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'Simpsons' on the Jury for Peter and the Boys on 'Family Guy' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 5th 2011 2:30AM
'Family Guy' - 'Cool Hand Peter'After a fun cameo by 'King of the Hill' on 'The Simpsons' earlier in the night, 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX) went for a triple crossover. This time, though, it wasn't exclusively with Seth MacFarlane's other shows. Well, not entirely.

In a rather blatant attempt to remind viewers about 'The Cleveland Show,' Cleveland and Donna both crossed over to Quahog, with Cleveland reuniting with the boys for a road trip adventure. The adventure itself saw them arrested under false charges and tried before a jury of their peers.

"I don't think they see it that way," Joe said after the camera panned across a jury made up entirely of characters from 'The Simpsons.' It's a pretty accurate assessment of the two shows which may share a night and a network, but little else as the people behind making both shows don't seem to get along very well.

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Peter Goes to War Against the Amish on 'Family Guy' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 28th 2011 3:00AM
'Family Guy' - 'Amish Guy'When Meg found herself falling for an Amish boy, it sparked a feud between his father and Peter on 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX). When the Amish father actually did Peter's chores for him, to rob him of the joy, it was time to bring out the big guns.

Unfortunately, Peter learned that as fast as you can blow up a barn, an Amish community can raise another one in its place. Sure, it was one of the more obvious gags, but it was nevertheless funny watching that same footage play over and over again as Peter tried different ways to blow up the barn.

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Joe and Bonnie are Reunited With Their Son on 'Family Guy' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 21st 2011 9:20AM
'Family Guy'Thanksgiving on 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on Fox) brought a happy family reunion for Joe and Bonnie Swanson. They'd been mourning the death of their soldier son Kevin, but he turned out to be alive.

Kevin tells his happy parents that he'd been in a coma ever since his quarters blew up, but a suspicious Joe keeps finding holes in his story and pushes Kevin to admit the whole truth. "I never was in any coma. I bailed. I faked my death and went AWOL." That's when the police officer in Joe takes over: He slaps the cuffs on Kevin and prepares to take him in. Can Bonnie stop him?

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Seth MacFarlane: Was Last Night's 'Family Guy' His 9/11 Catharsis?

by Mike Ryan, posted Nov 14th 2011 4:00PM
Seth MacFarlane was closer to the attacks of September 11, 2001, than you may realize. Last night, MacFarlane's 'Family Guy' aired an episode titled 'Back to the Pilot' (written by Mark Hentemann), in which Stewie and Brian travel back in time and meet their younger selves. Brian warns himself about the 9/11 attacks – which, at first, are now prevented. But the end result is a civil war after George W. Bush loses the 2004 election and secedes Texas from the union.

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'Family Guy' 9/11 Episode: Did the Show Go Too Far This Time?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 14th 2011 11:30AM
Family Guy'Family Guy' is no stranger to controversy, but did the Sun., Nov. 13 episode featuring a 9/11 satire go too far?

The episode, 'Back to the Pilot,' saw Stewie and Brian go back in time to 1999, the year the 'Family Guy' pilot aired on Fox, in an effort to change history.

Taking full advantage of his time-travel opportunity, Brian decides to inform his past self about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The cartoon dog then prevents the events from ever happening, altering the 'Family Guy' future.

A second Civil War erupts, but the two eventually set that right too, saying "Let it happen," in regards to 9/11. Watch a clip from the episode below and let us know if 'Family Guy' crossed the line by rewriting the history of 9/11.

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Brian and Stewie Travel Back to 1999 to See the 'Family Guy' Pilot (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 14th 2011 3:00AM
'Family Guy' - 'Back to the Pilot'Originally, this week's episode of 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX) was going to be the next installment in the 'Road to...' episodes featuring Brian and Stewie. Instead, Stewie's time machine brought the duo 'Back to the Pilot.'

It was certainly a fun look back at the early animation from 1999, as well as the slightly different voices used for several of the main characters, and of course Lacey Chabert voicing Meg. But it was just too tempting for Brian to alter the past, and when they got back to the present, they discovered he'd single-handedly thwarted the 9/11 attacks.

