January 13, 2014 |
What do crude pop culture comedies like "Family Guy" and "Ted" have in common with a soaring exploration of the universe? Seth MacFarlane, of course. The scion of popular bad taste is the executive producer of a reboot of Carl Sagan's beloved 1980s PBS television show, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. " The new series, which was co-created by Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan, is called, "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. " During a panel to promote the 13-part docu-series at the Television Critics Assn.
May 20, 2013 |
If not Seth, who? With Seth MacFarlane's tweeted announcement that he would not be returning as host of the Academy Awards after his controversial but highly rated turn earlier this year, the question becomes "Who next?" Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will have quite a challenge. The motion picture academy continues to strive for a certain respectful solemnity with a fizzy nod to old-school Hollywood glamour while also needing to attract younger viewers, grooming the next generation of Oscar watchers.
April 16, 2013 |
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.
February 25, 2013 |
So where's Clint Eastwood when you need him? Sure, he hijacked Mitt Romney's convention with his bizarre soliloquy, a man and his chair. But the moment was spontaneous, surprising and captivating in the can't-turn-away fashion of an impending train wreck. Most of Sunday night's interminable Oscars ceremony consisted of seriously unfunny jokes, painful repartee and a parade of otherwise talented actors forced to read from stilted scripts like benumbed captives in a hostage video.
March 23, 2011 |
With three prime-time animated series to his name and a feature film in the works, Seth MacFarlane doesn't seem like someone who has a lot of free time to indulge in personal side projects. But as devoted fans of his Fox comedies know, it takes a lot to keep MacFarlane away from a microphone and a big-band musical number. On Saturday, MacFarlane is set to perform a concert of big-band songs, primarily from the '40s and '50s, at Club Nokia in downtown L.A. The evening will feature 14 numbers, many of them seldom performed, including "It's Anybody's Spring," "Anytime, Anywhere" and "You're the Cream in My Coffee.
May 21, 2013 |
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?
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.
June 27, 2012 |
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.
March 9, 2010
EVENTS An evening with Bob Newhart Executive Director Robert Santelli interviews the comedy legend about his 50-year career in show business. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $20. (213) 765-6800. www.grammymuseum.org. Seth MacFarlane The creator of animated hits "Family Guy" and "American Dad" will speak about his work at the William S. Paley Television Festival. Producers, writers and stars of the shows, including Mila Kunis from "Family Guy" will join him. Saban Theater, 8440 Wilshire Blvd.
November 10, 2013 |
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.