It's a good time to be Seth MacFarlane, with a hit movie (Ted) under his belt, a gig as Oscar host in his future, and a mini-empire on the Fox network, whose Sunday "Animation Domination" lineup is overrun with his shows, most notably and memorably Family Guy. Not many shows that got canceled early in its run (after several seasons of incredibly incompetent scheduling), only to be resurrected on the strength of DVD sales and a cult cable following, manage to live on to mark a 200th-episode milestone.
Kaitlyn Dever, Tim Allen
I'm a sucker for tradition, and there are probably worse ideas than ABC reviving the "TGIF" concept of family-friendly sitcoms on Friday night. Depending on your generation, you may find yourself thinking nostalgically of watching The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family with the babysitter, or growing up with the Full House-Family Matters-Boy Meets World-Perfect Strangers brand of ABC comedy. Hold on to those memories, because unfortunately, there are few shows this season worse or more grating than tonight's Malibu Country (8:31/7:31c), where the beachfront corn grows awfully and annoyingly high.
If you haven't heard the news yet, Seth MacFarlane is hosting the Oscars.
It's a bold, surprising selection, especially since the Family Guy, American Dad and Cleveland Show creator has little to do with films, has no hosting experience and is literally not a famous face. But after you get through the initial shock, MacFarlane is almost an inspired choice by the Academy.
Don't believe us? Here are six reasons why MacFarlane is a good choice to emcee Hollywood's biggest night.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars, the Academy announced Monday. It will be his first time as host.
MacFarlane, who recently hosted Saturday Night Live and presented an award at last month's Emmys, called the opportunity "an overwhelming privilege."
Saturday Night Live returned for its season premiere in full election mode. The exits of high-profile cast members Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott weren't immediately felt thanks to strong impressions from the likes of Jay Pharoah as President Barack Obama and Bill Hader as Republican National Convention speaker, and chair enthusiast, Clint Eastwood.
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In the show's cold open, Fred Armisen officially passed the baton of impersonating the President to Pharoah...
Out with the old, in with the new!
Three alums from the improv comedy troupe Second City will be joining the cast of Saturday Night Live as featured players this season, NBC announced Monday.
Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson
Saturday Night Live is adding two new faces. Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson are slated to join the sketch comedy series for its upcoming 38th season, The Comic's Comic reports.
Both comedians are veterans of the legendary Chicago improv troupe Second City, which boasts a hefty list of SNL alums, including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Bryant is also a member the musical improv group Baby Wants Candy.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will host Saturday Night Live when the show returns for its 38th season on Sept. 15, NBC announced on Wednesday.
MacFarlane, who also ecently directed the film Ted, will be joined by musical guest Frank Ocean. This will be the first appearance for both on the sketch show.
SNL alum Abby Elliott heading to How I Met Your Mother
Seth McFarlane, Joss Whedon
TV fans might have noticed some familiar names at the box office this summer. Now that it's widely accepted that some of Hollywood's best work is found on the small screen, television's top creative minds are finding a receptive audience in the film world as well.
Mili Avital; Larry King
"We've got an incredibly diverse audience. It's big and getting bigger. That gives us a lot of latitude," Hulu's SVP of content Andy Forssell told the Television Critics Association during the fall previews on Tuesday.
Hulu's new summer programming slate reflects that diversity. After launching its first original scripted series Battleground in February, Hulu is continuing its commitment to creating new programs and distributing curated content from around the web, networks and globe. Check out its summer lineup:
Prisoners of War
The nine-time Israeli Emmy Award-winning series starring Mili Avital and Ishai Golan inspired Showtime's critically acclaimed Homeland.