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Could Seth MacFarlane Be TV's Next Late-Night Talk Show Host?

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 17th 2011 1:45PM
Seth MacFarlane, one of the busiest guys in Hollywood, has built his constantly-expanding TV empire working mostly behind-the-scenes. MacFarlane got his start as a writer and animator on 'Family Guy,' spun-off with 'The Cleveland Show,' and in recent weeks, has branched out into producing a varied slate of projects: a 'Flintstones' reboot and an updated version of Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey.'

But despite this bevvy of projects he currently has on the air and in development, we can't shake the feeling that the final frontier of MacFarlane's quest to take over your TV could put him in front of the cameras, not behind them. Is it possible he might be TV's next late-night talk show host? He's got the good looks of on-camera talent, his Twitter feed is filled with jokes about politics and current events, and pretty much everything he's touched has turned successful.

Read on for our theory about why MacFarlane would make a great late-night host, and why we think it could actually become a reality.

MacFarlane has had a very prominent, and prolific, foray into hosting at the Comedy Central Roasts, where he's thrived as Roast Master in a raunchy, fast-paced environment perfectly suited to his skills. The last two insult-fests of David Hasselhoff and Donald Trump were the highest-rated roasts yet, and MacFarlane is reprising his role for the Sheen extravaganza, which promises to be even more outrageously entertaining, and highly-rated, than any we've seen to date.

Then there was MacFarlane's surprise, under-the-radar guest-hosting gig on the Internet-only Overtime segment on the season finale of 'Real Time With Bill Maher,' which really piqued our interest. The segment had the feel of some sort of try-out: MacFarlane seemed uncharacteristically nervous, explaining Maher's absence by saying "Bill had to go fight crime." HBO declined to clarify the details of MacFarlane's guest-spot, but watching it, we couldn't help but wonder if they might be considering developing a talk-show around his talents.

Another unique asset MacFarlane could bring to the table are his skills as a song & dance man. Yes, he's got an orchestral/big band album of '40s & '50s songs called 'Music is Better Than Words' coming out soon, and a concert special featuring himself and Sarah Bareilles airing on Sept. 24 on EPIX. Could musical comedy bits work on late-night TV? Jimmy Fallon's in-character performances, like his epic 'Party in the USA' cover with David Crosby and Graham Nash, have proved that there's actually a big viral market for this type of content.

So we've laid out why we think MacFarlane could make an excellent late-night host. But where could his show land? MacFarlane is extremely well-connected at Fox, where they've been rumored to be interested in diving into the late-night game for years. He's also had huge success on Comedy Central, and we have a hunch HBO might be interested as well. Those three possible landing spots could make a lot of sense.

Then there's the question of whether MacFarlane has the time, between his myriad of projects, to host a nightly or weekly show. Would juggling all of those gigs even be humanly possible? Probably not, but we'd like to see MacFarlane try.

Tell us: Would you like to see Seth MacFarlane as a late-night TV host?

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No I don't think Seth would be a good host. He really doesn't know how to ask good guestions. I've seen him try on several shows. He's too opinianated to bring out the most interesting stuff from a gues. He might be good at golden globes or things that are written for him in advance. He tends to say a lot of ahahaha's. He also seems uncomforable in his own skin.

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October 24 2011 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the show would have to be very different than other shows...maybe more like a variety hour. I can't see MacFarlane just doing interviews....I think a dean martin kind of variety show with seth hosting would be terrific and very popular.

August 18 2011 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love his cartoons but i hope he doesnt have a talk show as I would hate to not like him.

August 18 2011 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't do it Seth! Stick with whatyou are currently doing.............we love it!

August 18 2011 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Seth MacFarlane sits with a team of writers months in advance of when his shows will be animated and manages to come up with nothing but cheap and widely derided cutaway jokes. He also can't keep his politics out of his comedy.

These things suggest to me he doesn't have the easy and natural conversational and improvisational talents that an on-camera host would need.

Anyway, he gets paid much, much more for sitting in the big chair.

August 18 2011 at 11:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Wow what a crap article - they just completely made this up...

August 18 2011 at 10:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Christopher Gass

What an awesome lineup this would be: Conan/ Macfarlane. TBS would dominate in late night rating for that ever coveted 18- 35 demographic. this needs to happen!

August 18 2011 at 10:42 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Never heard of him before, but he looks like (a much better looking) Peter Brady.

August 18 2011 at 9:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

"He's got the good looks of on-camera talent,"

He kinda looks like the Papa John's Pizza guy.

August 18 2011 at 9:15 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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