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Posted Tuesday 1/15/19 at 4:41PM EST
Why did it take until 2019 for Family Guy producers to say they'll stop making gay jokes?
"It's strange to watch legacy shows be so slow to adapt to change," says Matt Miller, pointing out that Family Guy was making gay jokes in the recent past. "Like The Simpsons, for example, which refuses to respond to the show's Apu problem. These cartoons, which position themselves as progressive legacy comedy brands, refuse to stop old, offensive practices—displaying the same ideological stubbornness as the Trump supporters they consistently mock. Yes, Family Guy is 'just a cartoon,' but it's also a show that averages 2.5 million viewers a week, and teaches adults and children alike what humor is deemed acceptable. In a lot of ways, this show is more influential than a Kevin Hart tweet or stand-up joke from 2010. What's bizarre is that the show seems so proud to point out that it is so late to the game to have common decency. So, to say they're going to 'phase out' gay jokes is not a progressive win or a brave thing to do. Maybe just stop. It's something that the show should have done a long time ago (or better yet, never done at all)."
Posted Tuesday 1/15/19 at 5:58AM EST
Family Guy is phasing out gay jokes
Executive producer Rich Appel tells TVLine it's not that they were pressured to change when it comes to gay jokes -- it's that "we’ve changed too. The climate is different, the culture is different and our views are different. They’ve been shaped by the reality around us, so I think the show has to shift and evolve in a lot of different ways.” Fellow executive producer Alec Sulkin says: “If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they’re going to have a few differences. Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable.”
Posted Monday 1/14/19 at 8:28AM EST
Fox had no objection to Family Guy having Peter Griffin fight President Trump
"None were articulated by any Powers That Be," says executive producer Rich Appel of last night's special episode that finds Peter working in the White House as press secretary. "It crossed my mind early on, but then I just remembered from law school that the First Amendment protects primarily any free speech against the United States and our elected officials, so we’re good." Asked if they hope President Trump comments on the episode, fellow executive producer Alec Sulkin said: "If he says anything about Family Guy, it’ll be great. We’ll have to air it on Fox News, though. Then maybe he’ll see it." ALSO: Trump episode divides Family Guy fans.
Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 1:59PM EST
Family Guy has President Trump make sexualized comments about daughter Ivanka
Voice actor Josh Robert Thompson, best known for his work as the voice of Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show robot skeleton, tweeted that he's voicing the president on next week's Family Guy. The footage he posted shows Trump hitting on his daughter. Next week's episode revolves around Peter getting a job as Trump's press secretary.
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Family Guy pays tribute to Carrie Fisher with an emotional eulogy
Sunday's episode revolved around a funeral for Fisher's character, Angela.
Posted Saturday 11/17/18 at 6:41AM EST
No show has been affected by the passage of time as South Park
South Park's recent mea culpa on climate change is a reminder that, by their very nature, animated shows tend to be out of step with the times, according to Todd VanDerWerff. That can be seen in how South Park has had trouble handling the rise of Trump. "It’s as if the series isn’t sure how to live in a world that governs itself by South Park logic," says VanDerWerff. "Yet that’s the larger conundrum South Park finds itself in. For a TV show driven by the same rationale as an internet troll — that provoking a reaction from those who care about literally anything is funnier than anything else on the face of the planet — it’s also become a show that increasingly seems uneasy about living in a world where the trolls have their way." From The Simpsons to Family Guy to South Park, "the thing about animated TV shows is that they don’t really change, while the world around them does," he says. VanDerWerff adds: "But no series has been as affected by the passage of time as South Park. On one hand, the series has been able to pivot more successfully than others, thanks to (Trey) Parker and (Matt) Stone’s continued involvement in every aspect of its production. On the other, it has never quite shed its status as TV’s most libertarian show, built atop the ethos that you shouldn’t bother caring about what other people do, unless they try to make you do something for the greater good, in which case, you should make fun of them. In the 2010s, South Park has occasionally grappled with this element of its legacy....And yet South Park is still trapped, to some degree, by having launched in 1997, amid a booming American economy, where the issues that got Americans most worked up too often amounted to trivial bullsh*t. Even if you disagreed with South Park’s central 'caring is stupid ethos, it was a lot easier to let the show have its fun back then, without worrying about its cultural impact." He adds that with the recent climate change episodes, "now even Parker and Stone seem to wonder sometimes what South Park’s legacy might turn out to be."
