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June 27, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
The scene could be right out of an episode of "Family Guy. " A man wearing a turban orders at the deli counter of Beverly Hills' famous eatery Nate 'n Al. An older gentleman pushes a walker into the restaurant's doorway, while two yarmulke-wearing boys are greeted with a "Shalom" by the Hispanic hostess. The only thing missing is Quahog, R.I.'s most famous resident, Peter Griffin, uttering some obliviously offensive statement about one of the patrons. Yet Seth MacFarlane, the man behind the proudly politically incorrect Fox animated series and the new R-rated movie comedy"Ted," slid into a booth on a recent afternoon without even a passingly inappropriate peep.
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April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Fox's "Family Guy" and ABC's "Resurrection" were Sunday night's highest-rated network shows among key young adults, though it appears that golf-boosted CBS had the best ratings overall.  "Family Guy" scored a rating of 2.1 among key 18- to 49-year-old viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Though Peter Griffin et al were down 9% from last week, the animated comedy was the top nonsports program on the major networks in the advertiser-coveted age group.  In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "Resurrection," ABC's drama in which residents of Arcadia, Mo., are visited by dead relatives, earned a 2.0, down 9% week-to-week.
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December 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Let's call it the least shocking plot twist of the year: Brian Griffin, the intelligent dog on Fox's long-running animated comedy "Family Guy" returned to the show on Sunday, ending three weeks of fan mourning. The episode, "Christmas Guy," revealed that Stewie, the diabolical genius baby of the Griffin family, used his time machine to go back in time and push Brian out of the way of the speeding car that claimed his life three weeks ago. But wait, didn't the series make a point of showing how Stewie had destroyed his time machine, thereby preventing that solution?
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December 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Let's call it the least shocking plot twist of the year: Brian Griffin, the intelligent dog on Fox's long-running animated comedy "Family Guy" returned to the show on Sunday, ending three weeks of fan mourning. The episode, "Christmas Guy," revealed that Stewie, the diabolical genius baby of the Griffin family, used his time machine to go back in time and push Brian out of the way of the speeding car that claimed his life three weeks ago. But wait, didn't the series make a point of showing how Stewie had destroyed his time machine, thereby preventing that solution?
BUSINESS
October 27, 2009 | Dan Fost
It seemed edgy when Microsoft Corp. said it would team with "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane on a variety TV show airing next month. The software giant was going to be the only advertiser on the show and would collaborate with MacFarlane and his partner, Alex Borstein. The pair would write jokes and skits into the show that would promote the Redmond, Wash., software maker's latest operating system, Windows 7, which came out last week. Now comes word that Microsoft has pulled out. Apparently "the content was not a good fit," according to a statement the company released Monday.
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April 16, 2013 | By Meg James
Fox Broadcasting on Tuesday yanked a recent episode of "Family Guy" from websites after edited clips of the animated series appeared to portray a bombing, mayhem and deaths at a Boston Marathon. Fox pulled the episode, which was titled "Turban Cowboy," from fox.com and the Hulu online video site, which Fox's parent company News Corp. co-owns.  Fox has no immediate plans to air the episode again, a network spokesperson said Tuesday. The episode originally ran on the broadcast network in March.
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December 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Family Guy" fans will soon have another pastime that fits with Peter Griffin's preferred level of physical activity: a video game for mobile devices.  Fox Digital Entertainment, the mobile content division of 20th Century Fox, has teamed with San Francisco start-up TinyCo to put out the yet-unnamed game based on "Family Guy," the irreverent animated comedy. The game will launch early next year for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, the companies said Tuesday. TinyCo is working with the writers from Seth MacFarlane's Fuzzy Door Productions on the role-playing game in which players control the characters from the "Family Guy" hometown of Quahog, R.I., through various adventures.  RELATED: More games coverage by The Times   One of the important challenges, said Andrew N. Green, TinyCo's head of business development, is to make sure the humor of the show carries into the game.  "We want you to laugh your ass off," he said.
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April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Fox's "Family Guy" and ABC's "Resurrection" were Sunday night's highest-rated network shows among key young adults, though it appears that golf-boosted CBS had the best ratings overall.  "Family Guy" scored a rating of 2.1 among key 18- to 49-year-old viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Though Peter Griffin et al were down 9% from last week, the animated comedy was the top nonsports program on the major networks in the advertiser-coveted age group.  In 18-49, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers.  PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "Resurrection," ABC's drama in which residents of Arcadia, Mo., are visited by dead relatives, earned a 2.0, down 9% week-to-week.
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April 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Did "Family Guy" really predict the horrific Boston Marathon bombings in an episode that aired last month? No, but that's the latest hoax making the rounds on the Internet a day after the tragedy. The carefully edited clip that supposedly supports this theory got so much exposure that "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane himself took to Twitter to denounce it. "The edited Family Guy clip currently circulating is abhorrent," he wrote . "The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims.
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April 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
After an edited clip from its animated series "Family Guy" was circulated online with a claim that it predicted the Boston Marathon bombing, Fox elected to pull the episode, "Turban Cowboy," from streaming sites, including Fox.com and Hulu.com. The clip making the rounds online showed series protagonist Peter Griffin explaining how he had won a race, which involved detonating two bombs. While the scenes in the clip all appeared in the same episode, the clip had been edited to appear closer to the events in Boston than the actual episode showed.
