guy Live!, presented one night only — Sept. 15 — at the Chicago Theater, will feature a live, uncensored reading of a classic episode, the performance of musical numbers from the series, and a Q&A with all involved.The previous Family Guy Live! took place in spring 2005 in New York and Los Angeles, in sold-out venues. read more

Who played the first Tarzan?

Jungle fever: Tarzan swinger Ely

Question: Who played the first Tarzan?


Answer: Assuming you mean the first TV Tarzan — this column has a strong small-screen bias, after all — that'd be actor Ron Ely, who was actually the 15th actor to go ape-man. (Elmo Lincoln was the first to discover jungle love in the 1918 big-screen feature Tarzan of the Apes.)

If there's one thing I can say about Ely, he earned his paycheck on the NBC series, which debuted in September 1966 and left the air three years later. The athletic 6-foot-4-inch actor refused to let a stuntman handle the risky shots, so all that beast battling, vine swinging and waterfall diving took a terrible toll on his body. Yet he worked through the pain like a man possessed, which he may well have been. "This Tarzan, it's the part I've been waiting for all my life," director James Komack quoted the actor as saying in a 1967 TV Guide story K read more

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