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 5:24PM EDT
Hulu locks down more Fox animated comedies, including Family Guy and Bob's Burgers
The streaming service, which today added all 13 seasons of King of the Hill to its lineup, has locked down all post-broadcast streaming rights to Family Guy and Bob's Burgers and American Dad!, as well as past series Futurama and The Cleveland Show.
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Rachel Bloom says "I can taste the male condescension" from Family Guy's recent Crazy Ex-Girlfriend joke
Bloom responded to last week's Family Guy that referenced her CW show while speaking at The New Yorker Festival over the weekend. "I was like, ‘Ha, ha, funny,’” said Bloom, who knows some writers for Family Guy, “But also, I can taste the male condescension because they’re thinking, Oh, I’m on a bad date with a girl who’s eating food so I don’t want to fuck her. So what’s the annoying female TV show she’s talking about. Oh, the show where the girl’s on her period. Yeah, I wouldn’t want to f*ck that.”
Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 1:43PM EDT
Family Guy's plans to have President Trump prey on Meg looks like a bad idea
The Fox comedy is "absolutely not a show equipped to address the complex conversations surrounding sexual assault, the #MeToo movement, and our predator of a president," says Matt Miller of Family Guy's Trump-themed episode. Miller adds: "One thing this country doesn't need right now is this exact episode of Family Guy, especially given the delicate conversation this country is having right now with the Brett Kavanaugh scandal. Even at its most mature, there's not a chance Family Guy's hour-long season premiere will help anything."
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 6:40PM EDT
Family Guy will have President Trump "exhibit shocking behavior" with Meg in a two-part episode
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Fox animated comedy revealed at Comic-Con that it was doing a Trump-centric episode in which Peter Griffin suddenly becomes White House press secretary. Family Guy producers now say the hour-long episode will devolve into Peter having a fallout with the president after he discovers Trump crossed the line with his daughter. “We’re just playing to what Trump has already confessed to, say, on a bus,” executive producer Alec Sulkin hints to EW. “And he has an encounter like that with Meg.” Fellow executive producer Rich Appel adds: “We’ve had many moments of rewriting and editing to both add stuff and remove stuff that no longer seems exaggerated enough. Thanks to Donald Trump, we can never really put this episode to bed — until it airs.”
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
A Simpsons movie sequel and a Family Guy film could be in the works
The Wall Street Journal reports, via Uproxx, that 20th Century Fox has "a second Simpsons movie in development, and a Family Guy film that would mix animation with live action." That would be in addition to the live-action Bob's Burgers film scheduled to be released in 2020.
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
Family Guy is getting an "illustrated history" book for its 20th anniversary
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Associated Press TV critic Frazier Moore is writing Inside Family Guy: An Illustrated History, timed for Family Guy's 20th anniversary next year. Seth MacFarlane is writing the book's forward.
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 9:16PM EDT
Family Guy gets President Trump to "hire" Peter Griffin for a "fake news" episode
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Peter will join Trump's staff as White House communications director, at least for one episode, after the president realizes he's an expert seller of fake news, according to Entertainment Weekly. The Griffins will move to Washington, D.C. for the episode. “Although this episode was written almost a year ago, fortunately Trump has done nothing since then to embarrass himself or our nation,” Family Guy producers said in a statement. The Fox animated comedy hasn't told that many Trump jokes, though it did have Peter impersonate Trump for its 2016 Emmy campaign.
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
The Beatles' Yellow Submarine premiered 50 years ago today, becoming a major influence on The Simpsons
Family Guy and Ren and Stimpy also owe a debt to the 1968 animated film, says former Simpsons and Futurama writer Josh Weinstein. “What I think is great about both Yellow Submarine and The Simpsons is it's for everybody," he says. "It's for kids, but it's for adults, and I think one thing is it doesn't talk down to kids. It doesn't bother to explain a joke that will go over their head, because it knows somebody will get it. And it's the same with The Simpsons. You have big, broad jokes, but you also have these really oblique references as well. So I think that helped influence its writing style.”
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 7:13PM EDT
Fox renews Family Guy and Bob's Burgers
They will return this fall for a respective 16th and 9th season.