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Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 5:37PM EDT
Modern Family co-creator Steven Levitan revises statement after tweeting he'll cut ties with Fox over Fox News
Levitan tweeted that he is so upset by Fox News' "23-hour-a-day support of the NRA, conspiracy theories and Trump’s lies" that after Modern Family is done he'll be "setting up shop elsewhere" and leaving 20th Century Fox, his studio of two decades. In a statement to Deadline, Levitan clarified his comments, saying: “I have great respect and admiration for Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Peter Rice and everyone at 20th Century Fox TV studio who have all treated me so well for almost two decades. For now, I will take some time to see where these people land, and at that point I will make a decision about my future.” ALSO: Seth MacFarlane donates $2.5 million to NPR in response to Tucker Carlson's attack on the media.
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Modern Family co-creator joins Seth MacFarlane in condemning Fox News after Laura Ingraham compared child detention centers to summer camps
The Ingraham Angle host sparked new outrage against Fox News after saying last night that the detention centers are "essentially summer camps" for children separated from their families at the border. To which Modern Family co-creator Steven Levitan, whose show is produced by the 20 Century Fox, tweeted: "Let me officially join @SethMacFarlane in saying I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews. This bullsh*t is the opposite of what #ModernFamily stands for." ALSO: Ahead of tonight's visit with Jimmy Fallon, Parkland activist David Hogg calls for an Ingraham advertiser boycott.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
Judd Apatow urges Fox stars and showrunners to speak out against Fox News over its child detention coverage
Fox News shows like Fox & Friends have defended President Trump's family separation policy. In response, Apatow is urging Fox talent to follow Seth MacFarlane's lead and publicly speak out against Fox News. “The Murdoch’s support these policies! Where are the Fox stars and executives speaking up?! Imagine if it was your kids," he tweeted. "Who has a movie, TV show, sporting event, news show at Fox? How can you remain silent when they promote these policies?” Apatow, who last worked for Fox in 2002 on his college comedy Undeclared, added: "I understand why that is easier for some than others but many powerful people are powerful enough to speak up to their bosses at a moment like this...If EVERY Fox Star and show runner said this policy was evil and protested to the Murdoch family it would make a huge difference in this national debate."
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Seth MacFarlane's anti-Fox News tweet mocked by one of cable news channels executives
MarcFarlane's statement that recent comments by Tucker Carlson made him "embarrassed to work for this company" caught the eye of Fox News and Fox Business senior vice president Michael Tammero. He tweeted in response: "Yet... NOT quite embarrassed enough to not cash that check ... isn’t that right @sethmacfarlane ?"
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 7:41AM EDT
Seth MacFarlane: I'm embarrassed to work for Fox because of "fringe sh*t on Fox News
The Family Guy and The Orville creator has been critical of Fox before, but MacFarlane was set off on Saturday by CNN's Brian Stelter quoting Fox News' Tucker Carlson urging his Fox News viewers to not believe anything on other news outlets: "If you're looking to understand what's actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they're telling you on the big news stations," Carlson said, according to Stelter. MacFarlane responded: "In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News. This is fringe sh*t, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company."
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Even Family Guy's showrunner was caught off-guard by Stewie's accent revelation
Stewie speclialist Gary Janetti, who wrote last night's episode, pitched the idea about addressing Stewie's accent, and Seth MacFarlane was game. “I didn’t know if Seth would go for it,” says Janetti. “(But) when he read it, it was hilarious, because he instantly read that voice that he does in the episode, which is this normal kid voice, and it’s very disarming. It felt very true. I didn’t want to do anything unless it felt true to the character because I’m very protective over him." Showrunner Rich Appel adds that he was caught off-guard by the revelation because “in my head I hadn’t even assumed it was an affectation. I just figured this is who Stewie is.” ALSO: Stewie's sexuality revelation, explained.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Why Family Guy devoted an entire episode to Stewie in therapy, without commercial interruption
Stewie and Sir Ian McKellen's school psychologist character will find themselves going "toe to toe" in the same room for the entirety of Sunday's "Send in Stewie, Please" episode -- with Seth MacFarlane delivering "a very ironically three-dimensional performance" that not every character could withstand. "Of all the characters on any animated show, Stewie seems like he potentially could both benefit from and be scared of therapy more than any other," says executive producer Rich Appel. Stewie specialist Gary Janetti was given the task of writing the risk-taking episode. "Stewie has done a lot of horrible things in the course of the series, and has he ever thought about that? What are the ramifications of the things that he’s done? The accountability, as it were,” Janetti says of writing Stewie's episode. Despite its revelations, Stewie's therapy session is designed to be a standalone episode. “If you miss this episode, that’s fine, it won’t affect your watching of the show,” says Janetti. “We get to learn more about him in this episode. It deepens our understanding of him going further, but I don’t foresee it’s something that will be acknowledged again — nor do I think it should.”
