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Chris Can't Tell the Difference Between Peter and an Old Nazi on 'Family Guy' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 21st 2011 6:03AM
'Family Guy' - 'German Guy'We knew Chris Griffin was pretty dumb, but he reached new levels of stupidity this week on 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX). And this just when Peter was showing surprising capability and cleverness.

When father and son were captured by an old Nazi and held in his basement at gunpoint, Peter created a diversion and was able to get the gun free. When Chris picked it up, everything should have been over.

"How do I know which one to shoot?" he asked. "How do I know which one is the real Dad?"

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Peter's Drinking Haven Transforms Into Church-Like AA Meeting on 'Family Guy' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 14th 2011 10:10AM
Peter Has Fake AA Meeting on 'Family Guy'On 'Family Guy' (Sunday, 9PM ET on FOX), Brian and Peter Griffin turn their Alcoholics Anonymous group into a safe haven for heavy drinkers. When someone calls in a noise complaint, Joe heads to the local community center to check it out.

But Peter is ready for such a possibility. Once the cop car is spotted outside the building, Peter yells, "Alcoholics, transform!" In seconds, the room resembles a simple church service.

The bar has a revolving wall, the other side of which is a simple stage with podium and piano. Bar tables and drinks are swiftly moved away to allow wooden pews to swing up from under the floor. Kegs are replaced with saintly looking statues, and a new wall (with an "Alcohol Is Evil" sign) locks into place -- behind which sit a few remaining drinkers at the bar tables. Beer posters are covered with "faith" and "hope" artwork.

Peter, who dresses the part, prepares to "preach" to his AA flock when Joe charges through the door.

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

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 14th 2011 8:50AM
'American Dad' - 'A Pinata Named Desire'['American Dad' - 'A Pinata Named Desire']
['Family Guy' - 'Friends of Peter G.']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'A Short Story and a Tall Tale']


The gang reuinted this week, with all three Seth MacFarlane series back in new episodes. Apparently, FOX wasn't afraid of the Grammys at all, as they scheduled a full night of "Animation Domination."

The night started out with Stan and Roger competing over an acting position, moved through Peter and Brian coming to terms with their alcoholism, and wrapped with Cleveland's alcoholism getting him into trouble with the NBA. If only booze was factored into 'American Dad,' we would have had a cohesive theme.

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

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 24th 2011 7:15AM
'American Dad' - 'Stanny Boy and Frantastic'['American Dad' - 'Stanny Boy and Frantastic']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'Like a Boss']


Growing up and growing older. With 'Family Guy' taking the week off, these were the themes explored in the other two Seth MacFarlane comedies.

I like when a comedy speaks to me on something I can relate to. And I think 'American Dad' was clever enough in approaching how our lives change as we get older in a way that both sides of the situation can relate to.

Those of us in the older demographics can feel for Stan and Francine wanting so desperately to be able to keep up with their young friends, while the youth among us can laugh about how lame old people are.

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'Family Guy': A Spurned Classmate Reveals Lois Did a Porno (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 17th 2011 10:10AM
Lois Did a Porno on 'Family Guy'Lois Griffin's new friend, a local news anchor, is not to be trusted on 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX). Joyce exposes Lois' darkest secret on TV, announcing, "Local housewife and church organist Lois Griffin has revealed to this reporter that she appeared in a pornographic movie back in the early 1980s."

Turns out the humiliation was simply revenge. Back in high school, Lois was a cheerleader/Mean Girl who lied to Joyce, telling her she'd made the cheer squad. She then blindfolded her for a "special celebration breakfast."

When Lois whisked off the blindfold, Joyce discovered: "I was standing in front of the entire school with my pants around my ankles and a hot dog in my mouth."

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

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 17th 2011 8:15AM
'American Dad' - 'Fart-Break Hotel']['American Dad' - 'Fart-Break Hotel']
['Family Guy' - 'And I'm Joyce Kinney']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?']


Well, things have certainly changed on the FOX Sunday lineup, and it looks like 'American Dad' is getting the short end of this particular stick. To make room for 'Bob's Burgers' in the post-'Simpsons' slot, FOX has shifted 'The Cleveland Show' to 9:30 PM ET, after 'Family Guy.' That move booted 'American Dad' to the top of the night, so to speak, at 7:30 PM ET.

