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August 3, 2009 | Michael Ordona
What is the funniest TV show on that you're not involved with? Bill Maher [HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher"]. It's the most unexpected, consistently surprising, the most incisive in every way. It's the only show I watch that gets me laughing out loud. What show really needs some Emmy love? How about "The Simpsons"? They did try to submit in the comedy category in the '90s and suffered from doing it in an era of juggernaut comedies like "Friends" and "Seinfeld" and "Cheers" and whatnot.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"It's time to get going again. " With these words, host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson kicks off the new documentary series, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. " Premiering on Fox, the National Geographic Channel and eight other affiliated networks Sunday night, it is a follow-up to "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the groundbreaking and hugely popular 1980 PBS series hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan. Tyson, strolling along the scenic California coastal cliffs of Monterey - just as Sagan did in the opening minutes of the original - is talking about bringing the franchise to a new generation, but with a command that can also be interpreted as a mission statement.
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SCIENCE
August 5, 2012 | By Nika Soon-Shiong
When thinking of speakers at the Planetary Society's annual event in Pasadena, Seth MacFarlane's name does not immediately come to mind.  The "Family Guy"creator came to the Pasadena Convention Center to talk about the new show "Cosmos" that he will co-produce on Fox. This year, PlanetFest is centered on the hopeful landing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, a landing that MacFarlane says has occupied his thoughts for months. “This is a very big night for all of us here on Earth,” he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," is a 21st-century reboot of the groundbreaking 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. " The original, hosted by renowned astronomer Carl Sagan, was a top-rated phenomenon that has been viewed by some 750 million people around the world. Executive producer Seth MacFarlane hopes the new version will prove just as popular, and help remedy what he sees as a growing problem of scientific illiteracy. We talked to the "Family Guy" creator about the series, his interest in science, and what he thinks we need to do to get back on track.  How did you get involved in "Cosmos"?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
"Family Guy" creator and voice Seth MacFarlane will host the 85th Oscar telecast in February, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced Monday morning. MacFarlane, a huge success in television for the last decade with his animated series "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show," made his mark this summer at the box office with his raunchy, R-rated comedy hit "Ted," which earned $218 million domestically.  An accomplished singer, who released his first big-band album, "Music Is Better Than Words," last year, MacFarlane has hosted his fair share of live events, including, most recently, the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Top female lawmakers in the California Legislature said Wednesday that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “struck a new low in its treatment of women” by choosing controversial comedian Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars ceremony on Sunday. MacFarlane's jokes “reduced our finest female actresses to caricatures and stereotypes, degrading women as a whole and the filmmaking industry itself,” wrote Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Big-budget tent poles dominated the international box office this weekend, but there was one country that Spider-Man and the prehistoric "Ice Age" mammals couldn't conquer: Australia. Down Under, the potty-mouthed "Ted" ruled the multiplex, grossing a surprisingly strong $6.9 million during its second weekend in Australian theaters, according to an estimate from distributor Universal Pictures. After debuting in the No. 1 position in the country last weekend, Seth MacFarlane's raunchy comedy saw its ticket sales fall only 22% and has now collected a total of $24.5 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before doing something about these early hours. The Skinny: Monday's episode of "The Following" may have jumped the shark for me. Without giving anything away, I'll only ask if we're to believe that everyone is on it. Headlines for Tuesday include the backlash against Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and how NBC made a mess of Thursday night. Daily Dose: Anyone thinking "Arrested Development" is coming back for the long haul should guess again. Netflix chief Reed Hastings said the show is likely around for only one more season.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Seth MacFarlane is having a moment. Granted he's been prolific in his television work and broken box office records with the R-rated comedy "Ted," but as next year's Oscar host Seth moves into a new category of entertainer. Timely, then, that MacFarlane received Variety's Power of Comedy honor on Saturday - an evening of stand-up benefiting cancer treatment and research in its third year. Bill Maher, Patton Oswalt, Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer, Paul Scheer, Alex Bornstein and many more worked material - much of it aimed at MacFarlane's wealth and upgrade to the A-list.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2013 | By Chris Lee
In his widely panned bow as Oscars host, “Family Guy” and “American Dad!” creator Seth MacFarlane lived up to his reputation for transgressive frat-boy humor by biting the proverbial hand that feeds. He attempted to bag on just about every A-list actor and Hollywood heavyweight within his sightline at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday night in a performance that, nonetheless, many observers found boring while also failing to live up to the host's usual standard of crassness. “MacFarlane was occasionally crude and mildly offensive; unfortunately, he wasn't very funny,” Mary McNamara observed in The Times.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
Fred Armisen hasn't been on "Saturday Night Live" for quite a while, but he seems to be everywhere else. He's just started the fourth season of the quirky IFC sketch comedy show "Portlandia," which features him and Carrie Brownstein poking subtle fun at the people and rituals of Portland, Ore. He's taken on a major gig as a bandleader, with his 8G Band, for NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers," and he's making the rounds at other events. He was even a presenter at last week's Independent Spirit Awards.