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December 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Family Guy" fans will soon have another pastime that fits with Peter Griffin's preferred level of physical activity: a video game for mobile devices.  Fox Digital Entertainment, the mobile content division of 20th Century Fox, has teamed with San Francisco start-up TinyCo to put out the yet-unnamed game based on "Family Guy," the irreverent animated comedy. The game will launch early next year for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, the companies said Tuesday. TinyCo is working with the writers from Seth MacFarlane's Fuzzy Door Productions on the role-playing game in which players control the characters from the "Family Guy" hometown of Quahog, R.I., through various adventures.  RELATED: More games coverage by The Times   One of the important challenges, said Andrew N. Green, TinyCo's head of business development, is to make sure the humor of the show carries into the game.  "We want you to laugh your ass off," he said.
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November 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before freezing my you-know-what off! The Skinny: I'm in D.C. for Thanksgiving, and it's cold and wet here. But that's not nearly as bad as watching the Redskins lose on East Coast time. At least on the West Coast I don't have to stay up until midnight to feel humiliated. But enough whining. Today's Fix includes a look at MAVTV, a cable channel launched by Lucas Oil. Also, more thoughts (including mine) on Katie Couric's new job and a shakeup at AEG Live.
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November 10, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Just when it looked like Seth MacFarlane would have only one show on Fox, the network gave a 13-episode order to a new animated comedy series called "Bordertown. " With "American Dad" moving to TBS and "The Cleveland Show" getting canceled, the hugely successful "Family Guy" was MacFarlane's last animated series standing. "Bordertown" will now join it next season. MacFarlane will be an executive producer of the show alongside its writer and "Family Guy" producer Mark Hentemann.
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June 20, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
James Gandolfini, who made his mark playing troubled mob boss Tony Soprano, died Wednesday in Italy from a possible heart attack. He was 51. The actor left a notable imprint in Hollywood with an acting career that included television, theater and film. Upon hearing of his death, many of his colleagues expressed their condolences via social media. Here are a few notable tweets: PHOTOS: Celebrities react on Twitter Susan Sarandon: "So sad to lose James Gandolfini.
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May 21, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Now that Seth MacFarlane has tweeted that he simply can't find the time to host the Oscars again, is it too early to say: "Tina Fey, come on down!" "I think that's too hard," Fey tells The Times over the phone, when asked if she'd take the job. "Too many dresses to try on. " Really, Tina? You're going to go with the whole degree-of-difficulty dress thing as your primary reason to dodge the high-profile opportunity to flaunt your charm and talents in front of an audience of tens of millions of people?
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April 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
After an edited clip from its animated series "Family Guy" was circulated online with a claim that it predicted the Boston Marathon bombing, Fox elected to pull the episode, "Turban Cowboy," from streaming sites, including Fox.com and Hulu.com. The clip making the rounds online showed series protagonist Peter Griffin explaining how he had won a race, which involved detonating two bombs. While the scenes in the clip all appeared in the same episode, the clip had been edited to appear closer to the events in Boston than the actual episode showed.
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April 8, 2008
"Freakin' Sweet! An Evening of Music and Comedy With 'Family Guy's' Alex Borstein and Seth MacFarlane" is set for May 10 at the the Ahmanson Theatre. Borstein is "MADtv's" Ms. Swan and the voice of Lois Griffin on Fox TV's "Family Guy," and MacFarlane is the Emmy Award-winning creator-writer-director-actor on Fox's "Family Guy" and "American Dad." They'll be joined by Walter Murphy, Rich Ruttenberg and the Family Guy Orchestra.
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January 31, 2010
SERIES A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration: This new special celebrates all kinds of families, including those headed by same-sex parents and single parents, as well as mixed-heritage and adoptive families. It includes animated segments and music from Ziggy Marley, Sweet Honey in the Rock and They Might Be Giants (7 p.m. HBO). The Simpsons: Homer blows off a date with Marge to buy a lottery ticket and wins a million bucks in this new episode (8 p.m. Fox)
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April 17, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Maybe it's not farewell for Cleveland Brown after all. Fox is denying a report that its "Family Guy" spinoff "The Cleveland Show" has been axed after four seasons. While not saying anything on the record, Fox sources say the show -- about black patriarch Cleveland Brown and his family -- hasn't been canceled, although the network hasn't ordered any new episodes, either. It's possible that the show could go on hiatus for awhile as Fox focuses on "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," "Bob's Burgers" and other animated shows for next season.
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April 16, 2013 | By Meg James
Fox Broadcasting on Tuesday yanked a recent episode of "Family Guy" from websites after edited clips of the animated series appeared to portray a bombing, mayhem and deaths at a Boston Marathon. Fox pulled the episode, which was titled "Turban Cowboy," from fox.com and the Hulu online video site, which Fox's parent company News Corp. co-owns.  Fox has no immediate plans to air the episode again, a network spokesperson said Tuesday. The episode originally ran on the broadcast network in March.
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