June 6, 2007 |
A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit that entertainer Carol Burnett brought against Fox over use of her well-known Charwoman character in an episode of the animated TV series "Family Guy." Burnett alleged in her copyright infringement lawsuit, filed in March, that the show's creators did not have her consent to include the cleaning woman character she created in the late 1950s, while a repertoire player on "The Garry Moore Show," in an April 2006 episode.
March 27, 2004 |
Fox Television is in a family way again. The company has ordered a minimum of 22 new episodes of the animated series "Family Guy" more than two years after its initial run ended. The move is in response to the series' strengthening afterlife on DVD and in reruns on the Cartoon Network. It's been drawing high ratings on cable since the Cartoon Network began programming it opposite the broadcast networks' late-night talk shows, and it ranked as the top-selling television offering on DVD in 2003.
November 2, 2007 |
You may see a hearse rolling down Melrose Avenue this weekend or a candlelight vigil in a Coliseum parking lot before the USC football game. But hold the tears -- most likely what you'll be seeing is a stunt to promote the 100th episode of the Fox Broadcasting animated comedy "Family Guy."
April 13, 2005 |
Stewie Griffin is back, and he has DVD sales to thank for it. With his oblong cartoon head, sinister voice and taste for "total world domination," the infant Stewie set the tone for the irreverent animated series "Family Guy," which Fox canceled nearly three years ago because of lagging ratings. After they went off the air, however, Stewie and his bizarre family refused to die. Right away, fans complained.
April 29, 2005 |
The whole dream of watching television, it seems to me, is that you don't have to do anything but sit there to receive it. So I'm having trouble adapting to this trend of watching TV on DVD, which feels too close to buying a cabinet at IKEA and knowing that some kind of assembly will be required. Watching TV is supposed to promote a certain robust laziness.
September 23, 2007 |
When "Family Guy" was delivered from extinction two years ago by zealous fans and ambitious executives at Fox, it went largely unquestioned why the show had failed at all on a network that had successfully nurtured "The Simpsons." Even at its best, though, "Family Guy" wasn't much more than a slapstick version of "The Simpsons," with a nasty-talking baby, Stewie, replacing a silent one, Maggie.