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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

After watching this past ...

Question: After watching this past week's hilarious episode of Fox's Kitchen Confidential, I am officially hooked on the show. At first, it felt raw and unfocused, with mediocre scripts, but the show has been getting better and better and the characters have become more defined and comfortable with their roles. It seems to have a lot of potential, with the interesting setting inside of a top New York restaurant, and with the zany, roguish, flawed characters and the many story possibilities that come with a new batch of patrons every night. Sexy, edgy 30-minute comedies like this are rare, and most are just retreads of the same old idea. With Fox's announcement of the show's cancellation, is there any chance that the show will be picked up by another network or reupped if the ratings get better and the DVD sells (à la Family Guy)? Even if there isn't, I would like your take on why shows with a great premise, luxurious setting and sexy cast aren't nurtured by the networks. It seems that ... read more

THIS 'N' THAT

NASCAR has made a new five-network, eight-year deal worth at least $4 billion for coverage of its cars-going-in-circles events, starting with the 2007 Daytona 500.... iPod shmiPod: CBS is teaming with Verizon Wireless to deliver clips of some of its shows — such as CSI, Survivor and Late Show with David Letterman — to cell phones. The average CBS viewer, though, will struggle to play the videos on their rotary dial.... Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and writer-producer Ricky Blitt are resurrecting Blitt's long-shopped-around pilot, Becoming Glen, about a fortysomething man who flashes back to his life as a 32-year-old slacker living with his folks. read more

In a recent column you asked ...

Question: In a recent column you asked someone to explain The War at Home to you. I can explain it in one sentence. It's between The Simpsons and Family Guy. Answer: Good point. But The Simpsons lead-in didn't really help Arrested Development, did it? (Still, that was before Family Guy returned to Sundays last May.) It's kind of reminiscent of when NBC used to be able to get away with putting any old junk between its hit Thursday comedies. Hope this eventually backfires on Fox as well. [Editor's Note: If you missed Friday's column, you'll find it here.] read more

Since the heyday of Friends, ...

Question: Since the heyday of Friends, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, Frasier (or even going back further to The Cosby Show, Mad About You, Cheers and many others), the sitcom format has become nearly obsolete and the networks have clearly reached a point of desperation. In the last few years, only The Simpsons, Scrubs, Arrested Development and Family Guy have succeeded in making people laugh while watching network TV. HBO has a distinct advantage due to its lack of censorship. This year, however, the networks seem to be improving with the additions of Kitchen Confidential and the close-to-being-very-funny How I Met Your Mother. Once Mother finds its true voice (Ted and Robin are simply not funny) and NBC brings Scrubs back from its inexplicable hiatus, we might finally be able to enjoy a few amusing comedies. Notwithstanding the dissertation above, my question is about Freddie. In my not-so-humble opinion, Freddie Prinze Jr. is not funny. His family on the show is not funny. The concept of ... read more

WATCH ALONE, THEN!

The happy-go-lucky Parents Television Council has released its annual list of worst prime-time shows for family viewing. Fox had six out of the top (bottom?) 10, with The War at Home, Family Guy, American Dad, those horn dogs on The O.C., Arrested Development and That '70s Show. Rounding out my new Must-See TV list are CSI (too grisly), Desperate Housewives (too slutty), Cold Case (too graphic) and Two and a Half Men 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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