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'The Flintstones' Getting a Reboot by Seth MacFarlane

by Chris Harnick, posted May 16th 2011 4:20PM
Seth MacFarlaneYabba Dabba Wha? Seth MacFarlane has closed a deal to reboot 'The Flintstones' via new TV and film projects.

First reported by Deadline, MacFarlane and his legal team have cleared the necessary hurdles to get the project started. Fox confirmed the news at their 2011 Upfronts.

MacFarlane is known for his Fox cartoon sitcoms 'Family Guy,' 'American Dad' and 'The Cleveland Show,' and that type of humor reportedly put some 'Flintstones' shareholders on edge.

The classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon aired from 1960-1966 on ABC. The series aired several spinoffs and animated specials throughout the years, with the most recent, 'The Flintstones: On The Rocks' airing in 2001.

It was reinterpreted for the big screen starring John Goodman and Rosie O'Donnell in 1994 with a prequel, 'The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas,' hitting theaters in 2000.

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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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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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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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'Glee' Breaks Elvis Presley Billboard Record, Michael Vick Cancels On 'Oprah' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 16th 2011 6:30PM
'Glee' Elvis Presley has been dethroned by the cast of 'Glee.'

With 113 hit tunes to Presley's 108, the the hit Fox show now officially has the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

According to Billboard, the six new tunes on Thursday's chart bring the 'Glee' gang above the King, as well as other musical luminaries like James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and The Beatles. The first 'Glee' entry on the chart came less than two years ago when 'Don't Stop Believin'' landed at number 4 in June 2009.

The only modern acts to come close to 'Glee''s record are Lil Wayne and Jay-Z, who have 67 and 62 entries, respectively.

In other TV news ...

Michael Vick pulled out of his upcoming 'Oprah' appearance for "personal reasons." The episode was scheduled to air next Thurs., Feb. 24, and the show has not yet found a replacement. [Entertainment Weekly]

Seth MacFarlane will be the roast master during Comedy Central's upcoming Donald Trump roast. The show is scheduled to tape March 9. He's got some experience in the field, having hosted the David Hasselhoff roast last year. [Deadline]

'Saturday Night Live' alum Rachel Dratch is adding "author" to her resume. The comedian is writing a book about her post-'SNL' life and becoming a mother at 44. [Splitsider]

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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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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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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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