The spoof is strong with this one. Fox's Family Guy has already given the Giggity to Star Wars with the popular Blue Harvest episode that parodied the seminal science-fiction film, and has a take on The Empire Strikes Back in the works. Can you guess what's next?
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane must have felt vindicated when Fox resurrected his animated show in 2005 after initially giving it a premature heave-ho. After seeing DVD sales of Family Guy take off, the network gave the series a second shot. And it's glad it did; Family Guy is one of the anchors of Fox's block of animated programming.
Now it appears that Fox wants even more Family Guy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show is getting its own spin-off featuring Cleveland Brown, one Peter Griffin's drinking buddies and neighbors. Cleveland also played the role of R2-D2 in Family Guy's extended Star Wars spoof, Blue Harvest.
MacFarlane, Mike Henry (who voices Cleveland), and Rich Appel (executive producer of American Dad) are currently writing episodes of the series, which had a working title of Cleveland.
The show, if it makes it to air, would be a ...Read more
Though it would initially appear impossible, apparently Jesus Christ and Carlos Mencia have something in common--they both may steal material from others...at least according to Family Guy.
In the direct-to-DVD feature Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, Fox's Family Guy portrayed the sandaled one as having abilities that "may have been exaggerated a bit." In one scene, Jesus is shown doing a goofy routine involving hand gestures and singing a simple tune.
While that may just be enough to send the deeply religious into a conniption fit, it was certainly more than enough for one magician to file a lawsuit. Art Metrano, who works as a comedian, actor, and magician, has sued 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane (whose name is misspelled on legal documents (pdf file) acquired by TMZ.com), and collaborators Steve Callaghan and Alex Borstein.
Metrano claims that the act that the ...Read more
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane isn't your typical showrunner--he's much, much more. The outspoken producer is the lifeblood of the animated hit as he oversees its creation, writes episodes, and provides voices for several of the main characters, including Peter, Brian, Stewie, and Glen "Ohhhhhh yeah!" Quagmire.
But now the Family is moving on without its patriarch. 20th Century Fox Television is proceeding with production of the hit show while Seth MacFarlane walks the picket lines of the Writers Guild of America strike.
Last week, MacFarlane told Variety that only one new episode of Family Guy was ready to go, and that several others were close to completion. However, he said that while the strike was ongoing, he wouldn't perform any of his duties (writing or nonwriting) on the show and that Fox would have to finish the episodes without him--something he jokingly said would ...Read more
Family Guy fans were relieved to hear that of the shows affected by the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, animated shows were pretty much OK. The thinking was that production of animated programs was done well in advance, since storyboarding and physically drawing the scenes is a long process.
Not so fast, according to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. While walking a picket line in Los Angeles, the outspoken writer, producer, and voice actor of Family Guy and American Dad told Variety that currently there is only one fully produced episode of the hit show ready to go, and it will air next Sunday.
Several other episodes are close to being complete, but they still require MacFarlane to finish them up--and he isn't breaking any picket lines. When asked whether Fox could simply use nonunion workers ...Read more
Sick, twisted, politically incorrect and freakin' sweet. The animated series features the adventures of the Griffin family. Peter and Lois have three kids - the youngest is a brilliant, sadistic baby bent on killing his mother and world domination. Chris, like his father, is obese, has a low IQ and no common sense. Meg desperately tries to be part of the popular crowd, and is coldly rebuffed. Their talking dog Brian keeps baby Stewie in check while sipping martinis and sorting out his own life issues. After being canceled in 2002, having an outstanding performance in DVD sales and syndication ratings that beat late-night talk shows, its cult status reached great heights. As a result, the series was added back to the FOX Summer 2005 line-up. Family Guy returned to the small screen with new episodes on Sunday, May 1st, 2005. A DVD Movie was released in September of 2005. Family Guy has won 3 Emmy awards and 3 Annie awards.moreless