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MacFarlane Takes on the Enemies of 'Family Guy' - PaleyFest Report

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Mar 10th 2010 7:03PM
Seth MacFarlane at PaleyFest 2010It was a communal, sarcastic and distinctly anti-flyover love fest when Seth MacFarlane visited the 2010 PaleyFest Tuesday.

As expected, the event had more of a Comic Con feel to it then the normally more reserved Paley atmosphere. Obsessed fans of 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad' and 'The Cleveland Show' (or fans of all three when you consider they're all kind of the same show) packed into the lavish Saban Theatre to watch MacFarlane sip a little booze, take a few potshots and soak up the adulation.

MacFarlane was joined by Seth Green, Alex Borstein, Dan Palladino, Steve Marmel, Rich Appel, Mike Barker, Danny Smith and Kara Vallow. But MacFarlane held court as the center of attention.

Unfortunately, the presence of Bill Maher (someone who never really was that funny) as host of an event dedicated to MacFarlane (one of the industry's most influential and powerful comedic minds) steered the agenda away from discussing the shows' collective content and future to a more sociopolitical agenda.

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Comic-Con turning more TV on

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 29th 2009 2:43PM
San Diego Comic ConIt seems like a no-brainer that television and Comic-Con would go together like peanut butter and jelly. But TV has actually been a bit slow to the game and viewed their presence at Comic-Con as something that goes together like peanut butter and regular butter (trust me, I've tried peanut butter and butter, and it's not good).

This year, studios have recognized the importance of the annual geek con-fab and are presenting more shows and panels than ever before. There is going to be more TV at the Con than you can shake a stick at, so don't forgot your shaking sticks.

Why so many? Variety reports that studios and networks are recognizing the buzz they can generate at the convention through electronic social networking and good ol' word-of-mouth by showcasing and premiering exclusive screenings of their shows.

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Is it possible to hate Family Guy but still like Seth MacFarlane?

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 25th 2009 12:02PM
Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy
When it comes to Family Guy, I really tried. I honestly gave it my best shot. I watched the Sunday episodes, the late night reruns on Adult Swim, and even some of the DVDs from my college-aged brother's collection, including the famed feature-length Star Wars parody. I watched until my eyes started planning a prison break from my skull.

I wanted to like it. It's goofy, occasionally satirical and completely unafraid to be silly and bat#*$& crazy. Alas, I couldn't take it. I didn't find it funny or entertaining. The jumps to the pop culture flashbacks made the whole thing disjointed and screwed up the continuity. The characters are as two-dimensional as the paper the Korean sweatshop animators draw on for each episode. The way the show just drags on certain jokes is downright irritating. We get it. Peter hurt his knee jumping out of The A-Team van. A prom night dumpster baby musical number would be hilariously tragic. It's the one and only time I ever rooted for Cartman in an episode of South Park.

That doesn't mean the show's creator deserves the same contempt.

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Exclusive First Look: 'The Cleveland Show'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 15th 2009 12:30PM
The Cleveland Show'Family Guy' fans have probably already heard that one of Quahog's funniest residents is moving. This fall, Cleveland Brown is packing up his stuff, closing up shop at the deli, taking Cleveland Jr. back from Loretta and starting a new life ... and his own show.

Reunited with his high school sweetheart Donna -- and her two sassy kids -- Cleveland heads back to his hometown in Virginia for some new adventures. It's like a wholesome family comedy, only animated ... and not really that wholesome. And, as the theme song reveals, "there's old friends and new friends and even a bear." Sounds good to us.

AOL TV got a very early exclusive sneak peek at 'The Cleveland Show' when we were treated to a table read of one hilarious episode. Curious about the show? Wondering about Cleveland's new family and friends? Just want to promote anything that gives that sweet, slow-talking teddy bear more airtime? Keep reading to get the full scoop. -- By Maggie Furlong

Also, don't forget to check back in a few months for an exclusive video interview with creators Mike Henry (the voice of Cleveland, and so many others) and Rich Appel.


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