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A Family Guy flick and the return of The Winner?

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 23rd 2007 3:01PM

the winnerThe answer is maybe. The Hollywood Reporter writes that creator Seth MacFarlane is looking at the possibility of doing a Family Guy movie sometime in the future, which makes sense because it's much harder to make movies in the past.

One plan McFarlane mentioned was to have former Family Guy scribe Ricky Blitt come back to work on the film script. It's worth noting that none of this is official, and that a basic plot for a Family Guy film hasn't even been thought up, though McFarlane does state he doesn't want to do a huge movie like the upcoming Simpsons Movie, but rather a smaller story focusing on the Griffin family.

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Family Guy: Meet The Quagmires

by Brett Love, posted May 21st 2007 11:00AM
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(S05E18) And so ends a short, inconsistent, Family Guy season. I don't know if we should chalk it up to Seth MacFarlane being spread too thin with American Dad and The Winner to watch over, or just the show coming up on 100 episodes. Something just wasn't quite right at Family Guy HQ this season though.

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Subtle Subtitles

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 23rd 2007 2:39PM
Welcome to Subtle Subtitles. For those of you who are uninitiated to the purpose of this feature, we're asking you to come up with your funniest quote or description for what's going on in the screen grab we choose for the week. Winners are announced in the following Friday's contest.

subtle subtitlesLast week's winners:

3rd place to Chris Wyant: "Gah! Don't you hate it when you only have one bar that comes and goes? I taste blood... It's kind of pine-y."
2nd place to Fred: "I've gotta call work, let them know I'll be in the branch office all day."
1st place to Randy: "Hey look on the bright side...at least you're not a vampire."

This week, a scene from the latest episode of The Winner:

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, Slings & Arrows, Dresden Files, Rome

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 18th 2007 4:59PM
  • The WinnerAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and Without A Trace.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, then a new Grease: You're The One That I Want.
  • At 7:30, FOX has a new War At Home.
  • At 8, AMC has The Quick and the Dead, with Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Russell Crowe.
  • Sundance has a new Slings & Arrows at 8.
  • At 8:30, FOX has a new episode of The Winner (another new episode airs at 9:30).
  • At 9, HGTV announces the winner of the Dream Home Giveaway 2007.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Dresden Files at 9, then a new Battlestar Galactica.
  • Also at 9: HBO has a new Rome.
  • At 10, NBC has a new episode of The Apprentice.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Here's a list of shows that might not come back this fall

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2007 6:20PM

JerichoFor those are you who worry a lot and get all nervous, you might want to skip this story.

Variety has a list of the TV shows that are "on the bubble," the ones that are teetering on the edge of cancellation and might not make it to fall '07. The list includes a few shows that I thought were actually doing well, and that scares me a bit (and ticks me off).

ABC: The Nine and Knights of Prosperity are probably gone, and What About Brian is on the edge too, despite getting a second life a few months ago.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, The Winner, Rome, Sarah Silverman

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 11th 2007 5:01PM
  • Paul BlackthorneAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and Without A Trace.
  • ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos at 7, then a new Extreme Makeover.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, then new episodes of Grease: You're The One That I Want, Deal Or No Deal, and The Apprentice.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then new episodes of The Winner, Family Guy, and The Winner.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Zoey 101 at 8.
  • Also at 8: Sundance has a new ep of Slings & Arrows.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Dresden Files, then a new Battlestar Galactica.
  • Food Network has a new Iron Chef America at 9, then a new Challenge.
  • If you haven't seen The Sarah Silverman Program yet, Comedy Central has a marathon starting at 9.
  • HBO has a new Rome at 9.
  • At 10, Showtime has a new episode of The L Word.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Family guy starts web-only episodes - VIDEO

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 4th 2007 8:07PM
Up LateBrian and Stewie Griffin's talk show Up Late is on the air... if you consider MySpace to be the air. Up Late with Stewie and Brian is an online-only spinoff of Family Guy, featuring everybody's favorite animated characters who wouldn't be able to talk in a live-action version of the TV show.

The first 10-minute episode includes an interview with Rob Corddry, who conveniently has a new TV show (The Winner) to hawk. And the show just happens to be on Fox, the same network as Family Guy. By some strange coincidence, Fox also owns MySpace. What are the odds? Did I mention that The Winner is produced by Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane and writer Ricky Blitt?

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The Winner - an early look

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 2nd 2007 6:39PM
The Winner castWhen I was in college, FOX aired a show called Get a Life. In it, Chris Elliot played a 30-year-old paperboy who lived with his exasperated parents and just refused to grow up. It was a weird little show, but it had its moments.

If you were a fan of that show, you'll like The Winner. Think of it as a less-creepy version of Elliot's show, with just as many funny moments. And for those funny moments, you can thank Rob Corddry.

The former Daily Show correspondent stars as Glen Abbott, who is currently the richest man in Buffalo, but in this show, he looks back fondly at 1994, when he came of age... at 32. Yes, the voice over method is a bit of a takeoff of The Wonder Years, but the show isn't really a parody of that.

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What to Watch Feb. 26 - March 4

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 26th 2007 11:24AM

The Black Donnellys (Mon., 10PM, NBC) series premiere
There are no original ideas in the movies -- everything's a sequel, prequel or "re-imagining." So, it's no surprise that this new show from Oscar-winning movie producers Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco (Crash) tries to be an Irish version of The Sopranos. The Donnellys comprise four brothers: hothead Jimmy, gambling Kevin, artistic Tommy and baby Sean. When Jimmy kidnaps Kevin's bookie, the brothers find themselves facing off against the Italian mob.

