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January 13, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
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.
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February 25, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Love him or hate him (and many of you hated him), there are some pretty strong opinions surrounding Seth MacFarlane's first-time gig as host of the Oscars on Sunday night. The “Family Guy” and “American Dad!” creator has been labeled racist, sexist and homophobic -- and those are just the printable criticisms. Times TV critic Mary McNamara wrote in her review of the show , “As expected, MacFarlane was occasionally crude and mildly offensive; unfortunately, he wasn't very funny.
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February 25, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2011 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
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.
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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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June 28, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Ted, the foul-mouthed animated star of Friday's R-rated buddy comedy of the same name, may smoke more marijuana than "Family Guy's" Peter Griffin, but the two sound awfully similar. Of course, both are voiced by writer-director Seth MacFarlane, so it's easy to understand why they are so alike. Or is it? MacFarlane also voices "Family Guy's" baby Stewie, the dog Brian, and the next-door neighbor Quagmire, and all three have completely different accents. MacFarlane said he tried to find a voice for Ted that would be distinct from Griffin's Rhode Island dialect, but was challenged by the task from the beginning.
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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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December 27, 2009 | By Scott Collins
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.
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