This Weekend's Episode of Family Guy Has Been Pulled Due to Weather

... Family Guy (or any other Seth MacFarlane cartoon for that matter) isn't known for its sensitivity, but this week it's taking people's feelings into account. In light of the tornadoes that have devastated the South this week, Fox is pulling a pre-planned crossover event between Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show that features a hurricane ripping through all three shows. The new episodes will be replaced by repeats, and the crossover event will instead air next season. [THR]

... The most mysterious show in development right now is Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story, the details of which have yet to be divulged. But at least we know who is going to be in it: Friday Night Lights hottie Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, and now, Dylan McDermott. McDermott has landed the male lead, a therapist. So we know there's a therapist in it. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kelsey Grammer is a long way away from his sitcom domination days of Cheers and Frasier, but USA Network hopes he still has the goods. The cable network has purchased The Dicocco Brothers, which is produced by—but does not star—Grammer. The show is about a dot-com entrepreneur who moves to Silicon Valley with his New Jersey family. Elsewhere, Grammer is scheduled to star in Starz's comedy Boss, about a Chicago mayor. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Remember that hot rom-com show Love Bites, the one that was in development at NBC? It's not dead. In fact, it's found a place on the network's schedule—June 2! (Yes, it's being thrown away in the summer.) But because so much time has passed since the show was actually filmed and all the actors' contracts have exploded in a fiery mess, the chances of this actually going beyond whatever number of episodes it has already shot are slim to none, with no chance of slim. [Zap2It]

... The X Factor judging news: Some guy named Corbin Bleu is rumored to be in talks to join the show. Will they please just pick a frickin' judge so I don't have to write these things up anymore? [EW]

... And finally, you know you want to hear about NFL Draft ratings. Last year, ESPN aired the player picks during primetime, with great results: a 5.3 rating and 7.29 million viewers on average. This year, with the player lockout looming over the proceedings and the beginning of May sweeps happening on the networks, the NFL Draft was down to a 4.4 and about 6 million viewers on average. Well, that's all the proof I need, the NFL is going out of business! Time to start following the WNBA! [Adweek]


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May 02, 2011
Maybe it's all for the best the episode got pulled. Family Guy and Cleveland would have dominated it and American Dad would be just in the background. I heard it was banned in the south because of that tornado in Alabama. It wasn't shown here in South Carolina.
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May 02, 2011
Even thou i'm a bit disapointed i don't get to see new eppies. I'd have ot say good move Fox. And there would be just as many people complaining anyways.
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May 01, 2011
Really? Its a tv show and the episodes were made before all this happened. What am I gonna watch now?
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May 01, 2011
I'm actually FROM and still live in Alabama, but i don't find it offensive. for one thing, there's a difference between a hurricane and a tornado, but whatever. i find it more offensive that those horrible horrible shows, with a minor exception in The Simpson, are still on the air. also Corbin Bleu has no business being anywhere near a rumor of a judge for anything. that's all
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May 01, 2011
we were getting 1 episode in a month, now is less
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May 01, 2011
wow surprised that guy still has some remnant of a soul left to have done that. good for him
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May 01, 2011
All those shows by McFarlane are crap, family guy was good before it got canceled kids...
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Apr 30, 2011
Don't get me wrong - if I were in charge at Fox I would pull them in a heartbeat solely to avoid the PR headaches. As a fan of the shows, it sucks.
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Apr 30, 2011
Ah, okay, in that case nevermind, and I agree with the sarcastic sentiment.
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Apr 30, 2011
sarcasm dude.. Adam statement was made tongue in cheek.
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Apr 30, 2011
@adam: that timeline doesn't make a lot of sense. The previews for the episodes aired last Sunday, and the tornadoes in the south happened after that. Soooo...how, exactly, were they written and produced after the tornadoes hit? It's clearly a coincidence. Unless I'm misunderstanding what you're saying.
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Apr 30, 2011
Makes sense, considering the episodes were written, produced, animated, and finalized between the time the tornadoes hit and their airing tomorrow.
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Apr 30, 2011
I agree, its the right move and I'm sure even Seth agrees. Was really looking forward to it, now we'll just have to wait a bit longer.
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Apr 30, 2011
It's sad we have to wait till next season to watch the crossover, it's probably awesome, but it was probably the right thing to do, yes, unfortunately there are people out there who'd be stupid enough to believe FOX was trying to milk the tragedies.
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Apr 30, 2011
I'm gonna go the opposite way on this one and say-- Good move Fox. Granted you pissed some people off (see below), but you would have pissed off many, many, MANY more had those episodes aired. The timing was laughably horrible. It would have been bad PR. Plain & simple.
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Apr 30, 2011
i mean come on, when has tv ever considered peoples feelings, so what, it a hurricane, there is like ten of those every year, seriously, Mcfarlane, weak bro, weak
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Apr 30, 2011
GOUUUUUUUUUUUUD if south parks thoery is right that means family guy shall be canceled soon GOOOUUUUUUUUD GOOUUUUUUUUUD
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Apr 30, 2011
I pissed! Now we have to wait until next season for the Hurricane.
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Apr 30, 2011
what!! why cant these shows just stop. x factor has apparantly got so desperate that its rumored to hire the black guy from high school musical who hasnt done crap after it
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