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News Briefs: Seth MacFarlane Will Host the 2013 Oscars

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... Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Academy Awards. I don't get it either. More importantly, there's a rumor going around that MacFarlane is dating Khaleesi! [ABC via press release]

... DVRs are completely changing the way we watch TV and fight over hard drive real estate with our roommates. But they're also changing the way the industry looks at ratings well okay not REALLY but come on studios, you know you have to check out those numbers. The premiere of NBC's Revolution, originally broadcast two weeks ago, got a HUGE boost from just-released DVR numbers, jumping 51 percent in the adult demo to a giant 5.2 rating among the important younger demographic. Other big gainers, percentage-wise, were Hawaii Five-0 (up 41 percent to a 2.6) and Private Practice (up 49 percent to a 2.8). [EW]

... 666 Park Avenue premiered on Sunday and did ehhhhhhh not that great. About 7 million people tuned in to see the premiere, good for a 2.2 rating. That will probably drop in subsequent weeks, so I'd bet against it getting picked up. [EW]

... You could also say the same about CBS's Made in Jersey, which tanked in its Friday premiere with 7.7 million viewers but only a 1.1 in the adult demo. Girl, you in troubles! [TV Line]

... TLC has wisely given the Boo Boo clan a well-deserved raise. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is the freakshow channel's big new hit, and the network has raised the cast's salary from somewhere between $5,000 and $7,000 per episode to something between $15,000 and $20,000 per episode. These people have real talent. [TMZ]

... Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal producer Shonda Rhimes had a few extra minutes this weekend so she used the time to sell another couple of shows to ABC. This time it's a comedy called I Hate L.A. Dudes and a drama called The Mix. L.A. Dudes follows a woman on a male-dominated internet talk show, whatever that is, who is trying to navigate the difficult dating waters of the city. The Mix is a light drama set at a The View-type talk show. One of my sources told me one time Shonda Rhimes sneezed into a napkin and ABC bought it with a put pilot commitment. [Deadline Hollywood]

... How much trouble is Oprah Winfrey's cable channel OWN in? She's bringing in Tyler Perry to make two scripted shows for it. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ryan Murphy continues his hot streak of selling shows to networks who recognize his name from the credits of Glee. At Fox, he'll produce Montauk, a family drama about a big conspiracy in a small town on Long Island. The second is a comedy at NBC, the details of which are being withheld. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Fresh off a fantastic visit to Person of Interest, Lost alum Ken Leung will recur on NBC's midseason drama Infamous. The drama is about a detective who goes undercover with a bunch of rich people to find the truth behind the murder of her friend. Leung may also return to Person of Interest, plus he'll do a guest stint on ABC's midseason drama Zero Hour. [TV Line]

... Revenge will welcome Battlestar Galactica actor Michael Trucco. He'll play the brother of Kenny later this year. [TV Line]


SAD NEWS

... A sad farewell to Babylon 5 actor Michael O'Hare, who passed away this weekend from a heart attack. The 60-year-old actor played Commander Jeffrey Sinclair on the sci-fi show. [TV Guide]


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I actually think he is a good choice for the Oscars. He has an on stage presence and comedic chops. He can also sing which means the obligatory musical number is covered. The only thing he has to worry about is cutting too deep with zingers and maybe relying too much on what is written for him when he is better off writing for himself.
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Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars? Can't be worse than Franco and Hathaway, or the mediocrity of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin's telecast? So long as he doesn't rely on the Family Guy voices to carry him, it could work.

DVR ratings are worthless, they're the amount of people watching the product but NOT the advertisements.

Oh man, I'm sorry to hear about Michael O'Hare, he was the original star of B5 and he brought something elusive and unique to his character, when they brought him back it was such a good use of a character. Thanks for posting about his passing.
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How many movies has Seth made? One?



They should've picked someone who's been around in the movie business long enough.



Seth hosting the Golden Globes or People's Choice Awards seems more logical.
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I agree that he does not have much in the way of movie experience but he is talented at the least. Maybe someone like Neil Patrick Harris would have been better suited though as he has the talent and experience.
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Oscar host is just MC-ing for a television broadcast of a movie award show. It's not as if being a movie star is a requirement. It's not like Johnny Carson or David Letterman are famous for their movie credits. If John Stewart hosted, do you think it would be for Big Daddy or The Faculty; more likely it would be for his fame from The Daily Show.
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Jon Stewart actually made a good host for the Oscars.
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Close, I only find 3 move references in IMDB. However, he has LOTS and LOTS of different TV and Short credits so I might have missed some. Also, that ignores the direct-to-video stuff like the Family Guy star wars specials.

Ted

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Th Golden Globes would have been much more appropriate for MacFarlane. A natural, if dumber successor to Ricky Gervais.
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This news just killed Oscar night for me.
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I'm not sure what it is about MacFarlane that makes me dislike him. I find that he's very talented... quite witty... has a good voice... I guess he has a good look... but I feel like punching him in the face.
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......More importantly Ted, Stewie, Peter, Quagmire, Hebert, Brian and co. are hosting the Oscars.
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Was Neil Patrick Haris not available.
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I kinda liked Seth on SNL. But not so much at the Emmy's.



I just don't see the funny side. More importantly I don't see him as a good host for the Oscars. He is best enjoyed in small doses.
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The Academy is trying to get multiple hosts for the price of one, because there is no doubt that Seth McFarlane is going to spend half of his opening monologue, and probably every other opportunity, showcasing his various voices and singing abilities.
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With all due respect. Does the Academy think that has the notoriety needed? But who knows.
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Could care less about MacFarlane. I can't really stand him.

666 should probably have been put on after Once Upon A Time followed by Revenge since both are relted in terms of fantasy/horror while revenge is mainly soap opera.

O'Hare on Babylon 5 reminded me, at the time, of Micheal Rennie from The Day the Earth Still. Not in the way he looked, but as that type of actor you would see in classic sci-fi movies like that. For that reason, I thought him a good choice, but I guess ratings or the Hollywood ideology of wanting better known actors brought in Boxleitner to replace him.

Just saw Trucco on HIMYM. One thing that is bothering me lately is seeing too many actors on too many shows at the same time and not changing their personality to really create a unique character. They're just collecting a paycheck for reciting lines now. Aaron Ashmore on Lost Girl while being on Warehouse 13 is one good example - Useless and pointless on one and just OK on the other. That's what happens with so many channels and the need to fill them with shows now, I suppose.
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MacFarlane's SNL episode was excellent and it went a long way in winning me over, but I'm still sick to death of his Family Guy schtick. Plus a lot of the time he seems like an asshole?



And BTW Ryan Murphy? I liked that premise the first time when it was called Revenge. Thanks but no thanks.
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I think Seth will do fine hosting the Oscars.
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WHAT?!

Man, I love Seth and all, but... WHAT?!?

Hell, if pompous, smug, arrogant, a-hole with an undeniable boyish charm is what the Academy was looking for this year, why not bypass all the wannabes and go for the real deal: Ricky Gervais?

Anyway... I only have one request: no Stewie voice. Please. Begging you here.
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So happy to hear that Seth is going to be the host of the Oscars!!! Can't wait to see him in action!
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Lucky Seth MacFarlane!
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Um. If the Honey Boo Boo cast becomes rich, how will they be passed off as poor rednecks anymore?



The problem with Seth MacFarlane is that he has this smug, arrogant air about him that becomes worse when he resorts to humor involving ugly stereotypes or narrow political viewpoints. He appears smart, yet talks like a boozed-up frat.
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