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Seth MacFarlane's 'The Flintstones' Reboot: A No-Win Situation

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 24th 2011 5:00PM
Sometime in 2013, 'The Flintstones' will be part of the fall lineup for the Fox Network. I know it's not that unusual for businesses to plan several years ahead, but can I just take a moment to say how odd that seems in the context of television?

What if we all violently turn against animation between then and now? Or, what if we have an apocalyptic event that puts us back in the Stone Age, sans TV? I guess you just can't think that way if you're a mogul. Anyway, if the Mayans turn out to be as wrong as Family Radio, Fox has already secured its most talked-about property of the 2013 season.

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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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What to Watch: TV Picks for May 16 - 22

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 16th 2011 2:30AM
The Office - Thursday May 19, 9PM ET/PT, Global/NBC

Rarely has a season finale been so beautifully set-up for a guest-star bonanza. With Dwight officially out of consideration for the top job at Dunder Mifflin, Jim is tasked by Jo to form a search committee and start looking for Michael's replacement. Interviewees include Jim Carrey, Will Arnett, Ray Romano, James Spader, Ricky Gervais and more. Kathy Bates is on hand to guide the proceedings. The lead-up episode had very few laughs -- here's hoping this talented crew can send 'The Office' to hiatus with a bang.

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Fox Renews 'Family Guy' and 'The Cleveland Show'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 9th 2011 5:30PM
Family GuyThe animated creations of Seth MacFarlane will live on TV for another year.

Fox announced today that both 'Family Guy' and 'The Cleveland Show' have been renewed for new seasons.

"For nine seasons, our viewers have been cracked up, delighted, surprised and, at times, gloriously disturbed by the mind of Seth MacFarlane -- and they keep coming back for more," Fox's president of entertainment, Kevin Reilly, said in a statement.

"The Griffins and the Browns have become cornerstones of our Sunday nights, and we can't wait to find out what new adventures Seth, Mike and Rich cook up for them next season," he continued.

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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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Cate Blanchett Lends Voice to 'Family Guy'

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 28th 2011 3:00PM
Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett is heading to Quahog! The Oscar winner will voice a character on 'Family Guy.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett's episode of the Fox animated hit will air in the spring of 2012. No additional details have been released.

This is Blanchett's first TV role since 1995, when she played Bianca in the Australian miniseries 'Bordertown' opposite Hugo Weaving.

Her first credited role is the TV series 'Police Rescue.'

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TV 101: Why Modern Animated Series Are Breaking the Mold

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Apr 15th 2011 2:40PM
The SimpsonsMuch to my father's chagrin, cartoons are an ever emerging and evolving source of entertainment and social commentary for fully developed humans. My dad, like many dads out there, still operates under the assumption that anything animated is for children and to keep cats company when their owners leave.

This outlook on animated television was a lot easier to maintain in the pre-'Simpsons' culture that my father grew up in. Easier, but certainly not justified. The implication that cartoons were initially exclusively "for kids" indicates more ignorance than truth about the nature of the medium. Look at almost any old 'Looney Tunes' short -- as a representative example -- layered with cultural references and parodies that only adults have a shot at understanding.

But now, with the wealth of grown-up animated series available on TV, it's impossible to brush off animation as anything less than a legitimate form of television series. What follows is a broad discussion about animated television, including a list of some of the toons that illustrate best this change in perception.

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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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TV 101: Where Have All the Theme Songs Gone?

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Mar 23rd 2011 5:15PM
Growing PainsThe TV show theme song used to be an institution, something you could look forward to with joy, often overshadowing the show itself. I can't count the number of times my wide-eyed young self was steadily enthused by the warm, familiar theme to 'Who's the Boss?' just in time for Alyssa Milano to dazzle me with her sexy tomboy 'tude.

Those days are mostly gone, unfortunately. First they were replaced by popular songs -- but all Paula Cole made me do was vomit just before I got my Dawson and Joey on. I didn't want to wait for that SONG to be over -- now it seems "theme songs" are actually just titular lines blurted out between commercials by some singing robot. Why would you throw away something so unabashedly awesome?

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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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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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