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? (Tue., 9:30PM, Fox) series premiere
Class is in session! Reality TV maestro Mark Burnett presents this new game show that tests just how much adults have forgotten since their elementary school days. Over three days this week, host Jeff Foxworthy will asks questions about everything from math to grammer to American history. And instead of using a lifeline or asking the mob, contestants can turn to some pint-sized experts: a group of real fifth graders.

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Catch Brian and Stewie's online talk show tonight

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 25th 2007 12:01PM

family guyA little over one year ago I mentioned that Brian and Stewie of Family Guy would be starring in their own online talk show. Tonight, before you settle in with a bag of Skittles and jar of moonshine (or whatever snacks you happen to enjoy) to watch the Oscars, head over to FOX.com to see Up Late with Stewie and Brian, a ten-minute, online-only talk show featuring an interview with Rob Corddry about his new show, The Winner (also created by Family Guy's Seth McFarlane and Ricky Blitt). The show will be available starting at 5 p.m. PST.

If you haven't had a chance to check out The Winner, you can watch some of the episodes online before they air on TV in March. I caught one episode, and while it wasn't perfect, I think the series might have potential. I like the premise of a developmentally arrested thirty-two year old with a teenage best friend, and Corddry is a goofy and likable leading man. I'm willing to give it a chance to grow on me.

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FOX shakes up lineup to make room for new shows - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 20th 2007 1:17PM
Fox logoFOX really does it up for TCA: there was a Hell's Kitchen omelette breakfast, and the entire ballroom was done up in silver tablecloths and silver chairs. The pages wore parkas, I guess playing up the "winter" theme, despite the fact we're in semi-warm Pasadena.

But the biggest news is the press release they put out announcing some of their schedule changes. In order to accommodate three new series, the network will move 'Til Death will air on Wednesdays at 9:30, after American Idol, starting on March 14 (there will be post-Idol airings on Feb. 27 and 28, as well). The War at Home moves to Sundays at 7:30, starting March 4, and Standoff will air on Fridays at 8, starting March 30.

The new shows: Tim Minear's Drive, which will launch with a 2-night, 3-hour premiere on April 15 and 16 (then take Prison Break's timeslot when its over - thanks, Jefferson!). The Winner, with Rob Corddry, will premiere with two episodes on March 4, then air for 3 consecutive Sundays at 8:30 and 9:30 PM. Finally, The Wedding Bells premieres March 9; there will be a post-Idol sneak peek on March 7.

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TV Squad Poll: The new FOX shows

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 10th 2006 4:20PM
fox logoIt's time to fire up the TV Squad polls again and see what our fine readers are thinking. We know not all of you are keen on leaving us comments, so why not let you easily submit to a poll?

This time we're focusing on the new shows FOX has up their sleeves for this fall. Got any you're looking forward to in particular? Rather than have you choose your favorite of the bunch, we'll let you pick as many as you like. We'll update this post with the poll results in about a week, so check back then.

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TV Squad previews FOX's new shows

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 27th 2006 11:49AM
fox logoLast, but certainly not least, we are giving you a preview of the shows that FOX has planned for the fall season. We've already discussed ABC, CBS, and NBC's new shows. Let's just say that our TiVos are going to be working overtime this fall.

For FOX, we're covering comedies Happy Hour, 'Til Death, and The Winner. And the dramas are Justice, Standoff, Vanished, and The Wedding Album. The network was kind enough to send us the DVD screeners but, since we can't technically "review" them, we're just going to give you a short preview and our initial thoughts.

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Interview with the Corddry brothers

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 23rd 2006 7:18PM
The CorddrysROB [To Nate] Way to dress up for the interview.
NATE [To Rob] Way to put on 40 pounds.

Oh, how I love the Corddry brothers. The most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly contains an interview with Rob and Nate (Nate and Rob). They discuss their comedy beginnings and how it was to have careers cross paths at The Daily Show. It's a rather brief read, but it offers some interesting information. For example, did you know Nate was taught stand-up by The Daily Show's Lewis Black?

Buy the issue on newsstands now (so you can bask in the full glory of the brothers' wonderful picture), or read the interview online and cope with a tiny version of the pic.

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Corddry's not sure he can continue on The Daily Show

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 15th 2006 5:36PM
Rob CorddryWhen Rob Corddry hosted the Webby Awards the other day, he mentioned that, with the pickup of his FOX pilot The Winner, he may no longer have time to continue with his duties on The Daily Show. This worried Dylan Stableford of FishbowlNY, so he got a response from a show spokesperson. The spokesperson didn't seem worried, saying that "Steve Carell would come in and tape five or six reports whenever he was in New York, and they'd be spread out on the show," The un-gendered spokesperson also went on to say that the show is a magnet for talent, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Rob was taken away from them for a bigger project.

Huh. Pretty confident words for a show who's only decent "reporter" besides Corddry right now is Ed Helms (Samantha Bee is in this category, too, but her contributions have been limited since she had a baby). Well, let's just hope Jason Jones and Dan Bakkedhal get better and they bring back John Hodgman more regularly. That might make up for the loss of the "big Cs" (Colbert, Carell, and Corddry). Maybe.

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