June 28, 2012 |
Seth MacFarlane's film directing debut, "Ted," opens on Friday, and while the creator of "Family Guy," "The Cleveland Show" and "American Dad" certainly has his hands full doing the normal film promotional duties, he's managed to make headlines of a different sort with an act that's pretty surprising if you only know him from "Family Guy" and filthy teddy bear movies: He's donated the papers of famed scientist and astronomer Carl Sagan to the Library...
March 28, 2010 |
For a while there, it looked like family television was dead. In answer to the hard-R rating of cable, both network dramas and comedies became increasingly dark, grisly and/or sexually oriented, while the family comedy, once the keystone of prime time, dwindled to "The Simpsons" and a couple of live-action shows, one of which was "Two and a Half Men." Finding a show the whole family could watch was virtually impossible -- the kids got Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and asked to turn the volume down.
January 1, 2010 |
It's a new year, and Mike Henry, lead voice, co-creator and an executive producer on "The Cleveland Show," is celebrating with a new episode Sunday night on Fox. Last year was pretty good for Henry, who lives on the beach in Santa Monica with wife Sara and their 2-year-old daughter Josie. His animated show, a September spinoff from Seth MacFarlane's mega-hit "Family Guy," quickly found its own following. "At first I was a little nervous," admitted Henry, "but once that first table read was under my belt, we were rolling right along.
December 27, 2009 |
Seth MacFarlane, 36, created "Family Guy," Fox's animated sitcom, which this year became the first cartoon series nominated for a prime-time Emmy since "The Flintstones" in 1961. Fox just released the DVD "Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side," a follow-up to the 2007 "Blue Harvest" episode that spoofed the "Star Wars" franchise. Why do an extended "Star Wars" parody? Everybody knows "Star Wars" -- at least, everybody in our audience. And Lucasfilm is probably the only company out there right now that is progressive enough to allow this.
November 16, 2009 |
TV ratings haven't toppled over a cliff this season. That counts as something of a triumph for the networks, given that they spent much of the last few seasons seemingly balanced on the edge of oblivion. A few new hits have emerged -- real hits, not just middling shows that PR people and overexcited fans wish were hits. This list includes ABC's sitcom "Modern Family," CBS' crime drama "NCIS: Los Angeles" and Fox's animated "The Cleveland Show," a spinoff of "Family Guy." The herds are finding other fresh favorites too, such as ABC's sci-fi remake "V," CBS' court drama "The Good Wife," Fox's exuberantly goofy high-school musical "Glee" and CW's zeitgeist-grabbing "Vampire Diaries."
September 26, 2009 |
The folks behind "Family Guy" have been saying some of the most alarming things. Like "sweet and funny" and "sense of family." They are using these words to describe "The Cleveland Show," a "Family Guy" spinoff that premieres Sunday night. Coming from Seth MacFarlane's crew, such descriptions are like tiny time bombs disguised as rubber ducks, or festively wrapped birthday gifts filled with fake vomit and itching powder. Because while executive producer Rich Appel may be sincere when he says "The Cleveland Show" is "kinder and gentler" than its predecessor, he is working from the same warped palette that gave us Stewie, the erudite and profane baby who most recently beat his dog to a bloody pulp for laughs on the Emmy broadcast last Sunday.