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'Family Guy' Seth MacFarlane Wants to Spoof 'The Wrath of Khan'

by Michael Maloney, posted Jan 27th 2010 5:30PM
Seth MacFarlane exposes the TV addict in us all. The creator/executive producer/writer has three animated sitcoms on Fox -- 'Family Guy', 'American Dad', and 'The Cleveland Show' -- that regularly pay homage to classic television and also address social issues (same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization) in a humorous way that viewers haven't seen since the heyday of Norman Lear ('All In The Family', 'Maude').

As busy as he is, MacFarlane also produced 'Something, Something, Something, Dark Side', the DVD movie that spoofs 'The Empire Strikes Back', the second installment in the first 'Star Wars' trilogy. AOL TV recently chatted with the creative genius about his plans for future movie spoofs ('Khan'!!), the importance of opening theme songs, Jay Leno returning to late night and how biting humor can change people's hearts and minds.

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'Robot Chicken' Receives 40-Episode Order

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Jan 21st 2010 10:55AM
For at least two more years, Seth Green will continue to have a fowl ball.

According to Variety, Adult Swim has ordered 40 additional episodes of 'Robot Chicken,' providing the top-rated stop-action series with enough material to fill seasons 5 and 6. Prior seasons have aired 20 episodes at a time, already a strong display of network confidence in the product.

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Peter Learns the Wrong Lessons from Grand Theft Auto on 'Family Guy' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 4th 2010 3:03PM
After a blow to the head during a fight with Richard Dawson, Peter develops amnesia and forgets everything about his life, including family and friends on 'Family Guy.'

Taking it upon herself to help Peter regain his faculties, Lois gives him a copy of Grand Theft Auto in the hopes it will teach him how to drive again. But, instead, the violent video game teaches Peter how to beat people with bats, engage in petty theft, and pull off a successful carjacking.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Sundays with Seth: A horse is a horse, uness it's The Rock

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 4th 2010 1:03PM
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Between The Rock's bizarre guest appearance on Family Guy, and Stan's dirty deed on American Dad, it was a strange week in the twisted mind of Seth MacFarlane. But in a twist M. Night Shyamalan would be proud of, it was Family Guy's Meg Griffin who had the most memorable stand-out moment of the night. Uncomfortable, but memorable.

We also got the first episode of American Dad in the 16:9 widescreen ratio for the first time, and they didn't take advantage of the change to make any modification to the intro sequence at all, or spotlight it in any self-aware way. I still wish last week's epic could have been in widescreen, but with Family Guy now the only holdout on Animation Domination, the whole thing feels a little weird. Shouldn't the marquee show for Seth MacFarlane be in widescreen before its offspring?

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Best TV of the '00s: Comedic Actor

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 3rd 2010 11:01AM
neil_patrick_harris_cbsMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the funniest actors of the last ten years.

If you want to be a great comedic actor, you can never let on that you know you're being funny. Your character never knows what the joke is. That's why Rodney Dangerfield was a great, legendary stand-up comedian, and a fairly poor comic actor.

Everyone on this list excels at the comedic poker face. Steve Carell and Ricky Gervais, in their Office boss characters, don't know that most of the rest of the office is laughing at them. Or at least they don't understand why. Stephen Colbert, despite all of the attention The Colbert Report have received, may be the most underrated comic actor, because the character is so seamless, sometimes it's hard to tell it's a character. Shatner is a legend for playing campy with a poker face. And Neil Patrick Harris as a cad? A straight cad? Perfect.

Here are a few of our favorite comedic actors from the past decade, and may their characters never realize the joke's on them.

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MacFarlane's home goes festive for Dark Side release

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 14th 2009 2:02PM
Seth MacFarlane hosted the premiere event for Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side.The Dark Side came to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's house Saturday night in the form of both the worst weather Los Angeles has seen in years and the DVD release party for the Empire Strikes Back parody, Something Something Something Dark Side.