Unfortunately, this led to a second Civil War, and five years down the road the world is a post-apocalyptic wasteland ... but it's not all bad. Cleveland's back!

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Quagmire Plots to Murder His Sister's Abuser on 'Family Guy' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 31st 2011 6:00AM
'Family Guy' - 'Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q''Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX) got very serious and very dark in their subject matter this week. When Quagmire's sister stopped by to visit, the boys found themselves awkwardly in the middle of her abusive relationship with her boyfriend.

Domestic abuse is a difficult subject to tackle respectfully in comedy, and certainly not one you expect to see on a show like 'Family Guy.' But for all its general ridiculousness, the show did handle this very serious problem with the respect it deserves.

They also provided a fantasy narrative for many people who feel unsure what to do about this very real situation in their lives through Quagmire.

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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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Mister Ed is Turning 50! TV's Top Animals Salute Him

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 29th 2011 12:00PM
Mister Ed'Mister Ed' paved the way for animals in the entertainment industry, breaking through the glass ceiling barn door by talking up TV viewers and being as charming as any leading man out there.

As the theme song said, "A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed!"

Yes, Ed was in his hay-day on TV for six glorious seasons, always easily bribed to tell a good story with a little peanut butter, making him a horse we can endorse. But he also gets the sniff of approval from his fellow four-legged friends in Hollywood.

As the 50th anniversary of 'Mister Ed''s big Oct. 1, 1961, network debut approaches, we gathered quotes from some of the biggest names in TV's animal kingdom to roast and pay tribute to the equine entertainer.

Check out our gallery for commentary provided by everyone from Flipper and Lassie to weed-smoking Wilfred and Annie's Boobs, the monkey from 'Community.'

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Lottery Winnings Go Straight to Peter's Head on 'Family Guy' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 5:00AM
'Family Guy' - 'Powerball Fever'The Griffins won the lottery on the season premiere of 'Family Guy' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX), but don't worry that this is going to be like that last lame season of 'Roseanne.' They blew through the winnings -- twice, actually -- by the end of the episode.

But while they were sitting pretty, Peter let it go a little too far, torturing his friends for his own amusement. Before he turned the tables on them, though, Quagmire and Joe were doing the classic things friends do when one of them comes into a large sum of money.

Quagmire was looking for an investment while Joe was suddenly needing to throw a private concert for his wife. Even more egregious, they were laughing awfully hard at his jokes.

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Peter Griffin Tells Cleveland They're Not Friends Anymore on 'Cleveland Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 2:45AM
'The Cleveland Show' - 'BFFs'Seth MacFarlane kicked off his portion of 'Animation Domination' with a crossover on 'The Cleveland Show' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on FOX). After finding out Peter Griffin had been in Stoolbend and not contacted him, Cleveland headed to 'Family Guy's Quahog to find out why.

There was a lot of fourth wall-breaking, like the Griffins assuming Cleveland's show had been cancelled. Finally, Peter bluntly told Cleveland that he no longer thinks of them as friends.

The episode then followed Cleveland trying to forge a tighter bond with his Stoolbend drinking buddies, only to have Peter arrive at the last moment -- with Chris' evil monkey -- to save them all. It was a fun nod to Cleveland's past, and another reminder of how fun these shows can mesh together.

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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.

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Seth MacFarlane Will Be Charlie Sheen's Roast Master

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 11th 2011 12:20PM
If there's anyone with a wit sharp, dry and cutting enough to hilariously deconstruct Charlie Sheen, it's 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane. Comedy Central announced that MacFarlane will serve as Roast Master at the highly-anticipated Sheen roast set to air Mon., Sept. 19 at 10 PM ET.

MacFarlane has presided over more Comedy Central roasts than any other comedian, also serving as Roast Master to David Hasselhoff and Donald Trump. The Trump Roast pulled in roast-record ratings, and we're pretty sure the Sheen extravaganza will leave those numbers in the dust. Possibly Angel Dust.

"I'm very excited to work with Comedy Central again on the roast. Charlie is a true icon with a talent that is strong and pure and concentrated into small crystals which can be smoked or eaten," McFarlane said in a statement.

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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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