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 6:57AM EDT
Stewie addresses his sexual orientation in one of the best-ever Family Guy episodes
"Does he come out? Well, sort of," says Kevin Fallon. "The result of the episode, ambiguous as it may be, is nonetheless fascinating. It’s not only one of the best episodes of Family Guy in a very long time, but also one of the most nuanced and edgy coming out episodes of a TV show we’ve seen. Again, all centering around a 1-year-old."
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 2:57PM EST
Nat Geo and Fox renew Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Seth MacFarlane will return as executive producer of the reboot of the acclaimed Carl Sagan series. Season 2 will be called Cosmos: Possible World and is expected to premiere in early 2019. It will be a follow up to the 2014 revival, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, which was the most-watched series ever on National Geographic internationally, viewed by more than 135 million people worldwide.
# TOPICS: National Geographic, Carl Sagan, Cosmos, National Geographic Explorer, One Strange Rock, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Phil Keoghan, Seth MacFarlane, Will Smith, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
Family Guy staffers reflect on 300 episodes
Two producers say Sunday's Episode 300 is their very favorite episode of the series, in part because it includes a gag about ranking the Fast & Furious films.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
Seth MacFarlane admits he didn’t initially get Family Guy’s Harvey Weinstein joke
Turns out MacFarlane didn’t know about Weinstein’s sexual harassment problem when his writers pitched him on the throwaway joke on the 2005 episode that went viral amid the mogul’s sexual harassment scandal. “I don’t remember who pitched the joke,” MacFarlane said at the TV press tour. “I remember when it was pitched… that was a rumor I had actually not heard and other people in the writers’ room had. And it had to be sort of explained to me: ‘Oh, there’s this rumor that’s going on.'”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
The Orville Season 2 could be delayed, but it’ll have a few more episodes
"I think it's going to be at least 14,” Seth MacFarlane says of the Season 2 episode order, which is up from Season 1’s 12 episodes. But that 14-episode season will include one episode bumped from Season 1. MacFarlane adds that because of the technical effects, Season 2 might not be ready to premiere this fall.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 1:38PM EST
Family Guy went after Bryan Singer two years ago
The X-Men franchise director, who is being sued for alleged sexual assault of an underage boy, was deemed by Brian Griffin as a “perverted Hollywood predator” in a Season 14 episode of the Fox animated series.
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 12:56PM EST
Family Guy hits Kevin Spacey again
Last night’s episode took a jab at Spacey for coming out as a gay man in his initial apology for his alleged sexual misconduct. As previously reported, Family Guy first alluded to the actor's alleged misdeeds in a 2005 episode, and creator Seth MacFarlane has made similar references to accused bad actors Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner.
Posted Wednesday 11/22/17 at 2:00PM EST
Samantha Bee got Charlie Rose to play creepy “Charlie Rose Clones” last year on Full Frontal
Female Charlie Rose show employees referred to Rose as “the crusty paw” in The Washington Post’s bombshell story, and Rose’s “crusty paw” played a role in a Full Frontal with Samantha Bee sketch that Rose participated in last year. In it, Bee reveals that Rose’s dark background contains a bunch of creepy, leering Charlie Roses — all played by Charlie Rose himself. Newsbusters also highlighted Bee’s appearance last year on Charlie Rose, where the “Charlie Rose Clones” bit was taped. As Newsbusters notes, Rose pointed out her show's title, Full Frontal, and said, “I love the idea.”
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- Rose’s unfinished 60 Minutes pieces will be picked up by other correspondents
- CBS This Morning reported that CBS didn’t know the specifics of Rose’s behavior until Monday
- Colbert calls his ex-CBS colleague’s behavior “a harrowing and terrible abuse of power”
- Seth Meyers slams Rose: “Here’s a good rule of thumb: if your face isn’t pulling in the babes, your penis isn’t going to make the difference”
- Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy took a shot at Charlie Rose back in 2012: "Thanks to me, he's fallen even further than Charlie Rose"
- Oprah Winfrey's rep denies she's been asked to fill in on CBS This Morning, disputing Page Six report
- Washington Post reporter first learned about Rose’s behavior in 2010
# TOPICS: CBS, PBS, CBS This Morning, Family Guy, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Charlie Rose, Oprah Winfrey, Samantha Bee, Seth MacFarlane, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, CBS News, Daytime TV, Sexual Misconduct