The follow-up to the successful Star Wars: Episode IV -- "A New Hope" spoof, Blue Harvest, Dark Side follows the exploits of Luke Skywalker (Chris Griffin, voiced by Seth Green), Han Solo (the MacFarlane-voiced Peter Griffin -- who insists on a new Rebel Alliance code name: Carlos Spicy Wiener) and their heroic friends as they flee the pursuing Imperial Fleet and Darth Vader (Stewie, also MacFarlane).

To celebrate the DVD's December 22 release, MacFarlane hosted a star (wars) studded Christmas party at his estate in the upper reaches of Beverly Hills. Reporters were rounded up, blind-folded and transported via unmarked black helicopters to MacFarlane's home to talk to the DVD's cast and to rub elbow's with Mos Eisley Cantina's worth of celebrities.

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Best TV Shows of the 2000s

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 7th 2009 6:00AM
Best TV Shows of the '00s
Boiling any decade's list of the best TV shows down to 40 is tough; a common viewer complaint is that there are hundreds of channels and nothing worth watching, but we'd argue that they're just not looking in the right places.

Our list of the 40 best shows of the 2000s is chockful of edgy dramas ('CSI' and 'Deadwood'), sharp comedies ('30 Rock' and 'Chappelle's Show') and reality shows -- like 'The Amazing Race' and 'Top Chef' -- that have transcended their genres to become just plain good entertainment. Family dramas, clever teens, "'Seinfeld' on crack" and comeback efforts by Kiefer Sutherland and Neil Patrick Harris also pepper our lineup, so delve into the AOL TV list of the top 40 shows of the 2000s and let us know what you think we got right and wrong.

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Fox Orders 13 Episodes of 'Bob's Burgers'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 1st 2009 2:30PM
Fox has announced a new addition to its Sunday night animated comedy bloc.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network will serve up 13 new episodes of 'Bob's Burgers.' The show is based on Loren Bouchard ('Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,' 'Home Movies') and Jim Dauterive's ('King of the Hill')12-minute presentation, with a voice cast that includes H. Jon Benjamin, 'Flight of the Conchords' alum Kristen Schaal (pictured), Eugene Mirman and 'Important Things with Demetri Martin' writer Dan Mintz.

The show centers around Bob, a struggling burger joint owner, his "tightly wound wife" and their three reckless kids. Bouchard told the Reporter that the original idea was to write a show about a family of cannibals, but the latter aspect was ultimately dropped -- probably for the best, considering the family runs a burger joint.

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Sundays With Seth: The best little dry cleaners in Virginia

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 30th 2009 11:44AM
American Dad: G-String Circus
Hey look, Scrubs is back early!

Oh wait, never mind. That's just Donald Faison on American Dad. How could I have possibly gotten those two things mixed up? I don't know why, but I still get a kick out of guest appearances on animated shows, particularly when the actor who plays the actual character jumps in to do their own voice, as Faison did here.

Plus, it was an interaction with Roger. Ah, Roger. Let's talk about what has to be the single greatest presence of all three Seth MacFarlane shows. I probably don't mention him enough, because sometimes he's not as integral to the plots of AD. But, he's always a huge part of the laughs. As soon as he waddles into a room, you just wait for the zingers or the costume or the antics that will send you off your rocker. His turn this week as a "madame" was sheer brilliance.

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Sundays with Seth: Auntie Momma, Jerome and My Morning Jacket

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 23rd 2009 2:14PM
American Dad: My Morning StraitjacketThe "All Seth, All the Time" block of animation on FOX is getting stronger every week. I think this may have been the most wholly satisfying episode of The Cleveland Show we've had yet. The show finally knows what it is, the characters are settled in and established, and it even knows where it's going to derive its humor.

There's a sweetness to The Cleveland Show that is more reminiscent of King of the Hill than either of MacFarlane's established shows, and I'm glad to see it. My biggest fear was that Cleveland's star vehicle would be nothing more than Family Guy-lite, but after a very rough start, I'm able to see and appreciate it for what it is.

Family Guy may have found their replacement for Cleveland in this week's episode. I hope the boys do find a new "fourth," and I don't think I'd mind if it's the guy they find themselves hanging out with this week. On American Dad, Stan discovers rock music, and he'll do anything to hang out with his new favorite band: My Morning Jacket.

