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Sarah Michelle Gellar Is Stan's Avatar Girlfriend for Steve on 'American Dad' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 21st 2011 5:00AM
'American Dad' - 'Virtual In-Stanity'Stan Smith has come up with a lot of stupid ideas over the years on 'American Dad' (Sun., 9:30PM ET on FOX), but this may well be the stupidest. In a nod so deliberate to 'Avatar' they came right out and admitted it, Stan decided to try and spend more time with his son Steve by becoming a teenage girl.

This was after he realized he'd missed every major moment of Steve's life so far and Francine told him that as a teenager, hot girls were all Steve was interested in. So Stan became an avatar, voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar, in order to hang out with Steve.

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Seth MacFarlane's Leading Men All Meet in Conclusion of Hurricane Crossover (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 3rd 2011 2:45AM
'American Dad' - 'Hurricane!'Originally planned to the be the season finales for Seth MacFarlane's shows this past May, the hurricane crossover for 'The Cleveland Show,' 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' (Sun., 9:30PM ET on FOX) was shelved in response to a swath of tornadoes devastating the country at that time.

While there was a lot of fanfare for their impending premiere back then, FOX very quietly dropped them in as the second episodes of their respective series this season. Disappointingly, it wasn't until 'American Dad,' though, that the hurricane really became the focal point of the story.

As such, it was a bit of an overall disappointment as a crossover event, though we absolutely loved Cleveland Brown and Peter Griffin making a cameo at the end of 'American Dad.'

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Hurricane-Themed MacFarlane Cartoon Crossover Will Finally Air

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 30th 2011 11:30AM
Fox CrossoverFox's 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad' & 'Cleveland Show' crossover will finally see the light of day on Sun., Oct. 2.

The hurricane-themed set of episodes were supposed to air last season, but were pulled by the network after a series of storms and tornadoes wreaked havoc across the nation. Now, several months later, the episodes are set to air, but don't expect a lot of hoopla.

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Cee Lo Green Guests as a Hot Tub of Horrors on 'American Dad' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 5:15AM
'American Dad' - 'Hot Water'Cee Lo Green was a revelation on the Season 7 premiere of 'American Dad' (Sun., 9:30PM ET on FOX), and that's not easy to do as a guest voice actor on an animated series. Still, we couldn't help but notice the way his unique style and sense of humor permeated every aspect of this musical experience.

An obvious nod to 'Little Shop of Horrors,' the plant was replaced by a sentient hot tub voiced by Green. He lured Stan in and slowly began to take over his life. Eventually, Stan left his family behind along with his job, devoting himself entirely to the hot tub.

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Fox Announces Fall 2011 Premiere Dates

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 23rd 2011 1:30PM
Terra NovaGet ready for singing teens, dinosaurs and cranky doctors -- Fox has announced the premiere dates for the fall 2011 season.

'Cops' kicks things off on Sat., Sept. 10 at 8PM. 'Glee' returns on Tues., Sept. 20 followed by the series premiere of 'New Girl' and Season 2 debut of 'Raising Hope.'

Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor' hits the air with a two-part episodes airing from 8-10PM on both Wed., Sept. 21 and Thurs., Sept. 22.

Dinosaur drama 'Terra Nova' makes its highly-anticipated debut with a two-hour episode on Mon., Sept. 26 at 8PM.

Check out the rest of the premiere dates below.

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'Family Guy' Closes Out Its Take on the 'Star Wars' Trilogy With 'It's a Trap!' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 23rd 2011 7:31AM
'Family Guy' - 'It's a Trap!'Hardcore fans of 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX) have already seen the concluding chapter of Seth MacFarlane's take on the original 'Star Wars' trilogy. (It was released on Blu-Ray and DVD way back on December 21, 2010.) Now, however, everyone got a chance to experience the fun.

While these take place in the 'Family Guy' series, MacFarlane reaches through all of his shows to bring in characters to fill out the vast 'Star Wars' cast. Rallo from 'The Cleveland Show' appears as Nien Nunb while Tim the Bear is the obvious choice for Wicket, the Eewok. From 'American Dad' we get Roger as Moff Jerjerrod and, the obvious choice for Admiral Ackbar, Klaus.

Fans of the first two installments will find more to enjoy here, as MacFarlane continues to show his love for the source material, while still finding plenty to mock. But that's what true fans of 'Star Wars' do.

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Fox Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 16th 2011 9:30AM
The X FactorIn advance of this afternoons Upfront presentation in New York, Fox announced its fall 2011 TV schedule this morning. There aren't any big surprises, aside from the 'Bones' spinoff 'Finder' getting its debut at midseason instead of this fall as a contingency plan for Emily Deschanel's pregnancy like many predicted.

The long-delayed 'Terra Nova' finally gets its official debut this fall, with the Steven Spielberg-produced dinosaur show airing Monday nights at 8PM before 'House.' 'The X Factor' takes over 'American Idol''s time slot, and will help launch a new comedy on Wednesday nights.

Another interesting tidbit to note: 'America's Most Wanted' has been discontinued as a regular TV series; after 23 years Fox has decided to bring back the show in the form of occasional specials.

Check out the full lineup after the jump.

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Fox Pulls Hurricane-Themed 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad' & 'Cleveland Show' Crossover

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 29th 2011 5:45PM
Family GuyAfter a string of storms and tornadoes left a path of destruction throughout the South, Fox is pulling the hurricane-themed crossover episodes of 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad' and 'The Cleveland Show' from its schedule.

"In light of the recent storms that have affected the nation, Fox has decided to postpone the crossover episodes that were originally scheduled to air this Sunday," the network said in a statement.