Unfortunately, that's kind of before primetime even starts, and ratings history has shown that shows airing before 8 PM ET don't do so well in the ratings.

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'Family Guy' Patriarch Covers Madonna, Causes 'Price Is Right' Mayhem (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 10th 2011 7:30AM
Peter Covers Madonna's 'Ray of Light' on 'Family Guy'When Peter Griffin is tired on 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX), he forgoes his beer for a Red Bull. Suddenly he's belting out (in falsetto) Madonna's 'Ray of Light' and, like her, dancing in front of a fast-paced background. "And I feeeeeeel..."

He then utilizes his new energy on 'The Price Is Right.' Everything's going well, until he spins the famous wheel so hard it flies off its axis and plows through the studio audience, leaving crushed attendees in its wake.

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

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 10th 2011 6:40AM
Drew Carey, 'Family Guy'['Family Guy' - 'New Kidney in Town']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'Ain't Nothing but Mutton Bustin'']


'American Dad' always seems to be the unloved stepchild of the FOX Sunday lineup. It gets pre-empted and bumped around more than anything, and this week was no exception.

With 'Bob's Burgers' premiering this week at 8:30PM ET, 'Cleveland' jumped to 9:30PM and 'American Dad' got the night off. When it comes back next week, it'll be in its new unfriendly 7:30PM timeslot.

That's where shows like ''Til Death' and 'King of the Hill' went when FOX didn't know what else to do with them but wasn't ready to put them down yet. Of course, if 'Bob' doesn't click with audiences, 'Dad' may be called back up to the big leagues before we know it.

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'Family Guy's' Seth MacFarlane Talks About 'It's A Trap!', the 'Return of the Jedi' Spoof

by Michael Maloney, posted Dec 20th 2010 3:00PM
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane has a legion of devoted followers, but he takes nothing for granted.

When TV Squad asked MacFarlane a week ago about the success of 'Family Guy: It's A Trap!' (his spoof on 'Return of the Jedi'), which comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD on Dec. 21, he carefully replied, "We don't know [it's a success] yet. It could bomb. You never know."

Yeah, right. Who doesn't want the highly-anticipated movie as a holiday gift or stocking stuffer? (All three 'Family Guy' 'Star Wars' spoofs are now available, too, on either DVD or Blu-Ray as a boxed set -- 'Laugh It Up Fuzzball: Family Guy Three-Pack.')

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'Family Guy': Two Very Bad Santas (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 13th 2010 6:36AM
'Family Guy': Two Very Bad SantasIn sitcom terms, having characters take over for Santa is a tale that is as old as time. But on the new 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on Fox), Brian and Stewie Griffin take the concept in a different -- and much more violent -- direction.

First, Brian brings Stewie to the local mall so that he can meet Santa Claus. When the actor playing Santa ignores Stewie, the infant vents his frustration in typical "Stewie" fashion -- by going to the North Pole in order to murder the real Father Christmas. But once they're at the top of the world, the kid and dog learn that the real Santa is calling in sick this year. And as a result, they take over Mr. Claus' holiday gift-giving tasks.

But playing Santa isn't as easy as they expect. While visiting a house on Christmas Eve, Brian and Stewie get bogged down in a disagreement about the best way to carry out their roles. " ... Did you just EAT that whole cookie?" Stewie says to Brian. "You're not supposed to eat all of it. You take a bite, and a sip of milk; that's how the kids know Santa was here." The argument quickly escalates, causing them to wake up the dad who lives in the house.

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Sundays With Seth: 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' Recaps (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 13th 2010 6:30AM
'Family Guy' - 'Road to the North Pole'['Family Guy' - 'Road to the North Pole']
['American Dad' - 'For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls']

This week, it was Cleveland's turn to take a break, aside from a quick cameo in the double-length 'Family Guy' Christmas special. I guess creator Seth MacFarlane is pretty excited to be in hi-def for this season of 'Family Guy,' because this is the second hour-long "epic" saga he's told in less than ten episodes this season.

The holiday special was the sixth installment in the 'Road to...' series of episodes that feature Brian and Stewie leaving Quahog to get into trouble, with musical numbers, in an ongoing homage to the classic 'Road to...' movies featuring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

Their misadventures takes them to one of the most disturbing depictions of Santa Claus and the North Pole possibly ever seen on-screen. And yet, MacFarlane had an entirely different take on the jolly old elf ready in time for 'American Dad,' wherein the Smith family adopted a dangerous new holiday tradition.