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Quagmire's Just Not That Into Brian on 'Family Guy' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 23rd 2009 11:44AM
On 'Family Guy,' Peter and the boys search for a new friend to replace Cleveland, but the most likely candidate has a past relationship with Lois, which makes Peter jealous and, later in the episode, causes him to resort to drunken arson. Also, Brian tries desperately to become friends with Quagmire, but one misstep after another only drives them further apart.

Over a steak dinner, Brian prompts Quagmire to reveal exactly why he dislikes him. Figuring chiefly among Quagmire's reasons are Brian's "textbook liberal agenda," his pursuit of Lois, and pooping in the yard. Bad dog!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Mike Henry and Daryl Hall on a Cleveland Show Thanksgiving

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 21st 2009 3:02PM
The Cleveland Show ThanksgivingA year ago, before there was a Cleveland Show, when the Family Guy spinoff was still just a possibility, the show's first guest stars, Daryl Hall and John Oates, were brought aboard. They'll finally make their debut, playing an angel and a devil, respectively, on Cleveland Brown's shoulder on the Thanksgiving episode which airs Sunday at 8:30PM on Fox.

According to show co-creator, producer, and voice of Cleveland Mike Henry, the appearance came out of a trip to Las Vegas where a casting director arranged for Henry to meet the guys backstage after a show. When they showed interest, that was that. "We wrote the part and sent it on over," says Henry, speaking at a conference call with media.

"You planted the seed a year ago saying, hey, would you like to be on the show that's not on TV yet?" says Hall.

Whatever big decision Cleveland is making in the episode, Henry is a bit cagey. "Maybe Auntie Mamma has got a penis," says Henry. "Let's just say that. There. I've given it away."

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Sundays with Seth: The problem with wives ... and babies

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 16th 2009 2:41AM
American Dad: Shallow VowsIt was nice to cut back Seth MacFarlane's domination of Sunday nights to only three shows. As much as I enjoy all three shows in a general sense, two-and-a-half hours of MacFarlane's brand of humor was a bit much. I continue to enjoy the growth of The Cleveland Show more and more; I'm beginning to see why FOX went ahead and gave it an early season two pick-up.

After a shaky start, we're starting to get a better feel for all these new characters, and I'm finding little things about them to enjoy. It's little things like Arianna's love of confetti that add layers to the character. And while I'm sure it's politically incorrect of me, I find Kendra tooling around in her Rascal absolutely hilarious. That and the over-eating, but all with such a sweet disposition and voice.

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The real reason Dollhouse was cancelled

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 12th 2009 5:04PM
Are you still losing sleep over FOX's unsurprising yet tragic cancellation of Josh Joss Whedon's Dollhouse? This may be the melatonin you need.

CollegeHumor has uncovered the true reason FOX nixed the action drama from its airwaves. It needed more room for more Seth MacFarlane cartoons about pop-culture spewing families with anthropomorphic pets and American Idol. I never thought I'd long for the good ol' days was Fox was known for quality programming like Bad Orderlies Caught on Tape 2 and When Lawn Equipment Goes Screwy 4.

[via Slashfilm]

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My Morning Jacket to Appear on 'American Dad'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Nov 11th 2009 4:00PM
My Morning Jacket American DadFox's 'American Dad' is set to rock -- literally.

Kentucky's finest southern-rock band, My Morning Jacket, will appear on the Nov. 22 episode of the Seth MacFarlane comedy. The episode will be titled 'My Morning Straightjacket,' and will feature not only the band in cartoon form (a first!), but six MMJ songs and guest voiceovers from the likes of Zach Galifianakis, who will play a MMJ super-fan.

"Honestly, it was an organic evolution," said 'American Dad' co-creator Mike Barker in a statement. " I was at Bonnaroo in the summer of 2008, watching MMJ play their guts out in the rain at 4 a.m. when the idea for the episode struck me. I pitched the idea to the guys the next day and thankfully they were on board."

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