SCIENCE
March 5, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Beneath a sea of fake stars in a theater in Griffith Park, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan and Seth MacFarlane premiered the first episode of their new series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" on Tuesday night. The show is billed as a continuation of Carl Sagan's beloved mini-series "Cosmos: A Personal Journey. " That award-winning show first aired 34 years ago, and has since been seen 750 million times. Pretty amazing for a show about science.  This time around it is Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, who guides viewers on a journey through the Cosmos--what Sagan once defined as "all that is or ever was or ever will be. " The new series will premiere on several TV channels on Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," the new, 13-episode documentary series, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on Fox, National Geographic and eight other affiliated cable networks -- not to mention 220 channels in 181 countries around the globe.  The project is a reboot of the landmark 1980 PBS series, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," created and hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan and aims to introduce the wonders of science to a new generation. (For those of you unfamiliar with the original, this weekend NatGeo will air a marathon of all 13 episodes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Ellen DeGeneres may have a reason for another pizza party, if early Oscars ratings are any indication.  According to early numbers from Nielsen, which are not reliable for live events, the Sunday telecast on ABC drew an average of about 40.2 million viewers during prime time. That's 9% higher than the preliminary numbers from last year's Oscars.  Accurate numbers won't be released until later Monday, but the early figures indicate that the show could top last year's telecast, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, which ended up with 40.4 million viewers in the final tally.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
All eyes are directed toward the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland, where the 86th Academy Awards are scheduled to take place Sunday evening. And if years past are any indication, there will be some great moments and some painfully awkward ones. The key for all involved is to make sure their personal great or awful moments are unique enough not to bore us. Jennifer Lawrence won hearts and minds with her slip on the way up the stairs to accept her award. So the cynics this year might look at an actress slipping this year as a craven attention-seeker attempting to steal Lawrence's likeability.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
They've tried edgy and tinkered with experimental. But the producers of the 86th Academy Awards telecast believe that what America really wants is tradition. This year's Oscar show Sunday will bring back 2007 host Ellen DeGeneres, a likable, benign daytime television presence. Backstage, Broadway-oriented veterans Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are back producing for a second consecutive year. Not present? Seth MacFarlane, the "Family Guy" creator who polarized audiences last year even though he did manage a ratings jump.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," is a 21st-century reboot of the groundbreaking 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. " The original, hosted by renowned astronomer Carl Sagan, was a top-rated phenomenon that has been viewed by some 750 million people around the world. Executive producer Seth MacFarlane hopes the new version will prove just as popular, and help remedy what he sees as a growing problem of scientific illiteracy. We talked to the "Family Guy" creator about the series, his interest in science, and what he thinks we need to do to get back on track.  How did you get involved in "Cosmos"?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
"It's truly an overwhelming privilege to be asked to host the Oscars," Seth MacFarlane said in a statement Monday morning. "My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast. " MacFarlane, creator of TV's irreverent animated show "Family Guy" and writer-director of the hit movie "Ted," indeed hosted the Sheen roast. Click here if you want to watch it, though, like the evening's honoree, most of the jokes passed their expiration date long ago. We're guessing that this year's Oscar telecast producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, caught MacFarlane's act that night as well as the occasions he presided over Comedy Central roasts for Donald Trump and David Hasselhoff.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The foul-mouthed sentient teddy bear and titular star of Seth MacFarlane's hit R-rated comedy "Ted" looks to have a new woman to contend with over the affections of his lifelong pal, played by Mark Wahlberg, in the upcoming sequel "Ted 2. " According to Deadline Hollywood , Amanda Seyfried will play the female lead in the new film, while Mila Kunis, who starred as Wahlberg's love interest in the original, will have a small role or none at...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
For some it's the Super Bowl, for others Olympic ice hockey - but for many, Oscar producer Neil Meron believes, the season's big game takes place in black-tie. "The Oscars is a sport," Meron said in an interview Thursday from a small office backstage at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, where a skeleton crew had assembled to start preparing for the Academy Awards on March 2. "There's the excitement of watching something live, as it happens. " Meron and his partner, Craig Zadan, are returning to produce the Oscars for a second year, this time bringing on Ellen DeGeneres as host for a second time and focusing the show on the theme of movie heroes, from Atticus Finch to Batman.
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