No word on when the Seth MacFarlane shows will air.

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Sundays With Seth: 'American Dad' and 'Cleveland Show' Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 4th 2011 10:30AM
Lizzy Caplan as Patty, 'The Cleveland Show'['American Dad' - 'School Lies']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'The Essence of Cleveland']


You have to give Seth MacFarlane credit for one thing: At least he's aware of how many times he's taken the easy way out on 'The Cleveland Show' by just having Kendra show up and throwing out a fat joke.

As she wasn't the butt of any of them this week, she scooted by like a crawler on the bottom of the screen to announce the 100th fat joke of the season. I haven't been keeping track, but as Kendra has been featured more this year, I wouldn't be surprised if it was at least that.

The rest of the episode was actually pretty clever, with Cleveland reconnecting with a girl who had a crush on him in high school (voiced by Lizzy Caplan). There was no B-story to this episode, and yet the episode never seemed to meander too far from entertaining.

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Sundays With Seth: 'American Dad' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 28th 2011 8:45AM
'American Dad' - 'I Am the Walrus'['American Dad' - 'I Am the Walrus']

In case you were missing the Smith family on Sundays, FOX wanted to make sure you noticed them by airing a special episode at a special time right after 'Family Guy.' No, not a new episode of 'Family Guy,' but a repeat.

Maybe they thought they'd catch the people tuning in hoping to find a new 'Cleveland Show.'

Honestly, I can't figure out FOX's strategy with the way they schedule and air these shows on their Sunday night lineup. They mix-and-match repeats and new airings like crazy. I guess they're hoping people will tune in each week for the ones that are new and malaise will set in and they'll stay through the repeats?

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Sundays With Seth: 'Family Guy' and 'Cleveland Show' Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 21st 2011 8:30AM
'The Cleveland Show' - 'To Live and Die in VA'['Family Guy' - 'Trading Places']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'To Live and Die in VA']


This week was about stepping outside of your life. Sometimes, doing so can give you a whole new respect for what you have, while other times it can spotlight what you've maybe missed out on.

Our two Seth MacFarlane entries this week took that premise and ran with it, one in each direction.

'Family Guy' went down the fairly cliché route of having the parents switch family roles with the kids. Then, on 'The Cleveland Show,' it was Lester's turn to explore what his life could have been like had he not settled down with Kendra.

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Sundays With Seth: 'The Cleveland Show' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 14th 2011 8:45AM
'The Cleveland Show' - 'The Way the Cookie Crumbles'['The Cleveland Show' - 'The Way the Cookie Crumbles']

Things were lonely on Seth MacFarlane watch this week, with only 'Cleveland' turning in a new episode. I guess Cleveland was missing his friends from Quahog as well because the episode featured far more cutaways than its usual average.

'Cleveland' is usually a show that relies heavily on its plots and stories, and yet in this installment the cutaways offered perhaps the biggest laughs.

Maybe the writers had an inkling that this story, while well told and emotionally well balanced, was lacking in the yucks department so they fell back on the old tried and true.

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Sundays With Seth: 'Family Guy' and 'Cleveland Show' Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 9:15AM
'Family Guy' - 'The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair'['Family Guy' - 'The Hand That Rocks the Wheelchair']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'The Blue, the Gray and the Brown']


Stan Smith must have been called away on some big-time CIA mission because 'American Dad' is off the schedule until the end of the month. Luckily, we still got a solid hour of Uncle Seth's special brand of humor. That meant yet another original song on 'The Cleveland Show' and yet another drawn-out fight on 'Family Guy.'

Still, I thought these were a couple of pretty solid installments. 'Cleveland' took an intelligent look at the issue of slavery and Civil War re-enactments, while 'Family Guy' showed us what would happen if Stewie had no conscience at all. It's not pretty.

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Adam Goldberg Cast in 'Rookies,' Fox Renews 'American Dad' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 23rd 2011 7:00PM
Adam GoldbergThe latest from the pilot casting bonanza that's occurring in Hollywood right now: Adam Goldberg has been cast in the CBS pilot 'Rookies.'

The "gritty cop drama" follows the personal and professional lives of six first-year cops in the NYPD, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Goldberg will play Lazarus on the Robert De Niro-produced show. He joins Leelee Sobieski, who was cast on the series last week. Goldberg played a detective in the short-lived ABC show 'The Unusuals.'

In other TV news ...

'Nikita' isn't a sure bet to return for a second season, but star Melinda Clarke is optimistic. "From what I hear, the buzz is that we'll be fortunate enough to have another season," she said. [EW]

Fox has renewed 'American Dad' for a seventh season. The series will now stay on the air until 2013. [Hollywood Reporter]

Hallmark is hopping on the royal wedding bandwagon with a new movie. Hallmark's 'William & Kate: A Royal Love Story' will premiere Aug. 13. Lifetime is already well underway with its TV movie take on the story of Prince William and Kate Middleton; it will debut on April 18. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Sundays With Seth: 'American Dad,' 'Family Guy' and 'Cleveland Show' Recaps

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 21st 2011 8:05AM
'American Dad' - 'You Debt Your Life'['American Dad' - 'You Debt Your Life']
['Family Guy' - 'German Guy']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'Terry Unmarried']


While 'Cleveland' seemed to tackle the most serious issues, 'Dad' had the most laugh-out-loud moments and 'Family Guy' just came together as an all-around excellent episode. It was one of the new brand of 'Guy' episodes that featured a tighter plot and fewer cut-away gags. What that means is, more jokes that are organic to the actual storyline.

'American Dad,' on the other hand, managed to be brilliant with one very simple joke: Andy Dick is Roger.

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