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You always say it is like an ...

Question: You always say it is like an "event" when shows like The Sopranos and 24 are on the air, and while I agree with you that both of those shows fit that bill, I also feel that South Park is very eventlike when it comes back with new episodes. And while I feel that no show better deserves the Peabody Award than this brilliant satire, I am not quite understanding their sudden attack on Family Guy. I suppose it is only natural, since these two shows are by far the best comedies out there and since South Park always goes after what is popular, but do you feel that these anti-Family Guy episodes might show a little jealousy, considering that Family Guy is the new hot show that doesn't pull punches and goes wherever it wants to in order to get a laugh? Just wondering what your thoughts are on this little event, because I know you are a fan of both of these shows, especially South Park. Answer: I thought the two-part "Cartoon Wars" episode was hilarious, a high point for what so far has ... read more

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Talking politics with American Dad's Mike Barker

American Dad

Later this month, Fox will release the first season of American Dad on DVD. The animated series about gung-ho CIA agent Stan Smith and his family pokes fun at politics — especially the tricky area of terrorism and homeland security — the way Family Guy lampoons pop culture. No surprise that it comes from FG creator Seth MacFarlane (the stentorian voice of Stan) and FG writers and producers Mike Barker and read more

FALL-TV UPDATE!

CW has greenlit Aliens in America, a half-hour comedy pilot about a Muslim foreign-exchange student who moves in with a Wisconsin family. "It's hilarious," CW president Dawn Ostroff tells Jack Myers' MediaVillage.com, "and it carries a strong message about tolerance and understanding our differences."... Roger Bart (aka Desperate Housewives' George) is joining Tom Cavanagh in My Ex-Life, a CBS comedy about divorced couples.... Related's Jennifer Esposito has a "second position" gig, replacing Alicia Witt as the titular shrink in Fox's More, Patience.... Cloris Leachman is set to play mom to Eddie McClintock and Craig Bierko in an NBC comedy from Chris Sheridan (Family Guy). read more

FALL-TV UPDATE!

Per Variety, Roger Bart (aka Desperate Housewives' George) has been tapped to join Tom Cavanagh in My Ex-Life, CBS' comedy pilot about a pair of divorced couples.... Related's Jennifer Esposito has a "second position" gig lined up, replacing Alicia Witt as the titular shrink in the Fox comedy More, Patience.... Frau Blücher! Cloris Leachman is set to play mom to Eddie McClintock and Craig Bierko in an untitled NBC comedy from Chris Sheridan (Family Guy). read more

Successful Guy Seth MacFarlane takes advantage of his hit status with a new comedy

Peter Griffin, Family Guy

As Peter Griffin would put it, life has been freakin' sweet for Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. The animated Griffins of Quahog, R.I., are hitting ratings highs Sunday nights on Fox, often beating ABC's Desperate Housewives among male viewers ages 18 to 34. Past episodes are still big draws on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. The box sets of the first three seasons all rank among the top DVD sellers. His second series, American Dad, has become a hit as well. So what's next? MacFarlane has signed on as executive producer of Becoming Glenn, a sitcom pilot that Fox will consider for its fall lineup. The show, which revolves around a 35-year-old slacker, was actually written and shot three years ago, and e read more

I can understand canceling a ...

Question: I can understand canceling a bad show, one that critics think is horrible and no one watches, but how can a network cancel one of its two shows that actually wins awards? Every person I know who has actually sat down to watch Arrested Development thinks it's hilarious. Shouldn't Fox try its hardest to get an audience for the show? Answer: While I do wish Fox had at least temporarily tried putting Arrested between The Simpsons and Family Guy on Sundays to see how the show would play in a much more protected hammock, I can't fault Fox in the larger picture for not at least giving the show a chance. The show was renewed twice, regardless of the scheduling and the erratic airing of episodes. The question isn't so much what Fox could have done to try to build the audience but rather what a network's ratings expectations are anymore for shows that attempt something different. If buzz and acclaim were enough, Arrested Development would be set for life. Sadly, it isn't. For a ... read more

Family Guy Hey, great news everybody!...

Family Guy Hey, great news everybody! I get to watch cartoons... for work! Sorry, Mom, but who's wasting their Saturday mornings now? Also, if you're reading this, you've lived to see another year. Nice work. Too bad my resolution wasn't to watch the same amount of TV that I did last year, because I would've kept it. Family Guy has been on my list for a few years now. Granted, it did take me a while to catch on, but finally, they made a reference to that Sunny D commercial from years ago, and that was that. If you don't think "purple stuff" is funny, consider this: The only other time I've heard a joke about that commercial, it was by one Mr. Dave Chappelle. So there. Honestly, sometimes I don't even get the jokes on this show until the next day. Not tonight. The jokes were simple, read more

Will Four Kings Trump Its Rivals?

Seth Green is one of Four Kings

Four Kings, the new NBC comedy (premiering tonight at 8:30 pm/ET) from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, treads Friends-ly territory with the story of four lifelong buds — Barry (Seth Green, the Austin Powers movies; Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ben (Josh Cooke, Committed), Bobby (Shane McRae) and Jason (Todd Grinnell) — who inherit an improbably fantastic New York City apartment when Ben's grandmother passes away. With a quartet of young actors onboard, the backstage shenanigans probably rival what you'll see on screen. "One of the games we play, involving a blue fuzzy pillow being wi read more

Will Four Kings Trump Its Rivals?

Josh Cooke is one of Four Kings

Four Kings, the new NBC comedy (premiering Thursday at 8:30 pm/ET) from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, treads Friends-ly territory with the story of four lifelong buds — Barry (Seth Green, the Austin Powers movies; Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ben (Josh Cooke, Committed), Bobby (Shane McRae) and Jason (Todd Grinnell) — who inherit an improbably fantastic New York City apartment when Ben's grandmother passes away. With a quartet of young actors onboard, the backstage shenanigans probably rival what you'll see on screen. "One of the games we play, involving a blue fuzzy pillow being w read more

BACK TO THE FUTURAMA

Futurama

Variety is reporting that 20th Century Fox TV is in early discussions to go back into production with Futurama, the Emmy-winning animated series that ran on Fox from March 1999 to August 2003, giving it a Family Guy-style resuscitation. Based on the misadventures of Fry, Leela and Bender, Futurama is set in the year 3000, at which time Lindsay Lohan will have stopped making "news." But until then... read more

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Premiered: May 01, 2005, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Animated antics of the constantly grousing Griffins, a family that put some fun in dysfunctional. While dad Peter is a tad dim and lazy, mom Lois is none of the above. Then there are hapless teens Meg and Chris; sassy baby Stewie, who's wise (and a wise guy) beyond his years; and family dog Brian, who might be the smartest of the lot. Series creator Seth MacFarlane voices many of the regular characters. In 2002, Fox dumped the show, but revived it in 2005 after it became a top-selling DVD.

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