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Seth Meyers to Host White House Correspondents Dinner, James Franco Returns to 'General Hospital' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 8th 2010 7:00PM
Seth MeyersSeth Meyers is the latest comedian tasked with skewering the political elite in front of their faces -- er, hosting the White House Correspondents Association dinner.

CNN reports that the 'Saturday Night Live' head writer will take a stab at in-person satire when he emcees the April 30 event, which the president usually attends.

Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert and Jay Leno have made headlines for their hosting turns in years past. Meyers is already scheduled to host the 2011 ESPYs.

In other TV news ...

James Franco is returning to 'General Hospital.' The Oscar host will guest star on the soap in February when he's in Los Angeles for the awards ceremony. [TV Guide]

Freddie Smith will play Teddy's new love interest on '90210.' The newcomer was cast after the actor who plays Teddy's current flame, Kyle Riabko, left the show to take part in pilot season. [Movieline]

David E. Kelley gave an update on the 'Wonder Woman' project he's developing. "There's no real deal in place yet, but yeah, my intent is to take a stab at it," Kelley said. "It's a very, very different genre for me, a very tricky beast. I won't know whether I've cracked it or not until I've finished it, but it's going." [Zap2it]

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'Family' Guys Visit 'Cleveland Show' for Beer Walk (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 6th 2010 10:00AM
'Family Guy' Visits 'Cleveland Show'Cleveland has a creative way of raising money for his wife Donna's charity: a Beer Walk. On 'The Cleveland Show' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on FOX), he and his buddies will got sponsors to donate money for every beer they drink.

In a handy guest appearance/crossover, Cleveland's old friends from 'Family Guy' show up to assist (read: drink). What do Cleveland's new friends think of Peter, Quagmire and Joe? "Gay! Gay!"

"Really progressive-thinking friends you got there, Cleveland," Peter tells him. (Glenn) Quagmire says, "Yeah, I guess they like to throw around negatively inflected labels."

"You guys are the gays!" yells Joe. Then Donna approaches Joe and asks the wheelchair-bound friend a very personal question.

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Sundays with Seth: 'Cleveland Show' and 'American Dad' Recaps (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 6th 2010 7:00AM
'The Cleveland Show' - 'Murray Christmas'['The Cleveland Show' - 'Murray Christmas']
['The Cleveland Show' - 'Beer Walk!']
['American Dad' - 'The People vs. Martin Sugar']

For the second week in a row, 'Family Guy' took a break from the Seth MacFarlane line-up. Instead, we got a double-shot of'The Cleveland Show' so 'Family Guy' can air its hour-long Christmas episode next week. But, as we got surprise guest appearances from the cast of 'Family Guy' in both 'Cleveland' and 'Dad' this week, so it almost felt like they were right here where they belong.

Because it's been bumped from next week's holiday Seth-travaganza, 'Cleveland' had to air its holiday-themed episode tonight. It had a rather sweet message about love and family, so MacFarlane had to hurry up and get it out of the way so he could move on to more serious fare like the roles of men and women in the household, the importance of our justice system, and the tragedy surrounding the condition known as HLS.

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

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 29th 2010 7:00AM
'American Dad' - 'There Will Be Bad Blood'['The Cleveland Show' - 'Another Bad Thanksgiving']
['American Dad' - 'There Will Be Bad Blood']


Oddly, 'Family Guy' decided to skip the Thanksgiving festivities this year, instead airing a repeat. That left 'The Cleveland Show' and 'American Dad' to hold down the fort on their own in the Sunday Seth MacFarlane empire. Unfortunately, they dropped the ball in a major way, with two of the weakest installments yet for either series.

Both series took on the holiday, though 'Cleveland' only tangentially dealt with it. The episode was more of an exploration of the struggles in keeping the peace with extended family. 'Dad' was basically covering the same material, though to far more outrageous results.

In both shows, the siblings were completely different from one another, and apparently didn't communicate much. Donna's sister Janet is a wild child party girl who laughs at responsibility. Meanwhile, Stan learns that his brother isn't the poor half-Cherokee he's been assuming all these years. Instead, Stan's the poor one.

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