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Grammys: Tina Fey vs. Betty White!?

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 1st 2011 12:10PM
Tina Fey Betty White GrammysThe Grammys have always put some of our favorite artists up against one another, but the latest batch of nominations is giving us one very epic battle: Tina Fey vs. Betty White. Say what!?

Both funny women have been nominated for Best Spoken Word Album, Fey for her reading of 'Bossypants' and White for 'If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't).' We can't wait for the (hopefully) hilarious split-screen reactions from the actual ceremony.

White and Fey aren't the only TV stars to pick up nominations.

Seth MacFarlane picked up a few noms, one for the 'Family Guy' original song 'Christmastime Is Killing Us' and another Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Over in the Best Comedy Album category, Kathy Griffin, Louis C.K. and Lonely Island are up against one another.

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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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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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Seth MacFarlane: Republicans are Nuts, or Crazies Have Become Their Mouthpiece (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 3rd 2011 12:45AM
Seth MacFarlane, 'Real Time with Bill Maher'Seth MacFarlane has certainly never backed down from making fun of everyone and everything, but there is also a noticeable, and unapologetic, liberal slant to his satire. On 'Real Time with Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO), he talked about a shift he sees happening in the Republican Party.

When Bill Maher mentioned that one in four Republicans believe Obama might be the Antichrist, MacFarlane said that this was a type of rhetoric we never heard during the Clinton administration. He would like to think that most Republicans are still sensible people, but that's not what he's seeing in the media anymore.

"Either they've now turned nuts," he said of the Republican party, "Or they've allowed the crazies to get control of their mouthpiece and let the rest of us think that they are."

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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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Seth MacFarlane Calls Leno's Boss As Stewie Griffin With a List of Demands (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 28th 2011 4:30AM
Seth MacFarlane, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'After helping 'The Voice' become a huge hit for NBC, Paul Telegdy was promoted to president of alternative and late-night programming early this month. This put him over 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), which gave guest Seth MacFarlane an idea.

He called up Telegdy as Stewie Griffin with a list of demands on behalf of the network's "number one talent," Jay Leno.

"Jay would like a handicapped parking pass, and I think he genuinely qualifies because of the jaw situation," MacFarlane said. Other demands included car-on-car porn and for Telegdy to convince more newspapers to flub their headlines.

To Telegdy's credit, he hung in through the whole bit and even got in a few jokes himself, like finding it hard to argue with classifying Leno as handicapped due to his chin.

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Charlie Sheen Roast Ratings Were Comedy Central Record

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 20th 2011 5:15PM
Somehow, Charlie Sheen is still winning -- in the TV ratings game, anyway.

Comedy Central's Roast of Sheen was the highest rated roast in the network's history, as 6.4 million viewers tuned in to watch Sheen skewered. Including re-airs, the total audience reached 10 million. It was the second-highest rated telecast in Comedy Central history.

Not only was the Sheen roast a ratings success on TV screens, but chatter about the event also dominated social media. According to trendrr.tv, the Roast garnered 450,000 social mentions, which dwarfed several other prime-time Fall TV premieres, including 'Dancing With the Stars' and 'Two and Half Men.'

In terms of laughs, the roast didn't disappoint. Comedians and celebrities from Jeffrey Ross to Mike Tyson to Roastmaster Seth MacFarlane gave Sheen their best shots, making fun of his drug history, public breakdown and affinity for prostitutes.

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Charlie Sheen Roast Preview: Sheen Makes His Entrance, Ross & MacFarlane Bring It (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 12th 2011 4:20PM

The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen was taped Sunday night in LA, and all early indications are that it was a rip-roaring, hilariously mean affair that should finally let America feel less guilty about its unhealthy obsession with a self-destructive, past-his-prime TV star.

While live blogs of the event are already available on the Web from those who were able to attend the taping, the rest of us will have to wait a week until it airs on Mon., Sept. 19 at 10PM ET.

But we can look at at a few clips Comedy Central released today as a mini-preview. RoastMaster Seth MacFarlane introduces Sheen to the stage with a relatively tame one-liner, considering what's to come: "He went from 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' to having every day off ... please welcome Charlie Sheen!"

In another preview clip, RoastMaster General Jeffrey Ross takes the stage in a Colonel Ghaddafi costume and hits Sheen with a few barbs. "You're the black sheep of a family responsible for three 'Might Ducks' movies!" Later, MacFarlane reads Sheen his obituary.

We're pretty psyched to see where the proceedings go from here. Check out the preview clips after the jump.

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Charlie Sheen Roasters Announced: Mike Tyson, Jeffrey Ross, Anthony Jeselnik, Harvey Levin, Steve-O

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 29th 2011 2:00PM
The roster for the 'Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen' is coming into focus. The network announced today that Mike Tyson, 'Jackass' Steve-O, and TMZ boss Harvey Levin will join roast veterans Jeffrey Ross and Anthony Jeselnik in the quest to skewer Sheen like a Shish Kabob.

More roasters are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Ross, known as Comedy Central's Roast Master General, saved Sheen's nearly disastrous live-tour by taking the stage to rip on the torpedo-of-truth-teller. Jeselnik was perhaps the breakout comic star of the highly-rated Trump roast.

Tyson has been branching out into film and TV work in his boxing retirement, guest starring in 'The Hangover,' and an episode of CBS's 'Same Name.' Most anything that Tyson says in his signature high-pitched voice is instantly hilarious, and him going after Sheen should be funnier than the time he promised to eat his opponent's children.

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Charlie Sheen Roast Promo: Dr. StrangeSheen Rides a Flying Torpedo of Truth (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 23rd 2011 11:45AM
Comedy Central has found its visual metaphor to sum the destructive craziness of Charlie Sheen. A new promo for the better-be-epic roast of Sheen features our depraved anti-hero riding a nuclear bomb (or, in this case, a flying torpedo of truth) like a rodeo cowboy, an allusion to Stanley Kubrick's classic doomsday comedy 'Dr. Strangelove.'

After the jump, check out Sheen making like Slim Pickens' Major King Kong, and going for a nice, screaming ride before exploding into a nuclear apocalypse.

The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, to be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, airs Mon., Sept. 19 at 10 PM ET.

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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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Seth MacFarlane Producing New Take on Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos'

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 5th 2011 3:00PM
Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane -- yes, that Seth MacFarlane -- is revisiting Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos.' MacFarlane is teaming with original Sagan collaborators Ann Druyan and Steven Soter to produce 'Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,' a 13-part docu-series.

The series will be hosted by astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson and debuts on Fox in 2013. There will be same-night encores on the National Geographic Channel.

"Never more than at this moment in the modern era have we needed a profound reminder of the colossally important and exciting role that science, space exploration and the human quest for knowledge must continue to play in our development as a species," MacFarlane said in a statement. "We should be vigorously exploring the solar system by now, and who better to inspire us to get there than Ann Druyan, Steven Soter, Neil deGrasse Tyson and, of course, Carl Sagan."

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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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